Daily Israel Report

Report: Congress to Deny Aid to PA Until Incitement Stops

House Appropriations Committee weighing bill cutting off aid to the PA unless incitement stops, according to one report.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 2/22/2014, 11:17 PM

Palestinian Authority children taught to shoot
Palestinian Authority children taught to shoot
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Channel 2 reports Saturday night that the US Congress House Appropriations Committee is debating cutting off aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) unless its ongoing incitement against Israel stops or is significantly curtailed. 

Under the new law, aid to the PA will be frozen until a reliable report is released proving that it has begun cutting down its incitement against the Jewish state. 

US lawmakers believe that the bill is expected to pass by a large majority vote in Congress, according to the daily. Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz spoke with several US Congress members earlier this week and expressed his appreciation about the legislative initiative.

"I met this week with members of Congress and thanked them for proposing a law designed to stop the incitement against Israel in the Palestinian Authority," Steinitz stated Saturday. "The initiative would curtail the aid that the US gives to the Palestinian Authority until it stops or at least significantly reduces the level of incitement it levies against Israel."  Steinitz added that the precondition of reliable accountability for PA incitement before aid resumes is a major step to solving the ongoing incitement problem. 

Steinitz recently turned down a joint committee with the US over the PA's incitement against Israel, citing concerns that a committee would be ineffective. 

"There is no point in convening a committee that will be a cover-up for continued incitement by the Palestinian Authority," he stated. 

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.

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.