zaterdag 31 juli 2010

Egyptische journalist in Al-Ahram: economie Gazastrook bloeit op (vooral voor welgestelden)

Photos: Al-Ahram, Egypt, July 17, 2010 /, July 21, 2010 /, July 21, 2010
"Before I judge by appearances, which can be misleading... [I would like to point out that] I toured the new resorts, most of which are quite grand, as well as the commercial markets, to verify my hypothesis. The resorts and markets have come to symbolize prosperity, and prove that the siege is formal or political, not economic. The reality [in Gaza] proves that the siege was broken even before Israel's crime against the ships of the Freedom Flotilla in late May; everything already was coming into the Gaza Strip from Egypt. If this weren't the case, businessmen would not have been able to build so many resorts in under four months."
En meer feiten en observaties uit Gaza die de media hier helaas niet halen omdat ze niet in het beeld passen van Israel als onderdrukker van een wanhopige bevolking die niks te eten heeft. NB: dit komt uit de Egyptische krant Al-Ahram, niet bekend om zijn pro-Israel berichtgeving.

Egyptian Journalist: In Actual Terms, Gaza Is Not Under Siege

In an article in the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram on the economic situation in the Gaza Strip, journalist Ashraf Abu Al-Houl wrote about the burgeoning recreation industry and of the low merchandise prices.

Also as part of the interest in the economic situation in Gaza, the PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida published articles describing the expensive resorts that have been established for Gaza's newly rich, and a Palestinian website reported on the new mall recently opened in the city.  

The following are excerpts from the articles:

Stores Overflow with Goods

Journalist Ashraf Abu Al-Houl wrote in Al-Ahram: "I was last in Gaza in mid-February. Returning three weeks ago, I found it almost unrecognizable... and the greatest surprise was the nature of that change. I would have expected a change for the worse, considering the blockade – but the opposite was the case; it seemed as if it had emerged from the blockade.

"A sense of absolute prosperity prevails, as manifested by the grand resorts along and near Gaza's coast. Further, the sight of the merchandise and luxuries filling the Gaza shops amazed me. Merchandise is sold more cheaply than in Egypt, although most of it is from the Egyptian market, and there are added shipping costs and costs for smuggling it via the tunnels – so that it could be expected to be more expensive.

"Before I judge by appearances, which can be misleading... [I would like to point out that] I toured the new resorts, most of which are quite grand, as well as the commercial markets, to verify my hypothesis. The resorts and markets have come to symbolize prosperity, and prove that the siege is formal or political, not economic. The reality [in Gaza] proves that the siege was broken even before Israel's crime against the ships of the Freedom Flotilla in late May; everything already was coming into the Gaza Strip from Egypt. If this weren't the case, businessmen would not have been able to build so many resorts in under four months."

Significantly Lower Prices

"[I] began my search for the truth regarding the siege in Rafah, at the Saturday market, which was loaded with large quantities of merchandise and products of various kinds – at prices mostly lower than in Egypt, particularly for food products. Nevertheless, there weren't many customers, and this for two reasons: One, supply is much greater than demand, and two, the workers were all waiting to get paid their wages.

"Business owner Abu Yousuf stood at his shop surrounded by hundreds of cans of food. Their price had dropped significantly in the past two months; in some cases by as much as 50%. Clothing vendor Abu Muhammad Al-Masri noted that there was an unprecedented glut on the clothing market in the Gaza Strip. Clothing comes into Gaza from two sources: the tunnels, which provide large quantities, and the border crossings to Israel, via which even more goods arrive, most of which piled up at Ashdod port [and are now coming into the Strip]. He clarified that the merchants wanted to sell [lots of] goods to get back some of their money... and so had increased the supply in the markets, leading to lower prices.

"During my tour of the Rafah and Khan Younis markets, I noticed that the merchants were drastically marking down their merchandise, so as to get rid of goods smuggled in through the tunnels, and to prevent heavy losses... after Israel has decided to allow in Israeli and imported goods, as part of Israeli government measures to ease the blockade following the Freedom Flotilla massacre.

"Despite the drop in price due to the plethora of goods in the Gaza markets, the residents sense that even lower prices are on the way, due to the easing of the Israeli blockade. The consumers are carefully watching prices, [particularly for] smuggled electrical appliances and cars, and refrain from buying, expecting that merchandise will arrive via the border crossings [leading to a further drop in prices].

"A Gaza car showroom salesman said that he hoped to sell off his inventory and that he was not bringing in any new vehicles for fear of heavy losses, because Israel had decided to allow vehicles into Gaza for the first time since 2006. Anyone walking in the Gaza streets will see hundreds, if not thousands, of cars that entered Gaza from Egypt via the tunnels, and some of them are stolen. At the home and kitchen appliance dealers, there is a tempting array of all kinds of smuggled goods that sellers want to get rid of, due to the ongoing information about new products that Israel has decided to allow into to the city... "

Resorts for the Nouveau Riche

"The Gaza resorts paint a picture of prosperity enjoyed by only a few groups, most of which have become rich from the blockade, because they either own tunnels or else work for the many international organizations in Gaza, headed by UNRWA.

"The Gaza resorts are divided into several [categories], each of which has its own price range. This is not like it used to be, when all the tables on the beach were for the use of all the residents... I noticed that most of the resorts set a certain price for the tables near the sea, and a different price for tables farther away. This is in addition to high fees to enter the resort – no less than NIS 20 – and each activity within the [grounds] has its own fee. In short, a family visit, with a sandwich for each child, can cost up to NIS 500.

"Several months ago, Gaza had only one luxury resort, Zahrat Al-Madain. Today, another one opens up every day, such as Crazy Water, Aqua Park, and Al-Bustan. Most of them are owned by members, or associates, of Hamas. In addition, the Hamas municipalities [also] charge high fees, in Gaza terms, for the use of public beaches."

"'Aed Yaghi, senior official of the Al-Mubadara Al-Wataniyya party, which is headed by Palestinian Legislative Council member Mustafa Al-Barghouti, said, 'These resorts make you wonder. It is logical to invest when times are good – but when Gaza is suffering under siege and there is a possibility of renewed aggression [by Israel], no one knows what profitability there is in building resorts.'

"Walid Al-'Awwad, a member of the Palestinian People's Party political bureau, said, 'In the past two years, money-laundering has flourished in Gaza, as reflected by the construction of numerous resorts – all of which belong to influential individuals who participate in trafficking via the tunnels. Compared to the tunnel owners' increasing wealth, the [status] of the [established] wealthy families has waned... The spread of the grand resorts reflects the emergence of a bourgeoisie. Some of the fluidity in the Gaza market stems from the activity of clandestine elements – distributors of drugs, arms, and tunnel merchandise.'

