Settlers tell Netanyahu: Block Palestinian media broadcasts
The head of the main settlement council in the West Bank wrote to the prime minister calling on him to block official Palestinian media broadcasts, following the testimony of a terrorist who admitted he had been incited after watching Palestinian television.
Yesha Council head Avi Roeh on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling on him, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan to block official Palestinian media broadcasts.
The request came following the testimony of the 15-year-old terrorist who stabbed Dafna Meir to death in Otniel, in which he admitted he had been incited to murder a Jew after watching Palestinian television.
Roeh's letter requests that Israel either bar Palestinian Authority broadcasts, or that it disrupt them by technological or physical means.
"We hear again and again about the continuous incitement in official Palestinian media," Roeh wrote. "This incitement goes on undisturbed, and glorifies the names of murderers, praises terror attacks, features images of Jews as sub-human with nauseating characteristics and lies about the State of Israel, saying that Arabs who carry out attacks are innocent and that the Jews have taken control of the Temple Mount."
There has been considerable incitement on Palestinian television channels over the last few years, especially during the last few months since the start of the escalation.
The incitement has served to stoke the coals of the intifada and follows numerous attempts by Hamas to ignite an uprising in the West Bank over the last few years.
Channels such as Al-Aqsa TV, Palestine al-Yom and al-Quds, which are based in the Gaza Strip, carry daily broadcasts with short interludes that unequivocally encourage attacks against Israelis.
One clip shows the bodies of all female Palestinian terrorists that were killed while attempting stabbing attacks. It ended with the caption: "We swear to take revenge for Raqiya Abu Eid" (the girl who attempted to carry out a stabbing attack last Sunday at Anathoth and was shot and killed). Alongside the caption was an image of a bloody knife.
Another video incorporates the funerals of terrorists while in the background there is a song praising them. There are, of course, endless clips dedicated to specific terrorists that are presented as almost superhuman heroes. Moreover, the news of every attack is carried live with songs of joy and praise to the martyrs.
And then there are videos designed to sow hatred of IDF soldiers and settlers. The videos usually show staged situations in which actors play settlers or soldiers abusing, humiliating or shooting innocent Palestinians at checkpoints, markets or in the street.
The 15-year-old who killed Dafna Meir said that in the time leading up to the attack, he watched Palestinian television, where Israel was presented as a country that "kills young Palestinians."
Following the release of the testimony, which was cleared for publication on Sunday, the Shin Bet responded: "The serious consequences of the terror attack demonstrate once again the severity of the threat caused by the out-of-control incitement in the Palestinian press against the State of Israel and the Jews, which provokes lone terrorists into committing acts of murder and serious terror attacks."