Washington Oct. 6 - The Palestinian Authority and the terrorist group Hamas do not agree on many things – but they are united in the way they relate to Jews and Israelis. Both have been running campaigns recently aimed at denying Jewish roots in the Land of Israel and glorifying terrorist murders of Israeli civilians.
The military wing of Hamas, the Iran-backed terror group that runs the Gaza strip - released a list on Monday lauding “heroic operations” carried out by “martyrs” against Israelis since the start of the second Intifada in 2001. The release also lists statistic of suicide bombings, sniper assaults and ambushes since 1967.
The Hamas memorandum also mentions Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier held hostage in Gaza since 2006 without access to the International Red Cross, saying that "his family is in a process of lost illusions."
The Hamas Charter calls for the killing of Jews, saying that “The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”
The Palestinian Authority which controls the West Bank has also drawn attention with recent incitement materials. On August 10, it broadcasted on the official television station a PA plan to construct Arab housing around the Western Wall “when they [Israelis] disappear from the picture, like a forgotten chapter in the pages of our city’s history.” This was reported on the Facebook page of U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Hannah Rosenthal, the government point-person for tracking anti-Semitic incitement and actions worldwide.
The documentary apparently claims that the Jewish history of Jerusalem is “their false history” and that Jews praying at the Western Wall is “sin and filth.”
The Palestinian ambassador to Brazil, Alzeben Ibrahim, was quoted by the Brazilian media as telling a group of students last week that “Israel should disappear.”
The issue of Palestinian incitement is an issue that will likely be discussed future negotiations, though the PA is currently refusing to return to talks.