ANALYSIS: What Really Fuels Palestinian Hatred of Israel

There can never truly be peace until the Palestinians want it enough to actually teach peace

By Yochanan Visser | | Topics: palestinians
Palestinian incitement against Israel makes peace impossible.
Photo: Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90

Israel went through and continues to go through another wave of Palestinian terror when Palestinian terrorists carried out attacks with mortars, rockets, incendiary balloons, a car, rifles, and handguns, as well as knives.

The new wave of terror attacks started after US President Donald J. Trump rolled-out his long-anticipated vision on solving the century-old Palestinian Israeli conflict and was fueled by incitement from Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leaders who openly encouraged Palestinian Arabs to confront the Zionist enemy.

According to veteran Israeli journalist Tal Lev Ram Hamas was guiding the lone wolf attacks and the terror organization most likely acted upon orders of the Iranian regime.

On Wednesday Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressed Trump’s plan and the actions Palestinian terror groups must take after the publication of the new American peace plan.

He called Trump’s plan “foolish” and said it would die before the American President will pass away.

“This plan is indicative of the US’ viciousness and manipulation. They have come to negotiate with the Zionists over what belongs to the Palestinians,” Khamenei said adding that “Palestine belongs to the Palestinians.”

Khamenei later fired off a Tweet in which he called upon the Palestinian Arabs to launch a Jihad to force the Zionist enemy out of ‘Palestine’.

The “remedy” for Trump’s plan is “bold resistance by the Palestinian nation and groups in order to force out the Zionist enemy and the US through jihad,” Khamenei tweeted.

When we compare the way Israeli Arabs behave toward the Jewish state to the behavior of their brothers in Gaza, Judea, Samaria, and Jerusalem we will notice a stark difference.

Many Israeli Arabs have the same thoughts on their Palestinian identity as the Palestinian Arabs living under the rule of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas yet they hardly indulge in terror.

Israeli Arabs in Haifa were shocked to find out that one of them tried to murder Israeli policemen in the Old City of Jerusalem last Thursday.

It’s true that a segment of the Israeli Arab community has a strong aversion toward the Jewish state. They don’t hide it and once in a while they take the streets to express their hatred of Israel or use violence but the majority of Israeli Arabs are law-abiding citizens who often contribute to the Israeli society.

In hospitals, for example, one sees many Arab doctors and nurses while Arab workers dominate the pharmacies in Israel.

Arab entrepreneurs in northern Israel, furthermore, cater Jewish clients like the Saleh Dabah supermarket chain that has opened kosher butcheries and even covers foods that contain ‘Chametz’ (leavened dough) on Pesach (Passover).

I once went to the office of an Arab entrepreneur in the Tiberias area and noticed a giant photo of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon behind his desk. Asked what led him to put up the photo the man answered he very much liked the late PM despite the fact that he was seen as the godfather of the so-called settlement enterprise.

So, how come that there is a stark difference in the way Israeli Arabs behave toward Israel and the behavior of their Palestinian brothers in territories under PA and Hamas rule?

The answer is education or better anti-Israeli incitement and brainwashing in the Palestinian school system including the one run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees and their descendants.

Trump’s vision for solving the Palestinian Israeli conflict addresses this huge problem in section 18 and the White House states that fostering a “culture of peace” is essential for solving the conflict.

To create a culture of peace, cessation of incitement and an end to the exaltation of violence and terror are required according to the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) in a new study about the way Palestinian teachers are instructed to educate students in Palestinian society.

To change the PA and UNRWA school system Trump’s team advises to “prohibit hostile propaganda, as well as textbooks, curriculum and related materials contrary to the goal of the Israeli-Palestinian Agreement, including the denial of the other’s right to exist.”

ITIC discovered that “the fundamental elements in the teachers’ guides were: delegitimization of the State of Israel, the demonization of both Israel and the Jews, call for a violent struggle for the liberation of Palestine and the absence of any attempt to solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict peacefully.”

The Palestinian curriculum instills the so-called Naqba narrative in the minds of Palestinian Arab children says ITIC.

