‘Peace Now’ Faults Israel For Palestinians’ Genocidal Urges

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Last week Palestinian Media Watch revealed that the Mufti Muhammad Hussein, top cleric of the Palestinian Authority, had approvingly quoted a hadith calling for the genocide of Jews. Hussein, who was appointed to his post by PA president Mahmoud Abbas, did so at a ceremony marking the 47th anniversary of the Fatah movement. The moderator at the ceremony chimed in that “Our war with the descendants of the apes and pigs [i.e., Jews] is a war of religion and faith.” As for Mufti Hussein, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered Israel’s attorney-general to investigate him for incitement.

Palestinian Media Watch now reports that the mufti’s words have drawn international condemnation. This, actually, doesn’t amount to much—far less than, for instance, the typical round of condemnations when Israel announces plans to build homes in parts of Jerusalem that the enlightened world thinks should be Judenrein.

Alistair Burt, the UK minister for the Middle East, said: “I condemn the inflammatory words used by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and others…. To refer to the Jewish people in such a way and to talk of killing Jews is anti-semitism, pure and simple.” More surprisingly—seemingly—Palestinian Media Watch also offers a quote from Americans for Peace Now. This organization, founded in 1981 to drum up support for its Israeli parent-organization, Peace Now, states that it

strongly condemns the belligerent anti-Jewish comments made by the Palestinian Authority’s Mufti of Jerusalem at a public event in the West Bank earlier this month…. “We are appalled by these comments, coming from the most senior Muslim cleric on the Palestinian Authority’s payroll,” said Debra DeLee, APN’s President and CEO. DeLee added, “What we find particularly disturbing is that these vile comments were broadcast on the Palestinian Authority’s official television channel, amplifying their inciting [e]ffect.”

I was surprised by those seemingly unequivocal words, and checked the original statement on APN’s website.

Indeed, the context reveals that they weren’t unequivocal at all. Immediately after her above-quoted words, DeLee said further:

People in positions of religious authority, on all sides, bear a heavy responsibility of avoiding incendiary rhetoric. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a dispute between two national movements with conflicting claims to the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean. Clerics on both sides must prevent this conflict from being perceived as a religious conflict and from becoming one.

DeLee, then, quickly turned her censure of the mufti’s words into an admonition to “both sides.” The problem is that, presumably, neither she nor the organization she represents could be so ignorant as not to realize that this is disingenuous.

Incendiary statements about Palestinians by Israeli rabbis are rare, confined to a fringe, and heavily denounced by the mainstream—if not leading to arrest, as in a case last year involving a rabbi who wrote a preface to an obscure book arguing that non-Jews could be killed in certain situations in wartime. Mufti Muhammad Hussein is, as mentioned, the governmentally appointed religious leader of the Palestinian Authority, and made his statement on official PA TV. Still more significant is that his words were hardly a fringe phenomenon but, instead, a standard and typical part of the PA’s comprehensive campaign, through media, mosques, and schools, of anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic incitement.

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  • eric

    this is not the truth everybody knows than everything have been settled by the us and isareli gov

    • BS77

      Your grammar makes your statement incomprehensible. Get an education.

  • Ron Carnine

    Eric, your someone unclear statement is nonsense. "Everybody know than (sic) everything have been settled by the us and isareli gov" just plain isn't true. Not "everybody knows" but you don't know the truth. Put the Palestinian nonsense away and look at a true accounting of history. Israel has tried again and again to find a way to peace. In fact, one time not only did they bend too far backward they threw the baby out with the bath water and made an offer that would have led to their destruction and the Palestinians still refused the offer. The Palestinians don't want peace. They want Israel's destruction. That is why there is not peace in the Middle East. Lay the blame where it truly belongs, with the Palestinians.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    "Peace Now" propaganda directed against Israel by leftists. The leftist mindset is
    arrogant enough to believe Islam will embrace their ideology when democracy
    and freedom for Jews in Israel is destroyed. All the PLO or Hamas has to give
    to the equation is the peace of the grave for Jews. No clear thinking and truthful
    person is fooled by these lunatics………………………………………….William

  • Marty

    Useful idiots at work again. Be of good cheer. I spoke to an audience of around 100 people a couple of weeks ago and its members were mostly in agreement that islamic states are ideologically violent and many of them are genocidal. The "arab spring" is an excellent case in point: egyptian muslims are busy terrorizing christians and burning churches and syrian armed forces are slaughtering their own citizens. It's only a matter of time before someone decides to blame the Jews and Israel for all of the upheaval.

  • kkkk

    "that the enlightened world thinks should be Jurdenerin" you could not have put it better. the whole world thinks Jeruslame belongs to the MOOSELMs when in reality Islam has no connection to Jeruslame-it is not mentioned ONCE in the quran-and only claims it because they know it is sacred to Judaism and Christianity. all MOOSELMS do it takeover what belongs to others and claim it as "heirs."

  • BS77

    Leftist liberalism is a mental disorder (Michael Savage)

  • mburu

    "Incendiary statements about Palestinians by Israeli rabbis are rare….bla bla bla"….oh, please give me a break! …..try attending services by top Rabbi Ovadia Yosef…..you will get the raw hatred rabbis preach about non-Jews……but the zionist media suppresses such inconvenient things………….

  • P. David Hornik

    Yes, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef has sometimes made unfortunate statements about non-Jews–as well as about women and about non-Orthodox Jews. His statements have been heavily denounced and were never on national TV. But why use the human brain's capacity to make distinctions when you can spew venom about the "Zionist media" and the like.