The following report was released on April 9, 1997,
by the Government of Israel Press Office:
Under the terms of the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is obligated to refrain from incitement to violence against Israel and to take measures to prevent others from engaging in it. In his exchange of letters with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on September 9, 1993, Chairman Yasser Arafat wrote, "the PLO renounces the use of terrorism and other acts of violence and will assume responsibility over all PLO elements and personnel in order to assure their compliance, prevent violations and discipline violators."
The Interim Agreement (Oslo 2) of September 28, 1995 (Article XXII) states that Israel and the PA "shall seek to foster mutual understanding and tolerance and shall accordingly abstain from incitement, including hostile propaganda, against each other and, without derogating from the principle of freedom of expression, shall take legal measures to prevent such incitement by any organizations, groups or individuals within their jurisdiction."
In the Note for the Record which accompanied the Hebron Protocol of January 15, 1997, the Palestinians reaffirmed their commitment regarding, "Preventing incitement and hostile propaganda, as specified in Article XXII of the Interim Agreement."
Following are recent statements made by Palestinian officials which constitute incitement against Israel. Such statements are a violation of the Oslo Accords.
"Rabin understood the situation after paying a very steep price. After Netanyahu sees blood in the streets, he will understand, too Netanyahu is a beginner in politics. He hasn't gotten any big hit yet. When he gets one of those hits, he will understand Everyone - everyone - knew there would be a bomb before the Tel Aviv explosion. And today, if things fail, I'm not going to be shocked if Hamas is going to do something else."
-- PA Communications Minister Imad Falouji in an interview (Miami Herald, April 5, 1997)
"The settlements are a declaration of total war against the Palestinian people, an open and destructive war against our people, our land and our holy places. The Israeli settlements on our land, in our Jerusalem and in the rest of the West Bank are a war against the peace process."
--- PA Chairman Yasser Arafat, in a letter to the Conference of Businessmen for Jerusalem, which was held in Jordan (Al-Hayat Al-Jadeeda, April 6, 1997)
"The only option in this situation is to continue the uprising since this is the only language which Israel understands."
--- Farouk Kaddumi, Head of the PLO Political Department (Al-Hayat, April 2, 1997)
"All options are open, including the armed struggle if necessary."
--- Amin Maqbul, member of the Fatah Higher Council, at a Nablus rally (Al-Quds, March 30, 1997)
"Israel's actions are a lowly crime The movement of Israeli tanks and armor, which ring Palestinian cities, are a declaration of war against the Palestinian people . According to international understandings, this is a war situation. The only thing left for them is to use the atomic bomb."
--- Arafat in a speech before the meeting of Arab League Foreign Ministers in Cairo (Middle East News Agency and Agence France Presse, March 30, 1997)
"We see Netanyahu as responsible for every drop of Palestinian or Israeli blood which is spilled because of this policy."
--- PA Information Minister Yasser Abd Rabbo (Voice of Palestine, March 30, 1997)
"Since the very beginning of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Israeli governments were anxious to apply the most dangerous ethnic cleansing theory against the Palestinian people. According to their racist ideology, the Israeli policy makers were dedicated to capturing a land without a people for a people without a land."
--- PA Information Ministry press release, March 29, 1997
The PA Council congratulates "all the holy martyrs resulting from the noble wave of opposition to the Israeli Government's settlement activity."
--- from a statement issued by the PA's legislative council on March 27, 1997, just 6 days after the suicide bombing in Tel Aviv (Maariv, March 28, 1997)
"I don't think that stones are violence. It is peaceful to throw stones."
--- Marwan Barghouti, Fatah Secretary-General and PA Council member (Jerusalem Post, March 26, 1997)
"Israeli settlement activity is another face of terror and its continuity only supports the Israeli terrorist policy against the Palestinian people and land."
--- PA Information Ministry press release, March 22, 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)
"From now on, resisting settlements will not be through words, condemnation or complaints to the UN Security Council."
--- PA Cabinet Secretary Ahmed Abdel Rahman (Washington Post, March 10, 1997)
"The Ministry of Information warns the Israeli government and its settlers that their crime will not pass quietly and that the Palestinian people has the right to defend itself and its land."
--- PA Information Ministry press release, February 26, 1997
"If Prime Minister Netanyahu decides to build in Har Homa, this will be a declaration of war on the Palestinians."
--- Feisal Husseini, PA Minister of Jerusalem Affairs, (Yediot Aharonot, February 18, 1997)
Following are recent statements by senior Palestinian officials, several of which are
flagrantly anti-Semitic, incorporating sordid anti-Jewish stereotypes.
"We are fighting and struggling with an enemy who is Shylock. We must know that he is Shylock."
--- Othman Abu Gharbiya, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat's Adviser on National Political Guidance, in a radio interview (Voice of Palestine, 15 March 1997)
"Israeli authorities... infected by injection 300 Palestinian children with the HIV virus during the years of the intifada."
--- Palestinian U.N. representative Nabil Ramlawi at a session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva (Jerusalem Post, 17 March 1997)
"We must not forget that the American administration suffers from a disease whose name is the Zionist lobby in Washington."
--- PA Cabinet Secretary Ahmad Abdul Rahman in a radio interview (Voice of Palestine, 14 April 1997)
"Five Zionist Jews are running the policy of the United States in the Middle East: Madeleine Albright, William Cohen, Dennis Ross, Miller and Martin Indyk. It is not possible that the American nation, which consists of 250 million people, can not find anyone other than five Zionist Jews to conduct the peace process with the Palestinians."
--- PA Justice Minister Freih Abu Middein (Yediot Ahronot, 13 April 1997)
* "The Jewish lobby is working very hard to jeopardize the process."
--- PA Chairman Yasser Arafat in an interview (Beirut Daily Star, 25 March 1997; Agence France Presse, 26 March 1997)
* "Dennis Ross is a biased Zionist who came here to fulfill his plot to destroy the peace process."
--- Farouk Kaddumi, head of the PLO Political Department, speaking to reporters in Cairo (Israel Radio, 30 March 1997)
Most journalists and diplomats have a tendency to equate Israeli and Arab actions. This is wrong. There is no moral equivalence between good and evil. Many well meaning Jewish and Israeli leaders fail to understand that the Arab evil they face is no different from that faced by others during the rise of Nazism. Those Jews failed to recognize the magnitude and implacable nature of EVIL.