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Belgium halts projects in West Bank because of school’s name

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Gaza12Oct3AL-KHALIL (PNIC):-The Belgian government has suspended funding for two school construction projects in the occupied Palestinian territories after it found out that a school it backed was later renamed after a woman who committed "a terror act" from its viewpoint.

Belgium said it financed building a school in the south of al-Khalil in 2013 only to find out later that local authorities changed its name to "Dalal Mughrabi Elementary School." Its foreign ministry said that Mughrabi led a 1978 deadly attack against Israel.

According to a statement by the ministry, two school projects totaling $3.9 million have been put on hold.

In response, Palestinian education minister Sabri Saydam said in a statement that he regretted the Belgian action and invited the Belgian consul general to meet and discuss the matter.

Mughrabi is considered by many Palestinians to be a heroic resistance fighter. She was a member of the Fatah faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and participated in the 1978 coastal road attack in Israel.

 
 
 
 
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