AJC Welcomes UN Population Fund’s Disavowal of TV Ad Glorifying Terrorist

February 10, 2011 -- New York -- AJC welcomes the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) disavowal of supporting the inclusion of a notorious Palestinian terrorist in a TV ad campaign celebrating women role models.

"We are pleased the UN Population Fund has clarified its role by publicly disassociating from theTV ad campaign, and condemning violence,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “Clearly, this campaign contravenes the fund’s noble mission of empowering women.”

UNFPA said in a statement that it “had no involvement in the selection of women profiled in the White Hands Campaign of the Arab Producers’ Union for TV (APUTV), and has asked for its logo to be removed from the site.” It also stated that it had provided no funding for the campaign.

The UNFPA statement came just hours after AJC Executive Director David Harris called on the fund to disassociate itself from the TV ad campaign which features female Palestinian terrorist Dalal Mughrabi as one of several “model women.”

Mughrabi hijacked two buses on the road between Haifa and Tel Aviv in 1978, resulting in the murder of 38 Israelis, including 13 children.

The ad has been broadcast on more than 50 Arab television stations, including the official channel of the Palestinian Authority. According to Palestinian Media Watch, a watchdog agency that has been monitoring the campaign, Mughrabi “was venerated in the clip as a role model for ‘martyrdom’ and ‘victory over enmity’.”
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