In 2016, the people of Israel suffered through a year-long wave of terror, coined the ‘knife intifada’, which was no doubt fueled by incitement that came in many different forms.
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) passed Resolution 2334 ten days ago, in which Jews living in their Biblical homeland were condemned as the main obstacle to successful negotiations between the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Israel. Passing reference was made to Palestinian violence and the incitement that originated from their government strengthening the impression of the Palestinians’ innocence.
This was evident last week in the PA’s response to the UN resolution on their official Facebook page. An image of a knife in the shape of Israel and colored like a PA flag, dripping blood, headed a post thanking the countries that had voted for the resolution.
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Last month, a Gazan-based band produced a music video telling Jews to flee. During the animated clip, various types of terror attacks were graphically illustrated.
Videos of this type are the norm; the Odeh Network run by the PA regularly plays a song calling for their people to “Drown the Israelis in the Sea of Blood”.
Videos are powerful forms of incitement but need not always be accompanied by music. Rabbi Yehudah Glick, a Likud MK, miraculously survived an assassination attempt in 2014, but a CGI video released on YouTube in July called for his death, depicting a terrorist stalking Glick at his home, showing the shooting in graphic detail.
Experts believe these efforts produce horrifying results. In January, Dafna Meir was stabbed to death in her home in Otniel. The Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency determined that the killer had decided to perpetrate the attack after watching Palestinian-run television.
Social media is a powerful platform for incitement used extensively by terror groups. Fatah’s official Facebook page praised the Palestinian terrorist who stabbed US Army veteran Taylor Force to death on a Tel Aviv beach, just a few hundred yards from where visiting US Vice President Joe Biden’s family was enjoying the night air. Fatah, under the leadership of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, called the terrorist a “Shahid” (a heroic martyr).
The extensive use of social media to incite and praise terrorists led to Israel passing the ‘Facebook Law’. Several months ago, Public Security Minister Erdan said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has “Jewish blood on his hands” for allowing his social network platform to be used to incite terror.
The incitement has become institutionalized and part of the educational system. In a report published in June, the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-SE), criticized PA schools.
“In recent years we have seen a tendency on the part of Palestinian leaders and the international community to declare that they are promoting a two-state solution, in addition, of course, to the Oslo Accords,” the report stated. “Yet the same Palestinian government’s Ministry of Education appears to be promoting exactly the opposite.”
The report noted that the Israeli “occupation” is described as pertaining to all of Israel, and the State of Israel does not appear on any maps. Peaceful negotiations are not mentioned anywhere; in fact, an eighth-grade textbook stated that, “Jihad (war) and sacrifice are necessary”.
Rather than prison being a deterrent, the Palestinian Authority turns it into an incentive to kill. In April 2011, the Palestinian Authority Registry formally adopted as law their long-standing practice of granting a monthly salary to all Palestinians imprisoned in Israel for security and terror-related offenses. Much of this money comes from donations by foreign governments. In October, the United Kingdom froze $31 million of PA aid due to funds being diverted to pay terrorists.
In October, Palestinian Saeb Erekat, a PA official occasionally suggested as the successor to President Mahmoud Abbas, praised terrorists incarcerated in Israeli prisons “for their acts of heroism, and for their ongoing battle with the occupation.”
The very same Palestinian politicians who sit at the negotiating table with Israel actively incite violence in no uncertain terms. The Tower, an online magazine focusing on the Middle East, reported on several egregious cases of incitement coming from within the PA government.
“Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu al-Einein, a top advisor to PA President Abbas, told a Palestinian website in June, ‘If you ask me my blunt position, I would say — every place you find an Israeli, slit his throat’,” The Tower reported. “A few days later, 17-year-old Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah broke into the home of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel and stabbed her to death in her bed.”
In a post in March on their official website, the Israeli government cited the official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement, which called the murderers of an Israeli policewoman “role-models”. On the Israeli government’s page, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes emphasizes the critical role the PA plays in the endless cycle incitement.
“The Palestinian Authority has failed to condemn the attacks and murders of innocent Israelis, a deafening silence that reflects its tacit support for this ongoing violence.”