[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: Read through the official PLO news agency's
report on "incitement and racism against the Palestinians and Arabs" to get
an idea as to just how far Mahmoud Abbas' organization is willing to bend
over backwards in their efforts to criticize and defame Israel. ]
WAFA Monitors Incitement and Racism in Israeli Media Date : 20/3/2011 Time
RAMALLAH, March 20, 2011 (WAFA) - Palestine News and Information Agency WAFA
monitored incitement and racism against the Palestinians and Arabs published
by the Israeli media between March 6 and 11.
Under the title: â€œPalestinians are the ones who shoots at the army and not
settlersâ€? broadcaster Yaron Dekel hosted in his 'All Talk' show on Israel
Radio Reserve Major, Barak Okavi, to discuss a new Israeli army training ;
where soldiers are trained to confront settlers Triggering controversy in
the Israeli streets.
Okavi, a religious settler, reassured the settlers by saying: 'who attacks
and shoots at the Israeli army on a daily basis are Palestinians not
settlers, and who sincerely serves in the Israeli army are settlers from
Judea and Samaria'.
Noting that the settlement issue presence in the Israeli media was strong
this week, where it mostly criticized the Israeli army violent evacuation of
the illegal settlement 'Havat Gilad', while no crimes of the Israeli army
against Palestinians is condemned or criticized.
Under the title â€œWe must Make Detention conditions harder on Palestinian
prisoners to retrieve Shalitâ€?, Ran Ben Yamene, in the â€œTodayâ€? program on
Reshet Bet, discussed on March 3,the parliamentary lobby visit to Israeli
Ofer Prison for the case of the kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.
He pointed out the lobby members' resentment of the good Palestinian
prisoners detention conditions while Shalit suffers in captivity since 1715
Shai Silber, Resht Bet Radio Correspondent, questioned in his report: do
detention conditions have to be tightened to exert pressure on Hamas to
Release Shalit? Is this the way to complete his return deal?
Israel Knesset member said: Hamas prisoners are held in good conditions, the
Israeli government and the Red Cross should reconsider the visitation issue;
where the Red Cross meet with prisoners once every three months and
prisoners enjoy a family visit once every two weeks.
In the religious newspaper, Yated Neâ€™eman, Sh. Wasserman wrote under the
title â€œ the call to prayer is inhumaneâ€? on March 7, residents of Hadar,
Neve Shaâ€™anan and Caramel neighborhoods demand to reduce the sound of prayer
calls, particularly in the early morning hours.
In addition he wrote that Police Chief, Ahuva Tomer, had reached an
agreement on the intensity of the sound of speakers in mosques, but after
Ahuvaâ€™s tragic death, religious figures violated the agreement and the sound
of speakers became unbearable.
Residents of the areas sent a letter to Arab Knesset members which said:
'please stop screaming in the middle of the day and night, it is inhuman'.
The Famous Anchorman, Dan Margalit, wrote in â€˜Israel todayâ€™ newspaper an
article titled â€œThe movie â€˜Jenin Jeninâ€™ a false incitement against Israeli
armyâ€? on March 7, that shows a clear incitement on Palestinian Artist,
Mohammad Bakri, due to filming his false documentary movie 'Jenin Jenin'
which was produced to de-legitimize Israel.
Margalit claimed: â€œfor years now this movie has deprived our soldiers from
sleep who faced many risks in order not to harm the innocentâ€¦they did not do
any of what Bakriâ€™s movie presented, such as running over Palestinians by
tanksâ€™ chains during the battle in Jenin, This movie notably affected Israel
right in defending itself, a wide audience will believe lies showed in that
movie, all this is part of the campaign to delegitimize the State of Israelâ€?.
It should be noted that the movie documented the crimes of the Israeli army
against Palestinian civilians in Jenin refugee camp, during the second
intifada in 2002.
[IMRA: It should be noted that the movie was recognized by the court to be
a pack of lies]
Ron Breiman wrote on march 7, in â€œSettlement activities are legal and the
so-called Israeli occupation is simply a lieâ€? on the (NRG) website an
incitement article against the Israeli left in which he expressed his anger
of the left use of the word â€˜occupationâ€™ to describe Israel's control on the
Palestinian Territory, where he considered the Israeli presence in these
He said: ' what is difficult to explain is the idea of preventing Jews from
living in the heart of the Land of Israel, Jewish human rights on their land
is less than the rights of their enemies who want to kill them and what is
unexplainable is that the people of Israel and the Israeli army are
occupying the land of Israelâ€¦the lie of â€˜occupationâ€™ is the mother of all
sins and Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, must refrain his support of the
two-states solution..All what left wants is to establish a state for the
enemies and to carry out an ethnic cleansing of the loyal Jews from the
heart of the land of Israel'.
