By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, www.PalWatch.org
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was not being honest when he said to President Obama earlier this month that the PA was not continuing its incitement against Israel.
Responding to President Obama’s demand that the PA make more progress “on incitement issues,” Abbas said:
“I say in front of you, Mr. President, that we have nothing to do with incitement against Israel, and we’re not doing that. What we care about is to live in coexistence with Israel in order to bring about the independent Palestinian state that will live side by side with Israel…” [AP, June 9, 2010]
In direct contradiction to Abbas’s claim, Palestinian Media Watch documented in a report released the same week that PA incitement to hatred and violence and non-recognition of Israel has continued unabated in the month since the start of the proximity talks.
For example, whereas Abbas said to President Obama that he supports “living side by side with Israel,” just a few weeks previous official PA TV called for Israelis to leave Israel and “return” to Germany and Poland:
“Where are you [Israelis] from? Of course, you’re from Ukraine; of course, you’re from Germany, from Poland, from Russia, from Ethiopia… I ask of you, return to your original homeland!” [PA TV (Fatah), May 4 and 7, 2010]
PA TV is owned by the Palestinian Authority and under direct control of the office of Abbas.
In addition, the PA this past month has continued to honor terrorists who have killed Israeli civilians by naming sporting events after them, a practice repeatedly condemned by the Obama administration.
These are just two examples among many in the new PMW report documenting that every condition, principle, and expectation set by the US for accepting the Palestinian Authority as a partner in the peace process continues to be violated by the PA.
The following is the new report in its entirety:
(Click to view full report in PDF)
The PA during the proximity talks, May 2010
by Itamar Marcus, Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Barbara Crook
|US State Department:
“After completing the first round of proximity talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, both parties are taking some steps to help create an atmosphere that is conducive to successful talks, including President Abbas’s statement that he will work against incitement of any sort…”
[Washington D.C., May 9, 2010]
The start of the proximity talks in May 2010 created hope for the renewal of the Israeli – Palestinian peace process. Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas declared that the PA would fulfill its commitments, with special focus on their stopping incitement.
However, an examination of the Palestinian Authority leaders’ statements, official media, children’s programs and PA-controlled events creates a pessimistic picture: Every condition, principle and expectation set by the US and the Quartet for accepting the Palestinian Authority as a partner in the peace process continues to be violated by the Palestinian Authority in the first month of talks.
Contrasting its moderate statements to Western powers in English, with those to its own people in Arabic the Palestinian Authority, the Fatah leaders and the Abbas-controlled official PA media continue to deny Israel’s existence, deny Israel’s right to exist, define the conflict with Israel as an uncompromising religious war for Allah, promote hatred through demonization slander and libel, and glorify terror and violence.
Education to deny Israel’s existence:
Official PA TV continues to teach children to envision a world in which Israel does not exist and all of Israel is instead part of the “State of Palestine.” The following lesson was on a new educational PA TV children’s program. The map used in the studio is named “Palestine” and includes all of Israel.
Girl: “We went to the Sea of Galilee [northern Israel] and to the Dead Sea.”
Boy points on map: “Jaffa, Haifa.” [Israeli cities]… and Jenin and Nablus.”
Host: “So you’ve visited many different places in Palestine, and that’s very good. It’s very good that we’re always visiting new places in our state, Palestine.” [PA TV (Fatah), May 16, 2010]
News reporting defining Israel as “Palestine” -1:
Even in sports news the Palestinian Authority official media looks for opportunities to deny Israel’s existence. PA-owned Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported on the coach of an Israeli Arab football team from a city in northern Israel as follows:
News reporting defining Israel as “Palestine” -2:
Israeli Arab Journalist Sa’id Hasanein:
Redwan Sidr, secretary of the Al-Khalil Youth Foundation:
Maps denying Israel’s existence:
President Obama has called the use of maps as in the above children’s program a security threat to Israel:
Yet all the maps on official PA TV since the start of the proximity talks continue the longstanding PA policy of defining all of Israel as “Palestine,” or in the words of President Obama, “don’t even acknowledge Israel’s existence.”
