June 8, 2010
The PA during the proximity talks,
by Itamar Marcus, Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Barbara Crook
US State Department:
"After completing the first round of proximity talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, both parties are taking some steps to help create an atmosphere that is conducive to successful talks, includingPresident Abbas's statement that he will work against incitement of any sort..."
[Washington D.C., May 9, 2010]
The start of the proximity talks in May 2010 created hope for the renewal of the Israeli - Palestinian peace process. Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman and Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas declared that the PA would fulfill its commitments, with special focus on their stopping incitement.
However, an examination of the Palestinian Authority leaders' statements, official media, children's programs and PA-controlled events creates a pessimistic picture: Every condition, principle and expectation set by the US and the Quartet for accepting the Palestinian Authority as a partner in the peace process continues to be violated by the Palestinian Authority in the first month of talks.
Contrasting its moderate statements to Western powers in English with its own people in Arabic the Palestinian Authority, the Fatah leaders and the Abbas-controlled official PA media continue to deny Israel's existence, deny Israel's right to exist, define the conflict with Israel as an uncompromising religious war for Allah, promote hatred through demonization slander and libel, and glorify terror and violence.
Education to deny Israel's existence:
Official PA TV continues to teach children to envision a world in which Israel does not exist and all of Israel is instead part of the "State of Palestine." The following lesson was on a new educational PA TV children's program. The map used in the studio is named "Palestine" and includes all of Israel.
Girl:"We went to the Sea of Galilee [northern Israel] and to the Dead Sea."
Boy points on map: "Jaffa, Haifa." [Israeli cities]... and Jenin and Nablus."
Host:"So you've visited many different places in Palestine, and that's very good. It's very good thatwe're always visiting new places in our state, Palestine."
News reporting defining Israel as "Palestine" -1:
Even in sports news the Palestinian Authority official media looks for opportunities to deny Israel's existence. PA-owned Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reported on the coach of an Israeli Arab football team from a city in northern Israel as follows:
News reporting defining Israel as "Palestine" -2:
Israeli Arab Journalist Sa'id Hasanein:
Redwan Sidr, secretary of the Al-Khalil Youth Foundation:
"We welcome our brothers [Israeli Arabs]... to the city of the Martyrs, Hebron... I also hope to see a group fromInterior Palestine[i.e., Israeli Arabs] in the International Hebron Youth Tournament."
Maps denying Israel's existence:
President Obama has called the use of maps as in the above children's program a security threat to Israel:
Yet all the maps on official PA TV since the start of the proximity talks continue the longstanding PA policy of defining all of Israel as "Palestine," or in the words of President Obama, "don't even acknowledge Israel's existence."
This map is one example among many that appeared this month.
It was broadcast numerous times on PA TV May 4 - 17.
In the PA TV children's programThe Best House, a music video called "We are Palestine's children" featured pictures of map of "Palestine" including all of Israel. [PA TV (Fatah), May 14, 2010]
Denying Israel's right to exist and calling for the end of Israel:
An official PA TV statement lamenting the creation of the State of Israel included the following call for the dismantling of Israel because its land is "stolen" land:
Where are you [Israelis] from? Where are you from?
Of course, you're from Ukraine; of course, you're from Germany, from Poland, from Russia, from Ethiopia, the Falasha (a pejorative term for Ethiopian Jews). Why have you stolen my homeland and taken my place? Please, I ask of you, return to your original homeland, so that I can return to my original homeland. This is my homeland; go back to your homeland!"
PA TV Quiz offers $500 for answering that Israeli city Haifa is a "Palestinian coastal city."
This PA TV quiz envisioning a world without Israel was broadcast numerous times in May 2010.
PA TV quiz program. Question posed to viewers at home:
Religious war -"Ribat" - against Israel's creation and existence since 1917
The PA Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, continues to define the conflict with Israel as an uncompromising religious war - a "Ribat" - war for Islam. "Peace" as a Palestinian goal is said to take 4th place after the Palestinian "rights", "cause" and "religion," none of which will be compromised for peace. Moreover, he elevates the conflict with Israel in religious significance, saying the war was predetermined, being anticipated even in the Quran.