Muslim Child, Future Leader of the Ummah
Teachers of Hate Obstruct Arab-Israeli Peace
CAMERA Video (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting)
July 18, 2013
A CAMERA video highlights the unhealthy obsession with Jews in too much of the Arab and Muslim world. With so many being taught that al Yahud — the Jews — are unimaginably evil, it will be difficult for leaders to sign and sustain a peace agreement with Israel, and difficult for those societies to function in a healthy manner.
Assume, for a moment, that the Jews are demons.
Imagine having been taught that they purposefully infect your countrymen with AIDS, and that such evil deeds have been a consistent part of Jewish history for thousands of years, ever since they killed their own prophets and tried to kill yours. Believe that their ultimate goal is to corrupt the world and hoard its money and power. Feel certain that they are so diabolical that even rocks and trees — the earth itself — wants them dead.
Could you possibly see them as good neighbors — good people like your own family and friends? Would you support negotiations with them, let alone substantive concessions?
A resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict will require trust. But you can’t trust the devil. It will require compromise. But you don’t compromise with evil. It will require an understanding by each side of the other’s legitimate interests and concerns. But if Jews — not just Israelis, not just one or another political party, but the Jews — are irremediably concerned with spreading disease, sowing corruption and accumulating money, it would be reasonable to conclude that they should be met with outright rejection, not concessions.
And what if, despite enormous headwinds driven by public revulsion for these demonized Jews, your leaders nonetheless signed a peace deal with them? Could it take root in such unfertile soil?
Can a society that accepts the most outlandish conspiracy theories about Jews, and that has long used Jews as the scapegoat for setbacks and failures, thrive? Can such a society successfully grapple with difficulties that, in reality, have nothing to do with Jews?
Walter Russell Mead argues that “widespread popular anti-Semitism is almost always a leading indicator of economic failure and autocratic rule.” Although anti-Semites might think this is because Jews “use their hidden superpowers to block and frustrate the economic development of peoples brave enough to tell the truth about Jewish machinations,” in fact, Mead says, anti-Semitism is usually associated with attitudes of bigotry, dogmatism and hostility to new ideas and different perspectives. Tolerance, openness to different ideas and a willingness to work with people from different religions and backgrounds are essential qualities for long term successful and democratic development in a capitalist world, and people who hate and fear Jews usually lack them.
In other words, for the two sides to coexist peacefully, sustainable and successfully, their worst passions must be subdued. As Martin Luther King Jr. says toward the end of the attached video, hate makes you do irrational things. “You can’t see straight when you hate,” he explains.
But the video also reveals that, in all too many mosques, schools and television programs across the Arab and Muslim world, the public is indoctrinated with the most vile anti-Jewish bigotry. Hatred is idealized to a degree that the average American, and the average Israeli, cannot comprehend or imagine.
Journalists have a particular responsibility to inform global audiences about this scourge — about the presence and prominence of anti-Semitism and its role as “leading indicator” of societal dysfunction and spoiler of peace hopes. But with few exceptions there has been little coverage in the mainstream media of the phenomenon and its importance. Instead, an ossified storyline focuses on other supposed obstacles to peace in the Middle East that omits this central force.
PA Chairman Abbas at the World Economic Forum in Jordan
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
not incite to hatred and does not educate to discriminate against
Judaism, but strives to “spread the culture of peace” among
Palestinians. However, as Palestinian Media Watch
continue to show, Abbas’ statements in Jordan are far from the
reality of the discourse in Arabic in the PA.
Abbas in Jordan:
“We don’t teach and we don’t educate our children to hate or
even discriminate against any religion, be it Judaism or any other.”
PA at home:
PA TV teaches children that Jews are “Allah’s enemies, the sons of pigs”
“From between the whistles of the bullets I sing:
‘Long live the nation of Fatah and Yasser Arafat’
Allah’s enemies, the sons of pigs (i.e., Jews, in Islamic tradition)
Destroyed and uprooted the olive and fig trees.
They murdered children with guns, like snakes.
They cut off their limbs with stones and knives
They raped the women in the city squares
They defiled Allah’s book [the Quran] in front of millions.
Where are the nation of Islam and the Jihad fighters?
Where is the fear of Allah in Jerusalem, which has been defiled by the Zionists?”
PA TV host: “Bravo, applause, applause, applause to Hadeel.”
[PA TV (Fatah), March 22, 2013]
Abbas in Jordan:
“We strive to spread the culture of peace among our people.”
