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British leaders debate Palestinian hate incitement and funding of PA

( Leaders in the British Parliament recently held a debate examining Palestinian hate incitement and the funding their country provides to the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Several British MPs (Members of Parliament) used documentation provided by Palestinian Media Watch to point to examples of Palestinian hate incitement during the debate.

Conservative MP Gordon Henderson pointed to several instances where PA television aired broadcasts depicting Israel as an ogre with a Star of David skull cap that impales and eats Palestinian children in Gaza; a video glorifying terrorist Ibrahim Hamid, who planned a series of suicide bombings that killed 46 Israelis; and a video of a mother dressing her son as a suicide bomber.

“It is clear that a culture of hate has wormed its way into the very fibre of Palestinian society…Incitement takes many forms. It ranges from the denial of Israel’s right to exist to the abhorrent glorification of violence and infamous Palestinian terrorists,” MP Henderson said, according to PMW.

Additional concern was raised by the MPs over funding of the PA. They cited British Prime Minister David Cameron’s position of denying funds to support hate incitement.

PMW, however, claims that funding provided by Britain to the PA’s general budget has supported PA-sponsored events glorifying terrorists.

“Contrary to PM Cameron’s assertion that ‘Britain will never support’ anyone who glorifies terror, it is supporting the PA, which glorifies terror almost daily,” PMW wrote.

Responding to the debate, Alistair Burt, Britain’s Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, took a different tone, acknowledging the problem but arguing that hate incitement is a symptom, not a problem, according to PMW.

“Some material was shocking and offensive,” Burt said. “It has no place in any political or historical discourse in which any credible democratic authority has a part. But my deep and genuine worry is that this incitement is not simply a cause of separation between peoples and hatred; I am afraid that it is a symptom of it.”

The issues of Palestinian hate incitement and funding of the PA have also been debated in Norway recently following a Norwegian television news report highlighting PMW’s findings there.


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