Dinsdag, September 6, 2005
Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin, September 6, 2005.
Palestinian Authority (PA) hatred of the United States is so deeply ingrained in
its ideology that it continues to openly promote vicious anti-American hatred –
even right after signing a deal to receive $50 million in direct aid from the US.
Radio and television sermons by senior PA religious officials in the past week
have presented the US as foremost among the “heretical” countries, and as an
enemy trying to dismantle the Islamic world.
In the presence of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, one religious leader called for
Iraqis to intensify terrorist uprisings against American soldiers.
The timing of these anti-US sermons is particularly significant – and not just
because they come on the heels of the $50-million grant from the US. The PA
has received considerable worldwide criticism for the hatred and calls for
violence in its official sermons. In recent months, it has been reported that the
texts of these sermons are now presented to PA officials for approval before
the public broadcasts.
The following is the report of the recent signing of an agreement for $50 million
in US aid to the PA, followed by the two Palestinian Authority sermons of
September 2, 2005.
“The [Palestinian] National Authority yesterday signed an agreement with the
US Government, to the value of 50 million dollars. According to the agreement,
Washington will provide the National Authority with a grant for funding housing
and infrastructure projects. On the Palestinian side, Finance Minister Dr. Salam
Fayad, signed [the agreement] and for the American side, the US Consul
General, Jacob Willis, and the vice manager of the US Agency for International
Development, David Harden, signed the agreement”.
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, August 25, 2005]
Yusuf Abu Sneina, Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque:
“Anyone who watches
closely the nature of our world today, can see that the heretical countries – first
and foremost, the USA – have succeeded greatly in tearing our Islamic world
apart by disintegrating and splitting up more than one Islamic state, intending to
weaken it, disperse [its citizens] and plunder its resources. It is terrorism, and
there’s no choice but to fight it.
As regards Iraq, there is much to say about it. The USA has composed a draft
of the Iraqi Constitution in a way that it will serve US interests and enhance the
disintegration of Iraq’s unity. The new constitution includes federal solutions,
which are dividing Iraq into small countries.
A federal government hides behind it; the seeds of a future civil war. The USA
is planning to rule Saudi Arabia and disintegrate it, too, despite the close
friendly relations between the two countries…
Is the USA going to fulfill its ambitions and aggressive plans? And, for how
long shall the submission and surrender to the plans of the enemies of the
[Yusuf Abu Sneina, Voice of Palestine, September 2, 2005.]
Yusuf Jum’a Salamah, PA Minister of the Waqf and Religious Affairs, in the
presence of Mahmoud Abbas and other senior PA officials:
“We say to the dear, heroic Iraqi nation, turn this incident [the accidental death
of 1,000 Iraqis] into an opportunity for resisting [term regularly used by PA to
describe terrorist attacks] the [American] occupation, for uniting families, for
unifying the forces and for opposition to the policy of dismantling Iraq and
dividing it geographically.”
[Yusuf Jum’a Salamah, Official Friday sermon, PA TV, September 2, 2005]