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Via Palestinian Media Watch:

PA sports officials condemn friendly game between Palestinian and Israeli kids:

“A crime against humanity”

“An act conceived by sick souls”
“A crime and an unpatriotic and immoral act” 
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Last week, Palestinian and Israeli boys met in Southern Israel to play in a football match organized by the Israeli Peres Center for Peace. The Palestinian Authority daily reprinted an article from Agence France-Presse that described the match and the initiative in a positive light. However, news of the joint sports activity with “the Zionist enemy” was not well received by PA and Fatah leaders.

In reaction to the friendly game, Jibril Rajoub, Deputy Secretary of Fatah’s Central Committee and Head of the Palestinian Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, stated that:

 

“Any activity of normalization in sports with the Zionist enemy is a crime against humanity.”

In a Facebook post, Rajoub stated that “for a while now the Palestinian sports leadership and community – the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, the Palestinian Olympic Committee and the Palestinian Football Association – have opposed such activities,” and specified that “normalization in sports with the Zionist occupation is a crime.” He demanded that “all individuals and institutions distance themselves from such activities, especially because their recurrence would arouse disgust and aversion towards all members of the [Palestinian] sports community.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2014, and posted on Jibril Rajoub's official Facebook page, Sept. 6, 2014]

Others called for an investigation and for the prosecution of the Palestinian organizers who agreed to participate in the match with the Israelis. Denouncing the match as “a crime and an unpatriotic and immoral act,” member of the Palestinian Olympic Committee Abd Al-Salam Haniyeh demanded that Rajoub “immediately interrogate the organizers of the match, settle the account with them and prosecute them on charges of serious treason against the blood of the Martyrs [who died in the Gaza war] and violation of the decisions made by the Palestinian sports community’s leadership.” [Sama, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 3, 2014]

The National Committee Against Normalization in Palestine “condemned the participation of children from the West Bank in a football match between Palestinian and Israeli children,” and “called on the heads of the Palestinian sports [community] and the Palestinian leadership to discover who is behind this ‘normalization match.'” The Committee’s Secretary General, Jihad Uweida, expressed “surprise” and “astonishment” that Palestinians would “do Israel a free service” by participating in such an event at a time when the National Committee Against Normalization in Palestine “is conducting an international campaign for expelling Israeli sports from the international sports system, and after international sports organizations expressed their intention of boycotting this entity [Israel].” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 5, 2014]

The leadership of Fatah’s branch in Yatta, the hometown of the boys participating in the match, held “an urgent meeting to discuss the ramifications of the normalization matches” and “strongly condemned” the event. Fatah branch secretary Dr. Kamal Makhamreh said that the participation in the match “was an individual act, conceived by sick souls that agreed to be humiliated for a handful of money,” and he “urged the residents to supervise their children and distance them from these kinds of activities, which damage our cause.” Another Fatah official, the Yatta branch spokesperson, Muhammad Al-Birawi, said that Fatah “has demanded that the [Palestinian] Security Forces settle the account with these reckless people (i.e., the Palestinian organizers of the event).” [Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 4, 2014]

This is not the first time PA and Fatah leaders have opposed what they refer to as “normalization” with Israel in sports. In a video publicized by Palestinian Media Watch last year, Jibril Rajoub stated that he would fire any Palestinian sportsman who engages in “normalization” with Israel.

 

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The following is the positive report on the Israeli-Palestinian match from Agence France-Presse, which was reprinted by the official PA daily:

 

Headline: “Palestinian and Israeli children participate in friendly football matches a few kilometers from the devastated Gaza Strip”

 

“After a summer of brutal war, destruction and fatalities, Palestinian and Israeli children met on Monday [Sept. 1, 2014] to participate in football matches a few kilometers from the devastated Gaza Strip.
About a week after the ceasefire that put an end to the destructive war in Gaza, which lasted 50 days, approximately 80 children, ages 6-16, met for a tournament in Kibbutz Dorot, located in southern Israel, where rockets launched from the Gaza Strip had landed.
The Israeli children came from communities located near the besieged Gaza Strip, while the Palestinian children came from Yatta in the southern Gaza Strip (sic, should be West Bank. Yatta is a city south of Hebron).
This tournament was part of an initiative that was launched 12 years ago, whose original aim was to bring Palestinian [boy]s from occupied East Jerusalem and Israeli boys closer together. Many of the children had already played in previous tournaments organized by the Peres Center for Peace, which is run by former Israeli President Shimon Peres.
The tension was easily discernable at first, but the young players’ enthusiasm for the game eventually prevailed. The war in Gaza resulted in the death of 2,140 Palestinians, a quarter of them children, and of 71 Israelis – most of them soldiers. Ofer, 11, from Sderot, a town in southern Israel where many rockets had landed, said: ‘It’s great to come back here and enjoy our time [together], after weeks of being stuck at home during the war.’
Qusai, 11, said: ‘I love it when we play together like this. I hope that one day there will be peace between Arabs and Jews and that there will be no more wars and death…
Shimon Peres, who concluded his term as ninth President of Israel in July [2014] was also present… Peres, the 90-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said, while holding a football: ‘Don’t play against each other but with each other.'”
From Agence France-Presse
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 3, 2014]

