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August 31, 2005

More on Palestinian Incitement

The Palestinian response to Israel's withdrawal from Gaza—both official and otherwise— has been to incite the Palestinian public to more violence against Israel. U.S. News & World Report Editor-in-Chief Mortimer Zuckerman comments on this phenomenon in his most recent editorial:

The response of the Palestinians to a heroic act of statesmanship is contemptible. Not only have their leaders been demanding more, but they have endorsed the baldfaced lie of the extremist Hamas group that "the blood of our martyrs" drove the Israelis out of the Gaza settlements.

While much of the media has been lauding Mahmoud Abbas' stated opposition to violence while ignoring or whitewashing his crediting Palestinian "martyrs" for Israel's withdrawal, Zuckerman correctly indicates that this credit

is not just false. It is an incitement to more violence and terrorism.

Zuckerman recalls past statements by the Palestinian leader which raise doubts about his ultimate agenda:

Since all this poison passes largely unnoticed in the West, it is necessary to spell out a few declarations of intent. Abbas himself, on the occasion of Israel's 57th birthday, proclaimed that the creation of the Jewish state was the "greatest crime in human history." More recently, he said: "Today we are beginning the march of the fishermen towards freedom. Soon you will be able to fish along the whole coast of Palestine." What could he mean when the rest of the coast of Palestine is Israel?

The editorial also questions Abbas' stated intent of bringing terrorists into the political process instead of disarming them, and points out that "in the five months between the February cease-fire and July, Palestinians carried out 812 attacks on Israeli targets."

Read the entire column here.

Posted by rh at August 31, 2005 02:26 PM


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