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Israeli news site NRG on PMW lecture to Swedish MPs

Tzvika Klein  |

Headline: Responding to Wallström:Pro-Israel event in Swedish Parliament

by Tzvika Klein

A briefing was held in Swedish Parliament on the topic of "Impediments to Peace," presented by Itamar Marcus, Director of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), sponsored by Swedish MP Mikael Oscarsson.

Oscarsson said at the end of the discussion that 'The evidence shocked us. We intend to call Foreign Minister Wallström in order to have a public confrontation in the plenary to have her respond to our questions following the material presented to us [by PMW director Itamar Marcus].' Several local MPs and Israeli representatives participated in the briefing...

At the end of the event, [PMW Director Itamar] Marcus said in a conversation with NRG that "The general message that I want to present here in Sweden is that the main reason that we have so many young [Palestinian] terrorists in recent months is because the average Palestinian child is surrounded from such a young age by incitement and lies that he cannot distinguish them from reality. Palestinian children grow up to see terrorists as heroes and role models." Marcus showed the MPs a football tournament for children in Ramallah named after Ahmad Manasrah, the 13-year-old terrorist who was murdered according to [PA Chairman] Mahmoud Abbas (- but was in fact receiving treatment in an Israeli hospital -Ed.). All of the children saw a trophy in his name. "At the same time," Marcus said, 'there are many schools named after terrorists and murderers. The [Palestinian] child is not guilty because he has no way to distinguish or learn another way.'"

"It was amazing," summarizes former member of Knesset Dov Lipman, "to hear the responses of the MPs when they saw the videos with the very problematic statements by Fatah members." Lipman noted that MP Oscarsson related to the fact that the Swedish government financially supports the PA, and said that "It is important for us to understand that we will support them only without there being incitement to murder, in order to promote peace between two peoples." He also related to the statements of the foreign minister [Wallström] and said that he and his colleagues would try to make the financial aid to the PA dependent on their cessation of incitement in schools and the media.