The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has applauded the Canadian Liberal Party Member of Parliament and former Justice Minister and Attorney-General (2003-6), Irwin Cotler, for publicly denouncing the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, for promoting hatred of Jews. Addressing a press conference this week, Cotler, who is also a Professor of Law at Montreal’s McGill University, Opposition Critic for Human Rights and a member of the Canadian House of Commons Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on International Human Rights, lamented the fact that official PA incitement to hatred and murder is being ignored by Western governments and media outlets. “People don’t realize that Abbas signed a law, on the very day there was a suicide terrorist attack in December 2005 against
Cotler charged that Abbas’ anti-Israel statements and the hatred promoted by his official outlets have been judiciously ignored by the West and those involved in promoting
Some recent examples of incitement in the Abbas-controlled official PA newspaper:
· “The method employed by the Israeli Occupation in which they [are] instigating slow death … doctors in Israeli prison clinics use the prisoners as guinea pigs for clinical drug testing under the pretense of ‘treatment.'” (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 6, 2008).
· “Many of the male and female inmates received injections from needles they had not seen before, and which caused their hair and facial hair to fall out permanently … others lost their sanity, or their mental condition is constantly deteriorating… and some are suffering from infertility” (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 4, 2008).
· “The doctors in these prison clinics are using the prisoners as guinea pigs for clinical testing of drugs and treatment-methods.” (Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 3, 2008), translations courtesy of ‘Palestinian Authority Libel: Prisoners are used for Nazi-like medical experiments,’ Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), July 9, 2008).
Abbas’ Fatah has neither abrogated nor amended its Constitution, which calls for the destruction of
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said, “We applaud Irwin Cotler for his principled and forthright statements on a subject almost everyone seems willing to ignore the incitement to Nazi-like Jew hatred and murder within the PA-controlled, media, mosques, schools and youth camps that feeds terror. The three recent examples of incitement provided above give a clear indication of the campaign of hatred that the PA wages in order to keep alive the war on
“The ZOA has been almost alone among American Jewish organizations in raising this issue, in our essays, speeches, press releases, letters and materials. ZOA has repeatedly raised this issue since the start of the
“Abbas sometimes claims that he does not have a sufficiently large security force to combat terrorism. But he does not need a security force to order his own newspaper to stop its vicious anti-Jewish incitement.
“We urge the Bush Administration, the media and Jewish organizations to cease ignoring Mahmoud Abbas and the PA’s promotion of Nazi-like incitement to Jew hatred and murder and to make it clear that there should be no concessions to, funds for or negotiations with the PA until and unless this hateful propaganda ends.”