The Jews are behind all that is wrong in the world, according to the host of a weekly Palestinian Authority TV program on Islam, cited by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). Even when fish fight in the sea, "the Jews are behind it," said the Muslim preacher and professor of Quranic Studies, Imad Hamato.
To back up this anti-Semitic hate speech, Hamato went on to say that the Quran teaches that humanity will never "live in comfort... peace or fortune or tranquility" as long as "the Jews are causing devastating corruption throughout the land." The solution for Muslims, according to the professor, is to fight Jews: "Our real Jihad is to take revenge."
"Humanity will never live in comfort as long as the Jews are causing devastating corruption throughout the land. Humanity will never live in peace or fortune or tranquility as long as they are corrupting the land. An old man told me: If a fish in the sea fights with another fish, I am sure the Jews are behind it. As Allah says: ''Every time they kindled the fire of war [against you], Allah extinguished it. They strive throughout the land [causing] corruption, and Allah does not like corrupters'' (Sura 5:64)."
[Official PA TV, Feb. 27, 2015]
Only a month prior to Hamato's statement, Palestinian Media Watch reported on a cleric on official PA TV who taught that Jews are "apes and pigs" whose "hearts were sealed by Allah."
Anti-Semitism is a central component of PA ideology, explained PMW. In February, the Fatah-run TV channel Awdah broadcast a PA TV documentary that justifies the persecution of European Jews throughout history as an act of self-defense. According to the documentary, the Jews caused Europeans to suffer, who as a result wanted to get rid of the Jews. Therefore, according to the PA, European countries supported the establishment of the State of Israel.
The PA's religious hate speech has been adopted by and large by the Palestinian public. Last year, the Anti-Defamation League released a poll on Antisemitism around the world and found that Palestinians have the most "Antisemitic attitudes" in the world. The ADL survey found that 93% of adults in the West Bank and Gaza answered "probably true" to a majority of the Antisemitic stereotypes tested in the survey.
A few years ago, PMW documented a young Palestinian girl who wrote an essay in a PA-funded magazine for youth, which presented Hitler as someone to admire because he murdered Jews. In a dream, Hitler tells the girl: "I killed them [the Jews] so you would all know that they are a nation which spreads destruction all over the world." [Zayzafuna, February 2011]. Following PMW's exposure, UNESCO withdrew its funding of the magazine, and the magazine and its editors were widely condemned.