The recent series of attacks against Israelis is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements, calling on Palestinian youth to murder Jews. Inflammatory statements by Palestinian leaders amount to official incitement to violence.
The recent series of attacks against Israelis is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements, calling on Palestinian youth to murder Jews. The incitement includes the spread of false claims against Israel, in particular regarding the status quo on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The culture of hate in the Palestinian media, schools and social networks, together with the statements of Palestinian leaders, has reached new and gruesome heights.
Israel expects the international community to condemn the recent terror attacks and to call for an end to the Palestinian incitement to violence.
Israel remains committed to dialogue with the Palestinian leadership and would like to see the renewal of direct peace talks as soon as possible.
PM Bureau (October 14): "Abu Mazen’s comments this evening were incitement and lies. The youth he is talking about is alive and hospitalized in Hadassah, after he stabbed an Israeli youth, who was riding a bicycle at the time. While Israel maintains the status quo on the Temple Mount, Abu Mazen, with his words of incitement, makes cynical use of religion and thus brings about terror."
Over the past two weeks, numerous terrorist attacks have been perpetrated against Israeli citizens across the country. Seven Israelis have been murdered and 15 of the wounded are still hospitalized. Most of the terrorists are Palestinian youth under the age of 25 (the youngest attacker is 13 years old), incited to violence by a widespread Palestinian culture of hate.
For years, Palestinian youth has been indoctrinated in schools and on television to follow in the footsteps of arch-terrorists and to engage in indiscriminate violence against Jews. In recent years, this poisoning of children’s minds has been exacerbated by hate speech and calls for murder on the Palestinian social media, which are playing a critical role in the latest wave of terror.
The Palestinian Authority, as well as radical Islamist elements, are using inflammatory Islamic rhetoric to spread malicious lies against Israel:
- The Truth: Israel guarantees freedom of worship in Jerusalem for members of all faiths and is fully committed to maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount, which protects the right of Muslims to pray on the Mount, as well as the freedom of all people, to visit the Mount.
- The Palestinian Lie: A false claim blaming Israel for seeking to alter the status quo on the Temple Mount. Given the high sensitivity of the issue, the fact that the Palestinian Authority propagates such lies amounts to official incitement to violence.
- The Truth: A 13 year old Palestinian teenager viciously attacked two Israelis on 12 October, one of them a 13 year old boy riding his bicycle. The Israeli boy was stabbed 15 times by the Palestinian boy and his cousin, and is hospitalized in critical condition. Police shot the attackers, wounding the Palestinian teenager, who is currently hospitalized in Hadassah University Hospital, and is stable and conscious. His cousin was killed.
- The Palestinian Lie: According to Palestinian media, the Palestinian teenager was killed arbitrarily by Israeli security forces. This propaganda deliberately ignores the fact that the teenagers were filmed on a local security camera waving knives and running through the streets in a murderous killing spree. Moreover, the teenager is very much alive, receiving treatment in an Israeli hospital.
Oct 13: "Hadassah Hospital wishes to inform the public that, in stark contrast to circulating rumors, the 13 year-old boy who attacked civilians yesterday in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev was hospitalized at Hadassah University Hospital. His condition is stable and he is fully conscious."
Israel calls on Mahmoud Abbas and other Palestinian leaders to stop incitement to violence and to call for calm. Palestinian youths deserve to receive an education that will lay the basis for a better future of peaceful coexistence and cooperation with their Israeli neighbors.
October 19: Sultan Abu Al-Einein, advisor to PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas, posted on his Facebook page footage of people running from a terrorist who shot at them with an automatic rifle at the central bus station in Beersheba, glorifying the terrorist. Abu El-Einan chose to ignore the face that he fired at the victims, describing him as "defenseless, not armed with anything but his right to his homeland and his Palestinian will." He concludes that the terrorist Muhannad Al-Okabi "has won the medal of honor as a Martyr whose name is engraved on every Palestinian’s chest." (Source: PMW)