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Demonization of Jews/Israelis
Animalization and dehumanization
Demonization of Jews/Israelis
Since the Palestinian Authority was established it has systematically indoctrinated young and old to hate Israelis and Jews. Using media, education, and cultural structures that it controls, the PA has actively promoted religious hatred, demonization, conspiracy libels, etc. These are packaged to present Israelis and Jews as endangering Palestinians, Arabs, and all humanity. This ongoing campaign has so successfully instilled hatred that fighting, murder and even suicide terror against Israelis and Jews are seen by the majority of Palestinians as justified self-defense and as Allah’s will. The PA presents Jews as possessing inherently evil traits. Jews are said to be treacherous, corrupt, deceitful and unfaithful by nature. These Jewish “attributes” and traditions are presented as the unchangeable nature of Jews. Forgeries and fiction masquerading as history are used to document and support the libel that Judaism is in essence racist and evil. Jews are said to be planning and executing heinous crimes, including burning Palestinians in ovens, murder, using prisoners for Nazi-like experiments, and more. If unchecked, these crimes constitute a mortal danger, not only to all Muslims and Arabs but to all of humanity.

The PA assigns responsibility to the Jews for all the problems in the world: Wars, conflicts and civil wars are all said to be triggered by Jews. Indeed, the oppression suffered by Jews throughout history is presented as the legitimate response of nations seeking revenge for the injury caused them by the Jews living among them. The creation of the State of Israel is said to have been a European plot, in order to be rid of their Jews and save Europe from the evil of Jewish presence in their countries.

The following are examples of Palestinian demonization:
Animalization and dehumanization
Palestinian Authority leaders and media repeatedly use animal images to depict Jews. This animalization and dehumanization play a role in preparing PA society to be willing to kill Jews. 

The following are examples of PA depictions of Jews as animals and subhumans.
PA cartoon: Israel as a dog that bites
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 10, 2011
This cartoon was broadcast as part of a PA TV interview with the Palestinian cartoonist. The cartoon was originally published during the 2008 Gaza War between Israel and Hamas.
Song on PA TV morning show calls for attacking Israel, "the snake's head"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Oct. 3, 2011

Song performed on PA TV show
Palestine This Morning:
Performer Nayel Zamayed:
"Oh Palestinians, [the Zionists] shot you with a rifle
The Zionists kill your doves
at the holy sites.
Oh Palestinians, I want to go and be with you
With fire in my hands,
and together with you my hand
will strike the snake's head [Israel]."
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Song in PA TV documentary calls for attacking Israel, "the snake's head"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 23, 2011

Visuals of Palestinian terrorists in training are shown while the following song is played:

