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PA official repeats libel:‎ ‎“Zionist policy” is to cause drug addiction among Palestinian youth
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PA official repeats libel:
"Zionist policy" is to cause drug addiction
among Palestinian youth
 
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Palestinian Authority Governor of Ramallah Laila Ghannam has repeated the PA libel ‎that Israel intentionally spreads drugs among Palestinian youth in order to “occupy” ‎them internally: ‎

‎"There is an attempt to introduce drugs among our children, especially in the ‎Jerusalem district which is open to Israelis, and to destabilize  the public peace. ‎There are murders, and these things do not happen by chance. This is a ‎intentional policy of the Zionists who are trying to create an internal occupation ‎within us, in addition to the political occupation."
‎[Official PA TV, Oct. 10, 2014]‎

Earlier this year, a host on official PA TV stated that Israel spreads drugs among ‎Palestinians to “distract” them from fighting Israel:‎

PA TV host: “The occupation is the main factor behind the spread of the ‎phenomenon [of drug use] in Jerusalem and its environs, and its purpose is to ‎ruin the [young] generation and distract it from the causes it faces, first of all the ‎resistance.” [Official PA TV, March 8, 2014]‎

Recently, another PA official similarly accused Israel of being “the only source” of ‎drugs:‎

‎“Jenin District Governor Ibrahim Ramadan announced the start of the ‎International Anti-Drug Week events yesterday... He noted that ‎the danger posed by drugs is not merely medical, but also social and moral. He ‎noted that [drugs] recognize no political or social borders, and that their only ‎source is the occupation, which is attempting to strike at the Palestinian home ‎front.” [Official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 23, 2014]‎

This libel, claiming that Israel spreads drugs intentionally to ruin the young generation ‎of Palestinians, as well as a long series of other libels, is often repeated by ‎Palestinian leaders and officials, as reported by Palestinian Media Watch.‎

The following is a longer excerpt of official PA TV program Special Missions about ‎drugs in Jerusalem. The program hosted Dr. Husni Awad, a psychology lecturer at Al-‎Quds Open University:‎

Dr. Husni Awad: “Since occupying Jerusalem in 1967, Israel has made an effort ‎to distribute drugs and to facilitate their distribution, especially in Jerusalem, and ‎this is a link in a chain [of efforts] to Judaize Jerusalem - in other words, [to ‎gain] control of it.”
PA TV host: “The occupation is the main factor behind the spread of the ‎phenomenon [of drug use] in Jerusalem and its environs, and its purpose is to ‎ruin the [young] generation and distract it from the causes it faces, first of all the ‎resistance.” [Official PA TV, March 8, 2014]‎