News, July 2003, www.aljazeerah.info
ISRAELI INCITEMENT AGAINST PALESTINIANS
MINISTRY OF CABINET AFFAIRS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS [FAQ]:
"[Israel and the PA] shall seek to foster mutual understanding and tolerance and shall accordingly abstain from incitement, including hostile propaganda, against each other". Article XXII of Oslo II Agreement
IS ISRAEL OBSERVING THE PALESTINIAN-ISRAELI ACCORDS’ PROVISIONS ON HALT OF INCITEMENT?
Though the Israeli anti-Palestinian incitement didn’t stop during Oslo period, “incitement” strongly returned to the Israeli lexicon after the outbreak of the Palestinian Al-Aqsa Intifada. “Incitement” has become the most sweeping term in the Israeli media, either by accusing the PNA of incitement, or inciting against the PNA and the Palestinian People, in general.
FOR PALESTINIANS, ARE ISRAELI STATEMENTS CONSTITUTING “INCITEMENT”?
Israel’s spokespersons – official and unofficial – from Sharon, Silvian Shalom, Benjamin Netanyahu, Yalon, Ra’naan Ghissin, Dore Gold, Liberman … etc, as well as their media officers always use a fierce language in their press interviews against the Palestinian National Authority, meanwhile they also talk about the "Palestinian incitement" and "culture of hatred".
Israel’s Chief of Staff, Moshe Yalon, stated - following the announcement of truce– that Israel has achieved victory over the Intifada, and then he threatened the Palestinians by a comprehensive war. Such provocative statements made by the Israeli Chief of Staff, Moshe Yalon, have no meaning, but to incite against the Palestinians, since they came in a very critical stage where huge international efforts are being exerted to realize calm in the region and proceed in implementing the “road map”.
Avigdor Liberman, current Transport Minister few days ago, expressed willingness –in his official capacity as minister in Sharon’s government - to provide the necessary transportations to send the Palestinian prisoners “to a place where they could never come back”. Liberman meant to “drown them in the Dead Sea”.
Statements like this constitute a racist and outrageous incitement and an explicit call to “kill prisoners”, presumed to be protected under international laws and conventions.
Israel’s Rabbi called the Palestinians as “snakes”, whom God “regrets creating”, a brutal comparison and disgraceful incitement against the Palestinians.
The rabbis of Israel incite against the US- backed peace plan, known as the road map, by unanimously prohibiting any withdrawal from the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel as stipulated for in the “road map”. (Ask Rabbis, Arutze 7).
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF ISRAELI MEDIA IN INCITEMENT AGAINST PALESTINIANS?
The Israeli media – official and unofficial – displayed, throughout the past 33 months, many issues that could be classified as incitement against Palestinians, including TV footages, interviews, caricatures … etc.
Israeli media uses misleading language and terminology on covering the events on ground in the Palestinian territories, including – but without limitation – the Israeli media calls the invasion of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as defensive operations, the West Bank as Judea and Samaria, settlers in West Bank and Gaza Strip as residents, occupation authorities as civil administration, settlements as towns and neighborhoods … etc.
State-run media outlets launched an unprecedented incitement campaign against President Arafat and the Palestinian leadership. Within the context, the Israeli media displayed – and still displays – incitement materials, including shows, interviews and even caricature against president Arafat and the PNA.
The fierce Israeli incitement reached the climax when the extreme Israeli rightwing newspaper “Makor Rishon” published an advertisement calling upon all Israeli soldiers or civilians to save no effort to kill Arafat.
"We call on every person ... to kill Arafat. You, the soldier who sees Arafat ... or his helicopter, through the sights of a gun or a tank, you the General Security Services man, or civilian who recognizes the convoy he is in, and has the ability to hit him, do not hesitate. Kill Arafat.” July 2003.
ARE SETTLERS IN THE WB&GS INCITING AGAINST PALESTINIANS?
Settlers in the West Bank & Gaza Strip play a focal role in incitement against the Palestinian people. Backed by Israeli army and government, and equipped with a strong media machine, Israeli settlers conduct a fierce incitement campaign against Palestinians, by blocking roads, attacking Palestinians’ vehicles, uprooting farmlands & olive trees, building outposts and confiscating lands in an attempt to push the Palestinians towards “transfer”, a slogan since long raised by many inciting Israeli politicians and parliamentarians.
ARE CHILDREN IN ISRAEL BEING INCITED TO VIOLENCE & HATRED?
Israel repeatedly alleges that Palestinian textbooks teach children hatred, violence and to make killing of Jews as their duty. If the Palestinian textbooks do so, then who teaches Israeli children hatred, violence and to make killing of Palestinians as their duty?
Israeli daily newspaper “Yedioth Ahronoth” (May 7th 2002) published a report titled “Dear Soldiers, Please Kill a Lot of Arabs”. This call did not come from a known Israeli extremist group nor from settlers, but from Israeli children who sent letters to Israeli soldiers serving in the Tulkarm area during the so-called “Operation Defensive Shield”. The letters sent by Israeli school students encouraged soldiers to disregard rules and regulations and to kill as many Arabs as possible.
According to “Yedioth Ahronoth”, dozens of the letters were sent to soldiers, mostly from children in the 7th through 10th grades, who attend national religious schools!!
DOES THE “ROAD MAP” CALLS ON ISRAEL TO HALT INCITEMENT AGAINST PALESTINIANS?
YES. The US backed peace plan, known as the road map, calls Israel for “an immediate end to violence against Palestinians everywhere” … and calls “all official Israeli institutions to end incitement against Palestinians”.
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