PA at home:
Abbas sends representative to honor Issa Abd Rabbo, imprisoned terrorist, murderer
of two students
“Representing President Mahmoud Abbas… [Secretary-General of his office Abd Al-Rahim]
spoke with Issa’s mother and conveyed President Abbas’ and the Palestinian leadership’s
greetings to her… The best of the Palestinian people’s sons are in prison.”
[WAFA (the official PA news agency), March 13, 2013]
Jibril Rajoub, senior PA and Fatah leader:
“We as yet don’t have a nuke, but I swear that if we had a nuke, we’d have used
it this very morning.”
[Al-Mayadeen TV (Lebanon),
April 30, 2013]
Earlier this month, PMW director Itamar Marcus was asked to make a presentation
to members of US Congress [http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=9094] who
were visiting Israel. For that event, PMW prepared a special report with 35 pages
documenting that US funding of the PA was supporting PA hate promotion, terror glorification,
and denial of Israel’s right to exist.
The report is a comprehensive refutation of Abbas’ claim that the PA does not incite
hatred and violence. Indeed, the report shows that hate incitement and terror glorification
form the essence of the PA’s internal discourse in Arabic.
The following is the Executive Summary of PMW’s special report:
PMW Special Report
Funding of the PA’s general budget
by the United States and other countries
is supporting Palestinian Authority
incitement to hatred, violence and terror
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
The United States has repeatedly delineated three fundamental commitments that the
PA must fulfill in order to be acceptable for contacts with the US and to receive
US funding. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explained this US policy to
“We will only work with a Palestinian Authority government that unambiguously and
explicitly accepts the Quartet’s principles: A commitment to non-violence, recognition
of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the
Road Map.” [Clinton in House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations
and Related Programs, April 23, 2009]
PMW notes that Phase 1 of the Road Map, cited by Clinton, requires that “all official
Palestinian institutions end incitement against Israel.”
Significantly, Clinton emphasized that these were not final status issues but fundamental
conditions that the PA was expected to fulfill before contacts could begin. If the
PA did not “unambiguously and explicitly” recognize Israel, reject terror and violence
and cease incitement to hatred, the US Administration would not “work with the PA.”
The material in this PMW Special Report is a small representative example of the
Palestinian Authority’s systematic:
(1) incitement to hatred;
(2) denial of Israel’s right to exist;
(3) and, glorification of violence and terror.
The PA is in ongoing violation of its three fundamental obligations to the US and
The US and the Western donors
The members of the international community have not fulfilled their fundamental
obligation as overseers of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and therefore share
in the responsibility for the PA’s ongoing hate promotion. Worse still, the PA’s
activities, statements, and cultural expression that indoctrinate to hatred, violence
and terror which are documented in this report, are being funded by the United States,
the EU and other Western donors, who give money to the PA’s general budget, which
funds these activities. The lack of any serious action by Western governments emboldens
the PA, leading it to conclude that it can continue its hate promotion and glorification
of terror without any consequences to its international standing and without loss
Violations funded by the PA’s general budgetHad the international funders conditioned
their funding on cessation of PA hate and terror promotion, Palestinian children might
not have been taught recently on official PA TV that Jews and Christians are “inferior”
and “despised,” that Jews are the “enemy of Allah, the sons of pigs,” that Zion is “Satan”,
that “bullets in my enemy’s chest are sweet” and that suicide bombers are “the greatest
role models,” as this report documents. Palestinians may not have heard their Mufti quote
a religious source on PA TV that Muslims are destined to kill Jews, as a condition
for Resurrection. And were the international community not funding the PA without
conditions, PA children might not have played in summer camps named after terrorist
Dalal Mughrabi, leader of bus hijacking in which 37 civilians including 12 children
were murdered, or played in football, table-tennis, boxing and judo tournaments,
all named after terrorist Abu Jihad who planned and orchestrated Mughrabi’s terror
Had there been consequences to their violations, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas may not
have honored last month terrorist prisoner Issa Abd Rabbo who in 1984 murdered two
Israeli university students who were hiking south of Jerusalem, by tying them up
and then shooting them in the head. “Representing Abbas” the Secretary-General
of his office, Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, visited the home of the murderer’s family to
honor him, telling his mother that “the best of the Palestinian people’s sons are
in prison.” [WAFA (official PA news agency), March 13, 2013]
Murderer glorified by Fatah as “hero” hours after his murder
And the terror glorification continues. Earlier this week on April 30, a Palestinian
terrorist stabbed to death an Israeli man, the father of five children. Within hours,
Fatah was glorifying the killer on two of its official Facebook pages, displaying
heroic pictures of him and calling him: “The hero, the released prisoner, Salam
This report documents these and countless other examples of PA fundamental violation
of their basic obligations that are being overlooked, ignored and at the same time
funded by the United States and the international community.
