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Animalization and dehumanization of Jews/Israelis
Portraying Jews as apes and pigs, Jews/Israelis are evil
Jews/Israelis are cancer and other diseases
Jews/Israelis endanger all humanity
Libel: Protocols of the Elders of Zion

Israel is a colonialist implant
Fatah reposts controversial cartoon implying Jews are behind world terror 
Source: Website of Fatah's Information and ‎Culture Commission, Sept. 20, 2016

Cartoon depicts a Jew with a large nose and wearing a kippah (Jewish skullcap), comfortably seated in an armchair with the Star of David on it. Using a remote control, the Jew sets off an explosion in the city below, viewing the destruction as if watching TV.
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Note: The cartoon was originally published in July 2014 in The Sydney Morning Herald as commentary on the 2014 Gaza War. After repeated public protests and threats of legal action by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, the newspaper apologized and called it "a serious error in judgement." Fatah's choosing to publish the cartoon now, without any reference to Gaza, is clearly their statement about today's international conflicts.
Op-ed in official PA daily: "Summary executions" are "Israel’s way of getting rid of those it wants to get rid of," ever since Biblical times 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 19, 2016
Headline: “The summary executions – a policy that is escalating”
Excerpt from op-ed by Yahya Rabah, regular columnist for the official PA daily and member of the Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza
     “I was horrified when I saw a video on one of the Palestinian satellite channels that it was claimed showed Martyr (Shahid) [Hatem] Al-Shaloudi, and the two analysts said that this video is proof that Al-Shaloudi stabbed an Israeli soldier. The footage that was shown on this channel is not clear, and in no way is there a stabbing operation in it…
But why did the satellite channel, which calls itself a Palestinian satellite channel, claim [that Al-Shaloudi stabbed a soldier] – this question remains unanswered...
In general, the trend of summary executions is a fixed trend that is growing stronger in the Zionist ideology, which draws [inspiration] from the Biblical story, which always incites to murder and wipe out the other. This trend has existed since the Book of Exodus, through [the Book of] Judges, and up to the Book of Kings, and the reasons are always attributed to divine commands! ...
The summary executions always exist. They are Israel’s way of getting rid of those it wants to get rid of, even if they are Jews who are from a different ideological and political stream. The loss of media control in our circles to which we are witness these days is a most damaging loss of control, which does not serve us at all… and provides the main enemy – the occupation – with a free service.”
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Official PA daily describes Jewish visits to the Temple Mount as “attempts to defile the [Al-Aqsa] Mosque with repeated Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) activities” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 8, 2016
Headline: “‘Settler wedding’ at the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
      “At the Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday [Sept. 7, 2016] a tense atmosphere prevailed in light of invasions and provocative tours that were held by groups of the settler gangs, and attempts to defile the mosque with repeated Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) activities.”

The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an “invasion.” It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Op-ed in official PA daily: Jesus “was the first Palestinian Martyr, who was crucified by the Jews” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 6, 2016
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily

