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Promoting Hatred: The Systematic use of Lies in the Palestinian Media

Itamar Marcus

February 24, 1999

Introduction
This report surveys the systematic use of lies and distortions in the Palestinian media, as tools to encourage hatred towards Jews and Israel. These distortions are part of an information program promoting the message that Israel has no right to live as a nation in the Land of Israel. The quotes are from the official Palestinian Authority (PA) daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, PA TV, or PA officials quoted in other sources.

Lies and distortions depicting loathsome Jewish-Israeli behavior and character traits are published and televised regularly. In educational programs and in articles, the PA media erases Jewish history in Israel, as part of an active program to negate the rights of the Jewish nation to the Land of Israel, while at the same time inventing an ancient Palestinian-Arab history. Based on these fabrications, the PA teaches its people that they have the exclusive historical right to the land. As the head of the Department of History in a PA College, Dr. Yussef Alzamali, recently explained:

“Alzamali called on all universities and colleges to be active in the writing of the history of Palestine, and to guard it, and not to enable the defiled and the enemies to distort it… or to enable legitimacy for the existence of Jews on this land.” [Al Ayyam, December 4, 1998]
Contents:

1. Promoting hatred and aversion
towards Jews and Israel

Articles based on lies that portray the Jews and/or Israel as the embodiment of evil in the world are published regularly in the Palestinian Authority (PA) media. Israel is depicted as actively afflicting the Palestinians through the proliferation of disease, including cancer, through the distribution of contaminated drugs, spoiled food and even repackaging milk intended for animal use, for Palestinian babies.

The Head of the Palestinian Consumer Protection Association accuses Israel - in a style reminiscent of the medieval libels of Jews poisoning wells - that:

“[Israel] floods our markets with hundreds of thousands of tons of food products which are unfit for human consumption…the common goal which stands behind this is the proliferation of disease, weakness, and slow death in the Palestinian body through indirect means… Milk, which is designated for fattening calves, is packaged and smuggled to the Palestinian markets and sold as milk for babies… The distribution of meat and lamb, which are filled with carcinogenic hormones is done intentionally…[and they engage in] the penetration of poisons and filth-ridden products and smuggling them to us. He [Head of Consumer Protection Association] points to these three subjects which cause severe disease which destroy the Palestinian’s body and influence the genetic code and the destruction of the coming generations, all this in accordance with hard scientific facts… He pointed to the fact that the children are the main target of this hostile plan…”
[Mahar Aldasouki, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, September 12, 1998]
Three similar libels this month:
A. Israel was accused by the PA Farmers Association of:
“Distributing medication and spoiled agricultural materials in the Palestinian markets with the intention of hitting the agricultural sector, destroying the crops and endangering the health of the consumers…” [Al-Ayyam, February 7, 1999]
B. The PA Minister of Environment:
Headline: The Occupation is Burying Poisonous Waste near Jenin.”
“Dr. Yussef Abu Sefiyeh, Minister for Environmental Affairs, uncovered the existence of Israelis, who are dumping the excesses of the Israeli chemical plants’ poisonous waste into the nature reserve near the Am Altoth village in the Jenin region. This case, which exposes the lives of the residents and the Palestinian environment to danger, is the fourth of its kind during four years of waste burying. Minister Abu Sefiyeh put full responsibility on the Israeli government for these dangerous steps, which expose the lives of the residents to danger...”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, February 14, 1999]
[Note: Palestinian Media Watch contacted Shmuel Brenner, Assistant Director [Israeli] Environment Ministry, who spoke with Dr. Hamadi, Director of Environment in the PA. who admitted that it was a Palestinian resident of Um ul-Tut near Jenin who had buried the waste improperly and promised a retraction. Yet the next day the story appeared again blaming Israel.]