In summary, the Naqba narrative goes like this:

“The country of Palestine belongs exclusively to the Palestinian Arabs who are said to be direct descendants of the ancient Canaanites and Jews have no valid claim to it. Therefore, the establishment of the Jewish State of Israel in Palestine is a gross injustice done to the Palestinian people. Especially so, when that event involved the massacre of Palestinians, their eviction from their houses destruction of their cities and villages, and making them permanent refugees elsewhere,” ITIC researcher Dr. Arnon Groiss wrote in the study.

In reality, the Naqba was caused by Arab leaders who called upon Palestinian Arabs to leave their houses temporarily in order to facilitate the annihilation of the Jewish Yishuv in what the British started to call ‘Palestine’ during their mandate issued by the League of Nations.

The advice led roughly 550.000 Palestinian Arabs to leave their homes and in only one instance Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben Gurion ordered the expulsion of Palestinian Arabs who used their homes as bases for terrorist attacks (Ramle/Lod) wrote historian Benny Morris in his book 1948.

Khaled al-Azm who was Prime Minister of Syria in 1948 said after the War of Independence that was started by an Arab legion “since 1948 it has been us who caused them (the refugees) to leave the country. We brought a disaster to the refugees by inviting and pressing them to leave. We caused them to lose everything they possessed.”

Even Mahmoud Abbas has written similar things about the so-called Naqba.

In 1976 Abbas wrote an article for Falastin al-Thawra a PLO outlet in which he admitted that the Arab armies were responsible for the suffering of the refugees.

“The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny, but instead they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland, imposed upon them a political and ideological blockade and threw them into prisons similar to the ghettos in which the Jews used to live in Eastern Europe,’” according to the current PA leader.

The ITIC study is full of examples of lies and distortions of history that were used to incite  Palestinian Arab students against Jews and Israel as well as the glorification of terrorists who butchered Jews.

In his analysis of the Palestinian curriculum Groiss wrote that the indoctrination of Palestinian children is based on three fundamentals:

  1. Delegitimization of Israel’s existence and of the Jews’ very presence in the country. Palestine replaces Israel as the sovereign state in the region, Israel’s pre-1967 territory is presented as a Palestinian occupied one, and the name “Israel” itself is often replaced by the term “the Occupation”. Israel’s Jewish citizens are considered colonialist settlers and their cities – including Tel Aviv – do not appear on the map, or are given Arabic names. Their history in the country is denied, as well as their holy places there, and their traditional aspirations regarding their ancient homeland are dubbed “greedy ambitions (atma’)”.
  2. Demonization of both Israel and the Jews. Both are depicted as aggressive, barbarous, full of hate and bent on extermination, thus forming an existential threat to the Palestinians. Derogatory terms, such as “Zionist gangs” and hateful language are used in their description and cases of de-humanization have also been found. Israel is described as the source of all evil and as solely responsible for the conflict while the Palestinians are presented as its ultimate victims. The Jews are also demonized outside the context of the conflict – as a corrupt nation from its very beginning and as enemies of Islam since its early days.
  3. Call for a violent liberation struggle instead of advocacy for a peaceful resolution of the conflict. Peace and coexistence with Israel are not an option. The violent struggle is not restricted to the West Bank and Gaza, but rather encompasses the whole of Israel. It is given a religious color by stressing the need to liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque, the very existence of which is said to be in danger. Islamic traditional ideals of Jihad and martyrdom are exalted and given a special role in the liberation struggle. In fact, 99 there is one language exercise that specifically encourages martyrdom. Terrorist activity is part and parcel of this struggle and a well-known female terrorist is elevated to a position of national heroine equivalent to Yasser Arafat and Aishah, the revered wife of Prophet Muhammad. The alleged Right of Return of 1948 refugees’ descendants is made as well part and parcel of the violent struggle of liberation, as they are supposed to return to their former residential places in liberated Palestine, not to the State of Israel. Extermination of the surviving Jews in the aftermath of the liberation war is insinuated.



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