Headline
: “One homeland, one people”
      “The demographic composition of the Palestinian Arab people cannot be envisioned without the presence of the Christian people. As [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said: ‘The Palestinian Christians are the salt of the earth,’ and indeed as I have said in a number of relevant articles – Jesus, Issa son of Maryam, peace be upon him, was the first Palestinian Martyr (Shahid), who was crucified by the Jews, or they think they crucified him. He was born to a Palestinian mother and grew up in Palestine.”
Op-ed in PA daily: Jesus was “the first Palestinian Martyr, who was crucified by the Jews”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 6, 2016
Headline: “One homeland, one people”
Excerpt of op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily
      “The demographic composition of the Palestinian Arab people cannot be envisioned without the presence of the Christian people. As [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas said: ‘The Palestinian Christians are the salt of the earth,’ and indeed as I have said in a number of relevant articles – Jesus, Issa son of Maryam, peace be upon him, was the first Palestinian Martyr (Shahid), who was crucified by the Jews, or they think they crucified him. He was born to a Palestinian mother and grew up in Palestine.”
PLO official: Israel is executing "ancient Zionist plots" to build Temple, Al-Aqsa in danger of "imminent collapse" 
Source: Al-Quds, Aug. 28, 2016
Headline: “The Al-Aqsa Mosque fire – the fire is still burning!”
Op-ed by PLO Executive Committee member and Head of the Department for Jerusalem Affairs Ahmed Qurei “Abu Alaa”
     “A week ago was the 47th anniversary of the crime of the arson of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Saladin [Al-Ayyubi’s] pulpit, in what appeared to be a situation of troubling silence, broken only by a small number of notices repeated regularly throughout recent years… It can be said that the Jewish logic, which is full of historical grudges and religious myths, through this arson opened a wider door for the perpetration of ancient Zionist plots. Plots whose goal is to determine the future of Jerusalem by creating finalized facts and a new reality, that can defend themselves by themselves in any future negotiation regarding the fate of Jerusalem and the Palestinian areas…
The extremist Zionist groups, those who held the hand of the same Jewish settler (sic) named Michael Rohan when he perpetrated this intentional fire, are those who today hold the reins of government in Israel, and they are those who carry out the operation of Judaizing Jerusalem for all to see, and call with unprecedented determination to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque without encountering any opposition or anyone who will deter them... In fact, these evil Israeli goals are no longer only intentions nested in the heart of small groups of ultra-extremists and settlers, but rather have become an official work plan being implemented in the field, and in particular under the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza (i.e., the Temple Mount), which currently is subject to imminent collapse due to a series of underground tunnels and passageways.”

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PLO condemns “invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque [by Jewish visitors]… in order to carry out Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies in the pure Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas” 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, July 26, 2016
Headline: “The Department for Jerusalem Affairs warned of the calls of extremist Jewish organizations to invade the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The PLO Department for Jerusalem Affairs warned of the dangers and consequences of the ongoing racist calls of extremist Jewish organizations who called to carry out a widespread invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, accompanied by the greatest rabbis of the settlers, in order to carry out Talmudic (i.e., Jewish) ceremonies in the pure Al-Aqsa Mosque plazas.
The department condemned in a press release today, Tuesday [July 26, 2016], the invasion of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza by dozens of the herds of extremist settlers from the direction of the Mughrabi Gate, under the heightened protection of the occupation police and its special forces, and the fact that they carried out tours of provocation at the mosque’s plaza in order to take pictures. This was done through response to the calls of these racist terrorist organizations and their ongoing encouragement of settlers to invade the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza and defile it by holding Talmudic ceremonies by Jewish rabbis within it.“
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The PA and its leaders consider all of the Temple Mount an integral part of the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Therefore they view any presence of Jews on the mount as an "invasion." It should be noted that Jews who visit the Temple Mount only enter some sections of the open areas, and do not enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock.
Op-ed in official PA daily repeats libel about rabbinic council that ordered Jews to poison Palestinian water sources 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 10, 2016
Headline: “Our new generations are the hope!”

Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, a regular columnist for the official PA daily and a member of the Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza

“[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu said that the incitement is the problem, and not the settlement enterprise! This is a form of diplomatic and moral contempt that has spread in the Israeli society like cancer, and we identified it in an Israeli minister, one of Netanyahu’s ministers who were selected by him to stand to his right. The minister said that the Palestinians are happy about the settlement enterprise, which gives them workplaces in the settlements! Look what the racism has come to, the contempt, and the stupidity! The homeland of a people is stolen, and afterwards they claim that it is compensated for its homeland through work for the occupier who stole its homeland. Is there a need for incitement when there are such despicable acts, and such racism?
We heard the same disgusting logic several days ago from the Council of Settler Rabbis, which issued a religious ruling to poison the water of the Palestinians (sic., no such council exists and not such ruling was ever issued). This insane council is recognized and receives support from the Netanyahu government and the Israeli Parliament, where there are even more disgusting voices. These rabbis have no connection to the Jewish tribes, because they are part of the thirteenth tribe that is not connected to the children of Israel. They are Khazars who appropriated Judaism and established Zionism, and they are behind every shameful act of the occupation.”

