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April 21, 2014 / 21 Nisan, 5774
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Research Exposes State Dept. Lie that PA Textbooks Do not Incite

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

A study that translated 150 new Palestinian Authority textbooks used by a U.N. educational body exposes the lies in a former U.S. State Dept. funded study that the PA school system is not a source of incitement against Israel.

The Near East Policy Research Center study reveals that the textbooks say Jews have no rights to Israel, including to Jewish holy sites, and are not considered legitimate residents of the country. The name “Israel” appears less than a handful of times on the textbooks’ maps and is usually replaced with Palestine, and areas inside pre-1967 Israel are described exclusively as Palestinian.

The Near East Policy Research Center sent a letter to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which runs 250 schools in Gaza and 100 in the West Bank, asking it to correct the deficiencies in the textbooks.

The findings are a confirmation of previous reports, including those by Palestinian Media Watch, that despite Obama administration claims that the Palestinian Authority has curbed incitement, its school system increasingly spews out hate and teaches children that Israel should not exist.

Barely one year ago, a different study concluded that anti-Israel incitement was far less than reported by critics.

And guess who funded the in-depth study.

None other than the anti-Israeli zombies running around the U.S. State Dept., which has spent billions of dollars the past 40 years to create a fiction that the “Occupation” is the cause and source of anti-Israel incitement.

A State Dept. official, speaking anonymously because of the sensitivity” of the issue but described by JTA as “an official who works closely with mainstream Jewish organizations,” proudly stated last year  that the conclusion “obviously cuts down one of the pegs and a linchpin in the argument that the Israel government makes, that the Palestinian Authority is teaching hatred to their kids.”

The study was called “Victims of our own Narratives?” and praised both Israel and the Palestinian Authority for publishing textbooks virtually free of “dehumanizing and demonizing characterizations of the other.”

The State Dept. shelled out your money for the survey by a group called the Council of Religious Institutions in the Holy Land, a multifaith body that aims “to prevent religion from being used as a source of conflict, and to promote mutual respect,” according to its website. It claims to be comprised of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate, the Palestinian Islamic Waqf, and the heads of Christian churches in Israel and the West Bank.

However, a closer look at the group discloses who really is running it – the dean of a church in the anti-Israeli Church of Norway and an Arab whom the website says “grew up in the holy – yet divided – city of Jerusalem.”

That explains the survey’s conclusions, far from the truth.

One of the Israeli members of the study, Arnon Groiss, said he has reservations about the methodology and could not attach his name to the final report, which he said he has not seen, JTA reported last year..

The State Dept.-funded study was a sleight of hand to produce misleading conclusions. The research compared Israeli and Palestinian Authority textbooks describing each other in a positive or critical light.

Yale University psychiatry professor Bruce Wexler, who led the survey team, made “comparisons between promotion of education for peace on the one side and education that calls for the annihilation of the other side,” said Yossi Kuperwasser, the director of Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs. “It’s like comparing apples and giraffes.”

A statement from the Ministry of Strategic Affairs picks out passages in Palestinian textbooks it says the study ignores; many of them implicitly negate Israel by referring or depicting the entire territory as “Palestine.”

Senior PA Minister Says Jews Must Be Banned from Western Wall

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Senior Palestinian Authority ministers and clerics have hardened their positions on the Western Wall, which they call the Muslim Al-Burqa wall, and are making it clear that Jews would not be allowed there under a Palestinian state.

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) once again has translated and published official Palestinian Authority hatred of Jews and denial of a Jewish connection to Jerusalem.

Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash and the former Chief Justice of the PA’s Religious Court both recently declared that the PA’s Islamic belief and political position is that Jews are prohibited from praying at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount.

The PA claims that the area of the Muslim holy site, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, includes not only the mosque itself, but extends over the entire Temple Mount and includes the Western Wall.

PMW has found a statement made in an Arab-language newspaper by  Sheikh Tayseer Al-Tamimi, former Chief Justice of the PA’s Religious Court, who said, “The Al-Aqsa Mosque includes all its courtyards, foundations, skies, gates, domes, walls, and specifically, its western wall (Al-Buraq Wall), [parentheses in source], which is, after all, a part of it…”

PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, quoted on official Palestinian Authority television late last year, said, “Jerusalem is religion’s trust and history’s trust in the hands of all Muslims, in the hands of this Ummah (Islamic Nation)… The Al-Buraq Wall (i.e., the Western Wall of the Temple Mount) is an authentic part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque only.”

To use an expression repeated often by former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, a trained ape could see the obvious pattern developed by the Palestinian Authority.

