Incitement: Promises, Promises

Incitement against Israel and Jews continues although Prime Minister Ariel Sharon recently lauded the PA for reducing anti-Israel propaganda, according to a survey of Arab media.

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Documents displayed this week by the Israeli Intelligence and Terror Information Center reveal that the Arabs' largest university in Israel, located in Shechem, distributes kits that call for violence against Israel.

An Israel monitoring group, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), noted that while there has been a slight reduction in the hate propaganda, the PA media is "pumping up the people" with anti-Zionist information. Outright encouragement to commit suicide bombings is less, but there is an increase in "ideological incitement," as the idea that all of Israel belongs to the Arabs, said PMW director Itamar Marcus.

Local Arab media constantly repeat the theme that six million Arabs have a "right of return" to Israel, part of the party platform of interim PLO chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) who is the PLO candidate in the January 9 vote for PA president. A movie called "Refugee" was aired several times on PA television Sunday and depicts the borders of "Palestine" from Metula, on the Lebanese border, to Eilat.

A program last week featured a historian who told viewers, "We are the people of this land" and that "Jews remind us of parasitic worms that live in the sea." Farouk Kadoumi, a high ranking PLO Fatah leader, recently broadcast that there are "300 million Arabs, while Israel has only the sea behind it… At this stage there will be two states. Many years from now there will be only one."

A historian associated with the PA told viewers in a video, "This land belongs to us… The Torah disparages all of the prophets… They say that the Temple was here. What Temple and what shtemple? What archeological remains (are there)?" Arab authorities on the Temple Mount have, over the past few years, hauled away and dumped hundreds of tons of valuable historical findings from the period of the Holy Temple, despite outcries from Israeli archeologists.

The order by Abu Mazen that local media stop incitement was printed in an Arab newspaper based in London and not in a local paper, noted Yigal Carmon, head of the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). He said that Abu Mazen often has come out against terrorism but only because it damages the PA's objectives.

A daily diet of incitement also arrives through the internet and from news sources from Arab countries.