Ramallah’s alternative narrative rested on openly antisemitic hate speech.
By Maurice Hirsch, Adv. Palestinian Media Watch
As Palestinian Media Watch exposed, in the lead up to the May 29 Israeli celebrations to mark 55 years since the 1967 reunification of Jerusalem and its liberation from Jordanian occupation (1948-1967), the Palestinian Authority tried desperately to incite widescale violence.
Having failed in this goal, the PA then did its utmost to create an alternative narrative.
Part of the alternative narrative rested solidly on openly antisemitic hate speech referring to the 70,000+ Israelis who participated in the march as “inferior… settlers”, “monkeys” and “fools”, as published in the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, June 1, 2022:
“Thousands of Israelis, and especially the inferior among them – the settlers – participated in the Israeli [Jerusalem Day] flag march. But the general impression received by everyone is that this march was foolish and unsuccessful on all levels…
No one reacted to the lies to which the settlers clinged, and Jerusalem remained wrapped in holy garb that was not harmed despite the wild behavior of the monkeys and their leaping about…
You are not an orphan, Palestine, as the people… that initiated the stone rebellion… is not like those fools who set out on the flag march, and who do not know what fate awaits them.”
According to the PA narrative, “settler herds went wild to execute the blood dance march” and “polluted the air” of Jerusalem before leaving the city “like panicked mice fleeing from the guardians of the city”. Al Hayat wrote on May 31:
“Last Sunday [May 29, 2022] was one of the lauded days of Jerusalem, a day of freedom, peace, and implementing national sovereignty. This is despite the fact that the entire Israeli colonialist state and its leadership – with its political, military, and security echelon and its settler herds – went wild to execute the blood dance march (i.e., Jerusalem Day flag march) which is covered with the flag of the false narratMve and the illegal presence of the Israeli ethnic cleansing state…”
Al Hayat also wrote that day:
“Last Sunday [May 29, 2022] was one of the lauded days of Jerusalem, a day of freedom, peace, and implementing national sovereignty. This is despite the fact that the entire Israeli colonialist state and its leadership – with its political, military, and security echelon and its settler herds – went wild to execute the blood dance march (i.e., Jerusalem Day flag march) which is covered with the flag of the false narrative and the illegal presence of the Israeli ethnic cleansing state…”
“While thousands of settlers ‘polluted’ the air of the holy city [of Jerusalem] with flags of the occupation (refers to Jerusalem Day flag march -Ed.), a small video drone decorated the city’s skies with a Palestinian flag, until it was brought down by the occupation police…”
“The Zionists waved flags of their defeat by force of the gunpowder and army, but they left the occupied city like panicked mice fleeing from the guardians of the city and its Holy Basin…”
Shamefully, the PA’s use of antisemitic terminology to describe Jews is nothing new. PMW has documented scores of incidents in which the PA has used antisemitic terminology and tropes, including repeated references to Jews as “pigs and monkeys”.
The second part of the narrative followed the consistent PA messaging that not only Jerusalem, but rather all of Israel, is “occupied”.
Speaking about Jerusalem, PA Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh dubbed the event as a “settlers march” and added, as quoted by Al-Hayat on May 30:
“Jerusalem has been the State of Palestine’s capital throughout the years, and it will remain [so] forever. Its face, heart, and tongue are Arab, and the attempts to change its features and impose an imaginary sovereignty on it will not last against the facts of religion, history, and sanctity, as it contains the first direction of Muslim prayer, the site where Prophet [Muhammad] traveled, the site of his Ascent to Heaven, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.’”
Clearly, Shtayyeh has forgotten that no independent “State of Palestine” ever existed, and that his imaginary state never held sovereignty over Jerusalem or any other place.
He also clearly has erased from his mind that Jews have been the majority in Jerusalem for over 150 years. In fact, the British Census for Palestine, conducted in 1922, found that of Jerusalem’s 62,578 residents, 33,971 were Jews, 14,699 were Christians and only 13,413 were Muslims (“Mohammedans”).
In other words, by 1922, Jews were not just a simple majority in Jerusalem, but rather an outright majority, numbering more than all others counted together:
The headline the PA chose for the commentary of Muwaffaq Matar, a Fatah Revolutionary Council member and regular columnist for the official PA daily, also indicated the PA mindset: “The flag march of ‘the Israeli ISIS members” – a blessing in disguise”.
In the commentary itself, Matar attempted to compare and contrast the Israeli flag waving with Palestinians waving the “Palestinian flag” and argued that the “Palestinian flag” flying over “the historical and natural land of Palestine” contradicts the Israeli claims of sovereignty over “East Jerusalem in particular and Palestine in general”.
Critically, Matar added that Palestine covers all of Israel, spreading from the Galilee in the north of Israel to the Negev in the south of Israel and from Jericho in the east to Jaffa in the west:
“The heads of the [Israeli] occupation system well understand that the Palestinian flag flown anywhere on the historical and natural land of Palestine opposes their reality, which was created by force of occupation, organized state terror, and unlimited colonialist support from colonialist states that established [their state] and are interested in having them continue to provide their services as agents. [They understand] that the Palestinian flag contradicts their claims of sovereignty over East Jerusalem in particular and Palestine in general – from the Galilee to the Negev (i.e., regions in Israel), from Jericho to the shores of Jaffa (i.e., an Israeli city).”
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