This map is one example among many that appeared this month.
It was broadcast numerous times on PA TV between May 4 – 17.
In the PA TV children’s program, “The Best House”, a music video called “We are Palestine’s children” featured pictures of map of “Palestine” including all of Israel. [PA TV (Fatah), May 14, 2010]
Denying Israel’s right to exist and calling for end of Israel:
An official PA TV statement lamenting the creation of the State of Israel included the following call for the dismantling of Israel because its land is “stolen” land:
Of course, you’re from Ukraine; of course, you’re from Germany, from Poland, from Russia, from Ethiopia, the Falasha (a pejorative term for Ethiopian Jews). Why have you stolen my homeland and taken my place? Please, I ask of you, return to your original homeland, so that I can return to my original homeland. This is my homeland; go back to your homeland!”
PA TV Quiz offers $500 for answering that Israeli city Haifa is a “Palestinian coastal city.”
This PA TV quiz envisioning a world without Israel was broadcast numerous times in May 2010.
PA TV quiz program. Question posed to viewers at home:
Religious war –“Ribat” – against Israel’s creation and existence since 1917
The PA Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, continues to define the conflict with Israel as an uncompromising religious war – a “Ribat” – war for Islam. “Peace” as a Palestinian goal is said to take 4th place after the Palestinian “rights”, “cause” and “religion,” none of which will be compromised for peace. Moreover, he elevates the conflict with Israel in religious significance, saying the war was predetermined, being anticipated even in the Quran.
“For the past 62 years the Palestinian people have suffered from two things. Since the catastrophe (i.e., the establishment of the State of Israel)– and perhaps even prior to the catastrophe, since the catastrophe, in truth, did not begin in 1948, but began perhaps in 1917 with the cursed [Balfour] Declaration, which gave a promise to those who did not deserve it… Since that date, resolute people, fighters and Ribat (religious Islamic) fighters have not ceased upon our blessed land… This conflict is explicit in the Quran and our obligation with regard to it is clarified by the Quran…
We do not oppose peace. On the contrary, we aspire to peace, but not at the expense of our rights; not at the expense of our cause, and not at the expense of our religion.”
The Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, appointed by the PA, likewise defines the conflict with Israel as an uncompromising religious war – a “Ribat” – that began with the “catastrophe” of Israel’s creation.
The PA official daily crossword puzzle presents a world without Israel.
Clue: “Palestinian city”
Solution: “Jaffa” [part of Tel Aviv] [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), May 20, 2010]
Hate promotion, slander, libel and demonization
PA continues to slander Israel, demonize and deny Israel’s history in the land:
PATV News reporter demonizes Israel and its creation:
Animalization of Israel and Jews continues in PA cartoons.
A shark in shape of the Star of David representing Israel is eating a map that includes all of Israel yet is marked as “Palestine.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Fatah), May 23, 2010]
The PA at all levels exaggerated the Gaza flotilla confrontation and used it as an excuse to demonize and promote hatred of Israel. Whereas criticism of Israeli policies is acceptable, the Palestinian Authority used this incident as a launching point for far greater and more intense hate promotion both by slandering and libeling Israel about the incident itself, and by compounding the defamation, saying that this murderous behavior was part of the Israeli behavior and personality. This will be reported on in greater detail in the June PMW Incitement Watch report.
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas himself accused Israel of premeditated and determined killing:
Promoting and glorifying terror and violence
Honoring terrorists as children sing to future war against Israel
PA TV program “Good Morning Jerusalem” dedicated a program to honoring female terrorist prisoner Sanaa Shehadeh, who is serving 3 life sentences for transporting a suicide terrorist to Jerusalem in 2002. Her two nieces dedicated a song of war to her:
‘What am I doing here while my enemy is on my ancestors’ land?
I want to defend, I want to fight,
I want to carry a machine gun and a rifle.’”
