October 11, 2015 Special Dispatch No. 6182

Palestinian Bar Association Awards Honorary Law Degree To Killer Of Two Israelis In Jerusalem

October 11, 2015
Palestinians | Special Dispatch No. 6182

The Palestinian Bar Association, whose heads are Fatah members and which receives funding from the European Union and the United Nations, announced yesterday that it would award an honorary law degree to Muhannad Al-Halabi, a Palestinian law student who was killed after he stabbed two Israelis to death in Jerusalem's Old City on October 4, 2015. The association's announcement said: "The Palestinian Bar Association decided in its meeting today [October 10] to award an honorary law degree to the martyred hero Muhannad Al-Halabi and to hold its next [bar] swearing-in ceremony in [his] honor." The announcement also noted that "the martyred hero Al-Halabi was an outstanding student at the faculty of law," and that the head of the association and members of its board had visited his family to convey their condolences and inform them of their decisions.[1]   

The announcement on the Palestinian Bar Association's website (, October 10, 2015)


Palestinian Bar Association Receives Funds From EU, UN

The Palestinian Bar Association receives substantial funds from the EU, as stated on the former's website. For example, in 2010, the EU allocated Ôé¼4.7 million for developing the association and supporting the Palestinian judiciary and general prosecution;[2] in 2012 it allocated Ôé¼1.4 million to support the association and train attorneys in the PA territories,[3] and recently it allocated another Ôé¼1 million to the association.[4] The Palestinian Bar Association also receives funding from other bodies, such as the UNDP, UN Women and others.[5]

The EU logo on the Palestinian Bar Association's website


The association's donors (Palestinian Bar Association Newsletter, Issue 1, February 2012)


Conclusion ceremony of an EU and Palestinian Bar Association project (, August 26, 2014)


Representatives of Palestinian Bar Association and UNDP sign cooperation and funding agreement (, February 16, 2015)



[1], October 10, 2015; Al-Ayyam (PA), October 11, 2015.

[2], April 22, 2015.

[3], Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (PA), January 17, 2012.

[4], July 22, 2015.

[5], February 16, 2015.

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