by Reuven Berko
Special to IPT News
June 16, 2014
The Palestinians likely were furious when the Pope Francis visited Jerusalem two weeks ago. They believe that when the Pope or any foreign official visits Jerusalem it is de facto recognition that it is the capital of the State of Israel.
To keep emotions boiling during his visit, the Palestinian media systematically issued false reports of how Israel “prevents” Christian worship and sends its thugs to attack and vandalize Christian holy sites in and around Jerusalem. When the Pope visited, it was no different. Palestinian propaganda has carefully avoided mentioning that only since the liberation of Jerusalem by Israel have the various religions enjoyed complete freedom of worship in a united Jerusalem. Moreover, Palestinian leaders have been shocked by the fact that in the past year, Israeli Arab Christians have increasingly enlisted in the Israeli army. Despite their efforts, even Palestinians specializing in anti-Israeli propaganda have found it hard to make their accusations stick if only because of the endless incidents of rape, murder and vandalism perpetrated against Christians by the forces of radical Islam in various locations around the globe, including Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, Iraq and throughout Africa.
The Palestinians have not let facts interfere with their agenda. During the Pope’s visit to Israel and to the West Bank, the Palestinian media was flooded with photomontages of Old and New Testament scenes. In the Palestinian version of Raphael’s “The Deposition,” Jesus’ legs have been replaced by a photo of the wounded legs of a Palestinian, being carried away by a man as an Israeli soldier looks on. Particularly stunning is the Palestinian version of Rembrandt’s “The Sacrifice of Isaac,” with an Israeli soldier holding Isaac down, exposing his throat for slaughter, replacing the angel staying Abraham’s hand.
Art in the service of the PLO’s lie industry is a constant factor of Palestinian media and helps the PLO leadership mold the organization’s policies. Interviewed in 2000, Palestinian artist Yasser Abu Sido said “the Palestinian struggle against Israel is eternal. It began 2000 years ago (sic) and continues to this day. I illustrate it by depicting Jesus, who came into the world with a message of justice, and the Jews did what they did to him. The Palestinians demand the same rights and to be treated the same way. I illustrate that by showing Israeli soldiers as the Palestinians see them, in uniform. I show Jesus with nothing but the truth. When he was searched at the entrance to Jerusalem all they found on him was a stone, a piece of bread and a fish, and for that he was put in chains. That is the Palestinian who began the struggle and will continue it until it ends, if it ends…”
The Palestinians have adopted Jesus as their own: According to Palestinian TV in 2008, “Jesus was the first in a long line of sufferers. The Palestinians, naturally, are accustomed to such a death, the suffering of the first Palestinian, the Messiah, began at the Last Supper.” In 2012, on a Palestinian TV program about the Via Dolorosa, there was a subtitle reading “Mother, what did I do wrong? Am I forbidden to bring a message of peace from my Lord? That was the crime of Jesus, the Palestinian Messiah.” In 2010, the PLO’s website claimed the Virgin Mary was a Palestinian, saying that her pride was a model for the female shaheeds (those who commit martyrdom operations), prisoners and fighters who had become icons of dedication and sacrifice.
Such absurd notions are part of the disinformation campaign waged by the Palestinian terrorist conglomerate called the PLO in its ongoing effort to steal the Jewish identity and historical rights to the land of Israel. But using tactics of counterfeit and fabrication the Palestinians, in an effort to vilify the Jews , know full well that their propaganda falls into the fertile ground of age-old European anti-Semitism, where the Jews were officially absolved of the death of Christ by the Catholic Church only in 1965, and more recently by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011.
