In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ileana
Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) described how anti-Israel and anti-Semitic
incitement reduces the likelihood of a breakthrough in the peace
process, and why the Palestinian authority needs to stop those practices
in a press release:
generating and allowing Palestinian incitement against Israelis and the
democratic Jewish State of Israel, Abu Mazen and the Palestinian
Authority instigate violence and put peace further out of reach. Their
words and actions stand in stark contrast to the many wonderful and
admirable people trying to increase cooperation between Israelis and
Palestinians, and we thank those working to encourage tolerance, reduce
prejudices, and create peace through education and mutual understanding.
We urge Abu Mazen and the Palestinian Authority to stop incitement,
condemn any anti-Semitic remarks, and reform their educational system to
root out any incitement rhetoric that undermines any progress towards a
This resolution has the bipartisan support of 65 cosponsors in the House of Representatives, including 26 Democrats and 39 Republicans.
Of Note: Recent examples
of inciteful rhetoric by the Palestinian Authority include President
Mahmoud Abbas praising those who killed Israelis as “heroes” and
accusing Jews of being a “contaminating” presence on the Temple Mount.
Summary by Eric Revell
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