"Human rights activist and political correspondent Mustafa Ibrahim said, 'Building resorts in the north [of the Strip] is contrary to the most fundamental principles of investment, because they are in regions exposed to shelling and destruction, due to the unceasing Israeli threats. Thus, veteran investors don't dare invest in this area. The elements behind the investment [in the north], who are sometimes hasty, rely on profits from trafficking via the tunnels for funding... This huge investment in the leisure industry is taking place today in Gaza at a time when 80% of the residents depend on aid from UNRWA and other organizations, and unemployment is at 45%. This creates a distorted picture, particularly when merchandise is piling up in the shops in a way that does not reflect the economic situation. Perhaps the current government created this distorted situation in order to show that it had succeeded in breaking the siege..." [1]

The Al-Bustan Resort and Bisan Tourism City

The PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida stated: "The Al-Bustan resort, on the coast, belongs to an Islamic association linked to Hamas. It offers a cafeteria, a restaurant, and fish ponds; it gets 1,000 visitors a day, and about 2,000 during the weekend, says manager Ahmad Qadoura. A Gaza resident whose home was destroyed in the Gaza war, Abu Kamal Al-Awajeh, expressed his resentment over the resorts' high entry fee of NIS 35... He says, 'priority should be given to rehabilitating Gaza and building housing for those whose homes were destroyed by the occupation in the war.' Nearby, the Wa'ed prisoners' association, which is close to Hamas, has built the Al-Hurriya ["Freedom"] Resort.

"In May, Bisan Tourism City was established in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip. Previously a garbage dump, the 270-dunam [site], which belongs to the Hamas government, provides a leisure and vacation [destination] for Gaza residents... It cost $1.5 million, under the oversight of Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hammad. The city includes an 86-dunam park and a small zoo, and two Olympic-size swimming pools for children and adults. According to its administration, on weekends it hosts some 6,000 visitors... The administration bans hookah smoking and card games, and three religious conventions are held there every week."[2]

Mall Opens in Gaza

The Palestinian website Firas Press reported: "This week, Gaza's first mall opened. The inaugural ceremony was attended by Hamas ministers and officials, along with merchants and investors. Hamas Welfare Minister Ahmad Al-Kurd said, "The mall will participate in meeting the basic needs of the population, against the backdrop of the siege, with merchants bringing in [goods] via the border crossings and the tunnels."[3]



[1] Al-Ahram (Egypt), July 18, 2010

[2] Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (Palestinian Authority), July 22, 2010

[3],  July 21, 2010


vrijdag 30 juli 2010

Pro-Israel kopers ondergraven Ahava boycot campagne

Dit is misschien wel de beste manier om anti-Israel boycots te pareren: een buycott. Wanneer de geboycotte producten alleen maar meer verkocht worden, gaat de lol er wel af voor de boycotters, al zullen ze dat niet direct toegeven. En aangezien winkeliers en bedrijven zich doorgaans vooral door de verkoopcijfers laten leiden, is dit een zeer goed antigif. Dus wanneer je van een boycot hoort, mail of Twitter dan je vrienden met de oproep bij de betreffende winkel zoveel mogelijk Israelische producten te kopen!
Over de boycot campagne tegen Israel zie ook op YouTube de video:

Pro-Israel shoppers defy Ahava products boycott call
Best sales weekend Maryland store has ever seen.
WASHINGTON – A call to boycott Israeli-made Ahava products in a Maryland beauty supply store backfired last week when pro- Israel activists countered by purchasing the shop's entire Ahava inventory.

When the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington found out that the pro-Palestinian group Sabeel DC had organized a protest and boycott call at Ulta in Silver Spring last Saturday, the organization sent out an action alert urging supporters to visit the store and buy Ahava.

"They cleaned the shelves out. It was the best Ahava sales weekend the store has ever seen. They had to order an expedited shipment" afterward, said Arielle Farber, director of Israel and International Affairs for the Community Relations Council. "The greater Washington community is not going to stand for this campaign to delegitimize Israel."

Rona Kramer, a Maryland state senator, was among those answering the Community Relations Council call. When she heard of the boycott, she though "it's a good opportunity for the community to show its support for Israel."

Though in the midst of a re-election campaign, Kramer pushed back her schedule to hit the store on Saturday morning. When she got there at 10:15 a.m. the store had already sold out of many Ahava lines, but she managed to tally up a $200 bill.

It was the first time she had ever bought Ahava products, a brand that uses Dead Sea minerals in hand creams, body lotions and other beauty products. "I've been using them since I bought them and they're wonderful," she said.

Faith McDonnell, another area pro-Israel activist, was moved to show up on Saturday morning because she figured many members of the Jewish community wouldn't be able to come due to observance of Shabbat.

"There were a lot of Christians who were standing with the Jewish people and Israel on this," McDonnell said.

In its literature announcing the event, the Sabeel DC Metro chapter that organized the action said it was held on Saturday morning to take advantage of the large crowds attending a farmers' market held by the store.

Paul Verduin, who cocoordinated the Saturday event and was one of 12 participants, said he wasn't disappointed by the outcome, which saw Ahava sales boosted.

"We operate under the concept of witness. We're trying to testify to the fact that Ahava is one of the products being sold in the US claiming to be an Israeli product when it is made in the West Bank," he said, saying that Sabeel is a nonviolent organization that seeks a "just peace" between Israelis and Palestinians.

In his letter announcing the boycott, Verduin described Ahava products as "made by West Bank settlers from natural resources stolen from the Palestinian people."

In a statement on the subject, Ahava countered that "the mud and materials used in Ahava cosmetics products are not excavated in an occupied area. The minerals are mined in the Israeli part of the Dead Sea, which is undisputed internationally."

Further, it states that Mitzpe Shalem, a West Bank kibbutz where Ahava products are produced, "is not an illegal settlement."

Ahava North America CEO Michael Etedgi told The Jerusalem Post that despite boycott actions in California, New York and Texas as well as in Washington, DC, business has not suffered, nor has he heard from any company that plans to stop selling Ahava as a result.

"None of our retail partners are thinking about it, and we have a complete and open dialogue with them about the situation," he said. "I'm happy and they're happy. They're trying to put the political issue aside."

But he added, "I'm not saying it's not disruptive or annoying... No one wants to have people demonstrating outside their front door."

Carrie Lannon, Ulta's director of public relations, said in a statement that "Ulta selects the products that its stores carry based strictly on products' sales and customer interest. Ulta does not take a position on or get involved with politically charged issues in relation to the merchandise that it offers in its stores."

