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Monday, February 24, 2014
Congress considers limiting aid to the PA unless PA incitement is curtailed
"Itamar Marcus, director of
Palestinian Media Watch, told JNS.org, 'How can the U.S. justify funding
a PA regime that glorifies murderers - using American money? How can
the U.S. justify giving money to a regime that demonizes Jews as
descendants of monkeys and pigs? Conditioning funding on the end of
hatred is the ethical thing to do.'" [www.jns.org]
The US House of
Representatives Appropriations Committee is now considering stopping aid
to the PA as long as PA incitement continues. Palestinian Media Watch has presented its findings to members of US Congress and European parliaments numerous times in recent years and
has stressed their responsibility and potential influence as donors to
eliminate PA incitement to hatred and violence against Israel.
The following is the article about the latest congressional activities:
Report: Congress may condition Palestinian Authority aid on curbing incitement
(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org)
The U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee is
considering freezing aid to the Palestinian Authority unless its
continued incitement against Israel is curtailed, according to a report
Saturday on Israel's Channel 2.
Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval
Steinitz reportedly met with members of Congress to express his
appreciation for the initiative.
"Maybe now, when there is
international recognition and a monetary threat on the aid, the
incitement will lessen," Steinitz said.
Channel 2 reported that
Israel recently turned down the offer to establish a joint action
committee with the U.S. to deal with PA incitement against Israel, due
to concerns that it would be ineffective.
Israel reportedly put
forward two conditions for its participation in such a committee:
limiting debate periods to ensure implementation of decisions, and a
focus on incitement within the official Palestinian media.
Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, told JNS.org, "How can the
U.S. justify funding a PA regime that glorifies murderers-using
American money? How can the U.S. justify giving money to a regime that
demonizes Jews as descendants of monkeys and pigs? Conditioning funding
on the end of hatred is the ethical thing to do. And hopefully the PA
will get the message that they have to choose between being a
terror-promoting entity ostracized by the U.S. and the Western
countries, like Hamas, or a sincere peace partner."
current funding of the PA "has enabled them to continue promoting hate
and terror and still be seen as a peace partner, even though the two are
inherently contradictory," added Marcus.