C. “General Alafifi [Director of General Intelligence, Gaza] added that there is continuous surveillance and supervision on the settlements, as the settlements are seen as a source of corruption, being distributors of spoiled food, drugs, alcoholic drinks, and the like.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, February 18, 1999]
There is a constant pattern of depicting Israel as a state of murderers and terrorists:
“Massacre is the basis of the State of Israel…the details may change but the acts of massacre continue incessantly as if they were the story of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. A month doesn’t even go by without hearing or reading about ‘lately we have begun to see the pictures’ of new acts of massacre…”
[Talal Salman, Editor, ‘Alsafeer’ Lebanese newspaper, in official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 18, 1999]
In an article on the characteristics of the Jews, it is explained to the Palestinian reader that:
“Corruption is in the nature of the Jews all over the world, to the point where only rarely do you find corruption that Jews are not behind. Their intense love of money and its accumulation is common knowledge, and the way they get it does not interest them and they are liable to exercise degradation and the most lowly of methods in order to achieve their goals…” [Nasser Ahmad, in Al-Hayat al-Jadida, July 11, 1998]
The false accusations come to vilify the essence of Israel without differentiating between periods or governments:
“This [the massacre] is not a policy of a party, faction, stream or person. This is a continuing, non-stop system, which has not changed, will not change, and which was never given up on, whether the power lay with those called ‘extremists’ of the ‘right wing’ from the Likud party ...or with those who are classified as ‘moderates’ of the Labor party crowd...” [Talal Salman, Editor, ‘Alsafeer’ Lebanese newspaper, in official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 18, 1999]
A widespread tactic in the PA media is to use events that indeed occurred as a starting point, so that the distortions have a basis in reality. For example, the massacre in the Cave of the Patriarchs was the act of a single individual yet the PA daily falsely blames the Israeli army, both of involvement and of repugnant cruelty:
“Soldiers of the occupation streamed into the mosque, when the shooting stopped and they began to shoot from their own weapons on those who crowded around Goldstein, and no one survived…The soldiers opened fire on people who came to save and help their brothers. The soldiers ran after the wounded and those helping them right up to the doors of the hospitals. They killed many of them…” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 7, 1998]
Similarly, the massacre of Sabra and Shatilla by Christian Lebanese forces is rewritten into PA history as a cruel Israeli massacre in minute detail:
“…the Israeli forces…prepared the scene of the crime by landing battalions with helicopters…the helicopters shot flares and even followed up on the execution while the crime was committed…We say that the Israeli goal was to kill the maximum number of camp residents… There is no doubt that the Israeli strategic policy is to commit massacres, not only the massacre of Sabra and Shatilla…” [PA TV, September 18, 1998]

“…The memory of the painful massacre which was planned by he who is still serving in the government of the occupation until this very day, into which came groups of settlers and our enemies and committed this despicable crime… Heads of children were cut off and their bodies ripped to pieces, their limbs were dispersed and the honor of women was violated in front of everyone… Our enemies still desire the heads of our sons and Palestinian blood is still being spilled like water. No one was arrested and no one will be arrested, because the policy which our enemies are implementing against the Muslims is written in the beginning of our history…”[PA TV, September 18, 1998]
A similar distortion was seen this month after an Arab woman was stabbed to death in Jerusalem. Though the murderer, an Arab who explained he had mistaken her for a Jew, had already confessed, the PA paper, as well as the PA Deputy Minister of Religion, blamed the murder on Jews.
“Naila Hamdan Karain, age 47, of Silwan [in Jerusalem] fell as a martyr in the neighborhood of Musrara, after being stabbed by an extremist Jew in the settlement neighborhood [West Jerusalem]...” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, February 12, 1999]
Sermon by: Deputy Minister of Religion,Yussef Juma'a Salame:
“These days we hear of the murder of our people daily. The crime of the stabbing of the young woman yesterday in the city Jerusalem, is a link in the chain of the continuous acts of stabbing against all sectors of our people. These repeated attacks prove the level of hostility and hatred against our people who stand in Jerusalem and its environs.”
[Voice of Palestine Radio, February 12, 1999]
The Palestinian media often accuses the Jews of fabricating stories about attacks on Jews for profit. Even on the subject of the Holocaust and the persecution against the Jews, the Palestinian media shows no aversion to lying:

Crossword puzzle clue in the PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, February 18, 1999:
“7 across: Jewish Center for eternalizing the Holocaust and the Lies”
Correct Answer: “YAD VA’SHEM” [Israel’s national Holocaust memorial]

“…The winds blew in their [the Jews] favor, when the persecution against them by the Nazi Hitler started…then the show began. They began to distribute horrific pictures of mass shooting being committed against them and to fabricate the shocking story about gas ovens, in which, according to them, Hitler would burn them [the Jews]. Newspaper columns began to fill up with pictures of Jews being cut down by Hitler’s machine guns, and of Jews being led to the gas ovens. In these pictures they concentrated on women, children and the elderly. And they took advantage of this in order to arouse admiration for them, while they demand a monetary compensation, grants and contributions from all over the world. The truth is that the persecution of the Jews is a false fable that the Jews called the disaster of the “Holocaust”…and took advantage of it in order to arouse admiration.” [Sayf Ali Al-Jarwan, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 2, 1998]

“I believe that Israel convinced the world of the lie of the massacre and racism, which they [the Jews] were exposed to in Germany, and gained [the support of] the world public opinion…” [Dr. Samir Shahade, General Secretary of the Desk of the National Institutions, Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, December 8, 1998]