Still, Verduin said that his Sabeel chapter intended to carry on with its efforts.

"We will continue this until the occupation stops," he said.

The Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center is a Christian liberation theology organization based in Jerusalem. It was founded by a Palestinian Anglican priest, Rev. Naim Ateek, the former canon of St. George's Cathedral in Jerusalem, and is an official partner of the Presbyterian Church USA.

dinsdag 27 juli 2010

Ministerie van Gezondheid in Gaza klaagt over onbruikbare donaties van hulpkonvooien

Een groot deel van gedoneerde medicijnen en medische apparatuur aan de Gazastrook blijkt niet bruikbaar. Een deel hiervan is afkomstig van de Free Gaza Flotilla. Deze spullen zijn geen hulp maar een last, want ze moeten wel worden verwerkt. Gebruiken sommige 'vredesactivisten' Gaza als illegale dumpplaats?
Reporter: "These are disintegrating machines, and medicines that have passed their expiry date by months and even years. They arrive here without any supervision, under the slogan of breaking the siege on Gaza, the population of which is grateful for any initiative to support it. But here, we face a different story with regard to donations."
Mounir Al-Boursh: "These burial shrouds were donated to us. This shroud is 125 cm long. It is deplorable that our Arab brothers are sending burial shrouds for the children of Gaza."
Reporter: "While they await the medicines that they really need, the workers are busy loading these medicines, on their way to the garbage dumps rather than to hospitals. In Gaza, the decomposition of these medicines creates a huge problem, in the absence of incinerators or designated places. Even if the sick are saved from this medicine, the environment will definitely not be spared their perils and catastrophic effects, above and below the ground."

MEMRI Special Dispatch|3120| July 26, 2010
Palestinians/Inter-Arab Relations

Gaza Health Ministry Officials Complain that Medical Donations Supplied by Aid Convoys Are Past Their Expiry Date or Otherwise Useless

Following are excerpts from an Al-Jazeera TV report on the medical supplies delivered by aid convoys to Gaza. The report aired on July 20, 2010.
To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit
To view the MEMRI Guide to the Middle East's page about the Flotilla, visit

Reporter: "This is the warehouse of the Ministry of Health in Gaza. To visitors it seems as if everything is fine, but officials here think otherwise. These are medicines donated by various countries and institutions. Much of it has become a burden rather than a blessing."
Gaza Health Ministry official Mounir Al-Boursh: "This is Tamiflu, for swine flu, or H1N1. This is two million dollars worth of aid, but the epidemic is over, and unfortunately, some countries get rid of their stocks..."
Reporter: "Munir Al-Boursh, the head of the donations department in the Health Ministry in Gaza, says that only 30% of the medical aid donated after the war benefited the hospitals and health services."
Mounir Al-Boursh: "A certain country sent ten truckloads of medicine, accompanied by an official delegation, but all these medicines were past their expiration date."
Reporter: "We asked about these dialysis units, standing in a corner of the warehouse, which had arrived in one of the aid convoys.
"Why are they not taken to the hospitals?"
Gaza Health Ministry official Bassam Barhoum: "These devices were past their expected life span when we got them. In other words, all operational hours were used up in their country of origin."
Reporter: "These are disintegrating machines, and medicines that have passed their expiry date by months and even years. They arrive here without any supervision, under the slogan of breaking the siege on Gaza, the population of which is grateful for any initiative to support it. But here, we face a different story with regard to donations."
Mounir Al-Boursh: "These burial shrouds were donated to us. This shroud is 125 cm long. It is deplorable that our Arab brothers are sending burial shrouds for the children of Gaza."
Reporter: "While they await the medicines that they really need, the workers are busy loading these medicines, on their way to the garbage dumps rather than to hospitals. In Gaza, the decomposition of these medicines creates a huge problem, in the absence of incinerators or designated places. Even if the sick are saved from this medicine, the environment will definitely not be spared their perils and catastrophic effects, above and below the ground."

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maandag 26 juli 2010

Trouw: Gevoel van naderend onheil groeit bij Joden

Niet alleen in Zweden en Duitsland voelen Joden de druk van een toenemend antisemitisme....
Gevoel van naderend onheil groeit bij Joden
Trouw Podium / 26 juli 2010
Ron en Rosa van der Wieken, Network on Antisemitism - beheerders
Antisemitisme is overal, niet alleen onder jongeren. Ook de media meten met twee maten als het om Joden gaat.

De lokjood is geen antwoord op het gevoel van naderend onheil onder Joden. Antisemitisme zit veel dieper en heeft grotere tentakels in de maatschappij dan een straatincident.

Na de Tweede Wereldoorlog leidde het antisemitisme een sluimerend bestaan in het westerse onderbewustzijn. Om daar langzamerhand te verdwijnen, hoopten de optimisten.

Maar het onbehagen onder Joden in Nederland en andere West-Europese landen neemt juist toe. Het aantal incidenten mag dan beperkt blijven, het gevoel van onveiligheid en naderend onheil groeit.

Joden hebben eeuwen geleefd als minderheid in een vaak vijandige omgeving. Daardoor is er een gevoeligheid ontwikkeld voor voorspellende signalen, die door niet-Joden vaak worden ervaren als triviaal. Wat bedoelen wij?

Joden moeten op hun tellen passen als er felle discussies oplaaien en wettelijke acties dreigen tegen de vermeende barbaarsheid van koosjer slachten en jongensbesnijdenis. Joden ervaren de diepe haat die in toenemende mate anoniem wordt uitgedragen via het internet als bedreigend. Er zijn voorbeelden te over te vinden. Op websites, zoals, maar ook in de 'gewone' Nederlandse pers. Harry Mens heeft het op tv ongegeneerd over een Joodse kongsi. Steeds vaker horen wij hoe Israëlische Joden worden vergeleken met nazi's.

Dat schept onbehagen. Onbehagen dat toeneemt als rechters cartoons laten passeren waarin wordt geïmpliceerd dat de Joden hun eigen holocaust hebben verzonnen.

Antisemitisme, een negentiende-eeuwse term, betekent alleen haat tegen Joden, niet jegens andere semieten. De oorzaak ervan ligt in xenofobie, afkeer van alles wat anders is, en religieuze motieven. In de laatste eeuw is de religieuze factor van minder betekenis geworden en spelen xenofobie, afgunst en hebzucht een grotere rol, alsmede de oeroude behoefte van heersers om een zondebok te creëren.