 The following are longer excerpts of the reports on the PA and Fatah leaders’ condemnations of the friendly game:

 

Headline: “Rajoub: ‘Normalization in sports with the Zionist occupation is a crime'”

 

“[Deputy Secretary of Fatah's Central Committee,] Head of the [Palestinian] Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the [Palestinian] Football Association Jibril Rajoub said any activity of normalization in sports with the Zionist enemy is a crime against humanity. He said that the position of the sports [community] leadership on the issue is perfectly clear.
Rajoub’s statements were made in response to a sports activity held a few days ago (i.e., a football match between Palestinian and Israeli children sponsored by the Israeli Peres Center for Peace).
This [event] was publicized by internet sites and local newspapers.
Rajoub emphasized the following points:
1.    The game was an Israeli attempt to cover up their crimes against [Palestinian] athletes. It is a disgrace to use sports for this purpose.
2.    If there are Israeli parties who believe sport is a means of spreading values and peace, they should come out against the occupation’s crimes against Palestinian athletes, whether the restriction of their movement, the destruction of their [sports] facilities or the physical elimination of dozens of them…
3.    For a while now the Palestinian sports leadership and community – the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, the Palestinian Olympic Committee and the Palestinian Football Association – have opposed such activities.
4.    I demand that all individuals and institutions distance themselves from such activities, especially because their recurrence would arouse disgust and aversion towards all members of the [Palestinian] sports community.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2014, 
and posted on Jibril Rajoub's official Facebook page, Sept. 6, 2014]

Headline: “The National Committee Against Normalization [in Palestine] condemned the ‘Palestinian-Israeli’ football match”

 

“The Executive Office of the National Committee Against Normalization in Palestine published an announcement in which it condemned the participation of children from the West Bank in a football match between Palestinian and Israeli children, held by the Peres Center for Peace at the Gaza envelope (i.e., in Israel near the border with the Gaza Strip), near a Zionist kibbutz, which constitutes normalization [with Israel].
Secretary General of the National Committee [Against Normalization] Jihad Uweida said the committee’s Executive Office was stunned by the timing and location of the match, at a time when the blood of our people and children in the Gaza Strip and of the Martyrs (Shahids) of the sports movements has not yet dried…
The Executive Office of the National Committee [Against Normalization] called on the heads of the Palestinian sports [community] and the Palestinian leadership to discover who is behind this ‘normalization match’ at such a time, and who benefits from holding meetings of this kind.
Uweida emphasized that the National Committee Against Normalization is surprised and astonished that while it is conducting an international campaign for expelling Israeli sports from the international sports system, and after international sports organizations expressed their intention of boycotting this entity [Israel], a Palestinian party would do this entity a free service.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 5, 2014]
Headline: “Fatah in Yatta condemns normalization meetings with Israelis”
“The [Fatah] branch leadership in Yatta held an urgent meeting to discuss the ramifications of the normalization matches held between Palestinian children from the city of Yatta villages and Israeli children, which were supervised by the Peres Center for Peace, and [held] in the presence of former President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres.
The meeting’s participants strongly condemned this event, especially in light of the fact that our people are being subject to the most heinous racist attack, manifested in the murder of the children of Gaza and the West Bank by the most powerful war machine in the region.
[Fatah] branch secretary Dr. Kamal Makhamreh said: ‘The occupation is attempting to improve its criminal image, which was revealed in the murder of our children in Gaza, by holding such normalization meetings, while using weak-minded people, who in turn have exploited the innocence of some children, deceived them and dragged them to this kind of normalization meetings. Therefore, we at Fatah’s Yatta branch, emphasize that this was an individual act, conceived by sick souls that agreed to be humiliated for a handful of money. This act does not represent the nature and character of the residents of the village of Yatta, who are defending their land with resolve in face of the settlement monster, by standing against the herds of settlers who attack their lands on a daily basis.’
Makhamreh urged the residents to supervise their children and distance them from these kinds of activities, which damage our cause.
The Yatta branch spokesperson Muhammad Al-Birawi said the branch committee… will strike with a fist of iron any who allow themselves to tarnish the image of Yatta, the city of Martyrs (Shahids) and prisoners – especially as the [Fatah] movement] has launched a campaign for boycotting Israeli products and will not allow this kind of act, which is being condemned by the people and organizations, to repeat itself. Al-Birawi also said the movement has demanded that the [Palestinian] Security Forces settle the account with these reckless people (i.e., the Palestinian organizers of the event).”
[Ma'an, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 4, 2014]
“Palestinian Olympic Committee member Abd Al-Salam Haniyeh denounced the match held between Palestinian and Israeli children. He considered it a crime and an unpatriotic and immoral act.
Haniyeh said these matches are completely unacceptable to the sports community, the Olympic Committee, the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs and the Palestinian Football Association.
He added: ‘The [Palestinian] organizers of this match betrayed the blood of the children of Gaza and of the Martyrs (Shahid), which has yet to dry a week after the end of the barbaric Israeli aggression, which resulted in the deaths of more than 2,150 Martyrs, the wounding of more than 13,000 people and thousands of homes that were brought down on the heads of their inhabitants.
Haniyeh demanded that Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub immediately interrogate the [Palestinian] organizers of the match, settle the account with them and prosecute them on charges of serious treason against the blood of the Martyrs and violation of the decisions made by the Palestinian sports community’s leadership.
It should be noted that the sports meeting between Palestinian and Israeli youth was held in an Israeli settlement a few kilometers from the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel. The meeting was organized by the Peres Center for Peace.”
[Sama, independent Palestinian news agency, Sept. 3, 2014] 

