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Daily Israel Report

Hundreds of Palestinian Arabs Riot Against IDF; Five Wounded

Stone-throwing mob attacks IDF after incitement at funeral of suspected terrorist.
By AFP and Arutz Sheva Staff
First Publish: 3/1/2014, 7:10 PM

Palestinian Arabs provoke, hurl stones at IDF (illustrative)
Palestinian Arabs provoke, hurl stones at IDF (illustrative)
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Over 200 Palestinian Arabs hurled stones at the IDF after a funeral in the Palestinian Authority Friday, resulting in five injuries, according to AFP

The clashes came after Motazz Washaha, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine suspected of being directly involved in terrorism,  was found dead in his home in Birzeit following a Thursday morning raid by the IDF. 

Some 4,000 mourners attended Washaha's funeral at Birzeit, north of Ramallah, calling on Palestinian Arab factions to unite and avenge Washaha's killing. The stone-throwing riot descended on IDF soldiers at the Atara checkpoint within hours of the call. 

Incitement by the PA against Israel has become increasingly virulent as peace talks progress, recent statistics revealed. 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.