Het is onjuist om te stellen dat er alleen kritiek is op de staat Israël, niet op het Joodse volk. Kritiek op het handelen van de staat Israël is op zichzelf niet anders dan kritiek op de handelingen van welke staat dan ook. Het wordt antisemitisme in twee gevallen. Ten eerste als het bestaansrecht van de staat Israël wordt ontkend of betwijfeld. Ten tweede wanneer Israël selectief wordt bekritiseerd en zijn daden met een unieke meetlat worden gemeten die niet geldt voor andere naties.

Dat laatste is het geval. In Iran worden homo's en dissidenten geëxecuteerd, China bezet al 60 jaar Tibet, Mugabe hongert en martelt zijn burgers dood, de Janjaweed in Soedan heeft 300.000 doden op zijn geweten, in Congo zijn sinds 2007 vijf miljoen mensen vermoord en de lijst gaat via Kirgizië, Koerdistan en Tsjetsjenië door over bijna de hele wereld. Maar de media publiceren meer over Israëls daden dan over alle andere samen.

Op de vraag waartoe deze disproportionaliteit dient, is steevast het antwoord: van Joden mag je verwachten dat ze beter zijn dan de rest van de wereld. Zij zijn zelf slachtoffers geweest en moeten beter weten. Dat is antisemitisme. Je stelt eerst dat je van Joden mag verwachten dat ze beter zijn, maar je bewijst tegelijkertijd dat ze slechter zijn.

De VN-Veiligheidsraad neemt meer resoluties aan tegen Israël dan tegen enig ander land. De UNRWA besteedt meer geld aan Palestijnse vluchtelingen dan aan alle andere vluchtelingen in de wereld tezamen.

De overmaat aan verslaglegging en aandacht voor het Midden-Oostenconflict speelt in op het oeroude onderbuikgevoel van weerzin tegen Joden en creëert een Jood-vijandige sfeer die onvoorziene gevolgen kan hebben.

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zondag 25 juli 2010

Hanan Ashrawi en de verering van Palestijnse terroristen

Palestijnse vertegenwoordigers en zelfbenoemde vredesactivisten kunnen zich er maar moeilijk toe zetten ook het geweld en de opruiing in de media aan eigen kant te veroordelen. Het wordt goedgepraat, ontkend, of hooguit als slecht voor de Palestijnse zaak bestempeld, maar een eenduidige veroordeling kan er zelden vanaf. Zo ook Hanan Ashrawi, die bekend staat als gematigd en pro-vrede.

July 14, 2010
Palestinian Media Watch
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PMW Op-Ed challenges
Hanan Ashrawi's credibility

Background to Op-Ed:

After PMW director Itamar Marcus's press conference in Washington with Congressmen Brad Sherman and Steve Rothman to release the
PMW report From Terrorists to Role Models, Palestinian Member of Parliament Hanan Ashrawi wrote an Op-Ed in the influential Washington newspaper, The Hill, to attempt to challenge Palestinian Media Watch and defend the Palestinian Authority. Itamar Marcus's response, documenting the current PA leaders' and Ashrawi's response to terror, was published yesterday in The Hill.

"The Hill has a print circulation of above 21,000, more than any other Capitol Hill publication. It is aimed at the 100 senators, 435 House members, 40,000 aides and tens of thousands in the influence industry whose work affects the lives of all Americans." [from The Hill web site, ]

Hanan Ashrawi ignores glorification of terror
by Itamar Marcus

In an attempt to distract Congress's attention from a new Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) report documenting the Palestinian Authority's terrorist glorification, Hanan Ashrawi rushed to publish an article in The Hill to malign PMW. More striking still, although Ashrawi's article was in response to PMW's new report released in Congress, she did not allot even one sentence to name, review or even criticize the report's content. Why is Ashrawi so anxious to keep the contents of the PMW report from Congressional review?

Possibly because the report, From Terrorists to Role Models: The Palestinian Authority's Institutionalization of Incitement, documents 100 examples of the Palestinian Authority policy of turning terrorist killers into heroes and role models - a practice as disturbing as it is indefensible.

The PMW report documents, for example, that the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led a bus hijacking in which 37 civilians were murdered, has been immortalized through the repeated naming of sites and events after her, including two elementary schools, a kindergarten, a computer center, a summer camp, football tournaments, a public square and street, an adult education course, a university club, a dance troupe, a military unit, a dormitory in a youth center and more.

Significantly, this terror veneration is coming from the leadership of the Palestinian Authority. It was PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas himself who funded the computer center named after bus hijacker Mughrabi, and it was Prime Minister Salam Fayyad who sponsored a sporting event named after Abu Jihad, who planned and directed the bus hijacking. The message the PA leaders are disseminating could not be more problematic: We, the Palestinian President and Prime Minister, believe that murdering brothers 6-year-old Roi and 3-year-old Ilan Hochman and their mother Rebecca, along with 34 other civilians on a bus, was an act worthy of honor.

The PA's message that terrorists are role models is as damaging to peace as it is odious.

It is not surprising, therefore, that Ashrawi wants to distract Washington from the report, by attempting to wrongfully link PMW to extremist violence through one if its supporters, the Central Fund of Israel. PMW receives grants from CFI, which funds more than 250 organizations and gives financial aid to a range of non-profits, including soup kitchens, Ethiopian immigrants, and educational programs. There is no connection between PMW and any of the other 250 recipient organizations.

In fact, far from supporting or being involved in extremist violence, PMW's senior staff has vigorously promoted peace and coexistence. To name just a few of our peace-promoting activities, I wrote a report on Israeli schoolbooks for the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace that documented and criticized any negative content that was found. Associate Director Barbara Crook sponsored an Interfaith Dialogue weekend in Ottawa, featuring Kadi Muhammed Zibdi, kadi of Jerusalem, and was a sponsor of Peace Camp Canada, a program for Israeli and Palestinian youth.

There is still another reason for Ashrawi to try to keep the contents of PMW's report quiet. The US government has already responded to these PMW findings by emphatically condemning PA terror glorification. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley: "We also strongly condemn the glorification of terrorists... We will continue to hold Palestinian leaders accountable for incitement."  [April 8, 2010] Hillary Clinton likewise condemned a group that "... glorifies violence and renames a square after a terrorist who murdered innocent Israelis." [March 22, 2010]

Moreover, US law prohibits the use of American funds for terror glorification. As the United States today is funding the Palestinian Authority, American money is indirectly being used to glorify Palestinian terrorists. Congress will soon be questioning if funding the Palestinian Authority violates American law.