When it says it wants to create a future state on the Temporary Armistice Lines declared in 1949, it means more than that. It wants to duplicate Jordan’s policy at the time of barring Jews from the Western Wall and any other holy sites throughout Judea and Samaria.

Sheikh, Al-Tamimi, the former Chief Justice of PA Religious Court, stated in the Al-Hayyat Al-Jadida newspaper in February, “Allah decreed that the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque is Islamic and belongs to Muslims alone… It is part of the religious belief of a billion and a half Muslims, and the Jews have no right to it. No party, no matter how much power and international support it has, can change this established fact by giving the Jews any right to it, or the right to pray in any part of it. The Al-Aqsa Mosque includes all its courtyards… and specifically, its western wall.”

Al-Habbash, the Minister of Religious Affairs, pointed out that no one, God forbid, should think that he would keep Jews from visiting holy sites. “Freedom of worship in our Jerusalem is guaranteed to all,” but then he added the clincher that “nonetheless, we have rights, principles and positions that cannot possibly be altered.”

He would not harm the rights of others, and the good Muslim cleric is so learned he knows what sites are Jewish. Since the Western Wall is not one of them, there is no reason for Jews to be allowed to desecrate the Wall by even coming near it.

In any future Palestinian Authority state established according to the wishes of Mahmoud Abbas, Kerry, with his brilliant diplomatic skills, could broker a deal by which Jews would be allowed to pray at a replica of the Western Wall to be built outside the State Dept.

Below is a video of Abbas, as far back as three years ago, categorically stating to the Arab League that Muslims must “save” Jerusalem from the Jews.

Isn’t funny that no one says the Jews must save Jerusalem from the Muslims?

Fatah Official: Use the Rifle Instead of ‘Negotiations’ (Video)

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

A member of the central committee of Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party has said in a fiery speech that using “the rifle” always is an alternative for the Palestinian Authority if it does not get what it wants through diplomatic pressure, which it calls negotiations.

Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi, speaking last week at a ceremony in Abbas in support of Abbas, reiterated Fatah’s adherence to the use of weapons as “one of the methods of struggle.”

His speech was translated into English and reported by Palestinian Media Watch, which also provided a video of the speech with English subtitles, as seen below. The Palestinian Authority’s official television station telecast the speech live.

Shouting that “the rifle is here, and it can burst forth at any moment,” Tirawi stated that the rifle “will burst forth from this [current] leadership… and if we are no longer alive… [from] our sons, our young lions

“A national enterprise cannot succeed without the National Liberation Movement, Fatah. We in this movement have not cast down the rifle and have not let go of the rifle. The rifle is here! The method of struggle we are adopting now [negotiations] is [only] one of the methods of struggle.

“But the rifle is here, and it can burst forth at any moment, with a new method and a new leadership. It will burst forth from this [current] leadership if we remain alive, because we are its people; and if we are no longer alive, [then] our sons, our young lions and you will be its people. Revolution until victory, until victory, until victory.”

Fatah also posted on its Facebook page a cartoon showing a small boy pulling the hand of a man carrying a rifle and dressed in a military uniform and wearing a traditional Palestinian headscarf. The child says to the armed man, “We have missed you, come back.”

Earlier this year, Tirawi said on a Palestinian Authority television program, “The negotiations are giving us nothing. The only thing that is possible is [what is called] the ‘sphere of activity’. We – all Palestinian organizations – must return to the ‘sphere of activity…. Resistance… All forms of resistance….

“Weapons or popular resistance. There are a hundred ways of resistance…. What you are hearing from Fatah isn’t anything new… At our Sixth Convention, held in Bethlehem, we did not rule out any of our options for resistance, of which armed struggle is one.”

Tirawi’s statements are logical considering the opening he was given earlier this year by  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who blurted out to an Israeli interviewer, “What do you want? Another Intifada,” meaning that Israel should give Abbas what he wants through “talks” or end up giving everything after a supposed “victory” through violence.

But that can’t possibly be the stand of the Fatah party or of Abbas because none other than President Barack Obama, who as president of the United States of America certainly has inside knowledge, states time after time that Abbas actually does not incite to violence.

It is hard to believe that Obama is on Planet Earth, but here are the man’s words last week, when Abbas graced his presence at the White House:

Abbas “has been somebody who has consistently renounced violence.”

And who knows better than President Obama?

Haredi Rabbi Warns Lapid Is a Target for Assassination

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

A rabbi-lawyer warned  on radio that an “important’ Torah scholar told him that Yair Lapid is in line to be the first politician to be assassinated since the murder of Yitzchak Rabin 18 years ago.

The host of the radio show in the national religious Galei Israel radio station immediately half-joked that the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) was on the way to arrest the guest, Dan Halberthal.

