Finally, the New York Times covers official Palestinian Authority praise for Hitler

January 07, 2014

A slide from an interactive display, discussed earlier this week by the Israeli cabinet, that is reproduced today on the New York Times website



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1. The New York Times covers Palestinian incitement and worship of Fascism
2. “Israeli Official Points to ‘Incitement’ by Palestinians” (By Jodi Rudoren, New York Times, Jan. 7, 2014)
3. A video from al-Quds University
4. “A pro-terror rally on a Palestinian campus” (By Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe, Nov. 24, 2013)

[Note by Tom Gross]


For decades, the New York Times has been urged not to ignore the extreme anti-Zionist (and frequently anti-Semitic) incitement in Palestinian school books, universities, and official Palestinian Authority TV and newspapers, many of which receive substantial funding from the large pool of money given by European governments to the Palestinian Authority.

Today, finally, the New York Times covers this subject properly.

The Times website carries this interactive display, which I would urge you to look at:

It includes, for example, (on pages 21-23) Palestinian children’s books praising Hitler’s genocide of the Jews.

And (on page 25) it includes one of the photos of the fascist rally held on the main campus of the “moderate” Palestinian al-Quds University that was originally published on this website.

The New York Times also carries an accompanying article today (on page A4) by their chief Jerusalem correspondent, Jodi Rudoren.

I attach that article, below. (Jodi Rudoren told me that one of the correspondents in the Times’ Jerusalem bureau wanted to try and cover the rally at al-Quds University after seeing news and photos of it on this website last November, but it appears they were at the time overruled by their superiors on the foreign desk in New York – although a brief mention of the rally eventually appeared in the New York Times, buried deep in a story by an education correspondent in the education pages.)

Why the Times editors in New York felt the need to put the word “incitement” in quotes in the headline of Rudoren’s story today is puzzling. It is also noteworthy that instead of running a straight news story about the Palestinian incitement and the recent upsurge in violent Palestinian attacks on Jewish civilians (including one last night), the New York Times feels it has to run the piece couched as a story about what Israel says.

I hope that major European media, such as the BBC, will report properly on this incitement too.

How can we expect any future Palestinian state (the creation of which I have always supported) to have peaceful intentions towards Israel when European governments and NGOs continue to fund the Palestinian Authority without asking President Abbas to stop inciting a generation of Palestinian children to harbor genocidal views towards Jews?

Telling Abbas to stop this incitement must, in my view, be a key part of the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations if peace is to have any chance of working, and it is high time that European governments that fund the Palestinian Authority make continued donations conditional upon this.



I also attach below, a piece by Jeff Jacoby in the Sunday edition of the Boston Globe, which was published only after my five other dispatches on al-Quds University had already been sent.

Since then, Memri have also released a video not just of the November 5 rally but also of a rally at al-Quds University on May 10 (2013). As my Palestinian sources at al-Quds University have repeatedly told me, there have been many of these types of rallies by students on the main campus of the university, held with the full knowledge of the university authorities, and the claims by the university authorities that the November 5 rally was a “one-off event” that they didn’t know about until they saw the photos of it, are completely untrue.

You can see the video here:



Israeli Official Points to ‘Incitement’ by Palestinians
By Jodi Rudoren
New York Times
January 7, 2014

JERUSALEM — Adolf Hitler is quoted on the websites of Palestinian Authority schools. A young girl appears on Palestinian television, describing Jews as “barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs” and the “murderers of Muhammad,” the Islamic prophet. Maps on the Facebook page of the Palestinian presidential guards do not show Israel. President Mahmoud Abbas himself embraced as “heroes” released Palestinian prisoners who killed Israelis.

These are among dozens of examples highlighted by Israeli officials in a new presentation documenting negative statements about Israel and Jews in official Palestinian Authority media and textbooks. As Secretary of State John Kerry departed here on Monday after an intense four-day push for a framework agreement outlining prospects for a peace deal, Israeli leaders said that such statements had not abated since negotiations began this summer and did not bode well.

“The general phenomenon is very clear: They are poisoning Palestinian children with deep hatred of Israel and the Jewish people,” Yuval Steinitz, Israel’s minister of strategic affairs, said on Monday as he showed the presentation to international reporters. “At the end of the day, let’s assume we’ll be able to resolve all the technical issues, which are extremely complicated. Are we going to get genuine peace, or just a piece of paper?”