Finally, it is important to note Hanan Ashrawi's famous statement on terror. At the height of the Palestinian terror campaign in 2002, after hundreds of Israeli civilians had been killed in suicide bombings, Ashrawi and others issued a public declaration. However, she didn't condemn suicide terror or say killing civilians was wrong. She said killing Israeli civilians should be stopped "... because we do not see results from these actions... We believe that these operations do not advance the fulfillment of our endeavor, for freedom and independence..."  [Al Quds, June 19, 2002].

She went on to refer to suicide bombings as "military actions [that] are defined positively or negatively not by their own criteria but rather according to the achievement of political goals..."  So is it any wonder that today she attempts to evade PMW's report exposing Palestinian Authority terror glorification?

Hanan Ashrawi owes it to the readers of The Hill to at least address the findings of the PMW report. Will she join the US administration and Congress and condemn terror glorification? Or will she defend Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad's honoring of terrorists? We are waiting for her answer.

Itamar Marcus, founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch, released the Palestinian Media Watch report with Rep. Brad Sherman and Rep. Steve Rothman on May 6 2010.
PMW | King George 59 | Jerusalem | Israel

donderdag 22 juli 2010

Syrische bruid van Joodse man voelt zich thuis in Tel Aviv

Was er een ANP nieuwsbericht over onderstaand verhaal? Ik heb het niet gezien, maar wel een bericht gisteren - tot in Dagblad de Limburger toe - over een Arabier in Israel die wegens verkrachting was veroordeeld nadat hij zich als Jood had voorgedaan om een Joodse vrouw het bed in te krijgen. Gideon Levy van Haaretz werd daar zelfs bijgesleept om te verklaren hoezeer Arabieren in Israel gediscrimineerd worden. De Syrische bruid hieronder heeft andere ervaringen.
Syrian bride celebrates honeymoon in Tel Aviv

Ynet - 14 July 2010

Dutch Jew Matthew Lusia and his bride Zalga Kass Hanna, who immigrated to Holland from Syria, forced to cut ties with their families in order to be together. Now they enjoy time in Holy Land, plan to visit Sderot

Boaz Fyler

Despite having spent their honeymoon in Israel since last week, no one has noticed Zalga Kass Hanna and her new husband Matthew Lusia roaming the streets of Tel Aviv. Indeed, there doesn't seem to be any apparent reason distinguishing them from the crowd. "Everyone here really looks like us. They think we're Israeli, which is funny and very nice," Zalga said. "The people here are all so nice to me, even when they realize that I'm Syrian," she told Ynet and related her unusual life story.

For most of her childhood, Israel was for Zalga, 23, no more than a distant enemy state. She was born in the town of Kamishli in northern Syria, near the Iraqi-Turkish tri-border area. "Every morning we would have to sing and salute to Assad's picture. Israel wasn't even mentioned on the maps in our schools and was constantly referred to as 'the enemy'," Zalga noted,

"If one would have asked me about Israel, I wouldn't have been even able to tell you where it was located. I never heard of the Nazis or World War II when I was there (in Syria)."

Things changed for Zalga when her family left Syria and immigrated to Holland when she was 11-years-old. "When I got there, I told the Dutch girls they should be happy in their school, since during my studies in Syria I felt locked inside a prison. It was hard for them to understand what I was talking about."

After a brief adjustment period and well into her teenage years Zalga began to notice the differences between local Dutch girls and immigrants from Islamic states. "I had many Turkish and Syrian girlfriends and I suddenly noticed all the efforts they were making in order to conceal their sexuality as a moral disguise. It all happened because they had no positive example from home and were not given the proper tools to openly and healthily channel it out. That is why they would 'run wild' in a destructive way behind their parents' backs, much more so than any Dutch friends I had, but they always wound up marrying whomever their parents liked and chose for them."

Zalga criticized her friends but got a painful reminder of life in Syria. "Those friends told my father what I had told them. He said I must stop thinking 'freely' and threatened to 'spill blood' if I didn't listen to him and break my legs so I wouldn't go to university.

"My father was the person who provided me with the final confirmation that the culture I came from was based on false honor. It hurt me because it served as proof that honor, particularly opposite one's neighbors, was more important to them than their love for me. That is the point I lost respect for my parents. I think that whoever comes to a Western country should abide by its rules and not by the old rules, otherwise one can immigrate to another Arab state.

"That's why I always say: Don't cry when Muhammad is being insulted in caricatures and don't belittle your wives. Fortunately, that's when Matthew came and saved me. That is when I started realizing how little I knew of the world."

Secret relationship

Zalga met Matthew at the age of 15 in high school. After realizing the rules of the game at home she decided to keep the relationship a secret, but not for long. "Everything was a secret since my parents would not under any circumstance allow me to have a boyfriend. After a year, various people who saw us together told them and I was ordered to break it off with him immediately."

In order to avoid a conflict Zalga said she would end the relationship but continued to meet Matthew in secret. "After a year I told them how much I loved him and what a good friend he was to me."

Naturally, the confession didn't go over well with her parents and Zalga realized she would at some point have to choose between her family and the relationship with Matthew and her new lifestyle.

"They tried to separate us and banned me from seeing him, claiming I was too young to understand. The fact that he was from a different culture was a major problem. At the age of 18 I rented out a room alone and became independent. They still, however refused to accept him. At the end, that was what caused me to cut ties with my family," she said.

Zalga nevertheless tried to prove her parents wrong and for a year after moving out of their home had a hard time coming to terms with losing contact with her family. "Only after that did I realize that my parents never really wanted me to be happy with my chosen man, because family honor was at the top of their priorities. Still, I kept trying to prove them wrong and get them to accept me. I was a top law student and they didn't budge. It was clear to me that the real reason for their objection, though they never admitted it, was Matthew's Jewish and Western culture."

Zalga didn't receive a warm welcome in Matthew's parents' house either. "Matthew's parents were very nice to me in the beginning, but after they realized that my family didn't accept him, they began to oppose the relationship themselves and think that it was a bad idea due to the nature of the society I came from.

"Eventually Matthew was faced with the same dilemma I had faced. He, too, cut contacts with his family and although it isn't easy for us both we want to start a new, better family together. In the meantime, we're raising a dog and a goldfish," she said with a smile.

'I fit in here'

Earlier in the month, the two tied to knot and became husband and wife. Immediately after their wedding, they came to Israel, their second visit in the country within a year. "What's particularly great for me here is that I look like Israelis and fit right in.

"It's a free country with human rights, equality for women - a Western culture within the Middle East. To me it's like a dream. I wish the women in Syria could walk down the street uninterrupted the way they do here, but sadly I'm afraid this will never happen. This is all topped by the great food you have here, tons of falafels, hummus and pizzas."