Moral relativism and jihad
The Jerusalem Post.
April 12, 2013
Two events happened on Wednesday which should send a shiver down the spine of everyone concerned about the future of the American Jewish community. But to understand their importance it is important to consider the context in which they occurred.
On January 13, The New York Times reported on a series of virulently anti-Jewish comments Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi made in speeches given in 2010. Among other things, Morsi said, “We must never forget, brothers, to nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred for them: for Zionists, for Jews.” He said that Egyptian children “must feed on hatred; hatred must continue. The hatred must go on for God and as a form of worshiping him.”
In another speech, he called Jews “bloodsuckers,” and “the descendants of apes and pigs.”
Two weeks after the Times ran the story, the Obama administration sent four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt as part of a military aid package announced in December 2012 entailing the provision of 20 F-16s and 200 M1-A1 Abrams tanks.
The Anti-Defamation League, AIPAC, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and other prominent American Jewish groups did not oppose the weapons transfer.
With the American Jewish leadership silent on the issue, Israel found its national security championed by Sen. Rand Paul. He attached an amendment to a budget bill that would bar the US from transferring the advanced weapons platforms to Egypt.
Paul explained, “Egypt is currently governed by a religious zealot… who said recently that Jews were bloodsuckers and descendants of apes and pigs. This doesn’t sound like the kind of stable personality we [sh]ould be sending our most sophisticated weapons to.”
Paul’s amendment was overwhelmingly defeated, due in large part to the silence of the American Jewish leadership.
The Times noted that Morsi’s castigation of Jews as “apes and pigs” was “a slur for Jews that is familiar across the Muslim world.”
Significantly the Times failed to note that the reason it is familiar is because it comes from both the Koran and the hadith. The scripturally based denigration of Jews as apes and pigs is legion among leading clerics of both Sunni and Shi’ite Islam.
It was not a coincidence that the Times failed to mention why Morsi’s castigation of Jews as apes and pigs was so familiar to Muslim audiences.
The Islamic sources of Muslim Brotherhood Jew hatred, and indeed, hatred of Jews by Islamic leaders from both the Sunni and Shi’ite worlds, is largely overlooked by the liberal ideological camp. And the overwhelming majority of the American Jewish leadership is associated with the liberal ideological camp.
If the Times acknowledged that the Jew hatred espoused by Morsi and his colleagues in the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as by their Shi’ite colleagues in the Iranian regime and Hezbollah is based on the Koran, they would have to acknowledge that Islamic Jew hatred and other bigotry is not necessarily antithetical to mainstream Islamic teaching. And that is something that the Times, like its fellow liberal institutions, is not capable of acknowledging.
They are incapable of acknowledging this possibility because considering it would implicitly require a critical study of jihadist doctrine. And a critical study of jihadist doctrine would show that the doctrine of jihad, or Islamic holy war, subscribed to by the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates, as well as by the Iranian regime and Hezbollah and their affiliates, is widely supported, violent, bigoted, evil and dangerous to the free world.
And that isn’t even the biggest problem with studying the doctrine of jihad. The biggest problem is that a critical study of the doctrine of jihad would force liberal institutions like the New York Times and the institutional leadership of the American Jewish community alike to abandon the reigning dogma of the liberal ideological camp – moral relativism.
Moral relativism is based on a refusal to call evil evil and a concomitant willingness to denigrate truth if truth requires you to notice evil.
Since pointing out the reality of the danger the jihadist doctrines propagated by the likes of the Muslim Brotherhood involves the implicit demand that people make distinctions between good and evil and side with good against evil, moral relativists – that is most liberals – cannot contend with jihad.
This is why the American Jewish leadership refused to join Rand Paul and his conservative Republican colleagues in the Senate and demand an immediate cessation of US military aid to the Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egyptian military even after the evidence of the Brotherhood’s genocidal Jew hatred was splashed across the front page of the Times.
It is the dominance of moral relativism in liberal institutions like the New York Times that make even the most apologetic expose of the Muslim Brotherhood a major event. And it is the dominance of liberal orthodoxies in the mainstream Jewish community that makes it all but impossible for Jewish leaders to speak up against the Muslim Brotherhood, despite the manifest danger its genocidal hatred of Jews poses not only for Israel, but for Jews everywhere.
It is bad enough that liberal Jewish leaders won’t speak out against the Koranic-inspired evil that characterizes the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood. What is worse is what their own morally relative blindness causes them to do.
