PA TV News:
No trace of Jewish history in "our land"
"Temple exists only in the minds of radical organizations"
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Recently, Palestinian Authority TV News exemplified the PA policy of denying the existence of any Jewish history in Jerusalem. In a report about Israel's excavations on the Temple Mount exposing part of the Western Wall, the government-controlled PA TV stated:
"There's [an Israeli] race against the clock to complete the excavations in search of [Jerusalem's] Temple that exists only in the minds of radical organizations."
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Palestinian Media Watch has documented the PA's continued denial of Jewish history and particularly its denial of the existence of the Temple, referring to it as the "alleged Temple." To prove their claim to the land, the PA actively rejects all Jewish history in the land of Israel, inventing an ancient Palestinian history in its stead. The PA accuses Israel of stealing Palestinian heritage, claiming that it does not have any history on its own.
PMW has also documented how Israel's excavations of the Western Wall near the Al-Aqsa Mosque are presented by the PA as part of an Israeli plan to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Following is the excerpt from PA TV News denying Jewish history in Jerusalem:
PA TV newsreader: "Deep underground beneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque, there's [an Israeli] race against the clock to complete the excavations in search of [Jerusalem's] Temple that exists only in the minds of radical organizations. These images reveal the extent of the excavations. ... Here, you can see an underground city excavated by Jewish radical organizations. They falsify historical facts by linking them to Jewish history, the traces of which don't exist in our land."
[PA TV (Fatah), Oct. 25, 2012]