The op-ed asserts the PA libel alleging that a non-existent rabbi gave a religious ruling to poison Palestinian water. After PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas aired the libel in his speech to the EU Parliament on June 23,
PA TV host laments that Muslims haven’t contributed to humanity, but Jews, “the worst among men,” have Nobel Prizes, positions in banks, and made many “scientific, medical, and economic discoveries” 
Source: Official PA TV Live, July 3, 2016
     Official PA TV program Allah’s Messenger Muhammad, hosted by Professor of Quranic Studies at the University of Palestine in Gaza Imad Hamato
Official PA TV host Imad Hamato: “Unfortunately, we have learned to only depend on others. Therefore we have lost the spirit of creation, production, and creativity, and have become a kind of leftovers, and have lived at the expense of others. Let us say that if the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) or one of the other international institutions were to stop the aid to the Palestinian people, we would collapse and die of hunger the very next day. That is the situation. We are a lost nation, because we think that Islam is only ideas and words and positions. Only Friday sermons and sermons from the pulpit, without understanding the nature of life, the process of life, and the process of industry, and economy, and production, and existence . The Muslim needs to express his identity through what he gives to humanity. How can we be an example to humanity when we come to this world like blind men? We come while dependent on others. We do not give to humanity. Think about the Nobel Prize winners, and how many of them are Jews. Think about how many Jews there are in the world banks, the administration of universities, parliaments, what their part is in the scientific, medical, and economic discoveries. We as a nation have been defeated by the Jews in every field. And we say that they are the worst among men: ‘You will surely find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers [to be] the Jews’ [Quran, Surah 5:82, Sahih International]. This is not a fitting way to manage things.”
Fatah TV cartoon: Jews sided with satans to fight Muhammad and the Muslims  
Source: Fatah-run Awdah TV, June 27, 2016

3 episodes of the Egyptian series The Raids of Prophet Muhammad'

Muslim man: "Prophet [Muhammad] agreed [that the Jews] would leave with their possessions, but not their weapons, so they would not fight with the [weapons] again." 
Muslim boy: "So we drove them out without fighting. What a great victory...Praise and thanks to Allah..." 
Satan 1: "We (i.e., Jews and satans) suffered a defeat from one of the soldiers of Allah, who we have no power over." 
Satan 2: "What sort of soldier was it, my lord? I didn’t see any fighting in this raid." 
Satan 1: "It was ‘fear’ (i.e., Allah's soldier) that defeated the Jews and caused them to leave their lands [in Medina] in shame and disgrace, and it's what prevented me from going down to make them fight... Yes, satan. Don’t you see that my hands are shaking [from ‘fear’]? ..." 
Muslim man: "The Jews left while playing flutes and drums. How strange!" 
Muslim boy: "They did not want to show their frustration over the defeat, [and behaved] as if they had won. May Allah humiliate them." 
[Official PA TV, July 25, 2013 and Fatah-run Awdah TV, June 22, 2016] 
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Abbas retracts water poisoning libel, "emphasizes that he did not intend to harm Judaism or its believers in general... [but] condemns the illegal actions and steps of [Israeli] and its settlers against the Palestinian people" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 25, 2016
Headline: "[PA] President [Mahmoud Abbas]: Palestine is the cradle of the three monotheistic religions, and we are not among those who harm any one of them"
     "[PA] President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the Israeli accusations and declarations directed against him and against the Palestinian people, according to which he harmed Judaism, and condemned accusations against him of Antisemitism.
After it became clear that the reports that were published in many media outlets about the declarations of a rabbi regarding the poisoning of Palestinian wells were baseless, President Abbas - out of the deep respect he has for all religions, including Judaism - emphasizes that he did not intend to harm Judaism or its believers in general. However, at the same time he condemns the illegal actions and steps of the occupation authorities (i.e., Israel) and its settlers against the Palestinian people, including the incitement against him and against his rights."
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Abbas publicized this “retraction” after he repeated a libel in a speech at European Parliament that Israeli rabbis had demanded that the Israeli government “poison the water to kill the Palestinians.” [Official PA TV, June 23, 2016]
Abbas repeats libel: Israeli rabbis demanded government poison water to kill the Palestinians  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 23, 2016
 