One columnist explained the existence of anti-Semitism and persecution of the Jews as justified acts of defense against the “evil” of the Jews. In a detailed report he rationalizes that the anti-Semitism and persecutions, including the “loss and expulsion” that the Jews suffered, are “a result of their ugly deeds and their evil.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, November 7, 1998]
2. Erasing Jewish history; negating the Jewish people’s right to the Land of Israel;
and creating an ancient Palestinian history
The PA media rewrites ancient history, erasing the Jews from Israel and creating a Palestinian history in ancient Israel. The main messages of this frequently taught history is the denial of the existence of the Jewish nation – “Judaism…is not a nation at all” - [“Palestine – History and Heritage”, PA TV, Nov. 3, 1998], the denial of the Jewish religion – “Judaism is not a religion in the full sense of the word…the Religion of Moses… apparently it is the Islamic religion”. Jewish history in the Land of Israel – “The children of Israel...lived in Yemen…Mount Sinai is Mount Sinin in Yemen…all these events [in the Bible] did not occur in Palestine…”[ibid. May 26, 1998]; the denial of the connection between the Jews today and earlier Jews, to the point that “should we make a calculation of the original Jews or Children of Israel today, it would be like a dot in the sea, as if pouring a cup of water into the sea…”- [“Palestine – History and Heritage”, PA TV, Nov. 3, 1998]. The denial of the Hebrew language – “The new Hebrew, that which the Jews currently use, is not connected in any way to the ancient Hebrew” [Dr. Ali Mahmud Abu Amar, lecturer in history and social sciences, Al Ayam, Dec. 4, 1998]. They even take away Jewish authorship of books in the Bible: “the Song of Songs are songs which were written by the Syrians…” [ibid].

On the other hand, they invent an ancient Palestinian history in Israel, turning themselves into the descendants of the Canaanites and depicting Israel today as another one of the many conquerors and “it too will pass”:

“…the Palestinian history has deep roots in this land from five thousand years ago, some three thousand years before the Common Era during the time of the Canaanites and Jebusites…The roots of the Palestinian people are in this blessed land…any occupation of Palestine and Jerusalem will end, even if takes some time. The present occupation – there is no doubt - that it too will pass…” [Religious Lesson, PA TV, November 16, 1998]

“This wall [the Western Wall] was built in ancient times by our Canaanite forefathers…”. [“Palestine – History and Heritage”, PA TV, November 3, 1998]

“The Palestinians are from Canaanite origin and not from the Island of Crete…they are a branch of the Canaanites…”[Mustafa Hamayes, Palestinian National Council, PA TV, August 14, 1998].
In a television broadcast, a history lecturer fully articulates the new history, ending with the expectation that Israel “the cancer” will soon disappear:
“Jerusalem is our holy city from the dawn of history, our forefathers built her…our forefathers were here generation after generation, and the invaders, they were erased, anyone who attacked this city or who tried to steal one stone from her, their fate was like that of the other invaders…there was no existence in this city aside from the Arab existence, I, as a historian, challenge: is there a sign of any entity aside from us on this land? All the false Torah claims, the misleading and the distortion of history are lies, supported by false claims in order to achieve settlement colonialism… there was not found in the country one [ancient Jewish] coin of those that he [the caller] noted…Zionism planted the settlement plan, and they [Jews] are not at all connected to the land of prayer, they came from Khazar…, we are not against Jews as Jews, we are against the theft of our land. Regarding ‘Israel’, this is a word which indicates tribal gathering, now it is known scientifically as well, that a homeland of all the [Israeli] tribes was in the Arab peninsula …[King] David captured “Zion” as his capital, which still exists today in Asir [in the Arab Peninsula]. Their history is there… colonialism… ripped apart our land…and planted the cancer, which will be eliminated one way or another.” [Dr. Isam Sebasallam, History lecturer at the Islamic University, PA TV, August 14, 1998].
Israel's days are numbered due to her being a foreign implant in "Palestine":
"The Zionist challenge remains, and this is the basic conflict that we are struggling with in an armed struggle ... We are struggling with it on land that is the historical property of our people, which we have never left and never severed contact with for thousands of years despite the clashes with the attackers who resided here as conquerors. Afterwards, they all left our land and our people remained on their land cleaving to her. The existence of the state of Israel today, on the land of Palestine, is nothing but a chapter in the chain of foreign aggression which, without doubt, will break and lose its power. Our people are the true and eternal owners of this land according to the laws of justice, history and truth, and not according to the law of wild power, distortion and lies with which Netanyahu and the Israeli extreme right are trying to recruit, with lies and slander in order to prove to the world the existence of the Jewish [legal] right to Palestine." [Ahmed Hales, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, February 6, 1999]
In a television interview, Yasser Arafat denies even the presence of the Temple:
Arafat: “The issue of Jerusalem is not only a Palestinian issue, rather it is a Palestinian, Arab, Muslim and Christian issue:
Interviewer: "And Jewish?"
Arafat: "No, I will be more exact on this point, the Jews have Hebron, which for them is holier than Jerusalem. There are those who say “Temple” etc., all the excavations did not prove the place of the Temple as they invented. For over 30 years the place is occupied by them and they did not succeed in bringing one proof regarding the location of the Temple.” [PA TV, June 29, 1998]
To counter history, they teach that Jewish history in Israel is forged:
“…Palestine belongs to the Palestinian people and Israel is nothing more than a State which was established on our lands and at our people’s expense, in order to implement the goals of the West in the Middle East… Our people’s identity, is rooted in this land from time immemorial. Therefore they [the Jews] distorted history…”
[Mahmoud Al-Madhun, Editor National Guidance page, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, November 1, 1998]
Modern history is also distorted. Zionism and the establishment of Israel are depicted as a colonialist anti-Arab scheme, to rid Europe of the Jews and split the Arab world:
“There was a simple difference between Hitler and Balfour: the former [Hitler] did not have colonies to which to send the Jews to and therefore he annihilated them, while Balfour…[had] colonies and so he sent the Jews there. Lord Balfour is a Hitler with colonies, while Hitler is a Balfour without colonies. Both of them wanted to get rid of the Jews…” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, December 6, 1998]

