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Israeli Dep. Foreign Minister Hotovely ‎uses PMW to show PA responsible for October 2015 terror wave
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After briefing from PMW, ‎
Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hotovely ‎
uses PMW material to show
PA responsibility for current terror wave

On Oct. 7, 2015, Palestinian Media Watch held a three hour meeting with Tzipi Hotovely, ‎Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. After presenting PMW’s latest findings ‎relating to the current terror wave, Hotovely published the following article in the Wall ‎Street Journal blaming the PA for initiating the surge in terror and encouraging it to ‎continue.‎

PMW added links to all the segments referencing PMW documentation.‎


Abbas: ‘We Welcome Every Drop of Blood ‎
Spilled in Jerusalem’‎

Palestinian leaders have created a culture of death
that is ‎motivating the latest violent terrorism
‎ ‎
Tzipi Hotovely, Oct. 18, 2015‎
‎ ‎
The latest surge of Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis has come in the immediate ‎wake of explicit calls by the Palestinian leadership to “spill blood.” This well-‎orchestrated campaign of violence follows many years in which Palestinian children ‎have been taught to idolize the murder of Jews as a sacred value and to regard their ‎own death in this “jihad” as the pinnacle of their aspirations.‎

Such violence has deep roots. It goes back to the rampages at the behest of Haj Amin ‎al-Husseini, a Muslim activist and at one point grand mufti of Jerusalem, in the 1920s, ‎‎’30s and ’40s. It continued with the fedayeen Palestinian militants in the 1950s and ‎‎’60s, and evolved into the terrorism of the Palestine Liberation Organization and Fatah ‎under Yasser Arafat and now Mahmoud Abbas. Anyone who claims that Palestinian ‎terror against Jews dates only to 1967, or is a response to Israeli settlements, should ‎become more informed of the conflict’s history.‎

Yet the apathy shown by the international community to the death-culture fostered by ‎Palestinian elites, and the unbalanced manner in which subsequent violence is often ‎treated by the international media—as if there is any kind of symmetry between ‎terrorists and their victims—is doing long-term, and possibly irrevocable, harm to ‎generations of Palestinians.‎

A few recent examples underscore the depth of the problem.‎

Mr. Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, said the following on Palestinian ‎television on Sept. 16: “We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem‎. This is ‎pure blood, clean blood, blood on its way to Allah. With the help of Allah, every martyr ‎will be in heaven, and every wounded will get his reward.”‎

Two weeks later, on Oct. 1, Palestinian terrorists murdered an Israeli couple, Eitam and ‎Naama Henkin, in cold blood in front of their four children, who ranged from 9 years ‎old to 4 months.‎

Days later, with the Henkin children still in mourning, PLO official Mahmoud Ismail ‎went on official Palestinian television, PBC, and proclaimed their parents’ murder to be ‎a fulfillment of Palestinian “national duty‎.” He was one of several Palestinian ‎officials who condoned the murder.‎

Such statements strike a resonant chord among generations of Palestinian children ‎who have been taught that Jews are the descendants of “barbaric monkeys” and ‎‎“wretched pigs” (a phrase from a poem repeatedly recited on PBC television, to the ‎applause of children.) They have been taught that “armed conflict” (a common ‎Palestinian euphemism for the murder of Jews) against “the so-called State of Israel” is ‎both a religious duty‎ and an act purportedly legitimized by the United Nations‎—a ‎falsehood repeated in a number of 12th-grade Palestinian textbooks.‎

The Palestinian Authority also pays handsome stipends to terrorists ‎ and their ‎families, which serve as a powerful incentive to carry out acts of terror.‎

Is it surprising, then, that Mr. Abbas’s explicit call for “blood on its way to Allah” has ‎resulted in a surge of stabbings and other attacks against Israelis? Is it any wonder that ‎viewers of official television recently were treated to the sight of a Palestinian boy, ‎dressed up in battle fatigues, telling a smiling talk-show host of his wish to become an ‎engineer “so that I can build bombs to blow up all the Jews.”‎

The unending stream of blood-drenched caricatures and video clips that circulate ‎virally through Palestinian social media is a telling indication of how profoundly the ‎worship of violence is entrenched in Palestinian society. So are the many schools‎, ‎city squares and sports tournaments named for arch-terrorists‎.‎

The cultivation of this culture of death is having devastating effects. As Palestinian ‎terror touches more Jewish families, Israelis, especially of the younger generation, are ‎increasingly resigning themselves to the fact that Palestinian society is guided by a ‎dramatically different set of values.‎

Israeli society and Jewish tradition sanctify life. Palestinian society glorifies death‎. ‎Israeli children grow up on songs of peace and the biblical vision of “nation shall not ‎lift up sword against nation.” Palestinian children are taught to hate.‎

Yet there is no international outcry. No indignation at the exploitation of Palestinian ‎children from all the nongovernmental organizations and U.N. agencies that profess to ‎monitor human-rights abuses.‎

This is tragic because the international community could make a practical difference. ‎About a third of the Palestinian Authority’s budget is financed by foreign aid. This ‎money is intended to develop Palestinian infrastructure and foster economic growth, ‎but it is being misused by the Palestinian Authority to promote the murder of Jews and ‎to sow destruction within Israel. The international community can wield its influence ‎toward a cessation of incitement.‎

Turning a blind eye to the enormous harm that the Palestinian leadership is doing to its ‎own people—by raising successive generations of children on blind hatred of the Jews ‎and Israel—is dooming these children to a bleak future. This ought to be a compelling ‎reason for the international community to seriously rethink the strange tolerance it ‎exhibits toward the Palestinian death-culture.‎

Changing this culture of death is no less important for the Palestinians than for Israel.‎

Ms. Hotovley is deputy foreign minister of Israel.‎