More empirical evidence that proves that Hamas is lethally militaristic and institutionalizes homicide. Via PalWatch:

Hamas TV: Dress up like Jews
to execute suicide bombings 

PA TV: “She wraps her waist
with dynamite and explodes…

It is neither death… nor suicide…

It is Gaza’s way to declare its right to life.”

by Itamar Marcus

During the Gaza war, Hamas repeatedly broadcast a video promoting suicide attacks on Israeli civilians. The Hamas video shows a terrorist putting on a suicide belt and dressing up as a stereotypical, bearded Orthodox Jewish civilian, who is then sent to commit a suicide bombing.

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[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), 3 times: July 9, 27, and 30, 2014]

 

PA TV likewise broadcast a video during the war which could also be interpreted as encouraging suicide bombing. The video was based on a poem written by Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian national poet. While some literature analysts say the deeper meaning of the poem is a critique on suicide bombings, the words PA TV chose to include in its video clip seem to present suicide bombing positively – literally as an expression of life:

 

“She wraps her waist with dynamite

and explodes… It is neither death… nor suicide…

It is Gaza’s way to declare its right to life.”

 

The video demonizes Israel as an enemy targeting women and children and concludes that suicide terror will go on:

“She shall continue to explode. It is neither death nor suicide.”

This is in addition to Fatah’s explicit calls to launch missiles towards Israel, as reported by Palestinian Media Watch.

The following is from the text of the PA TV clip:

 
“She [Gaza] wraps her waist with mines and explodes,
It is neither death nor suicide.
It is Gaza’s way to declare its right to life
She scratched the enemy’s face
And repelled them from satisfaction with time, 

because time in Gaza is something else 

In Gaza the enemy could be victorious
The high sea could be victorious on an island.
They may cut down all her trees; they may break her bones
They could plant tanks in her children’s chests and women’s bellies and throw her into the sea, sand or blood
But she will never repeat the lies or say “yes” to the invaders; 

she will continue to explode
It is neither death nor suicide.
It is Gaza’s way to declare its right to life.”

[Excerpt from "Silence for Gaza" by Mahmoud Darwish,
Trans. Adib S. Kawar, Tlaxcala, Official PA TV, July 17, 2014]

Hamas TV:

Every Muslim mother “must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion”
Leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait, Tareq Al-Suwaidan: “Without a doubt, the blood being spilled [in Gaza] is dear. But the equation is Those killed from our side are in Paradise, and those killed from their side in Hell. (Hadith) We are not afraid of Martyrdom. Not long ago, you cried out loud: “Death for Allah is our most exalted wish!” (Muslim Brotherhood slogan) You received the death you wanted. We have no problem with death. We are not like the children of Israel: “And you will surely find them the most greedy of people for life.” (Quran) Whereas we yearn for death and Martyrdom… Every mother – especially the mothers in Palestine, but every mother in the [Islamic] Nation, not just Palestine – must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion. We hate them and they are our enemies. We will plant this in their [our children’s] souls, so that a new generation will grow among us, which will erase them from the face of the earth.”

Via PMW:

Israel is monstrous soldier
eating the Dome of the Rock Mosque

Cartoon repeats PA libel
that Israel is planning
to destroy Jerusalem mosques

PLO official: Israel wants
to “erect what they call ‘the Temple’ over Al-Aqsa”
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik


One of the libels continuously repeated by the PA is that Israel is planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and everything else on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem – in order to build what the PA refers to as the “alleged Temple.”

 


Official PA TV reiterated this libel when it broadcast on its show Circle of Events a cartoon from the Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustur, which  depicts Israel as a monstrous soldier gorging on the Dome of the Rock Mosque, while a Hamas activist holding a flag with the word “Land” and a Fatah activist holding a flag with the word “Day” commemorate the Palestinian Land Day. [Official PA TV, March 30, 2014]

Similarly, on the same day, Chairman of the Political Committee of the Palestinian National Council (the legislative body of the PLO) Khaled Mismar accused Israel of scheming to tear down the Al-Aqsa Mosque:

 

 “Now they want to divide up the Al-Aqsa Mosque (i.e., the Temple Mount Plaza). Furthermore, they want to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and erect what they call ‘the Temple’ over Al-Aqsa.” [Official PA TV, March 30, 2014]


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Palestinian Media Watch has reported on similar cartoons in the PA media depicting Israelis and Jews eating the mosques.

