Despite continuing United States and Western European support for Palestinian political aspirations, the tightly-controlled official Palestinian Authority (PA) media relentlessly incites hatred and violence against the US and the West.
A principle of PA ideology is to present the various conflicts around the world involving Muslims and Arabs as part of a war between civilizations that the West led by the United States is fighting against Islam and the Arab world. They incite their people to support violence because the US “runs a dirty war against all that is Arab and Muslim.” As victims they, the Palestinians, will lead the war against the West. The editor of the official PA daily, echoing Bin Laden ideology , insists there exists a “American -European- Russian alliance”, promoting Muslim- Arab subjugation, and that the Palestinians are at the forefront of the war that will “shake the earth under the feet of the blood and oil sucking neo- imperialists, the thieves of natural resources murderers of nations.” [See full texts below.]
President Bush, in this global war context, is depicted not merely as a leader of the "enemy United States", but is the enemy of all civilization, the “Fuhrer of the globalization era,” a greater danger than Hitler, leading the world to destruction: “The new Fuhrer [Bush] will return the world to the Stone Age,” while Hitler only left “tens of millions of dead.”
Given this Palestinian ideological hatred against the US it is not surprising to find active opposition to tracking down the terrorists who murderered 3 Americans diplomats in Gaza in October. Both Arafat advisor Jibril Rajoub, and the Union of Palestinian Journalists called the American pressure on the PA to find the killers “extortion.” The Journalists Union even condemned a PA daily for publishing a US State Department ad offering a reward for help in finding the terrorists. The ad was likewise called “extortion.” [See below]
As mentioned above, this anti American hatred continues at the very time that the US continues to give political and financial support to the PA. Indeed, the Palestinian editor had no trouble [or possibly it was intentional] placing the news item [cited above] rejecting PA co-operation in finding the murderers of the three Americans on the very same page as a large ad by USAID offering scholarships to Palestinian students. The great irony is that those three Americans murdered by Palestinians were in Gaza to grant USAID scholarships to Palestinians.
It is significant that the PA doesn't limit its hatred of the US to attacks on current US policy and leaders, but teaches as a recurring theme that America is rotten at the essence. The PA often delegitimizes America’s founding years as the theft of land, and this week attacked the killing of “Indian children” by the early American settlers.
The total message the PA continues to send to its people is that the US and the West are paramount enemies of the Palestinians and the Arab world, and must be fought.
The following are selections from articles that incite hatred and violence against the US and the West that have appeared in recent weeks in the PA media.
1. Bush is “Fuhrer of the globalization era"
“The world stands today at the edge of a dangerous slope which threatens the destiny of all humanity. The President of the most powerful nation in the world suffers from megalomania and thinks he’s a prophet. He uses military force to rearrange the world as he likes. …No doubt that the personality of President Bush will be juicy material for tens of psychology books, for he has many characteristics of historical figures that left a negative impact on course of global history lead by the Fuhrer of Germany, Adolf Hitler, and his Nazi and racist proclamations… The Cuban President, Fidel Castro who has deep knowledge of President Bush’s history already called him ‘Fuhrer of the globalization era or the new world order.’ But he forgot that the Fuhrer of Germany, Adolf Hitler, ruled [only] one state, with limited options at the stage where humanity hadn’t reached its current level of frightening scientific and technological development. While [Bush] the ‘Fuhrer of the new world order’ received the reins of an American empire with more than half the world’s weapons of mass destruction, with frightening economic, financial, and technological potential. And while the German Fuhrer’s adventure ended with tens of millions of dead and wounded, and partial destruction of several countries this adventure of the new Fuhrer [Bush] will return the world to the Stone Age.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 16, 2004]
2. Union of Palestinian Journalists and Jibril Rajoub:
US pressure to find murderers of Americans is “extortion”.
“The Union of Palestinian Journalists announced that it views with severity the steps of the Palestinian newspapers, who published paid advertisement on the fifth of this month, from the US State Department, announcing the reward of $5 million to anyone who will bring information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the attack [killing 3 Americans]… The [Journalists] Union emphasized, that the advertisement is an affront to national sovereignty, and contributed to the state of extortion and the pressure that the US is applying against on the Palestinian Authority in this matter.” [Al-Ayyam, Feb. 9, 2004]
“The security advisor of President Yasser Arafat, Jibril Rajoub … blamed Washington for extortion in the affair of the killing of the three Americans in Gaza last October…[he said]: Count Bernadot was murdered in 1948 and to this day his murderers were not arrested and not brought to trial. Many Americans were murdered in Iraq and Afghanistan, without locating the murderers. Israel attacked an American ship in 1967 and those responsible were not brought to trial. Why do the Americans insist on extorting us…?” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 5, 2004]
3. The Palestinians will “shake the earth under the feet of the blood and oil sucking neo- imperialists” - the “American European Russian alliance”
“…The right wing lobby, [which] controls Washington and runs a dirty war against all that is Arab and Muslim. It is a Fascist right that formed an alliance with the Fascist Israeli Colonialists… The American European Russian alliance is acting to empty the International institutions, both the UN and the High Court of Justice, of their content…
It may be that the Europeans think that the submission of the Arab regimes turned the Arab land to wasteland and that the subdued nations won’t act against the neo-imperialism, but they are wrong. This is because the torch of struggle, which accompanies our nation for nearly a century against all types of imperialism, will not be extinguished, but [the Palestinian nation] will continue to lead the Arab nation and will continue to awaken the Arab nation to shake the earth under the feet of the blood and oil sucking neo- imperialists, the thieves of natural resources and murderers of nations.” [Editor in Chief, Hafez Al-Barghouti, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 6, 2004]
“… [Regarding fighting ] the American enemy… the Arab land, in Palestine and Iraq in particular, will ignite under the feet of the intruders… The political and military balance of power is not completely against the Arabs… There are very vulnerable spots and internal crises that the Bush Sharon alliance suffer, and the Arab resistance is able on the various burning fronts … to force this alliance to pay a dear price…” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 9, 2004]
4. “Destruction that the Americans did to Indian children”
“[Regarding] the destruction that the Americans did to Indian children… we read from time to time testimonies and documents, among them an article by a writer from Atlantic Monthly that exposes the colonialists invasion, that committed the white man against the children … On the return from the mission to destroy the Indians in the year 1637 under the command of John Endicott an eyewitness describes: “When they [the Indians] saw us on their beaches they hurried to approach us in blessing and called to us, “Hello”. When we reached the river the Indians soon figured out, that we came to burn their fields and destroy them”. [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 6, 2004]