“Britain had an interest in creating a foreign human body in the Middle East and to get rid of the Jewish existence in Europe…” [Tallal Abu Afifa, Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Youth, PA TV, Sept. 4, 1998]. “They [the West] stole Palestine and planted in her the Zionist entity as a colonial plan.” [PA TV, May 14, 1998]. Moreover, Balfour wanted to send the Jews to Uganda because he saw that it was an “an ideal place in which to isolate the Jews and their dreams, and it was a garbage dump which had enough room for the non-human Semitic waste…” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, December 27, 1998]
The rewriting of this new history is a planned organized effort to deny Israel’s right to exist. Recently, a senior PA educator defined its purpose:
“…Alzamali called on all universities and colleges to be active in the writing of the history of Palestine, and to guard it, and not to enable the defiled and the enemies to distort it…or to enable legitimacy for the existence of Jews on this land.”
[Head of the History Department in Han Yunes Government Educational College, Dr. Yussef Alzamali, Al Ayyam, December 4, 1998]
Conclusions

The message that the PA is sending to its residents:
Israel is a cruel state, aspiring to murder, poison and massacre Palestinians. Moreover, Israel does not have any right to exist in the Land of Israel, as the land is defined as “Palestine which was captured in 1948 and 1967” [see PMW report no. 4]. The rights of the Palestinians “to their Canaanite homeland” is natural and is the embodiment of justice against “the theft of Palestine”.
These are not the opinions of extremists in the Palestinian Authority or marginal opinions. These are the opinions that the PA is trying to instill in the awareness of Palestinian residents. It should be noted that these messages are not only found in the Palestinian media, but also are the foundation of the education regarding Jews and Israel in PA textbooks. [See section on textbooks]

The political implications to the distortions are far reaching, as expressed in the opinion of the historian [above] and the television broadcaster’s response:

“Their history is there [in the Arab Peninsula]…[the colonialism]…ripped apart our land…and planted the cancer which will be eliminated one way or another.”
Broadcaster: “With Allah’s help!”
[Dr. Isam Sisalem, History lecturer at the Islamic University, PA TV, Aug. 14, 1998]

3. Appendix:
Sources in Detail and Additional Topics

1. PA uses lies to attack the Anti Incitement Committee.
2. Rewriting of history to erase Jewish history and to negate the Jewish peoples’ right tpmw the Land of Israel; creating an ancient Palestinian history.
3. The Jewish plan to control the world, in the spirit of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”.
4. The Jews took control of the world media, changed their real “Shylock” image, and even fabricated the Holocaust.
5. Israel plans to attack Al Aksa Mosque and erase the “Arab character of Jerusalem”.
6. Israel and the Israelis are planning murder, genocide, etc.
7. Blaming Israel for Palestinian Terror
8. Zionism is defined as a European plan to get rid of their Jews.
9. Examples from PA textbooks.

