Watchdog group asks World Scout Movement to cancel Palestinian membership over terror promotion


( A watchdog group that monitors extremism in the Palestinian media has asked the World Organization of the Scout Movement to cancel the membership of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA) over its promotion of terrorism.

A recent PSA leadership training course has been named “Martyr - Leader Baha Alyan Course,” after a terrorist, who boarded a bus and murdered three Israeli passengers, Alon Govberg, 51, Haviv Haim, 78, and Richard Lakin, 76, in a terrorist attack in October 2015, according to the group Palestinian Media Watch.

The flag of the World Scout Movement. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

“We would like to bring to your attention that the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA), which six months ago was accepted as a full member in the World Organization of the Scout Movement, is training its scout leaders to see a cold-blooded terrorist murderer as their role model,” Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, wrote in an email to the World Scout Movement.

“We ask that you take steps to guarantee that the distinguished World Organization of the Scout Movement will have no part in training future scout leaders to see terrorist murderers as role models,” the email added.

The PSA was added as a member of the Organization of the Scout Movement in February 2016. 

Posted on September 2, 2016 .