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PA Official: Israel 'Turning Marijuana into Heroin' to Poison Us

Modern blood libel? Official claims Israel 'vomiting drugs' into PA in live television broadcast.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 4/2/2014, 8:01 PM

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The Palestinian Authority continues to disseminate a modern form of blood libel against Israel - by claiming that Israel deliberately distributes drugs to harm Palestinian Arab society. 

Adnan Al-Damiri, the official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, reiterated this libel in February, stating that Israel "has spit up and vomited a shocking amount of drugs onto our land," according to Palestinian Media Watch

He explained that the PA had even seized a lab "turning marijuana into heroin." 

"The challenges facing us... [are] drugs," Al-Damiri stated in a live PA TV broadcast. He was speaking at an event marking the graduation of new officers in the PA Security Firces. "You don't know how many problems we've had these past two weeks... A shocking amount of drugs that the Israeli occupation has spit up and vomited onto our land. A lab was even made in the Tulkarem District. The lab turning marijuana into heroin has been seized [by the PA]." 

The PA has made shocking claims along these lines before. In 2012, the watchdog group exposed five different articles in which PA officials had claimed Israel was distributing and manufacturing drugs in the PA, through a "systematic policy to destroy Palestinian society." 

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.