PMW has documented that PA leaders repeatedly spread this libel, which not only demonizes Jews and Israelis but  also serves the purpose of denying Jewish history in the land in general and in Jerusalem in particular.

PMW recently reported that top PA religious leaders deny Jews the right to pray at the Western Wall. The highest religious authority in the PA, Mufti Muhammad Hussein, repeated this when he responded to what he called Israel’s “attempt… at lay[ing] hands on the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque… [and] in addition to the threat of destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque to establish the alleged Temple on its ruins.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 26, 2014]

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Via Palestinian Media Watch:

Hamas to Israelis:

“We’ve missed the suicide attacks
Expect us soon at bus stations and in cafés”
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

In response to Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense that aims to cripple the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and protect Israeli civilians, Hamas’ military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, has produced videos addressing Israelis.

“From the Palestinian people to the Zionists: We’ve missed the suicide attacks. Expect us soon at bus stations and in cafés.”

[Al-Aqsa TV (Fatah), Nov. 18, 2012]

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“From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionists: Don’t go to sleep, because we may get you in your sleep.”

[Al-Aqsa TV (Fatah), Nov. 18, 2012]

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The videos, which include footage of fighting Al-Qassam Brigades members, missiles being fired, and pictures of injured soldiers, also address Israeli soldiers:

“From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: On the edge of Gaza, [your] grave is waiting for you.”

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  “Zionist soldiers: Come forward, brave one, so that you can be killed.”

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Part of a song on Al-Aqsa TV also encourages suicide operations:

“Strap on your [explosive] belt, brave one, and burn them with fire.

Shake the earth beneath those who occupied our home.”

[Al-Aqsa (Hamas) TV, Nov. 15, 2012]

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See Palestinian Media Watch‘s earlier reports on Operation Pillar of Defense:

#1 on Ahmed Al-Ja’abari, head of Hamas’ military wing
#2 on PA leaders’ responses to killing of Al-Ja’abari  #3 on Hamas’ false information about its success

 

The following is the full transcript of Hamas’ videos addressing Israelis:
“From the Palestinian people to the Zionists: We’ve missed the suicide attacks. Expect us soon at bus stations and in cafés.
From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionists: Don’t go to sleep, because we may get you in your sleep.
From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: On the edge of Gaza, [your] grave is waiting for you.
From the Al-Qassam Brigades to the Zionist soldiers: Come forward, brave one,
So that you can be killed.”
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012]

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Via Palestinian Media Watch:

Hamas disinformation:
Israel’s international airport closed,
planes redirected to secret base

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

On the fifth day of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense that targets terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and which has successfully destroyed many Hamas rocket launching  points, Hamas issued false information about its own successes fighting Israel.
[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012]
Today, a news ticker on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV incorrectly claimed:

“Media of the enemy: International airport Ben Gurion closed, planes being redirected to a secret base in the north
[of Israel].”

Similarly, the Hamas website Al-Risala falsely claimed yesterday that Hamas had succeeded in shooting down an Israeli F-16 plane:

“Hamas’ military wing Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades confirmed that an ‘Israeli’ F-16 fighter plane was shot down… A reconnaissance aircraft was shot down as well.”

[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 15, 2012]

 

Likewise, on Thursday, when Israel launched the operation, Hamas immediately set out to create an illusion of its own success by reporting on TV and on a Hamas website that one of its missiles had hit Tel Aviv, falsely claiming that it had cut off electricity in the city:

“Al-Qassam Brigades shelled Tel Aviv for the first time with a locally made rocket. The electricity network in the southern part of the city was hit.”

 

The following are the articles from the

Al-Risala website:

“Hamas’ military wing Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades confirmed that an ‘Israeli’ F-16 fighter plane was shot down in the Al-Wusta Governorate. A reconnaissance aircraft was shot down as well. Abu Ubeida [the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades' spokesperson] said that the resistance and the Al-Qassam Brigades are doing well, and the occupation’s claim that the power of the Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip has been destroyed is merely a lie. He described the Iron Dome (Israeli system that can intercept and destroy missiles in the air), which was built by the occupation and which costs it millions in order to intercept Palestinian rockets, as the ‘Paper Dome.'”

[Al-Risala website (Hamas), Nov. 17, 2012]

 
“Izz A-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, officially announced that occupied Tal Al-Rabia (“Tal Al-Rabia” is the Palestinians’ Arabic translation of Tel Aviv, to wrongly imply the existence of an Arab village of that name prior to Tel Aviv – Ed. ) was shelled with an improved Fajr-5 rocket on Thursday morning. Yesterday, Al-Qassam [Brigades] stated that Tal Al-Rabia was shelled with a locally made rocket. They emphasized in an announcement that what comes next will be worse. Hebrew (i.e., Israeli) media sources said that the rocket cut off electricity in ‘Tel Aviv,’ which is 70 kilometers from Gaza.”
[Al-Risala website (Hamas), Nov. 15, 2012]

News ticker on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV, broadcast on Nov. 18, 2012:

“Media of the enemy: International airport Ben Gurion closed, planes being redirected to a secret base in the north [of Israel].”
 [Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 18, 2012]

News ticker on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV, broadcast on Nov. 15, 2012:

“Al-Qassam Brigades shelled Tel Aviv for the first time with a locally made rocket. The electricity network in the southern part of the city was hit.”

[Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), Nov. 15, 2012]

See Palestinian Media Watch‘s earlier reports on Operation Pillar of Defense:

#1 on Ahmed Al-Ja’abari, head of Hamas’ military wing
#2 on PA leaders’ responses to killing of Al-Ja’abari

 

Mahmoud Abbas:
Jerusalem only has Islamic and Christian history,
Israel’s “Judaization” is stealing Jerusalem’s
“cultural, human, and Islamic-Christian
religious history”
Mahmoud Abbas’ advisor:
Israel is creating “artificial heritage
with a Jewish spirit at the expense
of its [Jerusalem's] true and authentic [identity]
as an Arab, Islamic and Christian city”
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority continue to deny Israel’s 3,000 years of history in Jerusalem, claiming it is solely an Arab, Muslim and Christian city. Earlier this month, Abbas referred to Israel’s presence and activities in Jerusalem as “Judaization” and stated that Israel is stealing what he called the “cultural, human, and Islamic-Christian religious history.”
Last month, Abbas’ advisor for Jerusalem said that Israel is trying:
“to create an artificial heritage with a Jewish spirit at the expense of its true and authentic [identity] as an Arab, Islamic and Christian city.”
This is not the first time that Abbas has denied Jewish history in Jerusalem and claimed the city for Islam alone. Palestinian Media Watch has reported that Mahmoud Abbas said that taking Jerusalem from Israel is a religious Islamic obligation of the highest level, a “fard ayn” – a personal Islamic commandment incumbent on every Muslim:
“I say to the leaders of our Arab nation and to its peoples: Jerusalem and its environs are a trust that Allah entrusted to us. Saving it [Jerusalem] from the settlement monster and the danger of Judaization and [land] confiscation is a personal [Islamic] commandment [Arabic: fard ayn] incumbent on all of us. Therefore, I call all of you to serious and urgent action to save [Jerusalem] and to make available all possibilities in order to strengthen our resolve and to maintain its historical, cultural and religious character.”
[Al-Jazeera TV, March 27, 2010]
In a different speech, Abbas said in 2010:
“The oppressor will not last in Jerusalem; the oppression will not endure. Victory will come, Allah willing. This land is Allah’s best land, for which He chooses the finest of His believers, as it is written in the words of the Prophet [Muhammad].”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 11, 2010]
Abbas’ Minister of Religion Mahmoud Al-Habbash claimed that Jerusalem has been:

“throughout history, the capital of the Palestinian state and the capital of the Palestinian people.”

[PA TV (Fatah), Aug. 20, 2010]
Neither claim is correct. There has never been a Palestinian state and Jerusalem was never the capital of an Arab or Muslim state. Nonetheless, the minister warned there would be religious war over Jerusalem:
“The term ‘war’ cannot be erased from the lexicon of this region as long as Jerusalem is occupied.”
[PA TV (Fatah), Aug. 20, 2010]
The Palestinian Authority Mufti Muhammad Hussein likewise recently denied Jewish history in Jerusalem:
“They [Jews] want to say or suggest that this place (i.e., the Temple Mount) was once, according to their claim, a Temple. However, in truth, there never was a Temple in any period, nor was there, at any time, any place of worship for the Jews or others at the Al-Aqsa Mosque site (i.e., which was built on the Temple Mount, 705 CE).”
[PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 5, 2012]
The following are the recent statements by Mahmoud Abbas and his advisor on Jerusalem, followed by Abbas’ earlier comments and the remarks of the Minister of Religion:
“President Mahmoud Abbas held a series of meetings in Tunis… the President met with the Arab ambassadors to Tunisia… He explained to the guests the policies that are being adopted by the occupation authorities (i.e., Israel) – Judaization, destruction of homes, causing the emigration of Palestinian inhabitants, and imposition of high taxes; the continued excavations under the Al-Aqsa Mosque; [and he explained] the need for Arab cohesion in order to protect what remains of the holy city, and the [Israeli] attempts to steal its cultural, human, and Islamic-Christian religious history.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 1, 2012]
“Advisor on Jerusalem affairs to the Palestinian President’s Office, Ahmed Al-Ruweidi… said: ‘Israel is managing to seize the land in the city; at the same time, the chances of maintaining its Arab and Islamic identity are small, since the occupation authorities are carrying out the 2020 plan, which is meant to establish the Jewishness of Jerusalem and to create a new and fabricated facade with an artificial heritage… about Jewish existence in Jerusalem… It is not befitting a city with the importance of Jerusalem, with what it represents, that it should continue to be subject to occupation… and that there should be repeated, ongoing attempts to change its geographical, demographic and cultural characteristics, and to create an artificial heritage with a Jewish spirit at the expense of its true and authentic [identity] as an Arab, Islamic and Christian city.'”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 25, 2012]
Mahmoud Abbas, addressing the leaders of Arab countries at the Arab League summit in Libya, on March 27, 2010:
“I say to the leaders of our Arab nation and to its peoples: Jerusalem and its environs are a trust that Allah entrusted to us. Saving it [Jerusalem] from the settlement monster and the danger of Judaization and [land-] confiscation, is a personal [Islamic] commandment [Arabic: fard ayn] incumbent on all of us. Therefore, I call all of you to serious and urgent action to save [Jerusalem] and to make available all possibilities in order to strengthen our resolve and to maintain its historical, cultural and religious character.”
[Al-Jazeera TV, March 27, 2010]

