Bowing to U.S. pressure, Abbas announces 10 month freeze on incitement & antisemitism


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced on Wednesday that the PA would impose a 10-month partial freeze on incitement and antisemitism in the West Bank, characterizing the move as a bid to restart stalled peace talks with Israel.

A statement released by the PA included the following:

“As part of our efforts to give impetus to peace talks with Israel and promote good relations with the United States, the PA will ask the Palestinian Propaganda Ministry to approve a limited suspension on officially sanctioned glorification of terror for a period of ten months.” 

“I hope that this decision will help launch meaningful negotiations to reach a peace agreement that would finally end the conflict between the Palestinians and the Jewish state”, Abbas said at a press conference hastily arranged shortly after it was announced that Barack Obama was re-elected.

“Incitement and antisemtism have been key sticking points in U.S. efforts to restart Middle East peace talks, and this brave decision has historic implications”, said U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton in a statement released after Abbas’s announcement.

However, at the press conference announcing the freeze, Abbas did note that the “far-reaching and painful” move to temporarily end official PA incitement to violence, and anti-Jewish racism, would not be implemented in East Jerusalem, only in the West Bank.

“We do not put any restrictions on perpetuating a culture of hate and terrorism in our future capital,” the President said.

The freeze applies only to new expressions of racism and incitement, as Abbas asserted it would be impossible to undue generations of antisemitic indoctrination already inculcated into Palestinian society.

Similarly, Abbas noted that they will not halt the sale of existing antisemitic publications, such as the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, which are essential for a normal life of bigotry and scapegoating in the PA, but will certainly cease to publish new editions of the antisemitic forgery. (iPad versions of ‘Protocols’ will also be exempted from the ban.)

To clarify the parameters of the new policy, the PA issued an order detailing what is included, and what is not included, in the 10-month moratorium.

Demonization of Jews:

No new portrayals of Jews as apes and pigs in the PA media and schools will be allowed during the freeze. (However, there will be no end to portrayals of Jews using other animal forms, such as an octopus or any other similar animal in the cephalopod mollusc family.)

No new characterizations of Jews and Judaism evil in the PA media and schools will be permitted. (However, characterizations of Jews as merely ‘satanic’ will be permitted.)

No new characterizations of Israel as a “cancer” in the PA media and schools will be allowed. (However, other deadly diseases can be used as metaphors to advance the narrative of that Zionism is a threat to the moral health of the world.  The PA Health Ministry will work with the Ministry of Propaganda to iron out any confusion regarding this policy.)

Libels

No new accusations that Israel spreads AIDS will be permitted. (However, Israel can still be accused of spreading other sexually transmitted diseases in the PA.)

No new accusations that Israel is conspiring to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque will be allowed. (However, denying that there was ever a Temple in Jerusalem will still be permitted.)

No new accusations that Israel steals organs from Palestinians will be permitted. (However, this should not be interpreted as a blanket ban on all blood libels against Jews.)

No new accusations that Israel conducts Nazi-like experiments on Palestinian prisoners will be permitted. (However, other Israel-Nazi comparisons will still be permitted.)

No new expressions of Holocaust denial will be permitted (However, other abuses of Holocaust memory will be allowed.)

Depicting a world without Israel. 

No new maps will be published in the media or in schoolbooks which airbrush out Israel’s existence. (However, other forms of denying Israel’s right to exist will be permitted.)

No new expressions of support for violence and Shahada will be permitted. (However, existing street signs, schools and town squares named after terrorists who murdered Jews will not be taken down or changed.)

Immediately following Abbas’s announcement, powerful pro-antisemtism groups in the PA protested throughout Ramallah.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu immediately announced that he would demand the 10-month freeze on PA sanctioned Jew hatred, and calls for violence, be extended indefinitely as a pre-condition for any future peace talks.

65 comments on “Bowing to U.S. pressure, Abbas announces 10 month freeze on incitement & antisemitism

    • Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are a violation of international humanitarian law (article 49, paragraph 6 of the Fourth Geneva Convention), as confirmed by the International Court of Justice, several UN Security Council resolutions and the ICRC.

      • You should learn a little about what you make public before you post your ignorance. Israel is not occupying any land that belongs to a “High Contracting Party”, an absolute necessity for the fourth Geneva Convention to apply.

        Also all the disputed lands (and you can add Jordan to that by the way) belong to Israel (So Israelis are free to settle there). Those lands were given to Israel as part of the mandate. The mandate is the controlling legal authority and has never been amended or rescinded.

          • Thank you for the link Nat, which I have read with interest. This how it starts:
            “Annexe 1: Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention
            Declaration

            Geneva, 5 December 2001

            1. This Declaration reflects the common understanding reached by the participating High Contracting Parties to the reconvened Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention. The Conference of 15 July 1999, recommended by United Nations’ General Assembly Resolution ES-10/6 in an Emergency Special Session, issued a statement as follows …” Blah blah.