1. PA uses lies to attack the Anti Incitement Committee.

In response to PA media incitement, a trilateral committee to monitor incitement was set up as part of the Wye Accords. A member of the PA Legislative Council attacked the committee as “the most dangerous [aspect of the Wye accords] due to the fact that it is viewed as touching upon the national ideology and the national conscience of the Arab and Palestinian people.” The writer then went on to “prove” his argument by listing a series of offensive demands that were supposedly placed on the Palestinians at the committee hearings. The entire list is false.
“The Israelis insist, while strengthened by pressure from the American side of the above mentioned committee, on the wiping out of the words ‘Historical Palestine’ from the history books, and the words ‘Geographical Palestine’ from the geography books. They insist on preventing the printing of Koran books in the areas of the Authority. They insist on punishment for those who distribute and write things which mention the Nakba [“tragedy”] war of 1948, or the second Nakba [“tragedy”] war of 1967.” [Nahed Munir al-Rais, Member Legislative Council, Alkuds, 12/9/98]

Even Marwan Kanafani, Head of the PA delegation to the committee, attacked Israel’s supposed objective:
“pointing out that the goal of the occupation in raising the topic of incitement is ‘to conquer Palestinian heritage’...” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, February 18, 1999]

2. Rewriting of history to erase Jewish history and to negate the Jewish people’s right to the Land of Israel; creating an ancient Palestinian history.

“…Our Palestinian people, [which] lives on its land since the dawn of history…”
[Salim Alzanoun, Chairman of the National Council, Alkuds, December 15, 1998]

“…Remnants [on the land] teach us of the ancient destruction, which testifies to its Canaanite and Arab character..” [Hafez Albraouthi, editor, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 2, 1999]

“Archeological excavations testify to the fact that the Arabs are from the seven ancient nations”. [PA TV, June 29, 1998]

“…The historical rights of the Arabs to Palestine from the dawn of history…”
[PA TV, May 19, 1998]

“…And to the assumption that Solomon built the first Temple - where are the 20 buildings that surrounded the Temple of which no remnant was found until today?” [Special program on Jerusalem, PA TV, September 16, 1998]

“The wall of Albourak, which they [the Jews] claim is the wailing [Western] wall …this wall is the wall which was built in ancient times, which was built by our Canaanite forefathers…those who claim that they are so-called rows from the Temple period, are of course only the Jewish archeologists themselves…”
[“Palestine History and Heritage”, PA TV, December 1, 1998]

“…There are no inscriptions and there are no ancient remnants that attest to any facts of the Hebrew past despite the fact of their full history as it is declared by their people and its followers…” [Ma’in Daloul, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, January 17, 1999]

“…[Jerusalem has] deep roots, and she carries her Canaanite and Arab name and appearance…[Jerusalem] still is witness to the originality of her Canaanite and Arab people. Jerusalem today is the heart of the conflict and it is under the most despicable occupation that humanity has known and exposed to the wide destruction of all the foundations that unite her…the present Israeli government is committing, on a daily basis, acts of erasing and blurring of the Canaanite and Arab racial appearance of the city of Jerusalem…” [PA TV, September 4, 1998 & August 18, 1998]

“Jerusalem is a Palestinian Arab city, and she has no connection with Israel”
[Ahmad Abed Alrahman, Secretary of the Palestinian State, PA TV, May 24, 1998]

“I bless this great eternal city, Ursalem, capital of the Canaanites and its holy of holies, Jebus, capital of the deep-rooted Arabs…A greeting is sent from Gaza to the people of Jerusalem who stand up to the flocks of savage settlers, invaders of the blessed land. Jerusalem is our holy city from the dawn of history, our forefathers built her…our forefathers were here generation after generation, and the invaders, they were erased, anyone who attacked this city or who tried to steal one stone from her, their fate is like that of the other invaders…there was no existence in this city aside from the Arab existence, I, as a historian, challenge: is there a sign of any entity aside from us on this land? All the false Torah claims, the misleading and the distortion of history are lies, supported by false claims in order to achieve settlement colonialism… a greeting to the residents of Jerusalem who stand firm and who raised their sword against the Zionist scheme…there does not exist in the country one [Jewish ancient] coin of those that he [the caller] noted…Zionism [which] planted the settlement plan, and they are not at all connected to the land of prayer, came from Khazar…

Mustafa Hamayes, Member of the Palestinian National Council calls to clarify a point: I want to say that the Palestinians are from a Canaanite origin and not from the Island of Crete…they are a branch of the Canaanites…”
Caller: Was there a Jewish existence in Palestine?
Isam:… “the Jew is someone who believes in Judaism, and before the “tragedy” [Israel’s establishment] in our land, families lived in peace as the other families did, we are not against Jews as Jews, we are against the theft of our land. And with regard to Israel, this is a word which indicates tribal gathering, now it is known already scientifically, there developed in the Arab peninsula, a homeland of all the tribes…the Song of Songs are songs which were written by the Syrians …[King] David captured “Zion” as his capital, which still exists today in Azir [in the Arab Peninsula]. Their history is there…colonialism…[that] ripped apart our land…and planted the cancer which will be eliminated either way.
Broadcaster says: With Allah’s help!
[Dr. Isam Sebasallam, History lecturer at the Islamic University, PA TV, August 14, 1998]

