Thursday, November 29, 2007

Palestinian Authority TV: Map Erasing Israel

Only 1 day following Israeli and Palestinian leaders at the Annapolis peace conference pledged to negotiate a peace treaty by the end of 2008 Mahmoud Abbas Palestinian Authority continues to paint a picture for its people of a world without Israel.

An information clip produced by the Palestinian Authority Central Bureau of Statistics and rebroadcast on Abbas controlled Palestinian television, shows a map in which Israel is painted in colors of the Palestinian flag, symbolizing Israel turned into a Palestinian state.

The description of all the state of Israel as Palestinian is not coincidental and is part of a formal, systematic educational approach throughout the Palestinian authority. This uniform message of a world without Israel is repeated in school books, children's programs, crossword puzzles, video clips, formal symbols, school and street names, etc. The picture painted for the Palestinian population both verbally and visually is of a world without Israel.

The fact that this campaign continues before the ink on the Annapolis agreement is even dry appears to contradict the central promise of the Palestinians at the Annapolis conference---that Israel has a right to exist.

Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, Nov. 28, 2007 Palestinian Media Watch