By: Helen Freedman
It was my privilege, as a representative of Americans For a Safe Israel/AFSI, to join members of the Coordinating Council on Jerusalem at a hearing before Congressional Members and staff in Washington on Tuesday, April 15. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chair of the International Relations Subcommittee on the Mideast, introduced Itamar Marcus, Director of Palestinian Media Watch. Barbara Crook, Associate Director of PMW, was also in attendance.
Marcus presented a paper entitled, â€œSTRENGTHENING AMERICAâ€™S ENEMIES, The ideological allies of a future Palestinian state.â€ Its purpose is to present Americans with incontrovertible evidence that Abbasâ€™ PA has declared Jihad on America; that it has embarked on a brazen path of hatred, demonization, distortion of truth, revision of history, and the encouragement of unbridled terror.
Marcusâ€™ evidence includes material taken directly from PA television, music, school books, and newspapers. It proves that if a PA state is created with the supposed â€œmoderateâ€ Mahmoud Abbas and his Fatah party, it will be another Arab terrorist state, aligning itself with Americaâ€™s enemies: North Korea, Syria, Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, and Hezbollah.
Mahmoud Ismail, member of the PLO Executive Committee, was seen on PA TV, Feb. 26, 2008, stating, â€œWe take pride inâ€¦our right to struggle and to resistance [euphemism for terror] in all possible ways in all the occupied lands, in Palestine, Lebanon, the Golan, and Iraq â€¦â€
On April 20, 2007 , Dr. Ahmad Bahar ranted, â€œBe certain that America is on its way to disappear. America is wallowing [in blood] today in Iraq and Afghanistan . America is defeatedâ€¦Make us victorious over the infidel peopleâ€¦Allah, take hold of the Americans and their alliesâ€¦Allah, count them and kill them to the last one and donâ€™t leave even one.â€
The Friday sermons in the mosques are used to encourage the destruction of America: â€œThe day will come and we shall rule America, the day will come and we shall rule Britain . We shall rule the entire world.â€ (Ibrahim Mudayris, Friday sermon, PA TV, May 13, 2005 ). There are prayers to Allah calling for the deaths of Americans. â€œLast year, Abu Ali Shahin, Fatah leader and former government minister said of Al-Qaeda: â€˜We wish you success with Bushâ€¦we are fighting the Americans and hate the Americans more than you!â€ (PA TV, Jan. 1, 2007 ).
PA schoolbooks teach hatred for Israel and the U.S. Israel is depicted as having stolen or â€œoccupiedâ€ all of â€œPalestine.â€ PA schoolbooks teach that America is guilty of human rights violations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that it is necessary to fight, and even die, in order to â€œresistâ€ the â€œoccupiers.â€
With purpose to deceive, all of Mahmoud Abbasâ€™ communications in support of terrorism against America and Israel are in Arabic â€“ he recently took pride that he â€œfired the first bullet of the Fatah terror organization in 1965 and taught terror tactics around the world, including to such groups as Hezbollah, and that he rejected Israel as a Jewish state.â€
Is it possible that Americaâ€™s leaders are unaware of this PA pattern of behavior, the politics of deception? Yet, inexplicably, Mahmoud Abbas will be welcomed at the White House on April 24. Why is this arch-terrorist a guest in America? What is his purpose in coming to this country? Will he ask for and get more U.S. tax-payer dollars to support his program, leading to the dismemberment of Israel? â€œAccording to the World Bank, the US is the single largest supporter of Palestinians in the worldâ€¦US aid has built schools, hospitals, universities, water systems, road development and more.â€ Many of these facilities have been named after PA â€œshahidsâ€ or â€œmartyrsâ€, thereby immortalizing the terrorists, and encouraging children to become homicide killers.
Bush and Rice continue to insist on the â€œTwo-State Solutionâ€ requiring â€œland for peace,â€ and the division of Jerusalem . There is no insistence that the PA meet its obligations to stop terror. America continues to arm the PA with weapons and tax-payer money. While Bush declares he is fighting the war on terror, he is helping to create another Arab terrorist state that will align itself with Americaâ€™s enemies. Can Americaâ€™s citizenry call a halt to such a destructive path? Letâ€™s hope so.
For a copy of the Itamar Marcus report and more, go to the website: www.pmw.org.il
(The quotes in this summary are taken from the paper Marcus presented which was complete with cartoons, videos, and direct quotes from PA media.)