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Mahmoud Al-Habbash, PA Minister of Religious Affairs with Mahmoud Abbas in the audience:
“Jerusalem is not just a city. Al-Aqsa is not just a mosque. Jerusalem is the key to peace, and Jerusalem can ignite a thousand and one wars. Unless the issue of Jerusalem is solved, so that it returns to its owners; unless Jerusalem will be Palestinian, as it was throughout history, the capital of the Palestinian state and the capital of the Palestinian people, the place which is the object of heartfelt longing and which all Muslims aspire to reach; unless Jerusalem is like that way, there is no peace. There is no peace without Jerusalem. There is no stability without Jerusalem. If Jerusalem is dishonored, if Jerusalem is disgraced, if [Jerusalem] is lost, it may leave the door open to all possibilities of struggle, all possibilities of war. The term ‘war’ cannot be erased from the lexicon of this region as long as Jerusalem is occupied, as long as Jerusalem is disgraced, as long as the residents of Jerusalem are being targeted. It’s not possible; Jerusalem has to return to its owners. And we are its owners.”
[PA TV (Fatah), Aug. 20, 2010]

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Via PALWatch:

Hitler tells a Palestinian girl in her dream:
“I killed them [the Jews] so you would all know that they are a nation
which spreads destruction all over the world.”
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

The following is an excerpt from Deception: Betraying the Peace Process, chapter 14, section 1:

The Palestinian Authority funds a monthly educational magazine for children called Zayzafuna. The magazine is made up of material written by the magazine’s staff and also includes essays and poems written by children. Accordingly, Zayzafuna both represents the values of the educators and serves as a window into the minds of the participating Palestinian children. The magazine is published with the sponsorship of the PLO’s Palestinian National Committee for Education, Culture and Sciences.

Most of the content in Zayzafuna is positive and educational. It promotes family values, encourages children to read and to participate in building a modern, democratic society. However, these positive messages are directed at Palestinian society, Muslims, Christians and Druze. When it comes to portraying Israel and Jews, Zayzafuna changes its tone and includes items glorifying Jihad against Israel and praising Martyrdom death for Allah, and the Martyrs themselves.

The most extreme expression of demonization of Jews is the inclusion of an essay submitted by a teenage girl in which Hitler is presented as a positive figure to be admired because he killed Jews in order to benefit the world.

The girl in her dream asks Hitler: “You’re the one who killed the Jews?” Hitler responds: “Yes. I killed them so you would all know that they are a nation which spreads destruction all over the world.” Like the other hate messages, this appears in a story with positive messages by other admired figures, including a Muslim Nobel Prize recipient and a math scholar. See the full text below.

In addition, the magazine portrays a world where “Palestine” has replaced Israel by referring to Israeli cities such as Haifa and Jaffa as places in “Palestine” or as “occupied” cites. It denies Israel’s right to exist by saying that Israel is on “stolen” or “occupied” land, and demonizes Israel and Jews. Approximately one fourth of the children’s submissions are on nationalistic topics, and among them are expressions of hatred and delegitimization against Jews and Israel that mirror the messages transmitted by the PA leadership through official media, PA education and other structures under their control.

It is specifically because this is not a hate magazine, but in general a positive publication promoting good values, that the hatred expressed towards Israel and Jews is so damaging. All the positive messages about coexistence and peace, which abound throughout the magazine, apply to everyone but Israelis and Jews. The message of Zayzafuna concerning Israelis and Jews is that they are in a unique category separated from other peoples and religious groups: For others – peace, cooperation and coexistence; for Israelis and Jews – hatred, confrontation and Jihad. 

Hitler admired because he murdered Jews

The Zayzafuna magazine chose to publish an essay written by a girl in 10th grade in which Hitler is admired because he killed the Jews – an act that is presented as a positive accomplishment for the benefit of humanity. The girl describes a dream in which she meets four historical figures, all of whom are presented as admired role models, and each one’s special accomplishment is the topic of a short conversation with the girl. Three of them are the ninth-century Muslim mathematician Al-Khwarizmi; Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz; and Saladin, the Muslim leader who defeated the Christian Crusaders and conquered Jerusalem in the 12th century. The fourth and only non-Muslim role model in the dream is Adolf Hitler.

