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Video: The Culture of Peace and Incitement in the PA Index

Cabinet members were shown some of the many incidents of incitement against Israel in the Palestinian Authority.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/3/2012, 4:16 AM

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
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The following YouTube video, prepared by the Independent Media Review and Analysis (IMRA), presents some incidents of incitement in the Palestinian Authority. These incident were shown as a Power Point presentation to Israeli government ministers during a briefing on Sunday.

The briefing was presented by Strategic Affairs Ministry Director-General Yossi Kuperwasser, the coordinator of the professional team that is monitoring the issue and which is constantly updating the "Culture of Peace and Incitement Index in the Palestinian Authority."

In the period under review there was a negative record in expressions of hatred and incitement against Israel as seen in remarks by senior Palestinian Authority officials, on official websites, in the media and in the Palestinian Authority education system. Examples were shown of the use of Hitler's ideas, the adoration of suicide terrorists, anti-Semitic caricatures, the complete ignoring of Israel on official maps, calls for a return to Jaffa and Haifa, etc.

The messages, Kuperwasser told cabinet members, “are being distributed by senior Palestinian officials, on the PA's official web sites, in the media and in the educational system.” The anti-Israel incitement has increased significantly in the past three years, he said.

“The incitement is one of the main issues holding back the possibility of peace,” Kuperwasser said. “PA chief Mahmoud Abbas has no intention of holding back these messages, and instead has chosen to enter into a process designed to destroy the Jewish state,” he added.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said at the briefing, "This is additional proof that this is not a dispute over land but a denial of the existence of the State of Israel. Their unwillingness to accept a Jewish state in any borders whatsoever is the root of the conflict. When there is a map that shows Palestine over the entire area of Israel, there is a conflict here over the very existence of the State of Israel in all its territory. The Palestinian Authority is unwilling to move towards accepting the existence of the State of Israel. It is poisoning the Palestinian public.

“The Palestinians want to use the diplomatic process in order to bring about the end of the State of Israel,” he said. “Going to the UN is part of this. The Palestinian Authority is waging a struggle over the very existence of the State of Israel. While we are prepared to recognize them, they deny our existence. We would have long since reached a solution if they had wanted it.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu directed that the matter be brought to the attention of the countries that voted in favor of the PA’s unilateral move at the UN, which contravenes all the agreements.

Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon said, "As long as the Palestinian Authority educates its people toward hatred, and non-recognition, of Israel, there will not be peace. They are sending deep messages and this education is being absorbed by all sections of the populace, especially the younger generation."