World scout body: controversial Jerusalem troop not a member


JERUSALEM (AP) — The world’s main scouting organization says it has no connection to a Palestinian troop in Jerusalem that dedicated a recent training course to one of the killers of an Israeli-American man.

Stephen Peck, spokesman for the World Organization of the Scout Movement, said Sunday that the Jerusalem troop is not a member of his organization’s Palestinian affiliate and “has no right to speak or publish on their behalf.”

The east Jerusalem troop last month hosted a course dedicated to Baha Alyan — one of two Palestinian attackers who shot and stabbed passengers on a Jerusalem bus last October.

The son of an American-Israeli man killed in the attack had appealed to the world scouting movement to expel the Palestinian scouting association.

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