All four are presented as positive figures and each one offers advice to the young girl, which she accepts. Hitler is admired because he killed the Jews “so you would all know that they are a nation which spreads destruction all over the world.” Hitler advises the girl to “be resilient and patient” in facing the suffering the Jews are causing. The girl thanks Hitler for his advice.

Significantly, Zayzafuna‘s editors chose to include this submission in the magazine, without dissociating themselves from the admiration of Hitler. They found it an acceptable message to have Hitler appear with other role models for Palestinian children.

The following is the essay in Zayzafuna presenting Hitler with other positive role models.

“One hot day, I was very tired after a hard day… and suddenly I saw four white doors in front of me. I opened them in no particular order.
I opened the f irst door and saw a beautiful place full of f lowers. I was surprised to see a man there. I asked him, ‘Who are you?’
He said, ‘I am Al-Khwarizmi.’ [Ninth century Persian mathematician who lived in Baghdad, known for his contribution to the development of algebra.]
I said: ‘You’re the one who invented mathematics and arithmetic?’ He said: ‘Yes. What’s your situation like today?’
I said: ‘The Arabs and Muslims are in a deep sleep; they can’t do anything. They have moved away from all the sciences.’
He [Al-Khwarizmi] said: ‘Yes, I know that. The day will come when the Arabs will return to their glory. And you – you have a great duty, which is to take an interest in the Islamic sciences and to protect them from being forgotten.’
I said, ‘I promise,’ and left the door.
I turned to the next door; there Hitler awaited me. I said, ‘You’re the one who killed the Jews?’
He [Hitler] said: ‘Yes. I killed them so you would all know that they are a nation which spreads destruction all over the world. And what I ask of you is to be resilient and patient, concerning the suffering that Palestine is experiencing at their hands.’
I said [to Hitler]: ‘Thanks for the advice.’
Then I turned to the third door, and met Naguib Mahfouz [Nobel Prize- winning Egyptian author], who was the one who knew best the value of time and how to use it.
He said: ‘People’s pastime, these days, has become killing time and wasting it, as though they are punishing themselves. So strive to use your time in the best way.’
At the fourth door I meet Saladin Al-Ayoubi [Muslim leader who defeated the Christian crusaders and conquered Jerusalem in the twelfth century]. He said: ‘I am Saladin.’
I said: ‘You were the one who liberated Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa [Mosque].’ He answered: ‘Yes.’
I said: ‘Return, oh Saladin, for Jerusalem and Palestine cry out and no one answers.’
He [Saladin] said: ‘I know, but every time has its men, and the right man to liberate Jerusalem is still to come.’
And before I could finish my dream, the alarm clock rang and I woke up. It was seven in the morning, and I needed to go to school early, because I had promised Naguib Mahfouz that I would use time well.”
[Zayzafuna, February 2011]

Although repugnant, a Palestinian teenager’s admiration for Hitler because he killed Jews, alongside other Muslim role models, is not unexpected. As PMW documents, Palestinian children are brought up with the teaching that killing Israelis and Jews is heroic. The PA has named streets, schools, sporting events and more after Palestinian terrorists who have killed hundreds of Israeli civilians. In Palestinian cultural, educational and social events, every Palestinian child is exposed to repeated glorification of terrorists who have killed Jews. Palestinian children have participated in summer camps named after Dalal Mughrabi who led a bus hijacking in which 37 civilians were killed, and played in football tournaments named after Abd Al-Basset Odeh, a suicide bomber who killed 31 Israelis at a Passover dinner. It is not surprising that a Palestinian child who has been educated to see those who have murdered Jews as heroes and role models will conclude that Hitler, the one who murdered the most Jews in history, is likewise worthy of admiration.

About the publishers and advisory staff of Zayzafuna:
The magazine is published by the Zayzafuna Association for Development of Children’s Culture, and sponsored by the PLO’s Palestinian National Committee for Education, Culture and Sciences.

The magazine’s advisory board is comprised of Palestinian Authority officials and educators, including PA Deputy Minister of Education Jihad Zakarneh, and former PA Minister for Women’s Affairs Zuheira Kamal. [Zayzafuna, February 2011]

The Zayzafuna magazine is part of a larger education program funded by the Palestinian Authority which contributed 90,000 Shekel ($24,370) in 2010 and 10,000 Shekel ($2,700) a month in 2011.

Since August 2011, the magazine is also sponsored by UNESCO and the MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F), a UN humanitarian foundation funded by the Spanish government. [Zayzafuna, August 2011.] In the October 2011 issue a note appears: “Opinions expressed in this magazine don’t necessarily express UNESCO’s views.”

Deputy Chairman of the Zayzafuna organization Abd Al-Karim Ziyada has explained the following about the funding of Zayzafuna:

“The magazine has advertisements, which cover some of the costs. For the year 2010-2011 we have subscriptions by students and schools, and that also helps [funding the magazine]. We are fortunate in that the Palestinian Authority and the Prime Minister [Salam Fayyad] have helped us this year with aid in the amount of 90,000 Shekel ($24,370) to cover the magazine and organization costs, and that has given us a push forward. Allah be praised, there is a new agreement for a monthly [PA] payment of 10,000 Shekel ($2,700) to cover the magazine [costs].”
[PA TV (Fatah), May 9 and 13, 2011]

This excerpt above is from a chapter in the book Deception: Betraying the Peace Process, recently published by PMW. The book includes a longer analysis of the other material as well found in issues of Zayzafuna from May 2010 through August 2011, focusing on messages relating to Israelis and Jews. A short summary of the positive messages in Zayzafuna and that are unconnected to Israel, is also included.

