The PA Promotes Terror, the UK Pays for It

(Times of Israel) Gordon Henderson - A culture of hate has wormed its way into the very fiber of Palestinian society. Incitement is pervasive in Palestinian school textbooks, on television programs and at cultural and sporting events. Palestinians have been consistently and unremittingly taught to hate Jews, Israel and the West, with maps replacing the State of Israel with "Palestine," images of children carrying weapons, and cultural events named in honor of notorious Palestinian terrorists. The PA financially rewards terrorism by paying a monthly salary to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons convicted of terror offenses. The more horrific your terrorist activity and the more Israelis you killed, the larger your salary. These payments are partly funded by the British taxpayer since they come from the PA's general budget, into which the UK contributes more than 30 million pounds each year. What chance does a faltering peace process stand if one of the parties makes it official policy to circulate material denouncing their supposed peace partner? Ultimately, incitement amounts to the abuse of Palestinian children. No peace agreement will be able to guarantee peace if a generation of Palestinians is growing up indoctrinated to hate Israel. We must insist, as policy, that the PA ends the indoctrination of its youth with views that jeopardize a future of peaceful coexistence. The writer, a British Conservative MP, is a member of Conservative Friends of Israel.

2013-03-01 00:00:00

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