For Palestinians, Dalal Mughrabi is a legend, a heroine, celebrated for having killed 38 Israelis – including 13 children – in a 1978 massacre along Israel’s Coastal Highway. But when Belgium funded a school for Palestinian children in 2013, it didn’t expect it to be named in Mughrabi’s honor. Hence when officials learned last month that the former ‘Beit Awwa Basic Girls School’ in Hebron had been renamed to celebrate the Lebanese terrorist, they immediately froze all funding to the Palestinian Authority’s educational projects. In response, the school, whose logo depicts a map eliminating Israel, wrote on its Facebook page: “The name of Dalal is engraved in our hearts and will remain engraved in our minds.”
Belgium planned to fund 10 more schools in the coming three years, the Algemeiner reports. Those projects would have come in addition to the 20 schools the country has already built in the Palestinian territories through a €71.6 million, four-year support package set up in 2011.
Belgium’s national contribution to the Palestinian Authority (PA) comes on top of the EU’s general support, which in 2016 came to €291.1 million. Most of those funds are distributed through PEGASE, an EU initiative established in 2008 to provide direct funding to the Authority, enabling it to pay out pensions, civil servant salaries, and basic public services.