The PA´s anti-US message (PMW-PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH) by Itamar Marcus 10/29/03)
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Here is a "religious" homily recently disseminated on Palestinian
Authority TV: "History is repeating itself. Muhammad was besieged by
two powers, Persia in the east and Rome in the west. Persia
represents Russia, and America stands for Rome. Persia fell first,
just as Russia fell first in the east. And America will fall, may it
be Allah´s will, just as Rome fell."
hundreds of millions of dollars in annual US
aid for the PA, and President George W. Bush´s support for a
Palestinian state, the PA´s message remains staunchly anti-
And the message has had an impact. A poll supervised by
Frank Luntz and released this week by Palestinian Media Watch
(www.pmw.org.il), indicates that Palestinian hatred of the US is deep
The poll found that 42 percent of Palestinians
support attacks on
American forces in Iraq; 74% said they supported Saddam Hussein in
the war; and only 37% feel the World Trade Center bombers
While the Palestinian Authority promotes the
myth that hatred of the
United States is due to American support of Israel, it is clear that
Palestinians have a unique disdain for the US independent of its
relationship to Israel.
THE PA promotes an ideological world
view that goes beyond the
confines of its conflict with Israel. Civilizations are at war, the
PA teaches, and the US is the leader of the enemy coalition. Thus, as
leader of the democratic non-Muslim West, the US is ancient Rome
waiting to fall.
Our monitoring of PA broadcasts shows they give
to the war with Israel. The PA depicts Israel as an arm of the US and
preaches that fighting Israel is essentially fighting America in its
war against Islam and Arabs.
Ahmed Yousuf Abu Halabiah´s
message - broadcast several years backs -
remains operative: "Kill the Jews and those Americans who are like
them and those who stand with them; they are all in one trench
against the Arabs and Muslims. Because they created Israel here
inside the beating heart of the Arab world, in Palestine, they
created it to be the vanguard of their civilization, the vanguard of
their armies, to be the sword of the West and the Crusaders, over the
necks of the Muslims (Palestinian Television, October 13,
Indeed, a more recent televised Friday sermon by Sheikh
Madiras carried much the same message:
"We hear statements by
the little American president, oppressive
statements. He says Israel has the right to defend itself These
statements carry destruction for America itself This president sees
himself like one who has ascended to the mountaintop and like one
expecting someone to push him so that he falls into the abyss, he and
his people with him. We warn the American people that this president
is dragging them to the abyss [Allah] take vengeance on Your
enemies, our enemies, enemies of religion."
(PA TV, October 10, 2003)
Plainly, according to this worldview,
the PA fights Israel because it
represents the US; it does not hate the US because it supports
In that vein Ibrahim Madiras recently called the US "the foremost
enemy of the Muslim nation," comparable to the evil Pharaoh of the
Bible (PA TV February 21, 2003)
This theme that America, not
Israel, is the foremost enemy has been
actively promoted by the PA for years. America is also accused of
being imperialist, colonialist, a usurper of land and human rights,
an enemy of the Arab world, and a killer of Iraqi children.
the months before the Iraq war, the official PA newspaper
cosponsored a rally in support of Iraq. PA media reported how
demonstrators "praised the role of Iraq and commander Saddam Hussein
and stressed that Iraq´s land will be a graveyard for the American
soldiers..." (Al-Hayat al-Jadida, Dec. 19, 2002).
war, the PA actively endorsed killing Americans and even
produced a music video celebrating the deaths of US soldiers, which
was broadcast repeatedly on its TV.
When, in the early days of
the war, a suicide bomber killed four
American soldiers, the PA renamed a square in the Jenin refugee camp
after the bomber - Ali Jafar al-Na´amani.
How does all this
square with what happened last week when three
Americans were targeted and murdered by Palestinian terrorists in the
Gaza Strip? The PA leadership rushed to condemn the attack and
pledged cooperation in hunting down the killers.
condemnation was hardly sincere. It should be understood as
part of the kind of verbal gymnastics required to keep USAID money
flowing and American support for Palestinian statehood on
Want to know the PA´s true attitude toward the US? Watch
eventual naming of a street after last week´s killers.
writer is director of Palestinian Media Watch. (10/29/03)
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