A special report documenting over 50 antisemitic statements made in the past year by the Palestinian media and Palestinian Authority (PA) officials is being released today by the Israel Government Press Office (GPO). The report, consisting of 12 pages, is being issued in English and Hebrew and is entitled, "Palestinian Authority Antisemitism Since the Hebron Accord: A Compendium of Hate." For a copy of the report, please contact the GPO at 972-2-623-3385 or consult the GPO internet site at: www.gpo.gov.il.
The report notes that the Oslo Accords and the Hebron Protocol require the Palestinian Authority (PA) to refrain from incitement against Israel and to take measures to prevent others from engaging in it. In violation of the accords, PA officials promote antisemitism as an integral part of their rhetoric and encourage its use in the Palestinian media.
Repeated reference is made by Palestinians to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and Palestinian Authority newspapers publish stories about Jewish "plots" and Jewish "fangs". Jews are often depicted as power-hungry and lusting after money, with occasional references to Shakespeare's Shylock and the Merchant of Venice as examples of Jewish greed.
In the tradition of the medieval blood libel, Palestinian officials have accused Israel of injecting Palestinians with the AIDS virus, conducting medical experiments on Palestinian prisoners and selling spoiled food to Palestinians.
The Palestinian media and Palestinian officials have engaged in Holocaust denial and accused Jews of inflating the number of victims in order to profit from it. Ironically, even as they deny the Holocaust, the Palestinians regularly equate Israel with the Nazis and Zionism with Nazism.
Following are selected quotes which appear in the report:
"Israeli practices in many aspects are equal with, if not more brutal than, those practiced by occupying Nazi soldiers dealing with French-Dutch citizens during the Second World War." --- PA Information Ministry press release, December 10, 1997
"... 'Netanyahu's Plan' completely matches the foundations of the greater Zionist plan which is organized according to specific stages that were determined when the Protocols of the Elders of Zion were composed "
--- from an article in the official PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, November 30, 1997
"Just as Hitler's Mein Kampf was a warning sign for his future political path which brought disaster on Germany and the world, so Netanyahu's A Place Among the Nations explains all of the author's initiatives since he took power in Israel The racist curses against the enemy and the legendary praises of himself make a noticeable point of similarity between Hitler's and Netanyahu's books.."
--- from an article by Nahid Munir Al-Rayyis, a member of the PA's Legislative Council (Al-Quds, October 15, 1997)
"The appearance of the Zionist movement prompted the emergence of terrorist, racist ideologies, such as, the Nazi ideology. There is great similarity between the two ideologies: There is no difference between Hitler and Ben-Gurion, and if there was a difference at all, it was one of quantity and not one of substance. Anyone who investigates the crimes of the Zionists discovers explicitly the complementary traits between Zionism, which is a racist terrorist movement, and the Nazi movement."
--- from an article in the official PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadeedah, September 3, 1997
"It is well-known that every year the Jews exaggerate what the Nazis did to them. They claim there were 6 million killed, but precise scientific research demonstrates that there were no more than 400,000."
--- from a cultural affairs program broadcast on the official PA television station on August 25, 1997.
"The [Palestinian] Authority cannot do a thing, except protect its people and itself from an enemy which bares its Jewish fangs from the four corners of the earth...--- from an article in the official PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, August 6, 1997
"We believe that the Israelis are not adventuresome because the Jewish brain is cowardly and does not tend toward adventure, but rather exchanges it for plotting..."
--- from an article in the official PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, July 27, 1997
"Israel is distributing food containing material that causes cancer and hormones that harm male virility and other spoiled food products in the Palestinian Authority's territories in order to poison and harm the Palestinian population."
--- PA Deputy Minister of Supplies Abdel Hamid al-Qudsi in a newspaper interview, Yediot Aharonot, June 25, 1997
"Oh, Allah, destroy America for it is controlled by Zionist Jews...Allah will avenge, in the name of his Prophet, the colonialist settlers who are the descendants of monkeys and pigs...forgive us, oh Muhammad, for the acts of these monkeys and pigs who wished to profane your holiness".
--- from the weekly Friday prayer sermon by PA Mufti Ikrima Sabri broadcast on the official PA radio station the Voice of Palestine, July 11, 1997.
"Israeli authorities infected by injection 300 Palestinian children with the HIV virus during the years of the intifada." --- Palestinian representative Nabil Ramlawi at a session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva (Jerusalem Post, March 17, 1997