New trends in Arab anti-Semitism

Last week the State Department issued an explicit condemnation of the naming of a square in a West Bank town for a female Palestinian terrorist the week before the sickening murder spree in Itamar. The JTA noted: “The statement was more definitive than one issued earlier in the week by a State Department official who said the Obama administration was seeking clarification on the matter.” Having received clarification, State Department spokesman Mark Toner added this pathetic formulation to the condemnation: “We underscore that all parties have an obligation to end any form of incitement.” Well, thanks.
It is not easy to keep up with the PA. On the same day that Toner made his statement, Palestinian Media Watch issued a bulletin pointing out a second tribute to a terrorist that broadcast on PA television at the same time that the square was named in honor of the lady murderer. “One week before the terror attack in Itamar, PA TV honored another accomplice to a suicide attack. Fahami Mashahara drove a suicide bomber to Gilo in Jerusalem in 2001 who killed 19 and injured more than a hundred. His daughter was invited to perform a song on PA TV.” The video is posted here. Palestinian Media Watch has documented the ongoing Palestinian Authority policy of glorifying terrorists as role models.
This past September the invaluable MEMRI presented the astounding video compilation below to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. There is something unbelievably retrograde and vile — partly derived from traditional Islamic sources, partly derived from European and Christian sources — running through the video. Yigel Carmon’s companion written presentation is available here. The PA/Hamas campaign against Israel is part of the larger picture in which everything old is new again.

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