            A UNGA resolution is not binding in international law. Period.
            Can you cite any other BINDING legal authority? This stuff you refer us to is pseudo law otherwise.

          • Nat I am actually shocked that you would show your ignorance even more by posting this. In addition to the excellent point made by Joshua, you should realize two things:

            1) The Fourth Geneva Convention says what it says. No other group can come in, make claims that it says something other than what it says and then expect to be taken seriously by reasonable people. For some reason you did take it seriously which speaks volumes about you.

            2) You cite the ICRC as a source. Given that historically they certified Nazi Concentration camps as humane, lied about Deir Yassin (even Bir Zeit University admitted this) and in general have been hostile to Israel I would not cite them at all regarding Israel if you want to have any credibility.

          • Israeli settlements are in violation of article 49 (6) of the 4th Geneva Convention. Article 49 (6 ) of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits a state from transferring parts of its own civilian population to territory it occupies, does not merely prohibit the occupying state from forcefully transferring parts of its population; it also prohibits any action by the occupier which facilitates such transfer.

            The International Court of Justice, the ICRC and several resolutions of the UN Security Council confirmed that settlements are illegal.

          • Nat – As I told you previously and you choose to “dance around”, the Fourth Geneva Convention does not apply since Israel is not in any way occupying the land of a “High Contracting Party”. That is an absolute necessity for the Fourth Geneva Convention to apply.

            I could repeat other things that have been previously mentioned but i will not waste my time. I will simply conclude that “confirmations” by any organization that the settlements are illegal would be just as valid as “confirming” that “2 + 2 = 1,555,321.34″

          • Nat – Regarding your comments about Deir Yassin, you should no better than to quote Wikipedia about anything. It is an awful source of information. As it is that source quotes Morris who has since “changed sides” and Khalidi.

            However, you might be interested int he fact that that great “sionistic” insitution, Bir Zeit University also contradicts the lie you would have us believe. Check this out:

            Knaana Sherif, The Palestinian villages destroyed in 1948 – Deir Yassin. Bir Zeit University, Documentation and Research Department 1987

          • Nats comes up every two months with the same fakes about the Convention, ICC and ICRC, in hope to impress and delude somebody, though it is refuted each time.
            As every believing Anti-Semite he ignores everything which contradicts his beliefs.
            Otherwise …

          • Fritz, since when have international human rights law and international humanitarian law become “antisemite”? Please explain.

          • Fritz, Israeli settlements are in violation of article 49 (6) of the 4th Geneva Convention. Article 49 (6 ) of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits a state from transferring parts of its own civilian population to territory it occupies, does not merely prohibit the occupying state from forcefully transferring parts of its population; it also prohibits any action by the occupier which facilitates such transfer.

            The International Court of Justice, the ICRC, several resolutions of the UN Security Council and the reconvened Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions all declared that Israeli settlements are in violation of international law.

      • And Nazi-like eliminationist Anti-Semitism is soooo liberal and humanitarian these days that even Nat endorses it. Must be great to have principles that are so meaningless you can wear them like a throw-away fashion accessory. (Bet you loved Gadaffi too – probably sported one of those LSE caps in solidarity with the esteemed ‘brother leader’when those sychophantic academics handed him one. Wouldn’t wipe your arse on it now though – but that’s fashion for you – fickle and shallow – no what I mean Nat?)

        • Groovy, Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are a violation of international humanitarian law (article 49, paragraph 6 of the Fourth Geneva Convention), as confirmed by the International Court of Justice, several UN Security Council resolutions and the ICRC.

          • Nat: You say “several UN Security Council resolutions”? Can you let us know whether the resolution(s) were/was under Chapter Vl (non-binding) or Chapter Vll (questionably non-binding)of the UN Charter?
            As for the ICJ 2004 advisory opinion – it is just that ,a non-binding opinion.Read the ICJ website.
            Can you still support your argument?

          • Joshua, Israeli settlements are in violation of article 49 (6) of the 4th Geneva Convention. Article 49 (6 ) of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits a state from transferring parts of its own civilian population to territory it occupies, does not merely prohibit the occupying state from forcefully transferring parts of its population; it also prohibits any action by the occupier which facilitates such transfer.

            The International Court of Justice, the ICRC and several resolutions of the UN Security Council confirmed that settlements are illegal.

            Numerous UN resolutions have stated that the building and existence of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights are a violation of international law, including UN Security Council resolutions in 1979 and 1980. The reconvened Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions has declared the settlements illegal

          • To be even more precise, UN resolutions stating that the building and existence of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights are a violation of international law, include resolutions 446, 452, 465, 471 and 476.

          • Reconvened, laughable.
            This small conference had only something to declare, but without any relevance. You fake as usual.