The presentation, which Mr. Steinitz delivered at an Israeli cabinet meeting on Sunday, is part of an intensifying campaign in which he, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and others have emphasized what they call “incitement” as a prime obstacle to peace. It underpins their increasing demand for Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state, which they argue is the only way they will be assured that an agreement will end the long-running conflict.

Palestinian leaders dismiss the renewed focus on incitement as a ruse to distract from disagreements over issues including borders, the future of Jerusalem and the rights of refugees. They say that Israel has refused to reconvene a committee, which included Americans, that was established in 1998 to deal with incitement but disbanded after two years and about 20 meetings.

“If there is any incitement against Israel, this is a forum where they can provide it officially, and we can do the same,” said Majdi Khaldi, a diplomatic adviser to Mr. Abbas. “Why do we have to continue just complaints from one to the other? It’s better for all to go to the trilateral committee, and that will solve the whole issue.”

Asked about reviving the committee, Mr. Steinitz said Monday that it had been “completely useless” and would not help because the problems were coming from Palestinian government sources, not rogue individuals.

Mr. Khaldi says the problems go both ways. He pointed out that Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has repeatedly accused Mr. Abbas of “diplomatic terrorism,” and said he also saw Israel’s continued construction in West Bank settlements and military raids on Palestinian cities as forms of incitement.

Xavier Abu Eid, a spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization, noted that weather maps in Israeli newspapers do not demarcate Palestinian territory, just as maps cited in Mr. Steinitz’s report do not show the land divided.

Incitement is an issue as old as the conflict itself. An unusually comprehensive recent study of Israeli and Palestinian Authority textbooks found that each presented the other side as the enemy, but that the Palestinian books contained more negative characterizations. David Pollock, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy who in September published a 172-page study of the issue, said that while incitement had decreased markedly since the second intifada, or Palestinian uprising, a decade ago, it persists.

“There are ups and downs, there are exceptions,” Mr. Pollock said in an interview, “but unfortunately I think it is true that the official Palestinian media continue to incite against Israel and to claim that all of Palestine belongs to the Palestinians. There’s almost no positive discussion of peace, two peoples, any of that sort of favorable or even just moderate messages about Israel.”

On the Israeli side, Mr. Pollock said, “what you have are unofficial, extremist fringe individuals” whose statements are “disowned and discouraged, for the most part,” by government leaders.

Mr. Steinitz’s ministry has four people working full time tracking incitement, and since 2009 it has issued quarterly reports trying to quantify it. Mr. Steinitz said that numbers for the fall of 2013 were not yet available, but that “amazingly, surprisingly, since the resumption of the negotiations we see even more incidents.”

On the Nov. 2 anniversary of the Balfour Declaration of 1917, in which Britain endorsed the idea of a Jewish state in Palestine, the website of Mr. Abbas’s presidential guards posted bloodied pictures of Arthur Balfour, the British foreign secretary for whom the declaration is named, and Israeli prime ministers under the banner, “A promise from one who did not own it to one who did not deserve it,” according to the presentation.

The same site, on the Nov. 29 anniversary of the 1947 United Nations vote to partition Palestine, had a headline, “Palestine Is Not to Be Divided,” with a map that did not show Israel. The presentation also included a picture of a Nazi flag hung in the West Bank village of Beit Ummar in October.

And there was a November video on a website of Mr. Abbas’s Fatah faction in which masked members of its military wing threatened to kidnap Israeli soldiers and showed off weapons, singing, “With these rockets we will liberate Jerusalem, with these rockets we will crush the Zionist enemy.”

Mr. Steinitz said that Mr. Netanyahu had shown Mr. Kerry some of these examples during a recent meeting in Rome. The prime minister also complained about incitement in an August letter to Mr. Kerry, and has frequently raised the issue in his public statements since the negotiations began.

“This Palestinian government incitement is rampant,” Mr. Netanyahu said at a joint appearance with Mr. Kerry when he arrived here on Thursday. “Instead of preparing Palestinians for peace, Palestinian leaders are teaching them to hate Israel.”