The couple is scheduled to visit Haifa and Jerusalem during their visit in Israel, as well as a less obvious site – Sderot. "We plan on visiting Sderot to see how the people live there in the shadow of terror attacks and rockets," Zalga said. She nevertheless noted that there are areas she would not like to visit, which remind her of painful childhood memories. "I do not want to visit Jaffa because it bothers me to see women wearing head scarves or men walking with their wife as if they were cattle."


Guus Valk (NRC) over Israël - Los van alle conventies


Op 17 juli 2010 publiceerde NRC een artikel van correspondent Guus Valk onder de titel " De nieuwe Jood is los van conventies".

In het artikel beschrijft Valk zijn afkeer van Israëliërs en hun gedrag op een wijze die grenst aan demonisering. Niet gehinderd door enig gevoel voor nuance generaliseert en stigmatiseert hij in zijn beschrijving van het dagelijks leven met de Israëliërs in zijn tijdelijke woonplaats Tel Aviv.

Zijn beschrijving van sommige Israëlische gewoontes zou afkomstig hebben kunnen zijn van een toerist die voor het eerst voet zet buiten Nederlandse bodem.

Maar Valk is de correspondent van een gerenommeerde Nederlandse krant en verblijft al jaren in Israel. Zijn duidelijke aversie tegen Israëliërs en het feit dat hij zelf op " lompe " wijze omgaat met sommige feiten in zijn artikel diskwalificeren hem voor zijn taak als verslaggever voor NRC.


Een paar voorbeelden maken duidelijk dat hij verkeerde intenties had bij het schrijven van het artikel.

Zo schrijft hij over zijn ervaringen in het postkantoor van Tel Aviv het volgende: "Wie een nummertje trekt en braaf gaat zitten wachten, kiest voor een vrijwillig verlengd verblijf in het postkantoor.
Israëliërs doen het anders. Die stormen binnen, een pakketje onder de arm, met een blik alsof het om een zaak van leven of dood gaat. Ze lopen naar een balie, maken zich breed en roepen dat Nu! Onmiddellijk! Dit pakketje verstuurd moet worden".

De waarheid is dat sommige Israëliërs zich schuldig maken aan het door Valk geschetste gedrag.

In de meeste supermarkten en banken in Israël waar de efficiëntie nog altijd niet het Nederlandse nivo heeft bereikt, moet de klant inderdaad lang wachten. Opvallend is juist dat de meerderheid van de Israëliërs volkomen gewend is geraakt aan deze inefficiënties en gelaten op zijn beurt wacht.


Over een gebaar dat iedereen in Israël kent als het "Recka" gebaar (momentje) schrijft hij het volgende: "Het ergste vond ik altijd de uitgestoken linkerhand, met een tegen elkaar omhooggestoken duim, wijs- en middelvinger. Dat betekent: 'even wachten', maar ik heb het lang gezien als een variant op een opgestoken middelvinger.

Die interpretatie zegt natuurlijk meer over Guus Valk dan over de Israëliërs en is kennelijk de basis voor zijn artikel geworden! 

Uit zijn beschrijving blijkt duidelijk dat Valk geen enkel begrip heeft van de lokale gebruiken en deze slechts refereert aan zijn eigen Nederlandse achtergrond. Het bewuste gebaar heeft in feite een vriendelijke bedoeling en wordt vaak gemaakt wanneer verbale communicatie niet mogelijk is.

Zo voorkwam een Israëli jaren geleden met dat gebaar dat ik tegen een auto aanbotste die tijdens het achteruitrijden over het hoofd was gezien.



De conflicten over geld en politiek die Guus beschrijft en die hij aanziet voor ruzies, zijn in werkelijkheid discussies die geen gevolgen hebben voor de persoonlijke verhoudingen. Dat zou voor een Nederlander een hele opluchtende ontdekking kunnen zijn.

De luide ogenschijnlijke kwade toon waarop discussies worden gevoerd ziet men nog sterker bij de Palestijnen. In Nederland heeft men deze gewoonte dus niet, in Columbia betekent een dergelijke stemverheffing dat men je waarschijnlijk gaat vermoorden.

Dit leert ons slechts iets over cultuurverschillen.

Luid praten en ongeremde emoties in de omgang onder Israëliërs vallen overigens in het niet bij het "zinloos geweld" dat men in de Nederlandse samenleving tegenkomt.

In Israëlische treinen rijdt bijvoorbeeld iedereen nog mee zonder angst voor die reiziger zonder kaartje, een tweede conducteur is overbodig.


Israël zou volgens Valk nauwelijks zaken doen met Azië vanwege een "gebrekkige antenne voor culturele gevoeligheden". De Israëlische handel met China bedroeg vorig jaar vijf miljard Euro!


In de tien jaar dat ik Israëli ben, heb ik een paar andere gewoontes van de "nieuwe Joden" ontdekt die Guus over het hoofd zag.

Zo is het in Israël gewoon om naar iemands welbevinden te informeren met echte interesse.

De gastvrijheid van mensen deed me versteld staan in de eerste jaren dat ik hier was. Waar maakt men mee dat je het huis van een volslagen vreemde mag lenen voor een weekend of een feest.

In Israël is dat gewoon.

Hulpvaardigheid onder de Israëliërs is een andere eigenschap die Guus klaarblijkelijk ontgaan is.

Ik zag vele voorbeelden waarbij mensen- soms zelfs met direct gevaar voor eigen leven- anderen te hulp schoten. Of het nu om een lege accu gaat, een aanslag of een ernstig ongeluk, onverschilligheid is de norm niet in Israël.

Bij een bezoek aan Nederland enige jaren geleden werd ik geconfronteerd met één van die cultuurverschillen tussen Israel en Nederland.

Op een winterdag in 2002 werd ik door voorbijgangers geattendeerd op een te water geraakte auto in het Noord Hollands kanaal ter hoogte van Burgerbrug.

Toen ik het water in sprong – op dat moment 8 graden-  om de inzittenden te redden, bleven circa zes Nederlanders op de walkant staan kijken. De hulp die ik kreeg bestond uit een toegeworpen krik.

De brandweer redde vervolgens mijn leven nadat ik door de kou bevangen was geraakt.


Guus Valk, met wie ik regelmatig een dialoog voerde over de inhoud van zijn artikelen en die ik als integer beschouw, heeft NRC en zichzelf een slechte dienst bewezen.

In een tijd waarin Joden in Nederland opnieuw bang zijn en Israël wordt gedelegitimiseerd, zou nuance en verantwoordelijkheidsbesef de norm moeten zijn in de berichtgeving.