        • Nat: You need to understand the difference between an opinion and a judgment. People intending to take legal action asks a lawyer or barrister for an opinion on the law. If the lawyer is good and the “opinion ” is strongly in the clent’s favour, he/she will go on with the case to either try to settle on his/her terms or will go to fight in court. If it is weak, the client may be advised to decide to either settle or withdraw. If one is not satisfied one can go to another lawyer. That lawyer could analyse the law differently and conclude very differently. It’s not a binding decision.

          The ICJ’s jurisdiction is limited. (see the ICJ website).The 2004 Opinion condemns Israel. That’s true. But was the Court dealing with ALL the issues or was it partisan to one side’s case to be of any help? An opinion is supposed to help the parties resolve a dispute. It is not binding.

          Contracting States can bring cases to the ICJ to mediate or rule on points of international law. Thart’s different to an opinion. The PA is not a contracting state.

          As far as the legal position is concerned the settlements are simply NOT illegal.There may be other grounds to argue that land should be partitioned to pave the way for a 2 state result . A lot of Israelis favoured this solution right from the start. It’s been a constant shame that this has yet to be reciprocated. And before you start blaming Israel, it’s worth listening to Abd Al-Bari Atwan talk on how Arafat promised him that he would turn Oslo into a curse for the Israelis. Ahem…

          If anything this should tell you why settlements in “illegal” territory may not be quite the problem you keep asserting Nat.

          • The other thing about the 2004 ICJ opinion is that the ICJ did not even have jurisdiction to hear the case. That they did anyways merely shows they wanted to condemn Israel and did not care about the rule of law.

            • David, I agree with you. There is a difference between international opinion and binding international law. Nat’s “law” is part of the former, which if that opinion held sway would move to vote Israel out of existence

          • Joshua, Israeli settlements are in violation of article 49 (6) of the 4th Geneva Convention. Article 49 (6 ) of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which prohibits a state from transferring parts of its own civilian population to territory it occupies, does not merely prohibit the occupying state from forcefully transferring parts of its population; it also prohibits any action by the occupier which facilitates such transfer.

            The International Court of Justice, the ICRC, several resolutions of the UN Security Council and the reconvened Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions all declared that Israeli settlements are in violation of international law.

            • You are sounding like a scratched record! You refer to pseudo non-binding international law. If a vote took place tomorrow at the UN that Israel should withdraw to the city boundaries of Tel Aviv, a clutz like you would consider that legal, because the so-called international community voted on it? I’m tired of this nonsense Nat. Your argument would have more truck if you referred to some of the social implications of the law, than to keep on refuting it and putting Israel in the dock. Not a single word from you about how corrupt the PA has been or how genocidal it and Hamas are. No context whatsoever and no question from you about flagrant breaches of international humanitarian law those organisations and patron states of those organisations are. According to you Israel should “withdraw” and unconditionally. Well it’s not likely to, is it ? Nuff said.

      • Any international “humanitarian” law that forbids Jews from living and working anywhere in the world is tyrannical and something that decent people should fight.

        • Somehow I’m doubting you support the right of Muslims to live and work anywhere in the world … There’s a word for that.

          • I didn’t read into Matt’s comment any anti-muslim sentiment. You are building a castle in the air.This is a figment of your imagination Pretz. Wakey wakey.!

          • What we do know Pretz,is that Jews are barred from living in certain countries and are even barred from visiting. While every country has undesirables e.g. George Galloway in Canada, Muslims are free to live in most places including Israel. What was your point again?

          • I quote Joshua:

            “What we do know Pretz,is that Jews are barred from living in certain countries and are even barred from visiting.”

            Can you please let us know which countries prohibit Jews from living on their territory or visiting it?

            I have never heard of any. I know Jewish people who visited or have lived in Iran, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian territory, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen…

        • Matt,

          Israelis who wish to live in the Palestinian territory are free to apply for a residency permit from the Palestinian Authority.

          However Israelis who live in settlements do so in violation of international humanitarian law.

    • I quote Another Joshua:

      “What we do know Pretz,is that Jews are barred from living in certain countries and are even barred from visiting.”

      Can you please let us know which countries prohibit Jews from living on their territory or visiting it?

      I know Jewish people who visited or have lived in Iran, Saudi Arabia, the Palestinian territory, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen… so I’m a bit clueless as to which country Another Joshua is referring.

    • Far more credible satire:

      Israeli Prime Minister Bibi announced on Wednesday that Israel would impose a 10-month partial freeze on settlements and settler violence against Palestinian civilians – including children – in the West Bank, characterizing the move as a bid to restart stalled peace talks with the Palestinian Authority and to restore Israel’s image overseas.

      A statement released by Bibi included the following:

      “As part of our efforts to give impetus to peace talks with the Palestinian Authority and promote good relations with the United States, Israel will ask the Settlerments and Outposts Ministry to approve a limited suspension on officially sanctioned glorification of settler violence for a period of ten months.”

