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July 22, 2010

Palestinians Ignore President Obama’s Demand to Stop Anti-Israel Incitement


Child on PA TV: “We will be combatants and wage resistance (violence) against the Israelis�?

Palestinian Authority TV – controlled by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas – disregarded President Obama’s July 6, 2010 demand to stop inciting the Palestinian populace against Israel.

But will mainstream media entities pay any attention?

Below is an excerpt from President Obama’s July 6 press conference (held jointly with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu):

I think it’s very important that the Palestinians not look for excuses for incitement; that they are not engaging in provocative language; that at the international level, they are maintaining a constructive talk, as opposed to looking for opportunities to embarrass Israel.

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) provides video clip and translation of part of PA TV broadcast aired at least twice subsequent to July 6. Palestinian child is shown saying he was taught to be a future combatant against Israel:

I came here following the conference elections. I hope that there will be more conferences like the Sixth Fatah Conference [in August 2009]. These conferences are important for us because it makes us aware of leadership and that we will be combatants and wage resistance (violence) against the Israelis.

PMW’s Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook:

PMW reported on Fatah's Sixth General Conference in August 2009 which was as a unique opportunity for Fatah under PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to join the peace process by renouncing Fatah principles and platforms that call for Israel's destruction. As PMW has documented, the Fatah leaders rejected the world's demands to recognize Israel, and continued to promote armed struggle as central to the movement's aims. The Fatah charter still calls for Israel's destruction, and can be viewed in Arabic on Fatah's website. The English version of the Fatah charter that used to appear at Fatah's website has been removed. [Note: An English translation of the Fatah charter is available at the CAMERA Web site. Chapter 1, Article 12 (Goals section) of the Fatah charter states the first goal: “Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.�?]

Posted by MK at July 22, 2010 03:10 PM


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