libels and demonizes Israel
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
On the same day as the official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper ran a positive front-page story about a solidarity visit by Israelis to condemn last week's arson attack at a mosque near Bethlehem [see PMW bulletin], the office of PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad used the incident as an opportunity to libel and demonize Israel.
PM Fayyad's national affairs advisor accused Israel of being behind the arson attack, and added that the arson "represents part of a policy of state terror, which the Zionist apartheid state is carrying out against the Palestinians."
The following is the full reaction from the office of PM Fayyad:
"Advisor to the Prime Minister [Fayyad] on national affairs, Minister Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul: 'Herds of settlers throughout the Palestinian territories and the occupation army complement each other as regards the crimes and the new provocative violations, which are targeting our people, its places of worship, its property, its land and its interests. This is done with the aim of stirring up emotions and arousing the Palestinian residents to respond to the unceasing racist Israeli offensive, aimed at igniting a fire on the Palestinian front, so that the eyes of the world will turn away from the Israeli violations...'. In a press release, the advisor to the Prime Minister added that what happened in Beit Fajar was not incidental, but rather represents part of a policy of state terror, which the Zionist apartheid state is carrying out against the Palestinians."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 6, 2010]