Egyptian song writer Sheikh Imam in PLO documentary "For The Roots Shall Never Die," broadcast on PA TV:
"Oh Palestinians, the revolution is certain,
With the rifle we will impose our new life...
Oh Palestinians, [the Zionists] shot you with a rifle
The Zionists kill your doves at the holy sites.
Oh Palestinians, I want to go and be with you
With fire in my hands, and together with you
my hand will strike the snake's head [Israel]."
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PA TV documentary: Arab homes will be built at Western Wall, Jews praying there are "sin and filth"
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 10, 2011
     "They [Israelis] know for certain that our [Palestinian] roots are deeper than their false history. We, from the balcony of our home, look out over [Islamic] holiness and on sin and filth (Jews' praying at Western Wall) in an area that used to have [Arab] people and homes. We are drawing our new maps. When they [Israelis] disappear from the picture, like a forgotten chapter in the pages of our city's history, we will build it anew (residential area). The Mughrabi Quarter will be built here (on the Western Wall Plaza)."
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Note: This video originally aired Sept. 10, 2010, the Jewish New Year.
Caricature on PA TV: Demonized Jew and American celebrate division of Sudan
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 10, 2011
This cartoon appeared in the Jordanian daily Al-Dustur and was rebroadcast on official Palestinian Authority television. The text in the upper right says “division of Sudan” and the distorted figures of the American and the Jew are shown toasting the division over barrels of Sudanese oil.
Text upper right: "Division of Sudan"
Text both men: "Cheers!"
PA TV: Kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit “entered Gaza in a tank to kill children”
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 8, 2011
PA TV program Good Morning Jerusalem interviews Alaa Haddad from the Committee of Families of Jerusalemite Prisoners on the subject of worsening conditions for Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.
PA TV host: "The [Israeli] prisoner Gilad Shalit [being held by Hamas] does not receive visits or have contact with his family. Can one draw a comparison [between him and the Palestinian prisoners]?"
Haddad: "Of course not. This captive – they call him, Shalit, a captive, but it's clear that he – Shalit – is not a captive. Shalit entered Gaza in a tank, to kill children; he did not hand himself over and say to them, 'Use me for a prisoner exchange.'"
Cartoon demonizes Netanyahu as a bloodthirsty killer of Palestinians
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 6, 2011
Israeli PM Netanyahu is shown watering a plant with a water can labeled "peace," but the can is filled with Palestinian blood. The plant being watered with blood is sprouting houses, representing the settlements.
Text on watering can: "Peace“
Text below: "The blood of the Palestinian people"
Cartoon on PA TV: Israel depicted as Death
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 28, 2011
PA TV broadcast a caricature from the UAE newspaper Al-Ittihad in which Israel is depicted as Death with an olive branch in his mouth.
Israel is a state "for the Jewish filth of Europe upon the land of Palestine"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 20, 2011
     “At the age of almost eighty, the great poet Yousuf Al-Khatib (the ‘Sword of Palestine’) has passed away...
 From occupied Palestine, the head of the Palestinian Arab Writers’ Union in Haifa, poet Sami Mahana, said: ‘[Al-Khatib was] a poet who lived as a great man... Two weeks prior to his death, the General Union of Palestinian Writers… published the full collection of the great poet’s works. ...
[From the preface written by poet Al-Khatib:]
‘It really happened that after the catastrophe of June, 1967 (the Israeli victory in the Six Day War) that all my poems which had preceded that date – and later on, also all those that followed – were brought before a hellish Spanish Inquisition court, with the claim that they were responsible (along with the works of many others) for this painful catastrophe coming about. This was because my natural, wild and stubborn nature refused [to accept] the principle of tame and blind obedience to the UN resolution of 1947, to establish a state for the Jewish filth of Europe upon the land of Palestine, and also because it rejected any submissive view of peace on the basis of that cursed, Satanic resolution."
PA TV host: Israelis derive pleasure from killing Arabs
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 15, 2011
Arab-Israeli host [talking about Palestinian refugees who died as Shahids (Martyrs) on the Israeli-Syrian border in demonstrations on the anniversary of the Six-Day War:
     “My brother: Die as a Shahid (Martyr) in a self-sacrificing operation (i.e., terror attack); die as a Shahid for the cause, but do not approach the [Israel- Syrian] border and allow an Israeli the pleasure of killing you.”
Libel: Israel killed "thousands of children, women, elderly people and youth" at Sabra and Shatila
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 4, 2011
Columnist Adel Abd Al-Rahman:
     “And following that heroic battle [in Beirut in the Lebanon War in 1982], fought by the nationalist and leftist heroes of Palestine and Lebanon… the new fascists from Israel and their Lebanese [Christian] allies dipped their hands deeply in Palestinian blood, carrying out a brutal massacre against the Palestinian refugees in the camps of Sabra and Shatila, with the victims numbering thousands of children, women, elderly people, and youth. It is not possible that their memory should be erased from the national and international consciousness, because the depravity [of the attack] cannot be described.
The Israeli massacre of the Palestinian Arab people in the refugee camps of Beirut is simply a reflection of the Israeli racist, fascist mentality which is based on negation of the other and even a type of ethnic cleansing…”