In dit artikel lijkt het erop dat Guus Valk deze normen aan zijn laars heeft gelapt.

Daarmee was hij degene die" los kwam van alle conventies".


Yochanan Visser

Nederlandse Israëliër

Publicist en onderzoeker voor Missing Peace in Jeruzalem




De 'nieuwe jood' is los van conventies

Voordringen bij de kassa's, schreeuwen tegen iedereen, inclusief baby's, de lompheid van veel Israëliërs is onbeschrijfelijk. Beter dan die stijve Europeanen, zeggen ze zelf.

Door onze correspondent

GUUS VALK tel aviv, 17 juli. Dagenlang blijven de brieven in de kamer slingeren. We proberen zo lang te wachten tot de ander ze meeneemt. Het postkantoor van Tel Aviv stap ik altijd met lood in de schoenen binnen. Bij de ingang staat een nummertjesautomaat, en een computer roept om welk nummer aan de beurt is. In de praktijk heerst chaos en anarchie in het kantoor.
Wie een nummertje trekt en braaf gaat zitten wachten, kiest voor een vrijwillig verlengd verblijf in het postkantoor.
Israëliërs doen het anders. Die stormen binnen, een pakketje onder de arm, met een blik alsof het om een zaak van leven of dood gaat. Ze lopen naar een balie, maken zich breed en roepen dat Nu! Onmiddellijk! dit pakketje verstuurd moet worden. Meestal ontstaat er dan wat duw- en trekwerk, roept iemand dat hij toch echt eerder was, bemoeit een derde klant zich ermee, maar de assertieve klant wint het altijd.
Nooit had ik gedacht dat het zou wennen. De onbeschrijfelijke lompheid van de Israëliërs die om me heen in Tel Aviv wonen. Het harde praten, tegen het schreeuwen aan, ook tegen baby's. Het voordringen bij de kassa, tot aan een mevrouw toe die zich letterlijk voor mijn boodschappenkar gooide om maar eerder aan de beurt te zijn. Het recht vooruit lopen op straat, zonder uit te wijken voor andere voetgangers.
De handgebaren op straat, die stuk voor stuk obsceen lijken, maar volgens de Israëliërs zelf goed bedoeld zijn. Het ergste vond ik altijd de uitgestoken linkerhand, met een tegen elkaar omhooggestoken duim, wijs- en middelvinger. Dat betekent: 'even wachten', maar ik heb het lang gezien als een variant op een opgestoken middelvinger.
Na tweeënhalf jaar merk ik dat ik het kopieer. Het gedrag waar ik al die tijd op heb neergekeken, wordt langzaam maar zeker mijn eigen gedrag. Onlangs liep ik, laat ik het een sociologisch experiment noemen, op het postkantoor ook meteen op een balie af en zei dat ik onmiddellijk geholpen moest worden. Ik keek achterom, maar niemand leek het gek te vinden.
Toen de pas gekochte auto het begaf, haastte ik me naar de autodealer en schold hem minutenlang de huid vol. Het was mijn eerste scheldpartij sinds de basisschool. Het beruchte handgebaartje maak ik ook al lang.
Etentjes zijn een beproeving. Ieder onderwerp komt op tafel, het liefst politiek en religie. „Wat verdien je", is ook een doodgewone vraag. Conflicten over geld of politiek worden op luide toon beslecht, maar als ik bij de eerste stilte opkijk van mijn bord, lijkt iedereen de ruzie allang weer vergeten te zijn.
Volgens een kennis gedragen Israëliërs zich zo omdat ze in een migratieland wonen. Bijna de helft van de Israëliërs is in het buitenland geboren, en de Franse, Ethiopische, Braziliaanse of Amerikaanse migranten lijken hun eigen etiquette te hebben heruitgevonden. „Een losse, spontane manier van met elkaar omgaan. Als ik ergens te gast ben en iets wil drinken, pak ik het gewoon uit de koelkast."
Het heeft volgens hem, en anderen, ook te maken met het twintigste-eeuwse ideaal van de 'nieuwe jood', die zich losmaakte uit de conventies van het burgerlijke, passieve Europa. In het zionisme werden ideeën bedacht over de nieuwe jood, die assertief is, „Misschien", zei de kennis, „willen we onbewust aan die standaard voldoen".
Kan zijn, zei ik terug, maar de rest van de wereld begrijpt er niets van. Hostels willen geen Israëlische backpackers. Een hotel in Egypte waar ik was wilde me alleen toelaten als ik kon aantonen dat ik geen Israëliër was. Het Israëlische zakenleven doet nauwelijks zaken in Azië, omdat die markt onbereikbaar is door de gebrekkige antenne voor culturele gevoeligheden van Israëlische zakenlieden.
Israëliërs in Tel Aviv lijkt dat niet te deren. Ze weten dat ze lomp zijn, en zijn er zelfs trots op. Ze zetten zich af, zeggen ze, tegen de stijve Europeanen en de joviale Amerikanen.
„En trouwens", zei een andere kennis laatst tegen me, „het wordt ook wat overdreven. Zo gaat hier het verhaal dat Nederlanders 'sorry' zeggen als iemand anders op hun tenen staat. Dat geloof ik niet.


Officiele Palestijnse media blijven Israel ontkennen en Joden demoniseren

De ontkenning van Israels bestaan, de verheerlijking van geweld, valse beschuldigingen en antisemitische stereotypen zoals dat de Joden Jezus hebben vermoord en de Palestijnen met AIDS infecteren en de Al Aqsa Moskee willen vernietigen, en ontkenning van de Joodse geschiedenis en band met het land: het is dagelijkse kost in Palestijnse media en een van de belangrijkste obstakels voor vrede. Toch horen we er politici en onze media zelden over, in tegenstelling tot de nederzettingen, de blokkade van Gaza en ander (vermeend) Israelisch wangedrag. Dat is niet bepaald een evenwichtige benadering van het conflict.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Report: PA still inciting hatred

Palestinian Media Watch: Abbas not fulfilling pledg

When proximity talks started in May, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas declared that the PA would fulfill its commitments, with a special focus on stopping incitement. But the ensuing two months have brought no change in the messages being transmitted from the Palestinian Authority and Fatah to Palestinians, according to a new report by Palestinian Media Watch.

An examination of the Palestinian leaders' statements, official media, children's programs and PA- and Fatah-controlled events shows that the conditions, principles and expectations set by the US and the UN Quartet for accepting the PA as a peace partner continue to be violated, the watchdog group said in the report.

