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PA TV: Prizes for Ignoring Israel

While Netanyahu tries to get Abbas to admit that Israel is a Jewish state, PA TV educates towards the denial of Israel’s existence altogether.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 10/10/2010, 9:01 PM / Last Update: 10/11/2010, 2:22 PM

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While Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu tries to convince Abbas to admit that Israel is a Jewish state, PA Television continues to educate the PA public towards the denial of Israel’s existence altogether.

Palestinian Media Watch reports that a daily quiz program on PA TV during the month of Ramadan asked contestants to name “cities in Palestine” – and then awarded prizes to those who named cities in Israel.

The show host went even further, however, and told one woman player who did not know the “correct answers” on her own, “Say the names after me: Jerusalem, Gaza, Ramallah, Haifa, Jaffa, Bethlehem." PMW noted that though Jerusalem, Haifa, and Yafo (Jaffa) are cities in Israel, and not under PA control, the woman was handed $100 for repeating the “correct” answers.

Many other contestants similarly named the above cities as being in "Palestine" and earned the $100 reward.

In addition, contestants were asked to name countries bordering “Palestine,” and received prizes even though – or because – they ignored Israel.

Many commentators have said that though Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria has been portrayed as the main issue holding up the current Israel-PA talks, the continuing PA incitement against Israel should actually be the main stumbling block thereof.