Note: A massacre was committed by Christian forces in Lebanon. For years the PA has promoted the libel that Israel did it or actively helped.
Israel committed "mass execution of civilians" and raped Palestinian women
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 16, 2011
Headline: “Execution was the way of getting rid of them – Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs: The matter of the detainees was not documented during the catastrophe (“The Nakba” – the establishment of the State of Israel)”
     “The Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs said that the issue of the Palestinian and Arabic detainees during the 1948 war remains undocumented and outside of history, and that the history of the prisoners’ national movement must start from that period.
The Ministry said yesterday, in a report marking the 63rd anniversary of the catastrophe (“The Nakba” – the establishment of the State of Israel), that the Israeli side presents a narrative that is misleading and deceptive in its explanation of the reasons for the war, the catastrophe, and the expulsion of the Palestinians…
The Ministry’s report says that talk about the existence of captives began [only] after the catastrophe and after the establishment of the so-called State of Israel, and the UN recognition of it. Meantime, the real tragedy of the captives was during the years of the war, when it was the Zionist gangs and militias, first and foremost the Haganah, who led the battles and were devoid of any official, moral or human aspect in their attitude towards the Palestinian captives. These were terrorist gangs, whose aim was to murder, to destroy and to expel, and they considered any Arab a suspect deserving of death. …
It was clear that most of the captives held by the Zionist militias were from among the civilian population, which had been uprooted and forced to flee their villages, or were detained while attempting to return to their homes. In the 1948 the Israelis didn’t have a policy of detention; the main policy was to get rid of captives and to execute them, as evidenced by many documented facts concerning mass execution of civilian inhabit
Exam question for high school students published in PA daily demonizes Israelis as inhuman
Source: Al-Ayyam, May 3, 2011
Headline: “Sample questions and answers in preliminary [PA] matriculation exam”
     “Al-Ayyam presents to its high-school readers sample questions and answers selected from the curriculum… under the supervision of a group of specialized teachers, with the aim of helping students to pass the examinations successfully”
"Arabic Language – part II"
[Question 11, section c3]
"Punctuate the underlined phrase:
Do not view the occupier as human”

Other questions illustrating the PA’s attitude to Israel:
[Question 1 – section 18]
"Circle… the sentence in which the direct object must precede the subject:
[The correct option:] Palestine will be freed by its heroes."
[Question 5]
a. "Find the verb in the future subjunctive, and explain why it is so:
- Don’t expect to excel if you neglect your studies.
- You will never attain your rights by begging."
b. "Punctuate the underlined phrase:
- We shall die in order that our land may live”
[Question 14b]
"Add the verb ‘to be’, or a verb that follows the same form, to the following sentences, and punctuate accordingly:
- Palestinian women are fighters”
Cartoon depicts Israel as a hypocrite that talks peace while engaging in war
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 2, 2011
This cartoon demonizes Israel as duplicitous, talking peace while still engaging in war.

Text: "We extend our hand in peace"
PA daily: "Jews, Jews! Your holiday [Passover] is the Holiday of Apes"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 19, 2011
     "The spring carnival has retained its [Palestinian] flavor in towns such as Bethlehem, Beit Sahour and Ramallah... with the demonstrations of the Scouts, songs, dances, and popular Palestinian hymns about Christian-Islamic unity and internal Christian unity. These hymns carry meaningful messages, in response to the Israeli prohibition [to enter Jerusalem], as seen in the calls of the youth who lead the procession of light, waving swords and not caring if anyone accuses them of Antisemitism: ... 'Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Christ redeemed us, with his blood he bought us, and today we are joyous while the Jews are sad,' and, 'Jews, Jews! Your holiday is the Holiday of the Apes, while our holiday is the Holiday of the Christ.'"
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PA: Israel carried out "premeditated murder of Palestinian civilians" in Gaza
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 4, 2011
Headline: “PA commits to act concerning Goldstone Report, despite Israel’s demand that it be shelved”
     “The PA committed itself yesterday to continue its efforts at the UN to call Israel to account for its killing of civilians in the Gaza Strip – a day after the Israeli Prime Minister demanded that the UN shelve the Goldstone Report on the subject. Media spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said, in a press release: ‘The PA will not cease its efforts to pursue justice against the perpetrators of war crimes during the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip (2008-2009), in which Israel violated all boundaries.’ In an announcement published yesterday, the PLO Executive Council sharply attacked Justice Goldstone and accused him of an attempt to justify ‘the premeditated murder of Palestinian civilians, including families, such as the Al-Samouni family, of which 29 members were killed.’”