According to the PLO’s newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda in 2000, the Palestinians also have asserted that Nazareth, was “the city whose first son was killed by the Jews.” In 2004 it called Capernaum, where they said that the “Palestinian Messiah“changed water into wine, by its Arabic name, Kafar Kana. In 2005 the PLO newspaper called Jesus the first “Palestinian shaheed” (martyr) and in 2006 claimed that the Arab countries were the cradle of Christianity and that the Christian Jesus was a Syrian Palestinian who was born in Nazareth [sic]… In 2012 it wrote, “We are proud, oh son of Mary, that you are the first Palestinian who redeemed mankind so that love would continue to light the way.” This is all part of the revisionist Palestinian narrative to claim that Jesus was a Palestinian and thus deny that Jews ever lived in the land of Israel.
by Abigail R. Esman
Special to IPT News
May 20, 2014
Every day, hundreds of millions of children in more than 120 countries settle in to watch their local versions of “Sesame Street” or similar shows inspired by the Muppet model. They learn to read, to write, to count. They learn about things like “sharing,” and “friendship,” and how to be kind to others. They learn what it is to love.
Except in Palestine, where the lessons from Hamas children’s television are aimed at something else: to kill.
Take, for instance, “Pioneers of Tomorrow,” with its fluffy talking bee who encourages viewers to “throw stones” at Jews, and a pretty young host who, in one episode, praises a little girl for her desire to be a police officer and “shoot Jews.” Or consider the show’s transformation, some years ago, of Mickey Mouse, into an Islamic supremacist character named Farfour. When international protests erupted, producers gave Farfour an honorary farewell: in his final episode, he is “martyred” by Israelis.
For years, reports have emerged of children’s programming in the Palestinian Territories, mostly on Hamas-run Al-Aqsa TV, whose shows often teach Palestinian children not just to hate Americans and Jews, but to kill them –preferably through acts of martyrdom, or suicide bombings. As the New York Times reported in 2009, when “Sesame Street” announced plans to broadcast in the region, “The official Hamas channel, Al-Aqsa television, has several children’s shows, and Al-Aqsa’s director of children’s programming, Abu Amr, told me the network is considering starting a station devoted entirely to children. Al-Aqsa TV’s most famous (and infamous) children’s program is ‘Tomorrow’s Pioneers,’ in which Saraa, a Palestinian girl, and several animal characters teach ideological lessons: why it is bad to speak English and good to memorize the whole Koran; how the Danes are infidels who should be killed. Occasionally an animal character will die as a martyr for Palestine.”
Other programs, both for children and for adults, have also included children whospeak glowingly of their suicide-bomber fathers and promote violent jihad, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). In one such show, the ADL says, “One of the girls said ‘I want to fire missiles at the Jews and be martyred like my father.’ One of the boys also said that he wants to follow in his father’s path, ‘I want to follow the path of Jihad like daddy and I want to be martyred like daddy.'”
And then there are the programs that don’t just teach hate, as the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported in 2007:
Palestinian children in Hamas-controlled Gaza are being taught to take an active role in terrorist operations against Israel and are thus placed in mortal danger by those who should be responsible for their safety and well-being. The children, too young to fully understand even the meaning of death, are taught to aspire to such “martyrdom” in children’s television shows produced by the Hamas.
Every Monday afternoon Al-Aqsa TV, the Hamas’ main television station, broadcasts a children’s program called “The Gifted”. In a special episode marking the beginning of the school year, a two-year old toddler named “Ahmad” was featured. Ahmad was praised for his expertise in the area of “holy war” (jihad).
Interestingly, many of the recent Al-Aqsa programs, including the ‘Pioneers of Tomorrow” episode praising the little girl who hopes to grow up and shoot Jews, are in fact reruns of shows first broadcast as long as nine years ago – an effort, it would seem, to reach a new generation of impressionable minds.
Unsurprisingly, such programming is not unique to Palestine: Iranian children’s showshave also been known to glorify suicide bombings, while Al Aqsa programming continues to be broadcast in other countries in the region, including Saudi Arabia.
But more significantly, Al-Aqsa programming now reaches into Europe, thanks not only to satellite access, but to European mosques which serve as broadcasting centers.
The result? “It is hard to overlook how hatred imported from Beirut and Gaza resurfaces in the form of daily acts of anti-Semitism in schools and athletic clubs, on streets and in the subway,” German magazine Der Spiegel reported as far back as 2008. “Young children raised to be anti-Semitic are already using the phrase ‘You Jew!’ as a derogatory expression in kindergartens and on playgrounds. Schoolchildren berate their teachers, calling them Jew dogs, for not offering Sharia-compatible instruction, and Jewish schoolchildren are attacked and feel compelled to switch to Berlin’s Jewish high school and to hide the insignia of their Jewish faith — the yarmulke and the Star of David — when in public.”