The program, by coincidence or not, is called “Don’t Gag the Mouth.” Since the assassination of Rabin, police from time to time have arrested people for suggesting that someone should be shot, although officials have conveniently ignored outright incitement from Arab and even one or two Jewish Knesset Members.

Halberthal defended his statement and said he feels an obligation to make a public warning as a matter of prevention. For the record, The Jewish Press, like Halberthal, is reporting what was said. Nothing more and nothing less.

The background to the rage in the Haredi community is the work of the “Shaked Committee” that has drawn up legislation for a universal draft that would put draft dodgers in jail if they don’t report for military duty.

The sounds of voices of extremism and for violence are becoming more commonly heard in the Haredi community, according to Halberthal.

“A guest of mine on Shabbat, who is an important figure in the world of yeshivas, told me – and I think there is a lot of truth to it – that “there is going to be a new Rabin assassination. Lapid is going to be killed by a Haredi.”

Shrugging off warnings about the Shin Bet, Halberthal, who also lectures on Jewish judicial law, continued, “When someone tells me something that I think is true, I listen.”

In a subsequent interview with Channel 2, Halberthal said, “Since the murder of Rabin, there has not been such a situation… as with Lapid. He is a marked man in the Haredi community.

“It is not exceptional to hear comparisons between Lapid, Amalek, Haman and Auschwitz when his name is mentioned. On Purim, there definitely will be costumes of Lapid as the modern Haman.

Therefore, it cannot be ruled out that some crazy nut will get up one day and decide to carry out the act [of assassination].” The Haredi street is entirely emotional now, and I feel I must issue a warning.”

Palestinian Authority Criticizes Israeli for ‘Incitement’

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Palestinian Authority called the kettle black Thursday and accused the Netanyahu government of inciting against Mahmoud Abbas and damaging the peace process, the PA official WAFA news agency said.

Abbas’ spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said, “The positions of the president [Abbas] and the Palestinian leadership are aimed at protecting the rights of the Palestinian people and not to turn a blind eye to (Israeli) incitement to kill and sabotage the last of what remained of US efforts to keep the last chance for peace through building illegitimate settlements and announcing all the time that they will not withdraw from the Palestinian-Jordanian borders or recognize the rights of the refugees.”

There was no reference to exactly what “incitement” of Abbas he was talking about.

Rudeineh also condemned the IDF for its shooting dead on Wednesday a “Palestinian citizen.” H was referring to a terrorists who shot a dozen bullets at Israeli vehicle and then at an IDF patrol near the community of Ateret in northern Samaria.

WAFA told its readers that witnesses said the IDF was guilty of “cold blooded murder.”

 

Foreign Ministry Cites PA Incitement as Obstacle to Peace

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

The “culture of hatred” promoted by the Palestinian Authority and that has been more pronounced since the resumption of “peace talks” since last July “undermines the chances for peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” the Foreign Ministry stated on Sunday.

It tied the resumption of discussions with a sharp increase in terrorist attacks.

There were 76 attacks in July, 93 in August, 131 in October and 160 in November, and the attacks have become more lethal in nature, the Ministry added.

“Despite the apparent absence of a direct link between the terrorist incidents, these attacks are connected to the constant stream of incitement to violence and hatred against Israel, emanating from the West Bank [Judea and Samaria], primarily through channels related to the Palestinian Authority,” it stated.

“Much of this incitement is propagated in official PA media and in many instances, by PA officials…. This culture of hatred is a decisive factor in increasing both the number of terrorist attacks and their severity. Children are educated to hate Jews and Israelis from an early age and adults are encouraged to carry out terrorist attacks.”

Peace Partner Abbas’ Fatah ‘Martyrs’ Threaten to Blow Up Tel Aviv

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, an official arm of the Fatah party headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, has posted a video that threatens to turn Tel Aviv into a “ball of fire.”

Incitement is nothing new for the Palestinian Authority, but one would think that Abbas would have a bit of sense to camouflage it a bit in order not to give  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a chance to whisper criticism of Ramallah. Such disproportionate comments by the Obama administration might not be forthcoming because then Abbas could blame the United States for siding with the Zionist lobby.

Abbas has carried out a brilliant diplomatic campaign since taking over from Yasser Arafat a bit less than a decade ago. He donned a suit and tie instead of a kefiah and a pistol on his hip. Abbas globetrotted and picked up support, country by country, while playing the talk game with the Bush and now the Obama administrations.

He managed to squeeze concession after concession from Israel, breaking down almost all of the previous red lines of the Olmert and Netanyahu governments.

But the incitement on official Palestinian Authority media baffles the imagination.

