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PA TV: Jews Aren't Hook-Nosed Cowards, But...

...they are interested in money and occupying land. A PA actor explains what Jews are all about.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 3/9/2011, 7:46 PM / Last Update: 3/9/2011, 7:48 PM

While claiming that it wants peace with Israel, the Palestinian Authority continues to teach its population to hate the Jewish people and strive for their state's destruction. The latest piece of PA propaganda captured for the world to see by Palestinian Media Watch is an interview on PA TV with an actor named Abd Al-Rahman Abu Al-Qassam.

Interestingly, Abu Al-Qassam manages to renounce some anti-Semitic sterotypes without letting go of the hatred of Israel. He also calls for the conquest of all of the Land of Israel.
 
The program Personal Encounter featured an interview with Abu Al-Qassam, who lives in Syria. He said his enemies are the Zionists "who were taken by World Zionism, and were transformed from the old Jew into the Zionist Jew, full of fascism." 
 
He conceded that early Palestinian theatrical portrayals of the Jews as bent-nosed, weak and cowardly were not accurate, but insisted that the other early stereotype connecting Jews with money was indeed true: "Of course, he [the Jew] is interested in accumulating money - the Jews throughout history, and in the religions, and the Quran tells us about the Jews and their worry over money."
 
His anti-Semitic statements were not challenged by the PA TV host. PA TV is controlled by the office of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.
 
Some excerpts from the show, as transcribed by PMW:
 
PA TV host: "What is your opinion of people who draw a distinction, who say that a Jew is not [like] the Israeli?"
 
Al-Qassam: "The Neturei Karta [an extremist sect of religious Jews who deny Israel's right to exist until the Messiah comes]. . . Those people are not my enemies. My enemies are the other Jews, the Zionists, who were taken by World Zionism, and were transformed from the old Jew into the Zionist Jew, full of fascism. . ."
 
Host: "You also said, at the same time, that there must be a 'new reading' of the Zionist enemy, since we generally describe him as a weak person... But there are people who say the opposite: Our problem with the Israelis is that we empower them and amplify their power to mythological proportions."
 
Al-Qassam: "30 or 40 years ago, we presented the Jew in the theater as someone with a bent nose who lends with interest and who understands nothing except money matters, and is cowardly, ugly, interested only in collecting money and controlling the people around him. However, this is not accurate or correct: The Jew doesn't have a bent nose, and isn't cowardly, and is not interested only in accumulating money."
 
"Of course, he is interested in accumulating money - the Jews throughout history, and in the religions, and the Quran tells us about the Jews and their worry over money. But that's not everything. Everything, for these people, means keeping what they've managed to attain, in other words, occupation of territory, of a homeland, of history, of geography...
 
"My brothers... in Gaza and in the West Bank... I want to urge you strongly to unite ... this enemy [Israel] is not an easy enemy, and if we want to defeat this difficult enemy, we have to be united so that we can strengthen our abilities... to liberate the entire stolen Palestinian homeland [i.e., all of Israel]. May Allah bless you."
 
Host: "Thank you very much... I join my voice to yours; of course, unity and liberation are the hope of all Palestinians."