TV program: “Palestine – History and Heritage”
Program panel: Historian Jarir Alkudawa, Arafat’s Advisor for Educational Affairs, and Historian Salim Almobayyed
“Judaism: Religion or Nationality”?
Alkudwa: The thing is clear, but there is, as you mentioned, a misunderstanding – an intentional misunderstanding, which people are silent about. But the naked truth – Judaism is not a religion in the full sense of the word and it is not a nation at all… Judaism is not a nation even though they want to confuse between nationality and Judaism as one thing…imagine, the Jews…[have] 6000 houses of worship on the conquered land called Israel…”
Interviewer: Give us a general idea, do the Jews have an origin, are they a pure nation?
Almobayyed: The Jews have no pure race, what are those we now call Jews or Israelis or Zionists...?
Alkudwa: …The Khazars – millions turned Jewish overnight... should we make a calculation of the original Jews or Children of Israel today, it would be like a dot in the sea, as if pouring a cup of water into the sea… Judaism stemmed from the Religion of Moses and it is a continuation of the Islam of our lord Abraham.
Alkudwa: …The Religion of Moses is a religion, apparently it is the Islamic religion, and some research that was published find that in the Torah which, when translated correctly, its texts show that it is a continuation of Islam...” [PA TV, November 3, 1998]

“It is strange that the Torah does not note the name of this religion, and I almost dare to say that it was Islam.” [The program: “Palestine – History and Heritage”, PA TV, December 1, 1998]

3. The Jewish plan to control the world, in the spirit of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”.

“Corruption is in the nature of the Jews all over the world, to the point where only rarely do you find corruption that Jews are not behind. Their intense love of money and its accumulation is common knowledge, and the way they get it does not interest them and they are liable to exercise degradation and the most lowly of methods in order to achieve their goals… If we take a look at history, we discover to what degree the Jews were exposed to loss and expulsion the world over, as a result of their ugly deeds and their wickedness. This is after their issues were discovered and their responsibility for the destruction of the land and its people caused its people [of the land] to start a war of annihilation against them and those who survived were dispersed around the world…
Due to the fact that this is their custom, they concentrated all their concern on sprouting their calculating mentality because they believe that the secret of their survival is embedded in their takeover of the economies of the various countries which opened their doors to them and gave them refuge from the expulsion and harassment…
From the teachings of their sages about the customs and traditions of the non-Jewish nations, they concluded that what concerns them is money and sex. These are the two tools with which Zionism plays, and therefore the first thing that they proliferated was the establishment of the “Free Masons and Rotary Clubs” all over the world with which to hunt the sinning people and the influential individuals, or those who want to learn from them in order that they become their tools…it is interesting that whoever was wounded in their curse continues to hang around their circle [continues to be influenced by them] while carrying out their will, and he doesn’t think of freeing himself, but rather confines his thinking only [for the purpose of] not being exposed, so that he will not be exposed to a scandal that will undermine his authority and make him fall after Zionism raised him to the highest level, so that he would be an obedient tool in their hands…”
[Nasser Ahmad, Al-Hayat al-Jadida, July 11, 1998]

4. The Jews took control of the world media, changed their real “Shylock” image, and even fabricated the Holocaust.

“The Jews were the object of hatred and contempt everywhere, due to their control over most of the economic resources, on which people’s jobs were dependent, and the most prominent example for this is the play “The Merchant of Venice” by the English playwright Shakespeare, in which Shylock, the merchant, portrays the image of the greedy, crafty Jew who is evil and loathsome. If so, how did the Jews succeed in brainwashing the American and European public opinion to change the image [of the Jew] to an understanding, brave, genius, diligent and creative person, whom the world looks up to?
There is no escape from saying that the success of the Jews was not incidental but rather a result of long years of planning and the investment of enormous efforts in order to achieve the repulsive control over the world media…The winds blew in their favor, when the persecution against them by the Nazi Hitler started…then the show began. They began to distribute horrific pictures of mass shooting being committed against them and to fabricate the shocking story about gas ovens, which, according to them, Hitler would burn them [the Jews]. Newspaper columns began to fill up with pictures of Jews being cut down by Hitler’s machine guns, and of Jews being led to the gas ovens. In these pictures they concentrated on women, children and the elderly. And they took advantage of this in order to arouse admiration for them, while they demand a monetary compensation, grants and contributions from all over the world. The truth is that the persecution of the Jews is a false fable that the Jews called the disaster of the “Holocaust”…and took advantage of it in order to arouse admiration…the reliable ones among the historians called on the Jews to bring convincing evidence in order to prove it. The Historical Studies Association based in Los Angeles announced a fifty thousand dollar grant to whomever will bring hard evidence that the Jews were murdered in the gas chambers, but the Jews escaped to the pressure and accusations of anti-Semitism, and so they quieted those voices.
And although it is possible that Hitler’s attack against the Jews hurt them slightly, it also serviced them to the point where still today they reap the benefits and it was the main door to her winning the American and European admiration and to realizing their dream and their plans…
When we survey the news agencies, the newspapers, the journals and the world television stations, which the Jews control in the West, it becomes clear to us the extent of their media influence in the world [and their control] of a number of world news agencies, French and British newspapers, and among them the Times newspaper which Zionism control by means of its buyout by the Jewish millionaire of Australian citizenship, Robert Murdoch, whose ownership spreads, in addition to the Times, to three other British tabloids…
It is known that the Jews takeover of the media … was used, on the one hand, to carry out a campaign to beautify the abominable faces of the Jews, while on the other hand a campaign to dirty the name of the Arabs..”
[Sayf Ali Al-Jarwa, Al-Hayat Al-Jadda, July 2, 1998]