The Al Aqsa Brigades is the “military” arm of Fatah. That spells “terror” in a normal world, but in this age, terrorists are resistance fighters, freedom fighters or, in the worst scenario, militants.

Abbas has not noticed that the world is getting a bit fed up with him and cannot forever ignore the constant incitement, which U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said last year really does not exist because Abbas has done such a great job in gagging it.

Even Kerry cannot be deaf and blind forever. On second thought, let’s not go there.

If anyone has his email, please send him the video below. The audio was translated and published by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

The enemy must understand that the Martyr Commander Nidal Al-Amoudi left behind an army of well-trained fighters. We swear to you that we will turn the beloved [Gaza] Strip into a graveyard for your soldiers, and we will turn Tel Aviv into a ball of fire,” say the brave masked resistance fighters, holding their peace-loving rifles.

To make the video more entertaining, they even provided a cheerful song that “we are going on the way. We are the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ [Brigades]

“Oh usurper, don’t forget it.”

The full video is eight minutes long and shows footage of masked men in military training, arsenals of weapons, missiles being launched, as well as footage of Israelis running for shelter during missile attacks.

PMW recently reported on another terror promotion video that Fatah publicized, which included threats to kidnap, kill, and bomb Israelis. That video was also produced by the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades.

WARNING: This video will be found offensive by anyone associated with the U.S. State Dept., the European Union and the United Nations.

You have been warned.

White House Condemns Iran for Honoring Hezbollah Terrorist

Friday, January 17th, 2014

The United States, which almost ignores the Palestinian Authority when it praises terrorists, has condemned the Iranian foreign minister for honoring Hezbollah mastermind terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, who was assassinated in 2008.

“The United States condemns the decision taken by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari to place a wreath at the grave of Imad Mughniyeh, a former leader of Lebanese Hezbollah responsible for heinous acts of terrorism that killed hundreds of innocent people, including Americans,” Caitlin Hayden, the White House National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement after Zarif visited Mughniyeh’s grave in Beirut.

Mughniyeh is believed to be behind the 1983 bombings of the U.S. embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut, which together killed 268 Americans and scores of others, as well as attacks in the 1990s on the Israeli embassy and the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which together killed 114 people.

“The inhumane violence that Mughniyeh perpetrated – and that Lebanese Hezbollah continues to perpetrate in the region with Iran’s financial and material support – has had profoundly destabilizing and deadly effects for Lebanon and the region,” Hayden added. “The decision to commemorate an individual who has participated in such vicious acts, and whose organization continues to actively support terrorism worldwide, sends the wrong message and will only exacerbate tensions in the region.”

The Obama  administration apparently thinks differently when it comes to terrorists working out of Ramallah, where PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas and his officials constantly honor “martyrs.”

After the Palestinian Authority again celebrated the return of murderers whom Israel freed from jails under pressure from  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a reporter covering the U.S. State Dept. asked spokeswoman Jen Psaki if making heroes out of murdered is not incitement. “I’m not going to give an analysis of every action and what is incitement and what is not incitement,” she replied.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said less than two weeks ago that the Palestinian Authority continues to incite Arabs to commit violence by honoring terrorists and promoting violence in official PA media and in the school system, but Psaki again played foosie rather than say anything that might upset Abbas.

“We’ve spoken about our concerns about incitement consistently over the course of years…I don’t know that we have anything new to report or any analysis on the recent comments over the last couple of days,” she said.

Over the years?

Three years ago, in March 2011, the Palestinian Authority named a town square near Ramallah in honor of Dalal Mughrabi, the female terrorist responsible for an attack that killed 35 Israelis in the 1978 “Coastal Road” massacre. Abbas was on hand for the ceremony.

The Obama administration said nothing for four days.

Silence.

Not a word was heard, because honoring terrorists is not okay if the murderers are from Hezbollah, but it is nice and proper if the killing is part of the Palestinian Authority “resistance” of Israel as  Jewish state.

The State Dept. initially said it was trying to “clarify” the report” of the Palestinian Authority’s honoring Mughrabi.

The spokesman at the time, Mark Toner, finally stated four days later, “We condemn this commemoration of terrorism and have conveyed our deep concern about this incident to senior officials in the Palestinian Authority and have urged them to address it. We underscore that all parties have an obligation to end any form of incitement.”

The Obama administration is “concerned” about Palestinian Authority incitement, just like it is “concerned” about Israel’s building homes for Jews in Judea and Samaria.

Compare that comment with the White House National Security Council’s statement above: ““The decision to commemorate an individual who has participated in such vicious acts, and whose organization continues to actively support terrorism worldwide, sends the wrong message and will only exacerbate tensions in the region.”

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