Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' reassurances to US President Barack Obama that there is no anti-Israel incitement in official Palestinian media were further contradicted last week when the host of a Palestinian Authority TV program prompted young interviewees to denounce not only Israel, but "the Jews."
During a program about Palestinian terrorists jailed by Israel, the female host interviewed the younger sister of a Palestinian serving 13 months in an Israeli prison for security crimes. The host asked the girl if she and her family are "bothered" by the Israeli guards when they visit her jailed brother. When she answers in the affirmative, the host presses, "They're wild animals, right? Aren't they wild animals?"
In the next interview, the host asks the four-year-old son of a terrorist serving a 15-year sentence who jailed his father. The boy answers, "The Jews." The host again presses, "The Jews are our enemies, right?"
Palestinian Media Watch, which provided translation of the program, pointed out that in the second interview, the host and the young boy specifically directed their anger at all Jews, and not just Israelis.
Israelis argue that such incidents of blatant incitement, especially when they involve children, make reaching a genuine and lasting peace agreement all but impossible.