New York – The acting Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Dr. Ahmad Bahar, has called for the murder every Jew and American. In an address broadcast on Palestinian Authority (PA) television, Bahar stated, “This is Islam, that was ahead of its time with regards to human rights in the treatment of prisoners, but our people was afflicted by the cancerous lump, that is the Jews, in the heart of the Arab nation… Be certain that America is on its way to disappear, America is wallowing [in blood] today in Iraq and Afghanistan, America is defeated and Israel is defeated, and was defeated in Lebanon and Palestine… Make us victorious over the infidel people… Allah, take hold of the Jews and their allies, Allah, take hold of the Americans and their allies… Allah, count them and kill them to the last one and don’t leave even one” (PA TV, April 20, translation courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch, April 30).
Both Hamas and Fatah, who constitute the present PA unity government, are committed in their respective Charters to the destruction of Israel (Fatah Constitution, Article 12: Hamas Charter, Article 15) and the use of terrorism (Fatah Constitution, Article 19: Hamas Charter, Article 7), while Hamas also calls for the murder of Jews (Hamas Charter, Article 7).
Bahar’s call for genocide of Jews is not new among recent pronouncements by the Hamas/PA regime. Despite efforts to tone down some of their positions in appearances before Western audiences, Hamas officials continue to speak plainly in support of Hamas’ genocidal positions to Arabic-speaking audiences.
Thus, in a March 7 sermon broadcast on PA TV, Hamas spokesman Dr. Ismail Radwan made it clear that the classical Hamas ideology had not changed. Radwan declared, “The Hour [Resurrection] will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them, and the rock and the tree will say: ‘Oh, Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, kill him!’ We must remind our Arab and Muslim nation, its leaders and people, its scholars and students, remind them that Palestine and the Al Aqsa mosque will not be liberated through summits nor by international resolutions, but it will be liberated through the rifle. It will not be liberated through negotiations, but through the rifle, since this occupation knows no language but the language of force… O Allah, strengthen Islam and Muslims, and bring victory to your Jihad-fighting worshipers, in Palestine and everywhere… Allah take the oppressor Jews and Americans and their supporters!” ((PA TV, March 7, translation courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch, April 30).
PA’s approval for killing Americans is also far from new. The PA’s official daily newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida , has not only produced several dehumanizing anti-American cartoons which depict the United States as a menace to the Arab world. (The journalists of Al-Hayat Al-Jadida are on the payroll of the PA), but has also celebrated the losses of American servicemen and women in Iraq in another cartoon showing the stripes of the American flag replaced by skulls with Uncle Sam looking on and weeping. The caption for the cartoon reads, “More than 100 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq this past month!” (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, October 30, 2006, translation courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch, November 2, 2006).
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “Why is Israel and the U.S. silent in the face of such Nazi-like threats and policies? Where is Congress, where is the Knesset? The silence is deafening. How can we support negotiating with the PA’s Mahmoud Abbas? How can the U.S. be giving him $500 million a year? How can we be talking about establishing a state for these Nazi-like, Hitler-like Islamists and killers?”