A sermon calling for the death of the Jews was broadcast last Friday by PA TV, which is controlled by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) said in a report released Monday.
The speaker delivering the sermon first incites hatred towards Jews:
"Even if donkeys would cease to bray, dogs cease to bark, wolves cease to howl and snakes to bite, the Jews would not cease to harbor hatred towards Muslims."
He then states:
"The Prophet says: 'You shall fight the Jews and kill them… This land will be liberated, these holy places and these mosques will be liberated, only by means of a return to the Quran and when all Muslims will be willing to be Jihad Fighters for the sake of Allah and for the sake of supporting Palestine…"
PA TV has a long history of inciting hatred towards Jews, and encouraging acts of martyrdom – even among young children. PMW also reported Monday that on January 14th PA TV news included a clip of a young child stating:
"We will liberate it with our own hands, with our weapons or our stones. We will liberate Palestine!"
When President Barack Obama met with Abbas in May 2009, the President told him that "…it was very important to continue to make progress in reducing the incitement and anti-Israel sentiments that are sometimes expressed in schools and mosques and in the public square," Obama added, "because all those things are impediments to peace."
Abbas recently claimed that incitement no longer occurs in mosques, despite evidence to the contrary. See the sermon and its translation here.