Palestinian branch that lauded bus attacker ‘not member’ of world scouts

The world’s largest scouting organization says a Palestinian troop that held a training event honoring a man who killed Israelis in a terror attack in Jerusalem is not affiliated with the movement.

The troop, in East Jerusalem, was last week alleged to have held a training course dedicated to Bahaa Allyan, who along with another Palestinian shot and stabbed passengers on a Jerusalem bus last October, killing three. Alyan was killed by security forces.

Jerusalem terrorist Bahaa Allyan (Bahaa Allyan Facebook page)
Jerusalem terrorist Bahaa Allyan (Bahaa Allyan Facebook page)

But the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) says it carried out an investigation and that the troop is not a member.

“We are able to confirm that the group concerned is not a member of the Palestinian Scout Association or recognized by WOSM,” a statement to AFP says. “We are extremely disappointed that the good name of both organizations has been abused in this way.”

The statement adds that the scout movement “strongly condemns any acts of terrorism and all actions which seek to support them.”

After the allegation last week, family members of the victims called for the Palestinian scout movement to be thrown out of the WOSM.

The Palestinian Scout Association has more than 33,000 registered members, according to the World Scout Bureau’s 2014 census.


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