"Making Israel Disappear"
Post interviews PMW director,
"If you sit down with
[PMW director] Itamar Marcus, you had better brace yourself for a
jarring refresher course on Mideast reality. That´s especially true
if you tend to think like the current [US] administration. If you
believe, for example, that the Israeli-Palestinian impasse is all
about borders and settlements..." [Denver Post, Nov. 22, 2009]
During a recent lecture tour to the US, PMW director
Itamar Marcus presented new PMW material and findings concerning the
Palestinian infrastructure of hate and the duplicity with which PA
leaders speak of recognizing Israel while at the same time
transmitting a message of total rejection of Israel´s right to exist
to the Palestinian people.
Itamar Marcus presented at other
research institutes and at several universities and gave interviews
to radio and newspapers.
The following is an interview with
Itamar Marcus from Denver Post:
Post, Nov. 22, 2009
Making Israel disappear
If you sit down with [PMW director]
Itamar Marcus, you had better brace yourself for a jarring refresher
course on Mideast reality. That´s especially true if you tend to
think like the current administration. If you believe, for example,
that the Israeli-Palestinian impasse is all about borders and
settlements and that the construction of 900 housing units in
southern Jerusalem "could end up being very dangerous," as President
Barack Obama said last week.
If it´s "very dangerous" to
construct Jewish housing in a city that Israel will never, ever
relinquish, what should we call the effort to brainwash children into
believing that Israel itself doesn´t exist?
How should we
describe the claim that not only East Jerusalem - captured by Israel
in the 1967 war - belongs to the Palestinians, but that every other
Israeli city, from Haifa to Ashkelon, belongs to them, too?
the world inhabited by Palestinian children," Marcus tells me, "there
is no Israel." And if you give him time, the director of Palestinian
Media Watch (palwatch.org) in Jerusalem will subject you to a barrage
of depressing evidence for his contention.
He´ll show you
snippets from TV quiz shows for Palestinian kids predicated on the
non-existence of Israel.
Host: "Which mountain is the tallest in
Palestine? ..." Child contestant: "Mount Meron (in Israel)."
another show, a host asks, "Which Palestinian city is called ´the
flower of Galilee´?" and then names three Israeli cities!
Marcus will show you school geography lessons that use maps on which
Israel is missing.
Do any Palestinian textbook maps acknowledge
the existence of Israel, I wonder. "No," Marcus replies.
anti-Israeli content of Palestinian textbooks has been a longstanding
concern for anyone who yearns for a permanent political settlement,
but surely those books have improved since Yasser Arafat´s death in
2004. Not really, says Marcus. If anything, he says, they devote more
space than ever to depicting conflict with Israel as a solemn
religious duty aimed at liberating a Muslim land.
we´re talking about textbooks chosen by the Palestinian government
led by the allegedly moderate President Mahmoud Abbas, not the
overtly jihadist Hamas. The Palestinian Authority media, meanwhile,
are full of similar Islamist references that offer no room for
compromise, and that honor terrorists and suicide bombers as national
No less ominous is what Marcus describes as the
Palestinian Authority´s "infrastructure of hate," the relentless
depiction of Jews as sinister and evil - as conspirators spreading
AIDS, for example, or undermining the very foundations of the Al-Aqsa
Naturally, Jews poisoned Yasser Arafat, too - or at
least that is what children are told.
In a TV tribute to Arafat
earlier this month, one youngster unconsciously presented the essence
of this paranoid vision: "He died from poisoning by the Jews. Well, I
don´t know what he died from, but I know it was by the
"In 2008," the State Department boasted this summer in a
press release, "the U.S. was the single largest national donor to the
Palestinian Authority . . . committing more than $600
million in assistance . . . ."
And the fruits of this
investment? A Palestinian public that remains in resolute denial
about the reality of Israel more than 60 years after its founding.
Surely that should worry us more than the expansion of a Jewish
neighborhood in a capital whose Jewish roots extend back several