A pro-terror rally on a Palestinian campus
By Jeff Jacoby
The Boston Globe
November 24, 2013

Supporters of the Palestinian terrorist organization Islamic Jihad stage a rally on the main campus of Al-Quds University, Nov. 5, 2013. (Photo credit: Tom Gross Media)

THEY WEREN’T wearing swastika armbands or chanting “Sieg Heil!” during the Islamic Jihad rally this month on the campus of Al-Quds University. They didn’t need to. Everything about the event reeked of fascism and anti-Semitic bloodlust. Demonstrators at the Palestinian school paraded in paramilitary gear, with massed black flags, mock assault weapons, and arms extended in Nazi-style salutes. There were banners lionizing suicide bombers, and hand-drawn Israeli flags on which students trod. Islamic Jihad — long identified as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union — posted photos of the rally on its website. In one, students representing dead Israelis sprawl on the ground as black-clad jihadists brandishing weapons stride past.

Such celebrations of terrorism and incitement to violence are pervasive in Palestinian society. Children raised under the Palestinian Authority are indoctrinated from an early age to regard Israelis and Jews as enemies to be destroyed and infidels to be loathed. Nothing about the nearly three-hour rally at Al-Quds would likely have surprised the estimated 1,000 students who saw it. Most of them have been fed a steady diet of such poison all their lives, and not just in schools and mosques. From TV shows and popular music to the naming of sports clubs and public squares, the next generation of Palestinians has grown up amid the most violent culture of Jew-hatred since the Third Reich.

A fog of political correctness usually keeps events like the Al-Quds rally from getting much attention in the Western media. But this one, first reported by veteran British journalist Tom Gross, made news last week when it led Brandeis University into suspending a longstanding academic partnership with the Palestinian school. It wasn’t the grotesque rally itself that provoked Brandeis to pull the plug, though that should have been sufficient: One of Islamic Jihad’s many innocent victims was a 20-year-old Brandeis undergraduate, Alisa Flatow, who was one of eight people murdered in 1995 when an Islamic Jihad bomber blew up the bus in which they were riding.

What finally forced the issue was the refusal of Sari Nusseibeh, the president of Al-Quds and a well-known Palestinian intellectual, to condemn the hate-drenched rally even after being asked to do so by Brandeis president Frederick Lawrence. Nusseibeh replied instead with an outrageous letter that denounced “vilification campaigns by Jewish extremists,” and suggested their only purpose in raising the issue was to “prevent Palestinians from achieving our freedom.”

Nusseibeh is often described as a Palestinian “moderate.” But in a culture as poisoned with vitriolic anti-Semitism as the Palestinian Authority, moderation doesn’t go very far. It doesn’t even go as far as repudiating the Nazi-like salutes and tableaux of dead Israelis during a public rally on an East Jerusalem college campus. Not even to retain the goodwill of an institution as dovish and liberal as Brandeis, a Jewish-sponsored university that was proud of its relationship with Al-Quds.

The genocidal values of Islamic Jihad are no anomaly. They are the values of Hamas and the PLO. Haj Amin al-Husseini, leader of the Palestinian Arabs, meets with Adolf Hitler in November 1941. The Arabs were Nazi Germany’s “natural friends,” Husseini assured the führer, “because they had the same enemies” – namely, the Jews.

They are the values that led the Arab League to spurn the UN’s proposed two-state solution in 1947, and to announce that it would crush the newborn Jewish state in “a war of extermination and a momentous massacre.” They are the values that induced Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the leader of the Palestinians in the 1930s, to form an alliance with Adolf Hitler, eagerly collaborating with the führer in the hope of importing the Final Solution to the Jews of the Middle East.

“Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany,” Husseini wrote in his journal, “was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from Palestine and the Arab world.” He asked Hitler “for an explicit undertaking to allow us to solve the Jewish problem … according to the scientific methods innovated by Germany in the handling of its Jews.”

There may have been no actual swastikas at the Islamic Jihad rally, but the lethal values represented by the swastika have been a part of the Palestinian national movement for the better part of a century. They still are, however much people of goodwill might wish otherwise. So long as even famous Palestinian “moderates” cannot bring themselves to bravely defy those values, Palestinian sovereignty will remain a reckless gamble — and peace as far off as ever.

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