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PA TV continues to glorify
most lethal attack in Israel’s history and terrorist Dalal Mughrabi

http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=5562

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Last week, Palestinian Authority TV once again chose to glorify the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history.

 

In 1978, a group of terrorists led by Dalal Mughrabi sailed from Lebanon to Israel to carry out a terror attack. They hijacked a bus and killed 37 Israeli civilians.

 

PA TV broadcast a video honoring the terrorists, describing them as having “no fear of death or the darkness of prison.” PA TV also broadcast this video as part of itscelebration of the anniversary of the Fatah movement in January.

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At the Fatah anniversary, PA TV also broadcast another video honoring the terrorists. It described them as “heroes… who shook the land, brought down mountains,” and mentioned how “the coast was stormy with the glory of Dalal Mughrabi.”

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During the last three months, PA TV has broadcast another video twice weekly honoring Dalal Mughrabi, associating her with “Martyrdom” and “victory over enmity.”

 

The video is part of a TV campaign to “support women’s issues” in the Arab world, which was broadcast last year on more than 50 Arab TV stations including Palestinian Authority TV. It presents several “model women.” Two of the women promoted as role models for Arab women today are Dalal Mughrabi, famous for her terrorist attack that killed dozens, and Al-Khansa, famous for celebrating the Martyrdom deaths of her children.

 For years, it has been Palestinian Authority policy to glorify terrorists and turn them into role models. PA TV is one of the means by which the PA transmits this message.

PMW has documented how the PA has turned terrorist Dalal Mughrabi into a hero and role model of society

The following are excerpts from the PA TV music videos glorifying terrorist Dalal Mughrabi and the attack she led:

“We [PLO squad] set out on patrol from Lebanon; with no fear of death or the darkness of prison. On the coast [Dalal] Mughrabi’s blood was shed, the color of [red] coral on [white] lemon flowers.” [PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 2 and Aug. 24, 2011]

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“The coast was stormy with the glory of Dalal Mughrabi.On the [Israeli] coast the heroes landed, who shook the land, brought down mountains.Dalal declared the birth of the [Palestinian] Republic, the birth of the Republic.” [PA TV (Fatah), Dec. 30, 2010]

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 The following is the transcript of the Arab world video presenting women famous for Martyrdom and terrorist activity as role models. PA TV aired this clip weekly Nov. – Dec., 2010, and twice weekly May – July, 2011:

Text on screen: “The Model Woman”

Host of TV program:

“Woman is the foundation of existence.

 Love – Ishtar – the symbol of fertility and altruism.

 (Ishtar – Babylonian goddess)

 Willpower – Cleopatra – wit and wisdom.

 (Cleopatra – Queen of Egypt)

 Intelligence – Balqis [and] Zenobia – fighting.

 (Queens of Sheba and Palmyra)

 Resolve – Al Khansa – Martyrdom and giving.

 (7th cent. poet who celebrated her four sons’ deaths in battle)

 Courage – Bint Al-Azwar – strong faith.

 (7th cent. Arab poet who fought against the Byzantine Empire)

 Martyrdom – Dalal Mughrabi – victory over enmity.

 (led terror attack in which 37 Israeli civilians were killed)

 Struggle – Djamila Bouhired – human freedom.

 (Algerian terrorist who became a political activist)

 Freedom, giving, patience, sacrifice, life, loyalty – “White Hands.”

 For her sake, for our sake, for the sake of a society aspiring towards giving – “White Hands” Campaign.”

Text on screen: “The largest media campaign to support women’s issues.”

[PA TV (Fatah), May - July, 2011, twice weekly, Nov. - Dec., 2010 weekly]

Via Palestinian Media Watch:

Hamas puppet: I declare war on the Zionists

After having three puppet hosts, the Mickey Mouse look-alike, the bee and the rabbit, all die on TV, Hamas children’s television has introduced a fourth puppet host. The new one, a bear named Nassur, appeared Friday on Hamas TV promising to be a Jihad fighter, and declaring war on the Zionists.

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Below is the full transcript of the video:

Nassur: “I will join the ranks of the Izz A-Din Al-Qassam [Hamas'] Brigades. I will be a Jihad fighter with them and I will carry a rifle. Do you know why, Saraa?”
Saraa: “Why?”
Nassur: “To defend the children of Palestine, the children who were killed, the children who were wounded, the orphaned children. That’s why, from this moment, I declare war on the criminal Zionists. Not only me, me and you. You are ready, right, Saraa?”
Saraa: “We are all ready to sacrifice ourselves for our homeland!”
[Al-Aqsa TV, Feb. 13, 2009]