Note: This is a fairly representative response to Goldstone’s retraction of some of his claims. Some other responses talk about the enormous pressure exerted on him to retract.
PA daily columnist: The enemy [Israel] doesn’t hesitate to shed innocent blood
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 23, 2011
PA daily article by PLO Ambassador to India and regular columnist Adli Sadek:
“Cursed is he who remains silent”
     “May Allah in His mercy envelop the innocent people who died in the criminal [Israeli] bombing of Gaza. May the souls of the Shahids (Martyrs), the children – Allah’s beloved, cut short by the fighter planes - soar in the heavens. May every drop of their pure blood become a curse upon the occupiers!
The Palestinians who are within firing range know with certainty that this fanfare group [Hamas] does not intend to carry out Jihad. Had they intended to carry out this Jihad, they would have taken their lives in their hands and advanced with their wondrous means… to positions where they could cause pain to the occupiers, while sparing children and women the dangers of the cruel fire shot by an enemy [Israel] for whom the blood of innocents is not sacred…
Cursed is he who remains silent when our people, our sons and children, have died in vain. Cursed is he who remains silent at the crimes of the murderous occupiers, and at the gambles and the childishness of those who have no regard for blood and for people’s intelligence!”
PA daily columnist: "'Killing the Palestinian gentiles' is a constant goal on the Zionist agenda"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 23, 2011
Official PA daily columnist Adel Abd Al-Rahman:
“Messages of Israeli escalation”
     “The criminal Israeli escalation has never needed any sort of justification or excuses, because the option of war and ‘killing the Palestinian gentiles’ is a constant goal on the Zionist agenda, regardless of which party or coalition leads the racist apartheid Israeli state.”
Israeli soldiers are "murderers" and settlers "carry out crimes against humanity"
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 14, 2011
Muwaffaq Matar in his column, from article "A Question along the Way:"
Headline: “Netanyahu is gambling with Jewish children”
     "We know that the soldiers of the occupation are murderers, and that the settlers are criminals who violate humanitarian and international law, carrying out crimes against humanity. At the same time, we also know that we will allow no one to push us down this slippery slope. The most important thing, from our point of view, is that the sum of moral values, which set down how we view life and death, reward and punishment, peace and war, should not collapse…
Child recites poem demonizing Israel as merciless oppressor on PA TV
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Feb. 18, 2011
Program: “The Best Home”
Guest: Poet Kamal Issam, a 6-year old boy from Jerusalem, representing “Palestine” in the MBC Young Talent competition.
Kamal Issam recites poem, “Palestinian – You must not be alive,” by Palestinian poet Bilal Abdallah:
     “Palestinian – You must not be alive;
They [Israelis] have told you – Shut up!
Do not speak!
You were made for plastering, for searches at roadblocks and crossings;
They’ve written on your forehead ‘Tread on him’, from commanders to draftees;
Palestinian – you must not rebel,
And you must not win.
Woe to you if you ask for your rights.
Beware of the day you seek the light.
Palestinian – if you want to study,
It’s a matter that’s against the law.
Palestinian – you have to suffer, without a doctor seeing you,
Palestinian – you must not be oppressed, and let no feather sprout in your wings;
Palestinian – you must not be alive;
In every airport your name is written in red,
And at passport control
They’ve written on your forehead – ‘Call’ [for interrogation];
Palestinian – you must not be alive; this world belongs only to bats.”

Note: PA TV host applauds, but notes that we do want to live and to challenge the world.
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