Muhammad Aliwat, a 13-year old Palestinian boy from the eastern Jerusalem village of Silwan, recently opened fire on an IDF soldier and his father in Jerusalem, before being neutralized by the soldier. He had written a note to his mother stating “God, victory, or martyrdom.” His school was found to use textbooks that contained vicious propaganda inciting violence against Jews and Israel, including in math and science textbooks. An Arabic textbook used in his school had graphic descriptions and images of Palestinians “cut[ting] the throats of enemy soldiers” and “put[ting] on explosive belts.”
Unfortunately, the Palestinian Authority (PA) brainwashes its children to support terrorism. The watchdog group Palestinian Media Watch compiled several recent examples of such indoctrination. Such propaganda undermines any prospect for peace between the Palestinians and Israel.
Incitement to Violence
PA-controlled media incites Palestinian children to commit violence against Israelis. PA TV broadcasted a song performed by a girl in honor of her terrorist father who was in prison: “Daddy gave me a present, a machine gun and a rifle. When I am big, I will join the Liberation Army. The Liberation Army taught us how to defend our homeland. We will achieve victory over America and Israel.” PA TV has also repeatedly shown children singing a poem in school that calls them “[t]o war that will smash the oppression and set the Zionist’s soul on fire.”
On the PA Ministry of Education’s Facebook page, students supported a terrorist that murdered an Israeli soldier by calling the terrorist a “role model” and a “shining star.” The PA Ministry of Education also led a campaign where 40,000 Palestinian children wrote letters to that terrorist in support of him. One of the PA’s schools included in a physics test a question that a student needed to calculate to determine how far a famous terrorist travelled to commit murder.
A Cult of Martyrdom
Palestinian media also incites Palestinian children to give their own lives for martyrdom for the sake of Palestinian nationalism. A narrator on PA TV called children “a sacrifice for Jerusalem and the [Palestinian] cause.” A Palestinian poet commented on PA TV that children are “self-sacrificing fighters.” PA TV celebrated the funeral of a 14-year-old terrorist, added a song in the procession’s coverage that stated “the angels await me, [as do] Martyrdom and redemption.” Regarding that same terrorist, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) posted on its Telegram page that its secretary-general commended the terrorist as a “member and child martyr” and a “source of pride.”
Enabled by Family Members
The Palestinian media’s brainwashing of young Palestinians to commit terror is often facilitated by the family of the terrorists. When speaking of their son, a 19-year-old terrorist that was killed by Israeli forces, his father said that “[h]e never aspired…to prepare himself for the future. He aspired to Martyrdom.” A grandfather of an 18-year-old terrorist that was killed by Israeli security when attempting to infiltrate an Israeli town, stated that “[w]hen a person dies as a Martyr this act is a heroic act.” On PA TV, a mother praised her 16-year-old terrorist son who was killed by the IDF by stating “[m]y son wanted to be a Martyr his whole life and he achieved it, Allah be praised.” The father of a 17-year-old terrorist that was killed by the IDF stated to PA TV that his son “…was among the young people who aspire to liberate Palestine” and that he was not “peace-loving.” Various other immediate family members have gone on the record to Palestinian media to express their support for the martyrdom of their family members. The mother of a terrorist who began terror when he was 11 years old admitted that the Palestinian Authority brainwashed her son, stating following his death from cancer that “To the Fatah Movement I say: You took Nasser from me when he was a child.”
Palestinian media continues to incite violence against Jews and Israelis. Such incitement raises serious questions about the viability of any peace prospects between the Palestinians and Israel. True peace is possible only with the total eradication of this indoctrination.
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Biden Administration Sacrificing Saudi-Israel Deal on Altar of Palestinian Statehood
Iran kicked out one-third of its nuclear inspectors. The Biden administration is on the verge of getting Iran to release five hostages in exchange for unfreezing $6 billion of Iranian cash, and potentially five Iranian prisoners held in US custody. As Iran is on the march, a breakthrough in Middle East peace can’t come fast enough.
The best way to check Iranian ambitions in the region would be the normalization of relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel. While such a deal would be “tectonic,” the Biden administration is destroying the prospects for normalization because it continues to be obsessed with linking the deal to Palestinian nationalism.
More than any of the known Palestinian demands to date, the Biden administration is fixated on Palestinian statehood. And the administration continues to browbeat Israel on that point. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has recently claimed that both Saudi Arabia and the Biden administration view a two-state solution an important piece to any deal. Previously, Blinken told Israel’s minister of strategic affairs, Ron Dermer, that Israel would be “misreading the situation” if it doesn’t think that significant concessions to the Palestinians would be required to broker a Saudi-Israel deal. White House National Security Council spokesman Jake Sullivan also told Dermer that that Israel will need to give significant concessions to the Palestinians so that the Biden administration can sell the deal to Democrats in Congress.
One unconfirmed Saudi press report stated that the Saudis have walked away from talks, due to concerns that Israel wouldn’t agree to placate the Palestinians. However, both an American and an Israeli official have asserted that that report is false.
What is more likely is that the Saudis are taking a pragmatic, not absolutist, approach to a Palestinian track. According to an unnamed Arab official who is familiar with recent talks between Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority (PA) earlier this month, Saudi Arabia is now communicating to the PA that it is willing to abandon the two-state solution as a pre-condition for normalization between Saudi Arabia and Israel, and that the PA needs to acclimate its demands to that fact. Additionally, Saudi Arabia has proposed to re-start aid to the PA, halted since 2016, in efforts to get the PA to at least tacitly support normalization.
The Israeli response to Palestinian nationalism is much more publicly opposed. Israeli National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi has rejected the idea of Palestinian statehood as part of the deal. Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich said the concept of Israeli concessions to the Palestinians as a part of normalization is “a fiction” as such a deal “has nothing to do with Judea and Samaria [commonly referred to in the West as the ‘West Bank’].”
Israel’s hostility to Palestinian nationalism is well founded. As the Oslo Accords turn 30 years old, the so called “peace process” has failed to bring peace to Israel, as Israel has had to defend itself against at least five warsand countless smaller violent conflicts against the Palestinians since 1993. PA President Mahmoud Abbas continued to show his true bigoted face with a recent anti-Semitic diatribe, part and parcel of the systemic anti-Semitism and incitement to violence of the PA.
The Biden administration continues to stand in the way of Saudi Arabia’s normalization of relations with Israel, as it continues to pursue maximalist demands on Palestinian statehood. This is a non-starter for Israel, and not a top concern for Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia, like Israel, is primarily focused on using the deal to leverage its strength against Iran – as Saudi Arabia is looking to secure US support for advanced weapons, a NATO-like alliance, and civilian nuclear energy. In order to make a sustainable counterweight against Iranian aggression, the Biden administration must jettison its demands for Palestinian statehood, and at the very least answer Saudi concerns with a serious counter-offer. Failure to buttress Israel, Saudi Arabia and our Gulf allies will likely result in a resurgent Iran.
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