That a government anywhere would actively advocate murder, genocide, and terrorist activity, training children as young as four years old to hate and kill, is almost inconceivable. But it seems equally unfathomable that the international community now seeks to legitimize such a government. And it’s not just about the astonishing lack of outrage in much of the mainstream media (this, while one can scarcely imagine the same shoulder-shrugging if such programs were instead aimed at killing Muslims– or anyone else, for that matter; can you imagine the outrage, the lawsuits, the threats we would hear from the Hamas-affiliated Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR]?).
Arutz Sheva, By Dalit Halevi, Ari Yashar:
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction went on the offensive Thursday, claiming that Hamas in Gaza is corrupt and “doesn’t represent the Palestinian people.”
Fatah Spokesman Ahmad Assaf told Erem News that Hamas’s attempts to influence Egypt’s inner workings are “unacceptable,” noting the ties between Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, both of which have been outlawed in the Nile state for their part in terror attacks.
Egypt has done more for the Palestinian Arabs than Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood, who merely spew empty slogans and sell religion according to Assaf. Hamas on Tuesday criticized Egypt for closing the Gaza border with Sinai, calling it a “crime against humanity.” The siege has led to power outages.
The Fatah spokesman claimed that while Gaza is one of the poorest places in the world, there are 1,700 millionaires among Hamas members, hinting that the terror group imposes steep taxes on its citizens for goods entering from Egypt and Israel, and that this money finds its way into Hamas officials’ pockets.
Assaf finished by praising Abbas, the “Palestinian President,” for standing behind his principles and treating any concessions in peace talks as red lines. The spokesman stated Hamas had returned the situation to the way it was before 1967, a somewhat confusing remark, given that it was in 1967 that the Jordanian occupation of Judea and Samaria came to an end, in the Six Day War.
Widening cracks in Fatah-Hamas relations
The Fatah criticism comes after Middle East expert Prof. Rafi Yisraeli assessed that Abbas’s life is in imminent danger from Hamas, which may try to supplant him. In doing so, the group would be aided by the fact that Abbas’s term of office ended in January 2009, giving Hamas claims of legitimacy.
Tensions between Fatah and Hamas have been high, with Hamas police in Gaza cracking down on demonstrators supporting Abbas on Sunday, with 13 demonstrators arrested and many reportedly beaten.
Those tensions have also been expressed in Hamas’s energy crisis. Hamas refuses to pay the exorbitant fuel taxes imposed by PA on fuel bought for the Gaza government from Israel, a key factor in the Hamas-enclave’s repeating fuel shortages.
On Sunday, Gaza was left without power for another day following an outage starting the day before, after the PA transferred only 100,000 liters of the 500,000 liters of fuel it had agreed to sell to Hamas.
Hamas’ real problem with the UNRWA curriculum is that it could spoil the Islamist movement’s ongoing efforts to stir the hearts and minds of Palestinian children to wage jihad against the “enemies” of Islam. Hamas wants Palestinian children to be taught how to become suicide bombers and seek the death of Jews and “infidels.”
Palestinian schoolchildren in the Gaza Strip have been denied the opportunity to learn about human rights after the Hamas government determined that such a subject “dangerously contravenes Palestinian and Islamic culture.”
Hamas’s announcement came in response to an attempt by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to include a course on human rights in schools run by the agency in the Gaza Strip.
The UNRWA bid drew strong condemnations from the Hamas government, whose representatives accused the international agency of seeking to “brainwash” Palestinian children.
Mutasame al-Minawi, a senior official with the Hamas-run Ministry of Education, explained that the main reason why his government was opposed to the human rights subject being taught in Palestinian schools is because it “ignores the nakba [catastrophe] of the Palestinian people, seeks to scrap the right of return for Palestinian refugees [to Israel] and promotes the culture of peaceful resistance and submission as a way of restoring our rights.”
Al-Minawi said that UNRWA proposed two years ago to include in its school curriculum the subject of human rights. UNRWA was hoping, he added, that the subject would be taught to children from Grades 7-9.
According to the Hamas official, his government back then expressed reservations about some of the contents of the subject, prompting UNRWA to amend about 40% of the material.
But recently, UNRWA decided to go ahead with its plan to teach human rights in its schools in the Gaza Strip, ignoring warnings from the Hamas government, al-Minawi claimed. “UNRWA is acting as a state-within-a-state,” he charged. “They need to know the limits of their power and that they are committed to the curriculum taught in areas under UNRWA’s jurisdiction.”
The Hamas official said that UNRWA’s human rights course was aimed at making Palestinian children develop “negative sentiments towards the armed resistance although it is legitimate for a people under occupation.”
What is also worrying Hamas is that UNRWA is seeking to teach Palestinian children about the disastrous repercussions of wars and violence by depicting a child burning a military uniform. “This does not serve the cause of human rights,” the Hamas official said. “They want to raise children on calmness.”
The Hamas protests forced UNRWA to suspend its plan to teach the subject of human rights in its schools. Some Palestinians criticized UNRWA for “succumbing” to threats, while others said they were aware that the international agency had no choice but to comply.
In an attempt to calm Hamas, UNRWA denied that its school curriculum contravened Palestinian tradition and culture.
A spokesman for UNRWA said that his agency consults with “all components of Palestinian society” about its human rights courses.
Hamas’s real problem with the UNRWA curriculum is that it could spoil the Islamist movement’s ongoing efforts to stir the hearts and minds of Palestinian children to wage jihad against the “enemies” of Islam.
Hamas wants Palestinian children to be taught how to become suicide bombers and seek the death of Jews and “infidels.”
Hamas does not want Palestinian children to learn about civil rights heroes such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. These people were opposed to violence and therefore their ideology, according to Hamas, is in violation of Palestinian and Islamic culture.
Hamas wants Palestinian children to glorify suicide bombers and terrorists who mercilessly kill innocent people, including many Muslims, on a daily basis. Hamas’s summer camps are all about training children in the use of weapons and injecting them with more hatred towards Israel and the US.
Palestinian children at a Hamas summer camp in June 2013. (Image source: IDF YouTube video)
“Hamas is behaving in the Gaza Strip as if it were an independent state,” wrote Palestinian columnist Hassan Khader.
Khader also criticized the Palestinian public and political factions for failing to pay enough attention to the controversy between Hamas and UNRWA over the school curriculum.
For now, Hamas appears to have succeeded in preventing UNRWA from teaching Palestinian children about human rights. The two parties are now negotiating an end to the crisis, which does not seem likely unless UNRWA officially joins Hamas’s ideology and starts preaching for jihad and anti-semitism.
by Anat Berko
Special to IPT News
February 4, 2014
The Israeli and Palestinian media recently reported the bodies of dozens of Palestinians buried in Israel throughout the decades of anti-Israeli terrorism had been exhumed and transferred to the Palestinian Authority. The festive – if overloud – ritual that the Palestinian establishment carried out every time Israel returns the bodies of their murderers is curious, to say the least. After all is said and done, according to Islamic religious law, the dead are buried where they die, even if they die on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Exhuming bodies and transporting them elsewhere is considered desecration and lack of respect for the dead.
The latest example came Sunday, when Israel gave the remains of 18-year-old Ayat al-Akhras to the Palestinian Authority for burial in Bethlehem. In 2002, Akhras killed herself and a grocery store security guard who saved countless other lives when he stopped her from entering the Supersol market.
The Palestinians spent decades without even feigning interest in dead terrorists, but recently pressure has been exerted to transfer their bodies to the Palestinian Authority. What changed? Why is it so important for the Palestinians to take possession of the bodies of terrorists buried in Israel who killed and maimed thousands of innocent Israelis? What changed decades of lack of interest in rotting graves? Until now, there was never any serious attempt to negotiate for the return of forgotten terrorists who were sent to murder Israelis and died in the process.
