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  4/22/2013, Iyar 12, 5773

State Department Report Praises Israel, Criticizes PA


The State Department of the United States has released its Countries Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012. The section dealing with Israel emphasized the country's commitment to the rule of law and democratic responsibility while noting the concern of part of Israeli society about discrimination against minorities and the treatment of immigrants.

In its section on "The Occupied Territories", the report said, referring to the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria, "At times the PA allowed anti-Semitic expression." Referring to Hamas in Gaza, the report said, "Hamas frequently promoted anti-Semitism." The report cited television, cartoons and "rhetoric by several Palestinian groups included expressions of anti-Semitism, as did sermons by some Muslim religious leaders."

The report also said, "The three most significant human rights abuses across the occupied territories were arbitrary arrest and associated torture and abuse, often with impunity, by multiple actors in the region; restrictions on civil liberties; and the inability of residents of the Gaza Strip under Hamas to choose their own government or hold it accountable."