5. Israel intends to attack Al Aksa Mosque and the “Arab character of Jerusalem”.

“An expert Palestinian researcher warned of the tunnel excavations which the occupation regime is carrying out under Al-aksa Mosque in the Old City of the occupied Jerusalem, which aspires to erase the eternally holy Islamic mark, and this is the beginning of the realization of the Jewish dream, in the establishment of the so called “Solomon’s Temple”, in its place ...” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, September 6, 1998]

“Jewish extremists held a meeting yesterday in West Jerusalem, in which they discussed the ways to destroy the Al-aksa Mosque and to establish the so called Temple in its place.” [PA TV, September 16, 1998]

“[Sheik Salah] warned that the Jewish groups’ plans to eliminate the Al-aksa Mosque and to build the Temple in its place, reached advanced stages and some of them are being implemented now, such as the continuation of the excavations on the foundations of the Al-aksa Mosque…also, the show of hostility against the Al-aksa Mosque in a continuous way such as burning the [Al Aksa mosque] gate” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, December 3, 1998]

6. Israel and the Israelis are planning murder, genocide, etc.

“We were still children when Palestine was conquered…since that rainy evening, in the beginning of the winter of ’48, and during a lifetime, the wound remains open. The details change but the acts of massacre continue incessantly as if they are the story of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Hardly a month goes by without hearing or reading about ‘lately we have begun to see the pictures of new acts of massacre…’
However, the reality is that the massacres are a clear, political act in the blood filled history of the Zionist entity…
This is not a policy of a party, faction, stream or person.
This is a continuing, non-stop system, which has not changed, will not change, and which was never given up on, whether the power lay with those called ‘extremists’ of the ‘right wing’ from the Likud party and the religious streams, or with those who are classified as ‘moderates’ of the Labor party crowd and the streams which are affiliated with the left.
Massacre is the basis of the State of Israel…
Whoever leaves saves his skin, and whoever remains, the sword is his…”

Mahar Aldasouki, Head of the Palestinian Consumer Protection Association in the Palestinian Authority:
“…The dangers and the organized acts of destruction that the heads of the Zionist movement are supervising…in addition to the acts of murder of babies, the elderly, and attack on the honor of man…the regimes of the occupation and the settlers burn the crops and spray the land with poisonous pesticides, and flood her with waste water, which contaminates the environment, the land and the water… and also flood our markets with hundreds of thousands of tons of food products which are unfit for human consumption…the common goal which stands behind this is the proliferation of disease, weakness, and slow death in the Palestinian body by indirect means in addition to the direct means such as killing and the confiscation of lands…the equation is clear and it is that they fixed for themselves a goal of man and land, and therefore the Zionist movement acted and still acts to find various ways of oppression and hostility to eliminate the legal existence of our people on its land…Those responsible for the factories in the settlements package milk, which is designated for fattening calves and smuggle it to the Palestinian markets for sale as milk for babies… the distribution of meat and lamb, which are filled with carcinogenic hormones is done intentionally…[and they engage in] the penetration of poisons and filth-ridden products and smuggling them to us. He [Head of Consumer Protection Association] points to these three subjects, which cause severe disease which destroy the Palestinian’s body and influence the genetic code and the destruction of the coming generations, all this in accordance with hard scientific facts…he pointed to the fact that the children are the main target in this hostile plan being carried out against of people and said: the failure of the Zionists in the expulsion caused them to try to transfer the equation to another kind of expulsion and that is the Palestinian expulsion from the land down to the dust underneath…” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, September 12, 1998]