Official PA TV, special broadcast, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech to the EU Parliament

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas: “There is an issue that the Israelis are bringing up, and that is the issue of incitement. Despite the fact that the Israeli incitement does not stop, and the actions of the occupation (i.e., Israel) and the settlers do not stop… Just a week ago, some rabbis rose up in Israel and explicitly announced and demanded of their government that it poison the water in order to kill the Palestinians. Is this not clear incitement? Is this not clear incitement, whose goal is to carry out a mass murder of Palestinians? We are against incitement!”
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The libel that rabbis called to poison the Palestinians’ water, which had been voiced by the PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the PLO in the days prior to Abbas’ speech, did not appear in the written version of Abbas’ speech, which was publicized in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 24, 2016. Apparently Abbas decided to add it in at the last moment.
PA Ministry of Religious Affairs accuses Israel of carrying out “blatant Jewish project” of “secret excavations” under the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to “to topple the... Mosque and destroy it” 
Source: Donia Al-Watan (independent Palestinian news agency), June 21, 2016
Headline: “The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs warns: The enemy (i.e., Israel) is conducting dangerous excavations underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque”
     “The [PA] Ministry of Religious Affairs warned of an intensification in the Israeli violations and operations that are taking place in the holy city (i.e., Jerusalem) and in the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, the last of which was a series of secret excavations that the occupation authorities (i.e., Israel) are conducting around and underneath the Al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, as they have prevented all legal or media sources from getting involved in this matter and closed the entire targeted region to everyone... The ministry emphasized that the main goal behind this blatant Jewish project is to erase the characteristics of Jerusalem and to topple the Al-Aqsa Mosque and destroy it, so that the Israeli enemy will be able to assert before the entire world that the Al-Aqsa Mosque toppled on its own without any action [being taken], and in this way acquit itself of its despicable crime.”

Arab League condemns 'rabbinical' ruling calling on Jews to poison Palestinian water sources 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, June 20, 2016
Headline: “The Arab League condemns the call of the rabbis to poison Palestinian drinking water”
      “The Arab League strongly condemned the call of the chairman of the Council of Settlement Rabbis, Rabbi Shlomo Melamed (No such rabbi or body exists, see note, Ed.), which gives the settlers permission to poison the drinking water that sustains the Palestinian towns and villages throughout the occupied West Bank. The [Arab League] statement… placed full responsibility on Israel (the occupying force) [parentheses in source] for the ramifications of these religious rulings, which expose the Israeli policy of creating facts on the ground. This is in the shadow of the silence of the international community and its ignoring of the Israeli violations, which are committed each day against the Palestinians: daily executions, home demolitions, clearing and expropriating land, arrests and other serious violations.”
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Note: This story has been denied by both the supposed source of the story, the Breaking the Silence group, and by a Rabbi Zalmen Melamed - there is no Rabbi Shlomo Melamed.
"The Jerusalem Post was unable to find evidence that either a Rabbi Shlomo Mlma or Mlmad, or the Council of Rabbis in West Bank settlements exist. There is a Council of Rabbis in Judea and Samaria, led by Yishai Babad. There is a Rabbi Zalman Melamed of Beit El… [who told CAMERA]: 'I did not say that and do not believe any rabbi would say something like that.' In addition, Breaking the Silence’s spokesman said he did not know of any testimony about poisoning water.” [The Jerusalem Post, June 20, 2016]

