PA Television Broadcasts Sermon Calling America “The Primary Enemy Of The Arabs”
February 27, 2003

NEW YORK- Official Palestinian Authority Television has broadcast a sermon calling the United States “the primary enemy” —yet another blatant violation of the conditions that President Bush established in his June 24, 2002 speech.

President Bush said in his June 24, 2002 speech that the Palestinian Arabs must “end incitement to violence in official media.” (For a copy of the Zionist Organization of America’s detailed report on Palestinian Arab violations of President Bush’s conditions, call the ZOA at 212-481-1500.)

The PA’s official television station, the Ramallah-based “Voice of Palestine,” broadcast a 31-minute live sermon from the Sheikh Ijlin Mosque in Gaza on February 21, 2003, in which Sheikh Ibrahim al-Mudayris said “the United States is the primary enemy of the people of Palestine and the Arab and Islamic nation.” He urged Arabs to engage in “jihad against Allah’s enemies.” He concluded: “O Allah, help the children of Iraq. O Allah, protect the lives of our kinfolk in Iraq.”

Also on February 21, 2003, the PA’s official radio station, the Ramallah-based “Voice of Palestine,” broadcast a 25-minute live sermon from Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, in which the PA-appointed Mufti, Sheikh Ikrimah Sabri praised the recent worldwide demonstrations against ousting Saddam, on the grounds that the demonstration “will weaken the U.S. position.” He urged Arabs “to make use of this anti-war position on both the official and popular levels.” He concluded: “O Allah, protect Iraq and its people.”

Morton A. Klein, National President of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), said: “Why does the Bush administration continue to support creation of a Palestinian Arab state and continue giving the Palestinian Arabs $150-million in taxpayers” money each year, when they use those funds to incite against America and Israel, in violation of President Bush’s own demand that they stop their incitement? President Bush promised to end terrorist states, not create new ones. Establishing a Palestinian Arab state would, in effect, reward the Palestinian Arabs’ anti-Jewish terrorism and hatred.”

A national poll by McLaughlin and Associates earlier this month found that by a margin of 71% to 13%, Americans oppose the creation of a Palestinian Arab state.

The poll found that by a margin of five and a half to one, Americans oppose creating a Palestinian Arab state; by a margin of six and a half to one, Americans oppose U.S. aid to the Palestinian Arabs; by a margin of four and a half to one, Americans want Palestinian Arab killers of Americans handed over to the U.S. for prosecution; by a margin of more than three to one, Americans believe that the Palestinian Arabs’ goal is the destruction of Israel; by a margin of two to one, Americans believe that a Palestinian Arab state will be a terrorist state; and by a margin of three to one, Americans say that world leaders should not meet with Palestinian Arab officials such as Abu Mazen, Yasir Arafat’s second in command, who have denied or distorted the Holocaust.

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