Contrary to the PA's moderate statements to the West, its statements to its people in Arabic continue to delegitimize Israel's existence, deny Israel's right to exist, define the conflict with Israel as a religious war for Allah, promote hatred through demonization, slander and libel, and glorify terror and violence, according to PMW's Itamar Marcus, Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Barbara Crook.

The report, which Marcus said he would be presenting to American officials in Washington on Wednesday, said that the PA continues to teach on PA educational TV that Israeli cities across the entire country, including Jaffa and Haifa, are Palestinian cities; that official PA media deny Israel's right to exist by using terminology to refer to Israel as "the homeland occupied in '48"; and that the conflict with Israel is defined by PA-appointed political and religious leaders not as territorial but as ribat – a religious war for Allah.

It cited instances in which the PA's senior religious leader demonized Jews as the "enemies of God," and a PA TV host remarked: "The Jews are our enemies, right?" It added that the PA continues to honor terrorists, and quoted Abbas as defending "the right to return to the armed conflict," and describing negotiations as "a tactical decision, i.e., a temporary, defensive decision."

Elaborating on PA educational programs that deny Israel's existence, the PMW report quoted from a documentary film that portrays Israeli cities and sites as "Palestinian" and that was rebroadcast on PA TV on June 21: "The Palestinian coast … spreads along the [Mediterranean] sea, from... Ashkelon in the south, until Haifa, in the Carmel Mountains. Haifa is a well-known Palestinian port.

[Haifa] enjoyed a high status among Arabs and Palestinians especially before it fell to the occupation [Israel] in 1948. To its north, we find Acre. East of Acre, we reach a city with history and importance, the city of Tiberias, near a famous lake, the Sea of Galilee. Jaffa, an ancient coastal city, is the bride of the sea, and Palestine's gateway to the world."

It also quoted from an educational PA TV quiz show on June 25, with students competing from different Palestinian universities, which included questions and answers identifying Israel as "Palestine."

News reports repeatedly deny Israel's existence

In terms of PA news reporting, the report quoted from a June 18 item in the official PA daily Al-Hayat al-Jadida, which described the Israeli Arab village Um el-Fahm as being located "in the homeland occupied in '48."

It cited several other examples of the same newspaper referring to Israel with numerous euphemisms that deny Israel's legitimacy and existence, such as: "Interior Palestine," "occupied in 1948," and "'48 territories."

Noting that US President Barack Obama has called the use of maps that present a world without Israel a security threat to Israel, the PMW report stated that "all the official PA maps in offices, Web sites, in schoolbooks, and those appearing on official PA TV since the start of the proximity talks, continue the PA policy of defining all of Israel as 'Palestine'."

Turning to the issue of the PA denying Israel's history, it quoted the PA Mufti, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, and several other senior PA figures, denying the Jews' connection to the Western Wall and to Jerusalem in a series of statements.

In instances of what it called "demonization, hate promotion, anti-Semitism and libels," meanwhile, the PMW report charged that, in June, "the PA has continued to falsely accuse Israel of intentionally spreading drugs and AIDS among Palestinians, having killed Yasser Arafat, and planning to destroy the Aksa Mosque. The PA added another accusation this month: that the Jews killed Jesus."

PA exaggerated flotilla confrontation to promote hatred

It added that the PA exaggerated the Gaza flotilla confrontation to promote hatred of Israel.

Stressing that "the right to criticize Israeli actions is legitimate," the report said, however, that the PA "slandered Israel" about it, noting that Abbas himself charged that "it was a decision made in advance, premeditated and with determination to kill."

And it quoted from the PA daily, saying that murder and massacres are typical or innate Israeli behavior: "The Israeli attack on the ships...
more serious than a massacre in its ugliness and its inhumanity...
This is the true nature of Israel."

The PMW report further noted that a PA TV music video, demonizing Israel as "my enemy" and "a snake coiled around the land" reappeared in June. It was first broadcast in 2004, and from October 2007 to the end of 2009 it ran continuously on PA TV.

It quoted the following exchange by PA TV host interviewing the young sister of a Palestinian prisoner on June 21: PA TV host: "[When you visit the prison] do they bother you, the Israeli army, the soldiers there?" Girl: "Yes."

Host: "They're wild animals, right? Aren't they wild animals?" Turning to the subject of the glorification of terror and violence, PMW's report noted that the US has strongly condemned the Palestinian practice of honoring terrorists: State Department spokesman Phillip Crowley, it recalled, in April declared that "Honoring terrorists who have murdered innocent civilians, either by official statements or by the dedication of public places, hurts peace efforts and must end."

Violence against Israel still being glorified

Nonetheless, the report noted that the Palestinian Third Culture and Education Festival held in June in Ramallah "included dancers holding rifles while dancing to a song with lyrics glorifying violence against Israel and praising death as an ideal. The annual festival is sponsored by the PLO National Committee for Education, Science and Culture. This dance performance with rifles was broadcast twice on official Palestinian Authority TV, and was held in the presence of the PA minister of culture and minister of women's affairs.

"'There is no force in the world that can remove the weapon from my hand…' ran some of the lyrics. 'He who offers his blood doesn't care if his blood flows on the ground.'" It noted that the PA in late June opened in Nablus a security course named after Abdallah Daoud that was held in the Abu Iyad [Salah Khalaf] hall.

Daoud was one of the terrorists who stormed the Church of the Nativity in 2002, and continued to fight against Israel for several weeks while using the monks and the religious site as shields, said the report, while Khalaf was head of the Black September terror group.

"Attacks he planned included the murder of two American diplomats, as well as the murders of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972," said the report.

The report also noted that a soccer tournament for youth was named after Khalil Al- Wazir (Abu Jihad), the former deputy to Arafat who planned "many deadly Fatah terror attacks, including the worst in Israeli history, the hijacking of a bus and killing of 37 civilians, 12 of them children."

In its conclusion, the PMW report quoted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telling the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs in April that: "We will only work with a Palestinian Authority government that unambiguously and explicitly accepts the Quartet's principles: A commitment to nonviolence, recognition of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the Road Map" – whose Phase I, PMW recalled, requires that "All official Palestinian institutions end incitement against Israel.

"Examining the Palestinian Authority leaders' statements, its education of youth, and its controlled media during the first months since the proximity talks," said the report, "it is apparent that the Palestinian Authority has not complied with the conditions set by the secretary of state, nor has it fulfilled its commitment to 'work against incitement of any sort.' "In the first two months since the start of the proximity talks, not only has the PA failed to 'unambiguously and explicitly' accept these conditions, but it has done the opposite. The Palestinian Authority continues to 'unambiguously and explicitly' deny Israel's existence, incite to hatred, and glorify terror and violence," the report claimed.