      “I hope that this decision will help launch meaningful negotiations to reach a peace agreement that would finally end the conflict between the Palestinians and the Jewish state”, Bibi said at a press conference hastily arranged shortly after it was announced that Barack Obama was re-elected.

      “Outposts and settler violence have been key sticking points in U.S. efforts to restart Middle East peace talks, and this brave decision has historic implications”, said the U.S. Secretary of State in a statement released after Bibi’s announcement.

      However, at the press conference announcing the freeze, Bibi did note that the “far-reaching and painful” move to temporarily end settler violence and racism, would not be implemented in Jerusalem, only in the West Bank.

      “We do not put any restrictions on perpetuating a culture of settlements in East Jerusalem, because it is located outside our future capital of West Jerusalem,” he said.

      The freeze applies only to new expressions of racism and incitment to violence , as Bibi asserted it would be impossible to undue generations of far rightist indoctrination already inculcated into parts of settler society.

  1. “As part of our efforts to give impetus to peace talks with Israel and promote good relations with the United States, the PA will ask the Palestinian Propaganda Ministry to approve a limited suspension on officially sanctioned glorification of terror for a period of ten months.”

    Surely not. Are you telling me that up until now the Palestinian Propaganda Ministry approved officially sanctioned glorification of terror?

    I’m shocked!

  2. What? Another one of those “hudnas” (which Israel of course will be blamed for being unreasonable and breaching)!?

    Certainly an admission of institutionalised racism if ever there was one though.

  3. “Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu immediately announced that he would demand the 10-month freeze on PA sanctioned Jew hatred, and calls for violence, be extended indefinitely as a pre-condition for any future peace talks.”

    That’s a good start.

    • One can only hope Jews like you finally get a Jew Free Paradise they’ve always pined for. It’s not that ethnic cleansing is so wrong, it’s just so…..public?

    • Seems to me until now Obama tried it and fell on his face. On the other hand he got a very nice kicking from Bibi appreciated by the US congress.

    • I’m an American citizen, voted in the election and am entitled to my views. there will be no apologies coming from me about my continuing involvement in the US political process.

      • Adam slightly off topic but a genuine question.
        As the election for President was on an electoral college basis and not who got the most popular votes, how do they count your vote?
        Are you in a electoral college for Americans abroad? Or is your vote counted in the electoral college where you last lived/registered?

  4. So they promise not to carry out any antisemitic ethnic cleansing pogroms except of course for where they don’t. That’s pretty good. Do they work for The Tablet, the BBC, J-Street or the Nazis?

    • Incredible. The entire article is satire.

      But still this comment gets support. A sad reflection on those posters with the thumbs up.

      • You are right Pretz! It’s sometimes difficult to detect fact from fiction isn’t it ? The point is , that it is not that absurd when one puts together the grotesque nature of what Israel is up against and what it has had to put up with.
        Nat could not see the “funny” side of it and thought he/she could be clever and funny at the same time. Funny and clever!? Nat? Perish the thought!

  5. “Netanyahu immediately announced that he would demand the 10-month freeze… be extended indefinitely as a pre-condition for any future peace talks.” That right-wing, intransigent, hawkish Bibi!

  6. After the 10 months were up, Abbas announced, http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=5490
    PA TV: Western Wall area to be turned into Arab housing neighborhood.
    Palestinian Authority TV:
    Western Wall area to be turned into Arab housing neighborhood -Jewish presence in Jerusalem will be erased from history.
    Aug. 17, 2011

    Abbas announced more measures of peace for Nat.

    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=1526

    Abbas honors terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, killer of 37
    12/31/09
    This week Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas once again honored the memory of the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi – this time by sponsoring a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of her birth. Mughrabi led the worst terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians. Present at the ceremony were Palestinian dignitaries and a children’s marching band. Earlier this year, Abbas sponsored a computer center named after Mughrabi.
    The PA further glorified Mughrabi on the date of her birth when the Governor of Ramallah announced the naming of the “Dalal Mughrabi Square”.

    http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=2531

    Abbas honors mastermind of Munich Olympics massacre
    Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    July 6, 2010

    Abbas also announced his support for PA Mufti’s.

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/151758

    PA Religious Official Publicly Calls for Genocide of Jews
    PA’s principal religious leader presents the killing of Jews by Muslims as a religious Islamic goal.
    Elad Benari
    1/16/2011

  7. Abbas showed Nat again that he is a moderate.

    http://www.palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=3351

    PA continues to teach denial of Israel’s existence
    Oct 5, 2010
    Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
    Last week, PA TV rebroadcast an educational documentary that has been broadcast numerous times since 2007. The documentary describes the Israeli cities of Haifa, Acre, Ashkelon, Jaffa and the Sea of Galilee as Palestinian.

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