JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel praised Norway after it withdrew funds it donated to a West Bank women’s center after learning it was named for a Palestinian terrorist:
The center in the village of Burqa on the West Bank was named for Dalal Mughrabi, who led the 1978 Coastal Road Massacre which killed 37 civilians, many of them children, and injured dozens.
Norway’s Foreign Minister Borge Brende said: “The glorification of terrorist attacks is completely unacceptable, and I deplore this decision in the strongest possible terms.”
The center opened last week.
“Norway has done the right thing. Standing strongly against the positive commemoration of terrorists is an essential part of the international effort to eradicate terrorism,” Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
The United Nations also denounced the name chosen for the center and said that it has withdrawn its financial support and called on the center to remove the United Nations Women logo from the building.