"Peace does not rest in the
charters and covenants alone.
It lies in the hearts and minds of the people."
John F. Kennedy
For years now, trough it's media and schools in the West Bank and Gaza, the Palestinian Authority has been teaching arab children and teenagers to hate and kill Israelis and Jews and to seek the destruction of Israel. How can one hope for peace in such a context?
Palestinian Authority promotes genocide of Jews
A report to the Israeli government, "Kill a Jew - Go To Heaven", examines the ways in which the leadership of the PA has taught, and continues to teach, an ideology of virulent hatred of Jews and Israel that mandates the killing of Jews as a religious obligation.
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The Incitement Yardstick
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon recently remarked that anti-Israel incitement in the Palestinian Authority media had indeed lessened (December 2004). Unfortunately, both Sharon's satisfaction and the resulting optimism demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding about Palestinian society.
If media incitement were merely the tactical use of hate language by PA leaders to provoke violent behavior against Israel, then even a limited reduction would indeed be significant. But if the hate messages of the past 10 years reflect widespread and deep-seated beliefs within the PA leadership and society, then temporarily removing them from TV screens is like taking a painkiller to fight cancer. The pain may be veiled but the cancer still festers.
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Year-end ceremony in a Palestinian school
Children burning an Israeli flag
The red paint represents Jewish blood
Boys are trained to become terrorists
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One of the potent means used by the Palestinians to indoctrinate children to hate Israelis is the repeated broadcasting on Palestinian TV of hate-filled music videos depicting Israelis as murderers, especially of children and the elderly.
One of the new Palestinian music videos which has been broadcast regularly since January 2003 includes the following scenes, acted out by Palestinian actors:
1. It opens with a laughing girl on a swing, which turns into a burning swing and burning child's rocking horse. The implication is that Israelis attack children at play, leaving behind burning swings and burning rocking horses.
2. A father reads his young son a section from the Koran calling to fight the enemies.
3. The father hands his young son a stone to throw at Israelis.
4. A bomb is hidden [by Israel] inside a soccer ball and blows up when a child kicks it.
5. Actors depict Israeli soldiers murdering an elderly man by shooting him in the head.
6. A mother and her infant are blown up by Israeli soldiers.
Teaching Palestinian children they can destroy Judaism
One of the most frequently shown Palestinian music videos, broadcast regularly for two years and a frequently in recent days, teaches young children that throwing stones at Israelis is a way to defend their mother's honor.
In one scene young boys throw stones at a glass window with Jewish symbols: the word Israel in Hebrew, a star of David, an Israeli flag and an Israeli soldier. Immediately after the window and the Jewish symbols are smashed, all the flames on a Menorah [Jewish traditional candelabra] are extinguished.
The message to Palestinian children is clear: their stones have the power to destroy Jewish symbols and extinguish the flames of Jewish tradition.
"Torture" of Palestinian prisoners
A new Palestinian hate video has Arabic-speaking actors portraying a fictitious torture of a Palestinian prisoner by an Israeli soldier. This has been broadcast numerous times daily as part of the special Palestinian Authority (PA) TV broadcasting for "Palestinian Prisoners Day" which was marked this week in the PA.
Palestinian Authority TV: Kill Jews of the disputed areas
Official Palestinian Authority [PA] TV has chosen to broadcast a call to murder Jews of the disputed areas at the very time that it is approving Mahmoud Abbas as the Prime Minister. The video even shows scenes of Jews who are targeted for murder: a man walking his wife, a group of teenage girls, and a soldier.
The words that repeat throughout the music video:
"From the mountain of fire [Nablus] came the rebels...
Everywhere there are settlements.
Oh brave Nablus, keep the cauldron ablaze
Pour over the settlements great flames
Foreigners have no place on this land
Foreigners have no place where Shahids [Died for Allah] were killed."
Note: if you are unable to see the videos, you probably need to download, free of charge, Windows Media Player. Here's the link: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/default.asp
* Source: PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH