Jan. 2, 2005 18:58
Media watchdog: Palestinian incitement continues
By ETGAR LEFKOVITS
After a several week respite, Palestinian media
incitement against Israel has resumed in full force with calls for the destruction of the State of Israel again being broadcast on state run Palestinian Television, a Jerusalem-based Palestinian media watch-group said Sunday.
A Palestinian sermon broadcast Friday on Palestinian Television called for a return to the pre-state 1948 borders, and warned America against moving its embassy to Jerusalem in the future.
"We say no to a return to 1967 borders... we are
interested in returning to the true borders of out
country, we want to go back to the 1948 borders... and we shall yet return to them," went the Friday sermon read out by Ibrahim Mudayris, according to a translation of the Arabic released Sunday by the Jerusalem based 'Palestinian Media Watch.'
The weekly televised Palestinian sermon went on to
warn America against moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a move mandated by the US Congress, warning that it will be "the last nail in America's coffin."
"By the life of Allah, America will be buried on the day her embassy is moved to Jerusalem," the sermon continued.
The Palestinian preacher reading the sermon, who heads the Association of Learning the Koran, is on a salaried position at the Palestinian Ministry for Religious Affairs, said Itamar Marcus, the Israeli Director of Palestinian Media Watch.
Marcus added that the Palestinian preacher in question -- who has a long history of incitement including past calls for the extermination of the Jewish people -- had been off the air for several weeks after the death of the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in November, only to be back on Palestinian TV for the past two weeks.
"Hatred on every level is out there in full force," Marcus said.
Last week, Palestinian television also rebroadcast a call to genocide from a Palestinian religious leader Dr. Hassan Khater, founder of the Al Quds Encyclopedia and a TV lecturer, the Palestinian Media Watch notes in a post-Arafat Palestinian media incitement report to be published this week.
"Mohammed said in his Hadith: 'The Hour [Day of
Resurrection] will not arrive until you fight the
Jews, [until a Jew will hide behind a rock or tree] and the rock and the tree will say: Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!'" the December 27 broadcast went.
In November, the interim Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) met with the head of the Palestinian Broadcasting Authority and asked him to check all programs aired on state television to prevent the broadcast of inciting material.
But the move stopped short of an order to stop
incitement in the Palestinian media - a key Israeli demand - with Palestinians and Israelis differing over what constitutes incitement.
Israel has deemed an end to incitement as a sine qua non of its relationship with the new Palestinian leadership.