Scouts Dishonour: Palestinian Kids’ Course Named After Terrorist

A troop of Boy Scouts play drums as thousands gather in the West Bank city of Ramallah during a demonstration to show their support for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and their president Mahmud Abbas, on February 9, 2009. Abbas told journalists in Warsaw he was ready to cooperate with …
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Jewish News reports: The world body for Scouting has launched an “urgent investigation” after the son of a man killed by terrorists last year expressed outrage that his father’s murderer was being hailed as a role model for Palestinian Scouts.

Micah Lakin Avni reacted with horror after learning that a Palestinian youth training course had been named in honour of “martyr” Baha Alyan, one of the two murderers. Avni’s 76-year-old father Richard Lakin, a former headteacher in the United States, died after being shot and stabbed on Bus 78 in Jerusalem last October. He was one of three people killed, with a further 15 people wounded.

UK Scout leader Simon Jacobs wrote to Scott Teare, secretary-general of the World Organisation of the Scout Movement [WOSM] on Tuesday, expressing his concern after reading a article by Avni about the honour bestowed on killer Alyan.

“I was horrified to learn that the Palestinian Scout Organisation, which had only been given full voting rights in the movement earlier this year, is now training its new leaders to see a cold-blooded terrorist murderer as a rolemodel,” he wrote.

On Wednesday Stephen Peck, global director for communications at the WOSM, said: “We are investigating and will respond as soon as possible.”

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