Dror Edar wrote in â€˜Israel Todayâ€™ newspaper an incitement article
â€œPalestinian recognition of the Jewishness (Jewish character) of Israel
leads to peaceâ€? on March 9, in which he warned of establishing a Palestinian
state, claiming that it would be an existential threat to the State of
He claimed:' we are going through bad situation in the recent period.. The
region that surrounds us is troubled and agitated...There is a big battle
that aims to drag us into this dark hole; which is Instability and
existential threatâ€¦they want to force us and force the prime minister to
believe the false Palestinian story; which says that the conflict is a
struggle over land only'.
He said: ' the unilateral announcement about giving the Palestinian
authority additional areas proves to the world that Israel accepted the
Palestinian false storyâ€¦ what happened in Gaza will happen again; When
Israel withdraws from the Palestinian Authority's areas, Hamas members will
come out of their burrows and do a military coupâ€¦and what we will get is a
failed and hostile entity; failed in economic terms and hostile to
Israelâ€¦what will we do then? Will we hide and invent a spiritual cover to
protect us from the Iranian presence which resides on the mountains of
He added:' Palestina (not Palestine) is the name Romans gave to the country
to erase the name of Judea...if the Palestinians want peace, they should
first recognize Israel as the home of Jewish people.
Haim Shine wrote an opinion aricle under the title â€œ Settlers achieve the
Zionist dreamâ€? in â€˜Israel Todayâ€™ newspaper on march 10, in which he praised
the settlers and the settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian
Territory claiming: â€œresidents of Judea and Samaria achieve the vision of a
return to Zion...nowadaysÙˆ Ariel, Beit El and Shilo are the ones who are
making our great dream comes true ...The dream of returning home to the
historical home...We did not take the land of strangers or initiate war but
it was imposed on us... We knew that we were fighting on the land of our
fathers...fathers of the nation who dreamed for 2000 years of Jerusalem,
Bethlehem, Nablus and Hebron... Never dreamed of Tel Aviv... Settlers of
today are the new â€˜Beloyemâ€™ (name of a Zionist organization which means the
return and settlements in the Land of Israel)...settlement activities
continue their way to Jerusalem despite of the obstacles.
Yosef Kendelker wrote on the NFC website an incitement article titled â€œ
Bedouins are invading Israelâ€? on March 10, against Bedouins in al-Naqab
(the Negev ) desert, in which he accused them of taking over the state
lands and of being involved in illegal acts, claiming:â€? invasion of land
became a serious blow to the state... Seizure of public lands is done
easily; while authorities are not imposing the law...which is a disturbing
He added:' one of the economic motives to seizing lands is getting
compensations from the state...the most important issue is the illegal and
unregulated building carried out by Bedouins...since the first days of the
state... David Ben-Gurion talked about the need of settlements in the Negev,
but who actually achieved that are the Bedouinsâ€?.
The Israeli media systematically incites against Arabs, through presenting
them as a group of invaders; taking over Israel's lands illegally.
Part of the ongoing incitement campaign against Arab citizens in Israel,
Dror Edar wrote in â€˜Israel todayâ€™ newspaper on March 11, an article called
â€œWoe to the Arabs of Israel, who follow thoseâ€? in which he portrayed them as
an inner enemy that causes an existential danger to the State of Israel,
claiming: 'Jews in Germany did not attempt to fight the state, dismantle its
national character, communicate with its enemies or called on cancelling
peace agreement that Germany held with former enemies, they behaved as
German nationalistâ€¦ Part of them converted to Christianity which is a
disgrace, and the other part adhered to Judaism, however it was loyal to the
German state of Christian characterâ€¦they joined the army and took part in
the battles of liberating Germany of the French occupation despite of the
presence of a greater number of Jews on the other side which they were
He added:â€? Based on this information, a comparison of the status of Israeli
Arabs with the Jews of Germany is shamefulâ€¦no one asked the Arabs of Israel
to cancel their religious identity or prevented them from expressing their
opinions even the most provocativeâ€¦they enjoy a freedom that no other Arabs
enjoys in the cities of the areaâ€¦they join parties that demand to change the
character of the state with no one preventing themâ€?.
He also said:â€? Ahmed Tibiâ€™s speech that he delivered in the presence of the
Libyan President, Muammar Gaddaf, it seems very silly; he asked Gaddafi to
lead the required change in the Arab world in terms of socio-political and
educationalâ€¦Gaddafi? He is suitable to them!â€¦a Week before, the Journalist,
Zuhair Andraos, from the assembly party called on cancelling the peace
agreement with Egypt and Jordan, he claimed that the agreement is shameful
because it bans Egypt from entering the army to Sinai, and so Washington and
Tel Aviv (Be aware there is no mentioning of Jerusalem) succeeded in
removing the biggest Arab state from the resistance circleâ€¦woe woe woeâ€¦woe
to the Arabs of Israel who follow thoseâ€¦ Woe to the Israeli left who
considered those their alliesâ€¦woe to us allâ€?.