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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Israel Has an Incitement Problem

Israel Has an Incitement Problem

by Yoni Mendel
In Israeli public discourse, the phrase “Palestinian incitement” makes an appearance time and again. One can hear it in the news by members of both the coalition and the opposition, it is seen as an immutable fact by pundits, and it is highly prioritized by analysts at various think tanks. Suffice it to say that much of this incitement focuses on delegitimizing Israel and rejecting its existence.
Here are just a few examples of “Palestinian incitement” from the past month: after a fatal vehicular attack in Jerusalem, an Israeli think tank, Palestinian Media Watch, concluded that the attack stemmed from Palestinian incitement against Israel. In January three Israeli parliamentarians, Oded Forer (Yisrael Beiteinu), Moti Yogev (Jewish Home), and Amir Ohana (Likud), along with the International Legal Forum, led a hearing in the Knesset’s Education, Culture, and Sports Committee on incitement in Palestinian textbooks in East Jerusalem. That same month, MK Aliza Levi (Yesh Atid) led a Knesset hearing on incitement in UNRWA’s Palestinian schools. Members of the Center for Middle East Research presented the report they wrote on the issue.

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