PA Television Broadcasts Sermons Denouncing “The Filth Of The Jews” And Supporting Saddam Hussein
March 4, 2003

NEW YORK- Official Palestinian Authority Television has broadcast sermons denouncing “the filth of the Jews” and supporting Saddam Hussein’s regime —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.)

Official PA Television on February 28, 2003 broadcast a live sermon from Sheikh Ijlin Mosque in Gaza, in which Sheikh Ibrahim Mudayris declared “O Allah, cleanse our country from the filth of the Jews. O Allah, cleanse our holy places from the filth of the Jews. O Allah, save Iraq from the tragedies of war.”

On the same day, official PA Radio broadcast a live sermon from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, in which Sheikh Muhammad Husayn urged Arab regimes to take a clear stand “rejecting invasion and aggression against Iraq” and appealed to Allah “to deal with the invaders, aggressors, and arrogant oppressors.” (Translation courtesy of FBIS.)

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. By 61% to 19%, Americans believe that the goal of such a state would be Israel’s destruction.

The poll found that by a margin of almost six to one, Americans oppose creating a Palestinian Arab state; by a margin of almost seven 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 more than 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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