PLO and PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs spread libel that rabbis gave permission to settlers to poison Palestinian water 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 20, 2016
Headline: “Religious rulings by rabbis give the settlers permission to poison Palestinian water”
     “The [PLO’s] National Bureau to Defend the Land and Resist Settlement warned about the dangers and the ramifications of religious rulings by Jewish rabbis that give the settlers permission to poison water that sustains Palestinian cities and villages… The organization [Breaking the Silence] noted that the Jewish settlers work intently on poisoning drinking water in the Palestinian towns and villages throughout the West Bank... The [PA] Foreign Ministry said yesterday [June 19, 2016] in a statement that the radical Netanyahu [Israeli] government is continuing its unlimited war against the existence of the Palestinian man in his homeland... We stand today before this serious crime, which is not the first of its kind, against the lives of all the Palestinians, through the poisoning of the various water sources. This not only endangers human life, but also one’s livelihood – animals and agricultural produce.”
PA libel: Israeli rabbis called to poison all Palestinian wells 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 20, 2016


Official PA TV newsreader:
"The Council of Settlement Rabbis (sic) has called to poison the drinking water in all districts of the homeland [Palestine], in order to cause [Palestinian] residents to emigrate, or in order to kill them."
Official PA TV reporter: "As part of the Israeli attempts to utilize religious sources of authority to achieve political goals, an Israeli human rights organization has exposed a religious ruling issued by Rabbi Shlomo Melamed (sic), Chairman of the Council of Settlement Rabbis (sic), that gave the settlers permission to poison the drinking water and the natural wells in the [Palestinian] villages and towns throughout the West Bank. This, with the goal of causing the [Palestinian] residents to leave their lands, enabling the settlers to take control of them."
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Note: The Jerusalem Post reported that no rabbi of the name “Rabbi Shlomo Melamed” exists, and that the left wing Israeli NGO which the PA has been quoting, has denied the story. Click "full article" for a quote from The Jerusalem Post
Lecturer on PA TV: The Anti-Christ is the leader of the Jews 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 20, 2016
Official PA TV program Palestine in the Quran, broadcast on the occasion of the month of Ramadan
Former lecturer and a regular presenter on the show Bassam Jarrar: “The Jews will leave Palestine, and this time eastward. If you pay close attention, culture and social organization is moving eastward, and in the West there are crises. Among the Jews, since 1990, articles have begun to appear that support a connection with the East. Therefore it appears that they will go eastward, and they will have alliances with the East after they leave Palestine. After a certain amount of time, we don’t know how long, they will try to return to Palestine under the leadership of the Anti-Christ . For what is the purpose of the campaign of the Anti-Christ, who continues to advance until he arrives here? He continues until he arrives here, that is to say his destination is here. Because the Anti-Christ is a Jewish leader, or he is the leader of the Jews. It may also be that the Jews will create him. What does it mean that they will create him? That’s another topic. He will return [to Palestine].”