The answer can be found in the Palestinians’ observation and study during their years in Israeli jails. Some of the prisoners who were released, in one deal or another forced on Israel, today have important positions in the Palestinian leadership and know they can copy Israel as the model for a successful state, that they can use Israel as a template to promote the Palestinian project. The better educated among them spent their prison terms carefully studying the biographies of Israel’s founders, the narrative and symbols accompanying its establishment, how it achieved its final form and became powerful.
They changed the identity of the Israeli symbols into milestones along the winding path of the Palestinian narrative. Most of them were student activists and signed up for Open University courses, a privilege given them by the “oppressive Israeli occupation.” Strangely enough, the most popular courses were related to Zionism and the Jewish people.
One of the themes distinguishing Israel is how it relates to its prisoners and fallen. It is a part of the Israeli ethos related to the ancient Jewish religious practice of the redemption of captives. It is also a tenet of the IDF’s moral code not to leave dead or wounded Israeli soldiers in the battle arena. Another Jewish practice of great importance is giving a Jew a proper funeral according to Jewish religious ritual. Such ideology helped shape the Jewish people throughout their history, both as a sovereign nation and in the Diaspora, and certainly since the establishment of the State of Israel in modern times.
The State of Israel has often paid the high price of releasing terrorist prisoners to receive even the dead bodies of IDF soldiers. For example, after a 2008 deal with Hizballah, Hassan Nasrallah boasted he had body parts of IDF soldiers and was willing to barter them. It was clear to the objective observer that Israel’s concern for the bodies of its soldiers was greater than its enemies’ concern for the lives of their own men.
As time passes it becomes more and more obvious that the Palestinians learned from Israel that the return of the dead causes the country to close ranks. They are exploiting the theme to foster social solidarity and reinforce the idealization of martyrdom and sacrifice. In an attempt to win the same kind of support the Israeli government receives when its prisoners are released and its dead are buried in their own country, the Palestinian leadership is attempting to make political capital from the release of terrorists as part of the peace negotiations with Israel.
The Quran’s words created and maintain Islamic anti-Semitism, which is so ubiquitous that even sects of Sunni and Shia Muslims who are trying to kill each other agree that Jews are to blame for their fighting – Andrew Bostom
By Neil Munro:
Experts are scoffing at President Barack Obama’s apparent belief that widespread Muslim hatred of Jews is only decades old.
“Obama reveals that he has no idea, or doesn’t want to give the impression that he has any idea, about the reality of Islamic anti-Semitism,” said Robert Spencer, the author of many books on Islamic ideas and director of Jihad Watch.
“Anti-Semitism is hard-wired into Islam,” from its origins before 700, said Andrew Bostom, author of three books about Islam, including “The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism,” which lists centuries of anti-Semitic hatred, murders, pogroms and apartheid-like discrimination.
Intellectuals, politicians and diplomats are loath to admit the centrality of anti-Semitism in Islamic beliefs, because it fuels conflict with Israel and the West and it can’t be fixed by Westerners, Bostom said. ”You’re dealing with an intractable situation, and people hate intractable situations,” he said, adding “diplomats are the worst.”
In an interview with The New Yorker magazine, Obama described the Muslim hatred of Israel as byproduct of recent fights, not as a consequence of Islam’s doctrinal objection to any Jewish government.
“With respect to Israel, the interests of Israel in stability and security are actually very closely aligned with the interests of the Sunni states,” Obama said.
The “Sunni states” are nations populated by Arabs who believe in the mainstream Sunni version of Islam. In contrast, Iran advocates the Shia version of Islam, which is endorsed by roughly 10 percent of Muslims.
“What’s preventing them from entering into even an informal alliance [against Shia-run Iran] with at least normalized diplomatic relations is not that their interests are profoundly in conflict but the Palestinian issue, as well as a long history of anti-Semitism that’s developed over the course of decades there, and anti-Arab sentiment that’s increased inside of Israel based on seeing [Jewish] buses being blown up,” Obama said.
“If you can start unwinding some of that, that creates a new equilibrium,” he said.
“The Palestinian issue,” is the refusal by Muslims to recognize the right of Jews to have a Jewish government in the historically Jewish homeland around Jerusalem.
