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Arutz 7 article on PA Antisemitism based on PMW documentation

Arutz 7 article on PA Antisemitism
based on PMW documentation

Headline: PA Preacher: When Fish Fight – Jews Are to Blame

The Jews are behind all that is wrong in the world, according to the host of a weekly ‎Palestinian Authority TV program on Islam, cited by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). ‎Even when fish fight in the sea, "the Jews are behind it," said the Muslim preacher and ‎professor of Quranic Studies, Imad Hamato.‎

To back up this anti-Semitic hate speech, Hamato went on to say that the Quran ‎teaches that humanity will never "live in comfort... peace or fortune or tranquility" as ‎long as "the Jews are causing devastating corruption throughout the land." The ‎solution for Muslims, according to the professor, is to fight Jews: "Our real Jihad is to ‎take revenge."‎

‎"Humanity will never live in comfort as long as the Jews are causing devastating ‎corruption throughout the land. Humanity will never live in peace or fortune or ‎tranquility as long as they are corrupting the land. An old man told me: If a fish in the ‎sea fights with another fish, I am sure the Jews are behind it. As Allah says: ''Every ‎time they kindled the fire of war [against you], Allah extinguished it. They strive ‎throughout the land [causing] corruption, and Allah does not like corrupters'' (Sura ‎‎5:64)."‎ ‎[Official PA TV, Feb. 27, 2015]‎

Only a month prior to Hamato's statement, Palestinian Media Watch reported on a cleric ‎on official PA TV who taught that Jews are "apes and pigs" whose "hearts were sealed ‎by Allah."‎

Anti-Semitism is a central component of PA ideology, explained PMW. In February, the ‎Fatah-run TV channel Awdah broadcast a PA TV documentary that justifies the ‎persecution of European Jews throughout history as an act of self-defense. According ‎to the documentary, the Jews caused Europeans to suffer, who as a result wanted to ‎get rid of the Jews. Therefore, according to the PA, European countries supported the ‎establishment of the State of Israel.‎

The PA's religious hate speech has been adopted by and large by the Palestinian ‎public. Last year, the Anti-Defamation League released a poll on Antisemitism around ‎the world and found that Palestinians have the most "Antisemitic attitudes" in the ‎world. The ADL survey found that 93% of adults in the West Bank and Gaza answered ‎‎"probably true" to a majority of the Antisemitic stereotypes tested in the survey.‎

A few years ago, PMW documented a young Palestinian girl who wrote an essay in a ‎PA-funded magazine for youth, which presented Hitler as someone to admire because ‎he murdered Jews. In a dream, Hitler tells the girl: "I killed them [the Jews] so you ‎would all know that they are a nation which spreads destruction all over the world." ‎‎[Zayzafuna, February 2011]. Following PMW's exposure, UNESCO withdrew its ‎funding of the magazine, and the magazine and its editors were widely condemned.‎


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