7. Blaming Israel for Palestinian Terror

The Israeli media often comment on the refusal of the heads of the PA to condemn Palestinian terror. In fact, the situation is much worse as the PA media often goes so far as to blame Israel for the attacks on Israelis. One example: After the bomb attack at the 'Mahane Yehuda market' in Jerusalem last November, the PA daily ran a front page - main headline article, accusing Israel of carrying out the attack :
“Palestinian sources believe that the Israeli Intelligence stands behind the bombing. these sources estimated that there is a “mole” of one of the Israeli [intelligence] systems [which stands behind] the bombing, such as happened in the throwing of two hand grenades on the bus stations in Beer Sheva a few weeks ago, after which it was found that the man who carried out the attack, Salem Alsaba, was recruited by the Israeli intelligence. Circles close to the Alsaba family said that Salem called his family two days ago from his place of detention, and this raised wonder in the family due to the fact that the Israeli authorities do not allow any detainee, for security reasons, to establish any connections during the interrogation period. It was relayed that his family refused to speak to him and spoke harshly with him about his deeds. The sources mentioned that the authority which was given to Alsaba, confirms what was mentioned at the time by the PA, which was that the suspicious attack was done to stop the Wye River talks… Palestinian sources said to the France Press agency that “the Palestinian security forces have a number of leads and signs of the existence of an exterior party which stands behind the last attack and the recent series of attacks, which have a political goal of confusing the PA and preventing the implementation of the agreements that they reached with Israel…The recent military attack that was attributed to the Jihad, is the double suicide attack in the beginning of 1997 near the Netzarim and Kfar Darom settlements, after which the National Authorities introduced to the media a man by the name of Ibrahim Alhalaby, who recruited the two suicide bombers and who planned the attack. Alhalaby confirmed that he works for the Israeli intelligence and that he organized this attack according to their request, in order to create tension in the relations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel and to stop the implementation of the agreements signed between them.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 11, 1998, p.1]

Similarly, even though the premeditated stoning attack of an Israeli vehicle in Elbireh, and the subsequent beating and stoning of the soldier inside was shown on television around the world, the PA television afternoon news reported that it was the soldier who fired on the demonstrators –“the confrontation broke out after the Israeli soldier fired from his car…”. That night PA TV changed the story blaming other soldiers: “The soldiers of the occupation fired bullets and tear gas.” A week later, Arafat had a new version: “The president [Arafat] said that the soldier made a mistake in coming close to the demonstrators. He should have stayed away as did the other cars.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, December 8, 1998]

8. Zionism is defined as a European plan to get rid of the Jews.

“…There was a simple difference between Hitler and Balfour: the former [Hitler] did not have colonies to which to send the Jews to and therefore he annihilated them, while Balfour, his plan conflicted with the Ottoman Empire, and after Palestine became one of his colonies, and then he began to send the Jews to her. Lord Balfour is a Hitler with colonies, while Hitler is a Balfour without colonies. Both of them wanted to get rid of the Jews and took advantage of the Zionist plan. This plan began to strengthen gradually, not due to its special strength, rather due to its overlapping with Imperialism at the peak of its ascent, and by this overlapping Zionism grabbed for herself an important position in the defense of the interests of the West in the region [by means of] ridding Europe of the burden of its Jews…” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, December 6, 1998]

“Britain had an interest in creating a foreign human body in the Middle East and to get rid of the Jewish existence in Europe…and the Zionists also had an interest in establishing for themselves a homeland in Palestine, in the framework of these interests Britain succeeded in entering Palestine…” [Tallal Abu Afifa, Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Youth, PA Television, September 4, 1998].

“…Balfour, whose natural tendency to anti-Semitism ruled over his head and heart throughout his entire life…was bothered by his failure to convince the head and priests of world Zionism to agree to Uganda as their designated homeland, when he saw in this land an ideal place in which to isolate the Jews and their dreams, and it was a garbage dump which had enough room for the non-human Semitic waste…” [Ma’in Matztafa Daloul, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 27, 1998]

9. Examples from PA textbooks

“Dear pupil, do you know who are the Palestinians? The Palestinian people are the descendants of the Canaanites.” [National Palestinian Education for the Fifth Grade, P. 19]

“…And they [the Jews] deluded themselves into thinking that their religious belief is enough to turn them into one nation.”
[Arab History and Current Problems for the Tenth Grade, Part 2, p. 49]

“Jerusalem is an ancient Arab city, which was built by the Jebusite Arabs.”
[Islamic Education for the Eighth Grade, p.50]

“The Jews claim that this is one of the places which belongs to them and they call it ‘The Western Wall’, but it is not so.”
[Reader and Literary Texts for the Eighth Grade, p.103]

“The colonialist powers saw the Zionist movement as a means with which to achieve their colonialist, greedy aspirations, and saw in Palestine a base for the establishment of a Jewish State, and by this to rip the Arab land to pieces and to force upon her their rule in order to take advantage of its natural resources. The European colonies spread the idea of Zionism among the Jews…” [Arab History and Current Problems for the Tenth Grade, Part 2, p.48]

 

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