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In recent months, the incitement on Palestinian television has reached its peak and all of this incitement has been documented by Palestinian Media Watch. According to them, on Palestinian television, a child calls for a war that will “smash and destroy the Zionist soul.” In another video clip, a child calls the Jewish people “the most evil among creations,” “barbaric monkeys,” and the “murderers of Allah’s pious prophets.” A PA TV commentator blames the Jewish people for everything that goes wrong on the planet including when fish fight each other in the middle of the ocean: “Humanity will never live in comfort as long as the Jews are causing devastating corruption throughout the land.”
This incitement is directed from above. One of Abu Mazen’s advisers Mahmoud Al Habbash described the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as a war between “truth and falsehood, between good and evil.” For him, the Muslims represent the truth and what is good; the Jews represent evil, the devil, and their supporters. Abu Mazen himself accused the Jewish people of defiling the Al Aqsa Mosque with their “dirty feet” and his media outlets repeat the lie that “Al Aqsa is in danger.”
PA TV which is controlled by the Palestinian Authority and Abu Mazen presents the Jewish people as corrupt, treacherous, blood thirsty and the descendants of apes and pigs. The Jewish people are accused of being thieves while PA TV denies or minimizes the Holocaust while repeating the blood libel accusation repetitively. According to them, the anti-Semitic forgery the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion is an accurate text and the creation of Israel was a European plot in order to save Europe from the “evil Jews.” They accuse the Jews of controlling all the money, the media and all of the resources.
In addition, the Palestinian media calls for terror attacks against Jews and Israelis. “Strike them,” “we will kill them with their own weapons,” “plunge their knives into the bellies and chests of the enemy,” “pick up a stone and when the Jews come, take it and throw it,” and “Allah loves young Palestinians who stab Israelis” are among the calls for violence voiced within the Palestinian official media outlets. Sometimes, they even incite genocide against the Jewish people. In 2012, PA TV broadcasted: “The hour of judgement will not come until the Muslims kill the Jews.”
Following this wave of Palestinian incitement, many terrorists have been motivated to implement terror attacks against the Jewish people. For example, the murderer of Dafna Meir in Otniel told investigators that he was prompted by Palestinian television to implement a terror attack. The human rights NGO Shurat HaDin, otherwise known as the Israel Law Center, which takes legal action against the sponsors of terrorism around the world, has been working in recent weeks to file a complaint against the heads of Palestinian Television, Riyad Al-Hassan and Ahmed Assaf. Shurat HaDin is preparing to submit the complaint to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, after enlisting a worldwide list of complainants.
According to Shurat HaDin, there is a precedent for this. Following the Rwandan genocide, where Tutsis were massacred en masse merely because of their ethnicity, the heads of Rwandan television and radio were put on trial for war crimes as they referred to the Tutsis as cockroaches and incited the masses to murder them. They received 30 years imprisonment for such incitement to genocide.
In the meantime, in order to recruit plaintiffs, Shurat HaDin has initiated its campaign with the release of a video that will make noise: The video shows images of famous American television personalities with dubbed voiceovers as if they were calling to “kill Muslims in order to emphasize the message: “On American television, no one would ever call to kill Muslims – but on Palestinian Television, they call to kill Jews every day.”
Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, President of Shurat HaDin, said: “The present terrorism is not a terrorism of individuals – it is clearly a television terrorism. When the official Palestinian television broadcasts brainwash viewers with the message that they need to kill Jews – they actually act and carry it out. We used to confront the extremist incitement in the mosques and town squares – today we need to stop the heads of Palestinian Broadcasting. The murderers themselves have confessed that PA TV incited them to murder. We are calling upon whoever wants to stop the terrorism, in Israel and throughout the whole world, to join the complaint. If we do not do this, the next murder is only a matter of time and not only in Israel.”