On Wednesday, we saw two distressing examples of the consequences of this self-imposed embrace of ideological fantasies.
First, on Wednesday, Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School’s Journal of Conflict Resolution gave its annual International Advocate of Peace Award to former president Jimmy Carter.
Carter’s long record of anti-Israel, and indeed anti-Semitic, actions and behavior made the decision to bestow him with the honor an affront not only to the cause of peace, but to the cause of Jewish legal rights. As an advocate of Hamas and a man who castigates Israel as an illegal “apartheid” state, Carter has a long record of outspoken opposition to both Jewish human rights and to viable peace between Israel and its neighbors.
For outsiders, the Orthodox Jewish university’s law school’s law journal’s decision to honor Carter was shocking, but as it works out, the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution confers its prize almost exclusively on people active in pressuring Israel to make concessions to Palestinian terrorists who reject Israel’s right to exist. Past winners include Dennis Ross, Bill Clinton, Richard Holbrooke, George Mitchell, John Wallach and Seeds of Peace and, perhaps most astoundingly, the outspoken Jew hater Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
In other words, Carter wasn’t chosen for the honor despite his anti-Israel record. He was selected because of his anti-Israel record.
In a similar fashion, New York’s 92nd Street Y invited virulent Israel hater Roger Waters to perform a concert on April 30. Given Waters’s outspoken opposition to Israel, his call for total economic and cultural warfare against the Jewish state and his leading role in the BDS movement, it is not possible that the 92nd Street Y was unaware of his radical, anti-Semitic sentiments.
And so, the only reasonable explanation for his invitation to perform at the Jewish institution is that the Y wanted to invite this openly anti- Semitic musician to perform. A public outcry by pro-Israel activists forced the Y to cancel his performance.
The day that Carter was embraced by the Orthodox Jewish establishment, Jewish author and activist Pamela Geller was silenced. Geller is the nightmare of the liberal Jewish establishment.
She is a beautiful and articulate speaker and writer who has risen to prominence in the US for her steadfast commitment to exposing the deadly pathologies of Jew hatred, misogyny and other prejudices inherent to jihadist ideology.
Geller’s website, Atlas Shrugs, is a clearinghouse for information on Islamic persecution of women, Christians and apostates and hatred of Jews. She also showcases the documented ties between mainstream American Islamic groups and the Muslim Brotherhood.
An indefatigable defender of Israel, Geller recently ran a highly controversial, and successful ad campaign in the New York and San Francisco public transportation systems in response to an anti-Israel ad campaign. Her billboards read, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, Defeat Jihad.”
Geller was scheduled to speak on April 13 at the Great Neck Synagogue in Great Neck, New York. The topic of her talk was “The Imposition of Shari’a in America.”
Last month, after learning of her talk, a consortium of Islamic and leftist activists in Nassau County led by Habeed Ahmed from the Islamic Center of Long Island launched a pressure campaign to coerce the synagogue into cancelling her speech. Members of the group telephoned the synagogue and castigated Geller as a bigot, and likened her to the Nazis in the 1930s.
In short order liberal rabbis Michael White and Jerome Davidson took over the opposition to Geller and launched a media campaign attacking her as a bigot and demanding that the Great Neck Synagogue cancel her speech.
Rejecting the distinction Geller makes between jihadists and their victims – Muslim and non- Muslim alike, White and Davidson claimed that she opposes all Muslims and so her speech must be canceled. By hosting her, they intoned, the Great Neck Synagogue would be guilty of propagating hate speech. Liberal Christian and Jewish activists and their Muslim associates threatened to protest the speech.
On Wednesday the synagogue caved in to their massive pressure. Citing “security concerns” the synagogue board released a statement saying that while “these important issues must be discussed, the synagogue is unable to bear the burden” of the pressure campaign surrounding Geller’s planned speech. Her event was canceled.
Surveys of the American Jewish community taken in recent years by the American Jewish Committee demonstrate that the vast majority of American Jews are deeply supportive of Israel, and their views tend toward the Right side of the political spectrum in issues related to Israel, the Palestinians and the wider Islamic conflict with the Jewish state.
On the other hand, the AJC’s surveys show that for the vast majority of American Jews, Israel is not a voting issue. This state of affairs was reflected by a comment that Yeshiva University student Ben Winter made to the media regarding the absence of student protest against Carter on Wednesday. In Winter’s words, “While many students at YU feel strongly about their Zionism, few have the courage to publicly express their opinions.”
