PA Hate Speech and Mideast Peace
Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
When President Bush meets Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday, Mr. Bush will need to emphasize to the Palestinian leader that his continued failure to act decisively against anti-Semitic incitement could have catastrophic consequences. Mr. Abbas needs to put an end - and not just halt for a couple of weeks or so - the obscenity which continues to be broadcast on PA Television, such as a May 13 sermon likening Jews to AIDS and calling for "the extermination of every single Jew."
For the past 60 years, in Germany, advocates of Nazism and wearers of Nazi regalia in public have been subject to legal sanction, including arrest and imprisonment. In the Palestinian Authority, by contrast, it appears that people who advocate the modern-day equivalent of the Final Solution get a check from their elected government and are given the opportunity to appear on Palestinian public television.
Today, no Palestinian talks seriously, at least in a public manner, about banning the kind of raw anti-Semitic hate speech that is routinely heard from the likes of Hamas - which is right now, the second most powerful political party in the West Bank and Gaza, right behind Mr. Abbas' Fatah. But Mr. Abbas needs to understand that he has to deal with this problem, and that the longer he delays attacking this political cancer, the longer it will continue to spread.
Ibrahim Mudeiris, the preacher who delivered the May 13 speech we quote from, is a paid employee of the Palestinian Authority. "Allah warned his beloved Prophet Muhammad about the Jews, who had killed their prophets, forged their Torah, and sowed corruption throughout their history," Mudeiris said. "Israel is a cancer spreading through the body of the Islamic nation, and because the Jews are a virus resembling AIDS, from which the entire world suffers."
Mudeiris went on to describe how, over the centuries, European nations killed expelled and tortured the Jews because of the latter's perfidy. As for the Nazis, Mudeiris suggested in his PA Television address that the Jews had the Holocaust coming: "It was the Jews who provoked Nazism to wage war against the entire world, when the Jews, using the Zionist movement, got other countries to wage an economic war on Germany and to boycott German merchandise. …