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Sunday, January 20, 2008

No to hate, No to incitement, No to racism, no to government sponsored dehumanizing of a people.

When will peace prevail in the Middle East? When hatred and incitement stops.

The Arab and Muslim states have been getting away with the level of antisemitic incitement since the beginning of the last century. For almost a hundred years the combined propaganda machine of Arabs and Muslims has colluded in a mission to dehumanize Jews in general and Israelis in particular.

Europeans, Americans and the rest of the civilized world have been writing off Jew-hatred that oozes from Arab and Muslim newspapers, textbooks, television, sermons and Internet sites to "cultural differences". Not so! You cannot explain the most venomous Jew-hatred percolate every facet of Arab and Muslim public and private pastime.

It's time to stop making excuses and make Arab and Muslim countries understand that
their institutional antisemitism is unacceptable.

Palestinian Authority is a good place to start. Dr. Elihu Richter agrees on the pages of JPost:

AT ITS worst, incitement includes the dehumanization of Jews as "monkeys and pigs," the dissemination of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and maps without Israel; Holocaust denial and propagation of many of the classic motifs of anti-Semitism, in which Israel and Zionism have replaced "Jews" as targets. Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's calls to wipe Israel off the map, along with his Holocaust denials, are the tip of the iceberg.

An end to state-sponsored incitement to terror belongs right on top of the negotiating agenda, before any discussions on borders, settlements, refugees, Jerusalem, and all the other issues. The first "confidence-building measure" should be ending incitement, cutting off funding for those spreading such incitement, and prosecuting those who propagate hatred, not only in the PA, but its hinterland in Egypt and Jordan, and, yes, Saudi Arabia.

As The Jerusalem Post reported, even "moderate" Arab papers showcased anti-Semitic cartoons ahead of the Annapolis summit.

THE FOLLOWING phrases have yet to enter the lexicon of the negotiating process: "Incitement kills," "An end to incitement," "Incitement is toxic" and "Incitement makes genocidal terrorists."

Israel should be demanding an end to funding by US, EU and UN agencies of all institutions of learning and education that tolerate or issue hate language. Until Saudi Arabia and Egypt put an end to the propagation of the ugly anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish motifs in their mosques, texts, universities and media, neither should have any credibility as a participant or intermediary in any peace process.

Israel - and the world community - need to demand as the first "core issue" that we apply public health models of surveillance to identify and ban the use of hate language and incitement.

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