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Founder & Director of Palestinian Media Watch
Thursday, August 3, 2017
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2044 – 2045
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* This Seminar is Dedicated to the Memory of Maureen Anstey, Dear and Beloved Friend and Member of EMET’s Board of Directors, who Suddenly Passed Away on June 30th.
On July 14, three Arab-Israelis left the Temple Mount, or Haram al-Sharif, as it is known in Arabic, armed with pistols and rifles and shot and killed two Israeli-Druze policemen. Because of this, the Israeli government closed the Temple Mount for a few days to investigate, and had found large stashes of weapons there. PM Netanyahu therefore decided to place metal detectors and cameras at the entrances to and on the Temple Mount.
Because of this, large scale rioting broke out among the Palestinians in East Jerusalem. By the time the tensions subsided, over 100 Palestinians and 15 Israeli police officers had been wounded, and three Palestinians died from their wounds. In that same time period, three Israelis were killed while sitting down to their Shabbat table in Halamish.
Throughout the history of the Jewish settlement in Israel, even before there had been a state, Arabs have employed the paranoid ideation that the “Jews are defiling the Al Aqsa Mosque with their filthy feet.” This narrative has been used ever since the days of Amin Al-Husseini, later known as Hitler’s Mufti, who whipped up the native Arab population into a frenzy that resulted in the Hebron riots of 1929, and had been used when Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had walked on the Temple Mount in 2000, igniting the Second Intifada.
On top of this, the Israelis have been experiencing a wave of knifings, shootings and automobile rammings for at least a year now. However, the State Department in its recent, “Country Report on Terrorism” has used the identical language it has used for approximately the past 10 years, despite the uptake in incitement and violence.
In addition to the Palestinian leadership’s continuous incitement to violence, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and PLO fosters, honors, and motivates terror attacks by materially rewarding those who commit them, known as ‘pay for slay.’ The murderers of the Salomon family will be rewarded a generous monthly salary while in prison, a one-time grant up to $25,000 upon release and an automatic promotion of official PA civilian and/or military rank for perpetrating a terrorist attack. While the murderers of the Israeli Druze policemen were killed in action, their violent efforts will still be rewarded; the families of the terrorists will reap the rewards in their place.
The PA recently released its 2017 budget, which shows an increase of 13%, ($153.4 million) in the amount the PA will pay incarcerated and released terrorists and an increase of 4-8% ($192.5 million) in payments to the families of killed terrorists in the struggle against Zionism.
How should the United States and international community respond to the continued incitement to hate and to kill by the Palestinian leadership? Will the recent increase in payments by the PA to the prisoners and martyr’s fund impact U.S. foreign aid? And can we expect the Trump Administration to take concrete action to end the PA’s incitement to violence?
Please join us as we hear from Itamar Marcus as he explores these questions and more.
Itamar Marcus, Founder and Director of Palestinian Media Watch, is one of the foremost authorities on Palestinian ideology and policy. Mr. Marcus was appointed by the Israel Government [in 1999] to represent Israel in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority on Incitement. He has presented analyses of Palestinian ideologies in academic, cultural and government frameworks, including hearings, lectures and briefings to members of US Congress and Senate, the Canadian, British, French, German, Norwegian, Swiss, Dutch and Australian Parliaments, and members of European Parliament. He has lectured at conferences and at universities and to senior security officials world wide. He gives analysis on CNN, FOX News, BBC, and the full range of world TV news.