Daily Israel Report

Haifa is in 'Occupied Palestine', Claims PA Crossword

In latest incident of incitement, PMW exposes a crossword in a PA daily that defined Haifa as "occupied."
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 2/21/2014, 11:39 PM

Haifa port
Haifa port
Reuters

The northern Israeli city of Haifa is in “occupied Palestine”, according to an official Palestinian Authority (PA) newspaper.

The claim was made in a crossword puzzle that appeared in the PA’s official newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, on February 4, and was exposed by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

The clue to the crossword was “A port in occupied Palestine”, and the soultion was "Haifa".

PMW has documented numerous examples of the official PA daily's use of crossword puzzles to deny Israel's existence. Cities such as Akko, Tzfat, Lod and even Tel Aviv have been presented as "Palestinian" or "occupied."

The PA newspaper does this even as PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas publicly states that he is in favor of a “two-state” solution and wishes to live side by side alongside Israel.

The PA uses the many infrastructures of communication at its disposal to promote the message that there is no Israel, but only "occupied Palestine," and that it is only a matter of time and planning before Israel disappears and "Palestine" returns, noted PMW.

PMW has documented many instances where official PA media has called for terrorism in order to achieve the goal of making Israel disappear.

Last month, for example, PMW exposed a video, posted on the official Facebook page of Abbas’s Fatah party and which contains threats to bomb Tel Aviv.

The Israeli government only recently released its annual "Palestinian Incitement Index", which showed that incitement against Israel and the Jewish people is continuing on official media channels including - inter alia - by bodies that are very close to the PA Chairman and in educational and religious networks.

Such incitement ranges from the glorification of Nazism and the lionization of Adolf Hitler, to programs on official PA television featuring heavily-stereotyped Jews as villains (and encouraging violence against them), and various TV and radio shows which literally wipe the Jewish state off the map.

Intelligence and International Relations Minister Yuval Steinitz recently refused an American offer to convene a joint Israel-U.S.-PA committee to discuss the PA’s ongoing incitement against Israel, explaining that “there is no point in convening a committee that will be a cover-up for continued incitement by the Palestinian Authority.”

Israeli officials have stressed that in order to achieve peace, the PA must first stop its incitement against Israel, which includes educating young children towards hatred and terrorism.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)