Watchdog group: Palestinian incitement still a problem (PMW-PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH) Tovah Lazaroff 07/11/03)
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PMW director, Itamar Marcus, gave a lecture this week to members of
European Parliament in Brussels on the topic of Palestinian hate
education, at the invitation of Ilka Shroeder, German Member of
The following article on the lecture appeared in Thursday´s Jerusalem
Jerusalem Post : July 10, 2003
Watchdog group: Palestinian incitement still a problem
Palestinian incitement to violence is down, but its anti-Israel
message of hate can still be strongly heard, according to Itamar
Marcus, whose watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch monitors anti-
Israeli and Jewish messages in the Arab media.
Marcus told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday that while Prime Minister
Silvan Shalom was technically correct in his statement Monday that
Palestinian incitement is down, the problem still exists.
In the years 1996-2000, the Palestinians primarily taught hate, but
not violence. It is that hatred that laid the groundwork for the
violence, Marcus said.
On Wednesday, Marcus spoke in Brussels to a group of about 40
European Union parliamentarians about the anti-Semitic culture of
hate that he believes continues to pervade Palestinian media and
society in spite of Israeli television images showing Palestinians
wiping anti-Israeli graffiti off city walls in Gaza.
During their graduation ceremony Palestinian high school seniors in a
Gaza high school this week listened to the words of the song, "With
words and with a rifle we will sing...From Jerusalem to Gaza."
The call to violence is still there, even if it is not as strong,
Marcus told the European Union parliamentarians that the Palestinian
anti-Israeli ideology, outside of violence, can be divided into two
messages. The first emphasizes the lack of connection between the
Jewish people and the land coupled with the belief that it is the
Palestinians who are truly connected to the land.
Only a few days ago, a Palestinian educational film opened with a
film showing a map of all of Israel from Metulla to Eilat that was
defined as Palestine, Marcus said. In the program, according to
Marcus, it was said, that "Palestine is the heart of the Arab nation,
if it does not remain whole the whole of the Arab nation will be
The second message is that Jews are cold-blooded murders. This theme
continues in music videos and commercials, Marcus said. Marcus
described one music video, Emi, in which a mother runs down the
stairs to greet her daughter who is returning home from school with
flowers and candy. The mother is killed by an Israeli soldier and in
the next scene the girl is seen putting the flowers on her mother´s
grave and singing about how much she misses her, Marcus said.
Marcus was invited to speak to the EU politicians by German
parliamentarian Ilka Schroder, who is calling on the EU to stop its
support of the Palestinian Authority. Known as a leftist politician,
Schroder is unique in that she is also pro-Israel. For over a year
she has worked against the Palestinian Authority misuse of European
funds and its use of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel rhetoric.
"The growth of anti-Semitism in the Palestinian territories in the
last few years is not an accidental phenomena," Schroder said. "It is
the result of a political strategy by the PA to mobilize people for
an anti-Semitic war. Listening to the hate-speeches of Palestinian
officials, their affirmations of their willingness to peace sound
merely hypocritical. You cannot build a stable peace on the
foundation of hate and anti-Semitism."
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