Rather than promoting peace, the Palestinian educational system continues to glorify terrorists and promote death and destruction.

The rampant incitement against Israel by the Palestinian leadership, and the recent glorification of a terrorist by the Palestinian education system typifies this incitement, which has led to six months of terrorist attacks against Israelis.

The Hebron Education and Culture Administration, which is part of the Palestinian Education Ministry, held a memorial ceremony on Saturday for 18-year-old Kalzar Al-‘Awiwi, a student at the Widad Nasser Al-Din Secondary School, who was killed the previous day by Israeli security forces after she stabbed a soldier near the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) reported.

The administration also posted an obituary for her on its Facebook page, referring to her as a “Shahida,” a term of Islamic glorification, used for national heroes and those who have died while waging Jihad, Muslim holy war, against the infidels, and announced the details of her funeral.

The memorial, held in Al-‘Awiwi’s classroom and in the schoolyard, was led by Hebron Education and Culture Administration director Sami Mroua, and was attended by officials in the administration, members of the school board and staff, and the entire student body.

The Palestinian Authority (PA) official daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida covered the event, and photos of it were published by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, attesting to the significance this event was given by the Palestinians.

At the event, the opening verse of the Koran was read, “to accompany the souls of Al-‘Awiwi and of all martyrs,” MEMRI explained. A Koranic verse was written on the blackboard which read: “And never think of those who have been killed in the cause of Allah as dead. Rather, they are alive with their Lord, receiving provision.”

Mroua expressed condolences to the school and Al-‘Awiwi’s family on behalf of PA Education and Culture Minister Dr. Sabri Saidam.

In his statement, Mroua noted the “cultural and national mission fulfilled by students and education ministry staff in light of the harsh political and security circumstances,” and said that “this mission embodies the Palestinian people’s desire for liberty and independence in the face of the racist actions of the Israeli occupation army and settlers.”

School principal Wafaa Al-Karki called on the students to study diligently and seriously like their classmate Al-‘Awiwi, and announced that the school’s success in the coming school year would be dedicated to “the spirit of the martyr Al-‘Awiwi.”

Mroua and those attending the event planted an olive tree in the schoolyard to commemorate Al-‘Awiwi and to underline “the Palestinian people’s right to live honorably and independently and to defend their holy sites.”

Later that day, Mroua paid a condolence call to the Al-‘Awiwi home, on behalf of the Education and Culture Administration.

The recent Palestinian wave of violence is marked by an increased female role, with several teenager females driven to mostly suicidal attacks by incessant incitement by the Palestinian leadership.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has recently claimed that these attacks are driven by Palestinian desperation over the so-called Israeli occupation. But teens who commit such attacks at this age are not despaired, rather, they are brainwashed by the Palestinian media and educational system, which promotes a culture of death and destruction that is driving an entire generation of Palestinians towards self-destruction.

By: Max Gelber, United with Israel

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