Incitement increased during peace negotiations
By Aryeh Savir
Tazpit News Agency
The Cabinet, during its weekly meeting yesterday (Jan. 5), discussed the harsh incitement, the culture of hatred and Antisemitism orchestrated by the Palestinian Authority. Intelligence Affairs Minister Dr. Yuval Steinitz and the Director General of his ministry, Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser, presented the annual “Palestinian Incitement Index”. The report includes new findings from recent months during which the peace negotiations have been conducted.
The findings show that incitement against Israel and the Jewish People is continuing on official media channels, including by bodies that are very close to PA Chairman Abbas, as well as educational and religious networks. The findings also show that during the period of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians not only did incitement not lessen, in certain areas it even increased, and that recently, the use of prominent Nazi elements, such as the image of Hitler, has also increased.
The data, shows that incitement activity is concentrated in communicating several main messages: Israel has no right to exist, certainly not as the state of the Jewish People, which, in any case, has no link to the holy Land; The disappearance of Israel is unavoidable and is expected soon; The Jews are sub-human creatures and must be dealt with accordingly; In principle, all forms of struggle, including terrorism, are legitimate in order to realize the final goal.
Minister Steinitz said: “We must not ignore the fact that the Palestinian educational system and media, under the patronage of Abu Mazen (PA Chairman Abbas) and during the negotiations, are educating and inciting, on a daily basis, for the destruction of the State of Israel.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu further stated: “This is a very severe phenomenon. True peace cannot exist without stopping the incitement against Israel, and the educating for peace. The refusal of the Palestinians to recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish People and declare the end of their national demands – this is the root of the conflict. This is also the reason why we are insisting on significant security measures, so that we will be able to defend ourselves, by ourselves, in any situation.”
Palestinian Media Watch’s (PMW) latest report serves as a perfect example for this phenomenon. The official Palestinian Authority TV program for children, The Best Home, broadcast the song “Oh Flying Bird,” which misrepresents cities and sites in Israel as “Palestine.” The song states: “My country Palestine is beautiful.
Turn to Safed, and then to Tiberius, and send regards to the sea of Acre and Haifa. Don’t forget Nazareth – the Arab fortress, and tell Beit Shean about its people’s return. My country Palestine is beautiful.” This song has been given prominence on official PA TV. Palestinian Media Watch has documented that at least eight different versions of this song have been broadcast, some of them repeatedly, on PA TV. PMW has many more examples of incitement, education to hatred and Antisemitism which are official PA and Fatah policy.