Incitement against Israel in the Palestinian Authority – a key but underrated factor in the ongoing war of terrorism against Israel – continues on many planes and from various angles. Three examples of the past few days:
1. A report by the Gaza-based PCHR (Palestinian Center for Human Rights). This past Saturday night, IDF forces saved unsuspecting Israeli motorists from Arab-thrown Molotov-cocktails (firebombs) – often used by guerrilla fighters against tanks – when they shot and killed one terrorist and wounded another.
This is how the PCHR reported it:
"In excessive use of force, on Saturday, 31 January 2015, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian boy and wounded and arrested another one in Burin village, south of Nablus. According to PCHR's investigations and eyewitnesses' accounts, Israeli forces could have used less lethal means against the boy as they did with his friend… PCHR strongly condemns this crime which is part of Israel's policy of using excessive force against Palestinian civilians in disregard for their lives. Furthermore, PCHR calls upon the international community to take immediate and effective actions to stop the Israeli crimes…"
The referred-to friend, similarly engaged in attempting to murder Israelis, was lightly wounded in the same incident. As PCHR reported, he and a third accomplice were arrested in their homes at 2:30 AM, hours after the incident. Just six weeks ago, 11-year-old Ayala Shapira was critically wounded in a firebomb attack in the Shomron (Samaria); still hospitalized in intensive care, she no longer requires a respirator to breathe, is conscious most of the time, and communicates with her parents without speaking.
2. In his regular column for the official PA daily Al-Hayyat Al-Jadida , PA Ambassador to India Adli Sadeq presented his view of Hezbollah's bombing last week in which two IDF soldiers were killed:
"We do not deny our joy at the fact that this quarrelsome occupation [i.e., Israel – ed.] received a limited response [the bombing that killed two soldiers – ed.]… The Palestinians followed the developments of [the] event together, full of hope that the [Hezbollah] resistance fighters would capture Israeli soldiers and would hold them in order to exchange them [for imprisoned Palestinian Arab terrorists]…
3. Three weeks ago, a sports festival organized by Fatah and the PLO provided an opportunity to "renew our commitment and loyalty to the blood of the Martyrs," as PLO representative Abu Zaid said in specific reference to two terrorists who murdered 46 Israelis between them.
The festival included a tournament named after Raed Al-Karmi and Dalal Mughrabi. The former was responsible for the murder of nine Israelis in several attacks 2001 and 2002, while Dalal Mughrabi led the Coastal Road Massacre of 1978, in which 37 Israelis were murdered, including 12 children.
Israeli officials have long demanded international supervision of PA media, speeches and events, in order to rein in anti-Israel incitement to murder. A number of lethal or near-lethal attacks over the past several months have been carried out by individuals with no ties to known terrorist organizations, motivated simply by the desire to murder Israelis.