However, the refusal to recognize Israel is entwined with Islamic anti-Semitism, which Obama claimed “has developed over the course of decades there.”
Obama’s “course of decades” comment “ignores the numerous anti-Semitic teachings of the Quran and other Islamic texts — most notably the Quran’s designation of the Jews as the worst enemies of the believers,” Spencer said.
For example, Spencer cited the fifth chapter of the Quran, which declares that “If [Jews] believed in Allah and the Prophet and that which is revealed unto him, they would not choose them for their friends. But many of them are of evil conduct. Thou wilt find the most vehement of mankind in hostility to those who believe (to be) the Jews and the idolaters.”
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I was privileged to join Clare Lopez, Mark Langfan, and Dr. Walid Phares for this panel presentation jointly sponsored by The Endowment for Middle East Truth and the Center for Security Policy
Using photos, text, and clips, the video depicts how jihadism, and canonical Islamic antisemitism motivate the relentless effort to destroy the State of Israel from a shared Sunni-Shiite perspective. Featured, prominently, is an end of times messianic theme re-activated with fervor in Islam, for at least a century now, since the advent of the modern Zionist movement. Uniquely Shiite “infidel impurity” (so-called “najis”) regulations and their impact are also explored in the context of centuries of Iranian Shiite theocratic rule.
These motifs are illustrated, from the Sunni perspective by:
- The founder of the Palestinian Arab Muslim jihadist movement, ex-Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin el-Husseini, via his 1937 proclamation seeking to galvanize the global Muslim umma (or community) for a jihad to annihilate Palestinian Jewry, a decade before modern Israel came into existence. El-Husseini’s proclamation, which some deemed a “fatwa,” hinged upon Koran 5:82, which declares that the Jew’s harbor inveterate hatred toward Muslims, and the apocalyptic canonical tradition of Islam’s prophet Muhammad that maintains the messianic age will be ushered in by the annihilation of the Jews.
- A repetition of this end of times canonical tradition of Jew-annihilation, 75 years later, by the current Palestinian Authority Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Muhammad Hussein, during a January 9, 2012 sermon
- A May 10, 2013 sermon at Sunni Islam’s Vatican equivalent, Al-Azhar University, and its mosque, by Muhammad Al-Mahdi, a senior scholar and head of the Sharia Association at Al-Azhar, invoking both Koran 5:82 and the same end of times canonical tradition of Jew-annihilation
- An October 25, 2013 interview by Sunni Islam’s Papal equivalent, Al-Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb, also invoking Koran 5:82
Doctrinal Shiite jihadism, and Islamic antisemitism in Iran, including the unique (and dehumanizing) impurity regulations, since the nation became a Shiite theocracy during the Safavid era (i.e., at the beginning of the 16thcentury), were characterized next, past as prologue to our era, and the current Rouhani Presidency. This material—the remainder and bulk of the presentation—includes:
- A concise formulation of jihad by the jurist al-Amili (d. 1621)
- Description of the “najis” impurity regulations by the Ayatollah Khomeini of his era, al-Majisi (d. 1699), from Majlisi’s treatise,“Lightning Bolts Against the Jews”
- The chronic, ugly consequences of those regulations over centuries for Jews, in particular, captured by the first hand account of French observer Claude Anet, from 1905
- Ayatollah Khomeini’s statements on jihad, Jews and Jew-annihilation, martyrdom, and takiya, i.e., sacralized Islamic dissimulation, 1942-1989
- Statements sanctioning Israel’s destruction by alleged “moderate” Iranian Presidents Khatami, Rafsanjani, and Rouhani
- The disturbing views on “infidel impurity” and Jew-annihilation by much ballyhooed “Green Movement” inspiration, the late Ayatollah Ali Montazeri
- A clear and forthright encapsulation of the Iranian regimes’ ideology vis a vis Israel—again riveting on Koran 5:82, and Islamic messianism—by current Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s representative in the Iranian Martyr Foundation, Mohammad Hassan Rahimian
- The poignant, experientially wise observations of Iranian Jewish exile, Farideh Goldin, born (1953) and raised in the Shiraz Iran Jewish ghetto