The United Nations said in a statement Sunday, May 28 that it would withdrew support after learning that a Palestinian Community Women’s Center in the West Bankwas named after DalalMughrabi, a woman who participated in a deadly 1978 attack in Israel.
Secretary-General AntónioGuterres’s office said in a statement that “the glorification of terrorism, or the perpetrators of heinous terrorist acts, is unacceptable under any circumstance. The U.N. has repeatedly called for an end to incitement to violence and hatred as they present one of the obstacles to peace.”
Mughrabi, a member of the Fatah faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), participated in a 1978 bus hijacking on Israel’s main coastal highway in which 38 civilians were killed. The Norwegian Foreign Ministry pulled its funding on Sunday and also demanded the Palestinian Authority reimburse funds given to the women’s center, saying Oslo “will not allow itself to be associated with institutions that take the names of terrorists.”
Sorida Hussein, head of the organization behind the women’s centeremphasized “how good this center has been for the community regardless of the name.”She also expressed surprise by the UN’s reaction and said members of the center chose the name after the U.N. completed the project last year.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Norway and the U.N. for their actions.
Source: Associated Press