The danger exposed by the cancellation of Geller’s speech and the conferral of honors on the likes of Carter and Waters by mainstream Jewish institutions is daunting. If moral relativism remains the dominant dogma of the American Jewish establishment, the already weakly defended, but still strongly rooted, support for Israel among the rank and file of the American Jewish community will dissipate.
Fatah continues to praise suicide bombers on Facebook
Murderers of 7 are Martyrs and heroes
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
April 23, 2013
On the anniversary of their terror attacks, Fatah honored suicide bombers Andalib Takatka and Fadi Al-Amoudi as Martyrs and heroes.
Andalib Takatka killed 6 and wounded more than 80 when she blew herself up at the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem in 2002.
Fadi Al-Amoudi killed 1 and wounded 3 when he detonated a bomb he was carrying at the Erez crossing at the Israeli-Egyptian border in 2004.
Fatah’s Facebook administrator called terrorist Al-Amoudi “a hero” and referred to both these murderous attacks as “Martyrdom-seeking operations” in which “Zionists”
Recently, Facebook removed Palestinian Media Watch’s post that exposed hate speech on PA TV because Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities stipulates
that “you will not post content that is hate speech” or “incites violence.” However, Facebook is not applying this principle to Fatah’s Facebook postings that glorify
Abbas honors murderer
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Abbas and other senior PA officials honor prisoner Issa Abd Rabbo who murdered two students hiking near Jerusalem.
Abbas’ representative to murderer’s mother:
“The best of the Palestinian people’s sons are in prison” PA TV host to murderer’s mother:
“Your son is a fighter and a hero, and all prisoners are heroes”
On October 22, 1984, Issa Abd Rabbo killed two Israeli university students, Ron
Levi and Revital Seri, who were hiking south of Jerusalem. At gun point he tied
them up, put bags over their heads and then shot and murdered both. He is serving
two life sentences in an Israeli prison.
Last month, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas sent the Secretary-General of his office,
Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, to the home of murderer Issa Abd Rabbo’s family in the Deheisheh
refugee camp to honor him:
“Representing President Mahmoud Abbas… [Abd Al-Rahim] spoke with Issa’s mother
and conveyed President Abbas’ and the Palestinian leadership’s greetings to her.
He expressed appreciation and praised her for standing strong and for what she
has sacrificed throughout 30 years of waiting, coping and patience.”
He also “praised the Deheisheh refugee camp and its sons and daughters. He described
it as a national revolutionary school which has produced generations and heroes
who were and still are a source of pride.”
Speaking directly to the murderer’s mother, Abbas’ representative said:
“The [prisoners’] chains will certainly be broken and removed by virtue of the heroes’
and mothers’ willpower,” and that “the best of the Palestinian people’s sons are
[WAFA (the official PA news agency), March 13, 2013]
PMW notes that according to Palestinian Authority law, murderer Abd Rabbo, having
served 29 years in prison, should be receiving a monthly salary from the PA of 10,000
shekels, (approx. $2,750), which is almost four times the average monthly salary
the PA pays to its civil servants of 2,882 shekels (approx. $790), or seven times
the minimum wage in the PA of 1,450 shekels (approx. $400).
The PA Minister of Culture, Siham Barghouti, likewise honored the murderer by appearing
with his mother on stage at a show that same week. The show’s moderator said:
“Of course [this is] prisoner Issa Abd Rabbo’s mother who is honored today by the
Minister of Culture [Siham Barghouti], for her being with us.”
[PA TV (Fatah), March 21, 2013]
Earlier this month, as a show of support, Ramallah District Governor Laila Ghannam
also visited Abd Rabbo’s family’s home, praising his mother’s “patience and resolve.”
PA kids’ education: “To war that will… destroy the Zionist’s soul”
On PA TV, 3 different kids recite same poem promoting violence against Israel
Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
The poem, which the three children knew by heart, includes a call for “war… to destroy the Zionist’s soul”:
I’ve etched my name on all the town squares…
Saladin (Muslim conqueror of Jerusalem), calls to me from the depths of my heart
Thousands of prisoners and thousands who are jailed
call to this great nation and call to millions
They say: To Jerusalem, the [first] direction of prayer [in Islam]
To war that will smash the oppression and destroy the Zionist’s soul
and raise the Palestinian banner in the world’s sky
And strengthen my word that goes on: Palestinian, Palestinian, Palestinian.”
The fact that all three children knew the poem by heart and all recited it in a period of two months might suggest that PA educational frameworks may be teaching children to memorize this poem promoting violence, war and “destroying the Zionist’s soul.”