Jarrar, a former college lecturer in Ramallah who had his own show on official PA TV in 2015 on numbers in the Quran, claims on his website on Islam called the “Noon Center For Quranic Studies and Researches” that the events of the “Anti-Christ” will take place sometime around 2022 CE.
PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls Israel's "poisoning" wells "a crime against humanity" 
Source: PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, June 19, 2016
PMW note: The PLO accused Jews in the West Bank of poisoning Palestinian water sources, based on the rulings"of a Rabbi Shlomo Melamed, chairman of  the Council of Settlement Rabbis. No such rabbi or body exists. The PA Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to the accusations: 
   "This call by Rabbi Mlmad is considered a crime against humanity because it targets humans, animals, corps and all forms of life in the occupied Palestinian territory.
The ministry held the Israeli government full responsibility of the consequences of such calls. It demanded the arrest of the Rabbi for inciting murder and the enforcement of necessary procedures to protect Palestinians from individuals who might attempt to poison water sources.
What is the international community waiting for to interfere; the death of thousands of Palestinians of thirst? To meet such incident with silence and ignore the war Israel is waging against Palestinians is a cause of shame for the international community."
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Note: This story has been denied by both the supposed source of the story, the Breaking the Silence group, and by a Rabbi Zalmen Melamed - there is no Rabbi Shlomo Melamed. "The Jerusalem Post was unable to find evidence that either a Rabbi Shlomo Mlma or Mlmad, or the Council of Rabbis in West Bank settlements exist. There is a Council of Rabbis in Judea and Samaria, led by Yishai Babad. There is a Rabbi Zalman Melamed of Beit El. Mlmad is similar to Melamed, and Zalman is Yiddish for Shlomo. Rabbi Zalman Melamed told Gidon Shaviv, a senior research analyst for press watchdog CAMERA, "I did not say that and do not believe any rabbi would say something like that." Melamed also called the report a blood libel.
In addition, Breaking the Silence's spokesman said he did not know
PA daily glorifies 3 “heroic” murderers of Jews in 1929 Hebron Massacre, who were “protect[ing] the Al-Buraq Wall (i.e, Western Wall), which the Jews planned on taking over” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 18, 2016
Headline: “The execution of the heroes [Muhammad] Jamjoun, [Fuad] Hijazi, and [Ataa] Al-Zir – remembered forever”
      “Yesterday, Friday [June 17, 2016], was the anniversary of the execution of the heroic Martyrs (Shahids) of the Al-Buraq rebellion (i.e., 1929 Hebron Massacre), Muhammad Jamjoun, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir, by the British Mandate authorities. On this date in 1930 these Martyrs were executed at the citadel prison in Acre, despite the Arab protests and condemnations.
The story of the three heroes began when British [Mandate] police forces arrested a group of young Palestinians after the Al-Buraq rebellion... The Muslims – including the three heroes – came out in their masses to protect the Al-Buraq Wall, which the Jews planned on taking over, so that the confrontation between the Arabs and the Zionists was inevitable in the various Palestinian areas...”

Muhammad Jamjoum, Fuad Hijazi, and Ataa Al-Zir “committed particularly brutal murders [of Jews] at Safed and Hebron,” according to the report by British Government to the League of Nations. They were convicted of attacking British soldiers and murdering Jews in the 1929 Hebron Massacre, in which 65 Jews were murdered. They were executed by the British in 1930.

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PLO invents blood libel, accuses rabbis of calling to poison Palestinian wells  
Source: PLO's National Bureau to Defend the Land and Resist Settlement website, June 16, 2016
     "An Israeli human rights organization has exposed that Jewish settlers are working intently on poisoning the drinking water in the Palestinian towns and villages throughout the West Bank. Yehuda Shaul, founder of the organization Breaking the Silence... said that the goal of poisoning the water is to cause 'the local Palestinians to leave their villages and towns, so that the settlers will be able to take control of their lands.'... It should be noted that an investigative report that was broadcast on the Israeli [TV] Channel 10 around a year ago exposed that Rabbi Shlomo Melamed, chairman of what is known by the name 'Council of Settlement Rabbis' (Ed. note: no such rabbi or body exists), issued a religious ruling giving the settlers permission to poison the drinking water and the naturally flowing wells [of Palestinians] throughout the West Bank."
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Note: This story has been denied by both the supposed source of the story, the Breaking the Silence group, and by a Rabbi Zalmen Melamed - there is no Rabbi Shlomo Melamed. "The Jerusalem Post was unable to find evidence that either a Rabbi Shlomo Mlma or Mlmad, or the Council of Rabbis in West Bank settlements exist. There is a Council of Rabbis in Judea and Samaria, led by Yishai Babad. There is a Rabbi Zalman Melamed of Beit El. Mlmad is similar to Melamed, and Zalman is Yiddish for Shlomo. Rabbi Zalman Melamed told Gidon Shaviv, a senior research analyst for press watchdog CAMERA, "I did not say that and do not believe any rabbi would say something like that." Melamed also called the report a blood libel.
In addition, Breaking the Silence's spokesman said he did not know of any testimony about poisoning water."  [The Jerusalem Post, June 20, 2016]
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