Girls 1 and 2:
“’And tomorrow, when the war starts,
I won’t care about you [my enemy], or about the West.
And tomorrow when the war starts,
I won’t care about you [my enemy], or about the West.
And we shall strike Israel, we shall strike Israel,
And return you [to us], land of my ancestors;
And return you [to us], land of my ancestors.'”
Glorification of terror
Ignoring the American leadership statements condemning the PA glorification of terror, the PA continues to honor terrorists by naming events after them. Worse still, Palestinian children were explicitly told that the naming of an event after the terrorist Abu Jihad is meant to make them see him as a role model:
Abu Halal (Fatah branch Secretary) spoke about the anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Shahid (Martyr) commander, Khalil Al-Wazir ‘Abu Jihad,’ and about his journey of struggle. He reminded our children that we shall follow the same path of Abu Jihad and Yasser Arafat.”
Abu Jihad (Khalil Al-Wazir) – A founder of Fatah and deputy to Yasser Arafat. Headed the PLO terror organization’s military wing. Planned many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the worst in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Football tournament named after terrorist Abdallah Daoud:
“The lottery for the football tournament named after the Shahid (Martyr) Abdallah Daoud Abu Al-Qassam, was held yesterday at the joint operations headquarters in the Bethlehem district. Participating in the tournament are teams representing the security services in the Bethlehem district…”
Abdallah Daoud – Responsible for many terror attacks. Was one of the terrorists who stormed the Church of the Nativity in 2002, continuing to fight against Israel for several weeks while using the monks and the religious site as shields.
Football team named after terrorist Majed Abu Sharar:
A report on the Shahid Faisal Al-Husseini football festival, held in Rafiah, mentions the “Martyr Majed Abu Sharar” team:
Majed Abu Sharar – A senior Fatah and PLO terror leader in 1970s.
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee and former PA senior official, Jibril Rajoub, likewise glorified terror, comparing the value of “throwing a hand grenade” to “building a school.”
Honoring terrorist Dalal Mughrabi’s bus hijacking in which 37 were killed:
Jamil Dweik, Chairman of the Al-Razi Institute for Culture and Society:
Dalal Mughrabi – Led the worst terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
Cessation of terror is temporary
In addition to this ongoing terror glorification the PA has repeatedly engaged in apologetics to its population for having acquiesced to the US demand to cease terror at this time during the talks. Twice in two days, senior PA and Fatah leader, Nabil Shaath, made speeches using apologetic language to justify the cessation of violence, which he stressed was because of current conditions. Excuses for cessation of the “armed struggle” that Shaath mentioned included: “At the present time is not possible, or is not effective,” “has become undesirable now,” “international conditions do not permit us,” “the inability to engage in the armed struggle.”
Dr. Nabil Shaath, Fatah Commissioner of Foreign Relations:
Editorials in the PA official daily repeat this excuse for cessation of terror
Fatah leader Abbas Zaki, member Fatah Central Committee, justifies violence:
He called for “a gathering that will bring together the Fatah and Hamas leadership, under Mahmoud Abbas’ … and added: ‘We are in favor of anyone who defends the homeland and bears arms in order to defend it, because he supports the idea of Fatah and of the resistance. Likewise, we stand with anyone who comes out against the Zionist lobby and isolates Israel and puts it in a corner.’”
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Ops, on April 23, 2009:
a commitment to non-violence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the Road Map.” [“Phase I of Road Map: “All official Palestinian institutions end incitement against Israel.”]
Examining the Palestinian Authority leaders’ statements, its education of youth, and its controlled media, it is clear that the Palestinian Authority has not complied with the conditions indicated by the Secretary of State nor has it fulfilled its commitment to “work against incitement of any sort.”
In the first month since the start of the proximity talks, not only hasn’t the PA “unambiguously and explicitly” accepted these conditions, but they have done the opposite; the Palestinian Authority has “unambiguously and explicitly” denied Israel’s existence, incited to hatred, and glorified terror and violence.