“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
While Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, his political party Fatah and the terrorist group Hamas incite violence against Israel and the Jewish People, Palestinian music, video games, social media and political cartoons continuously fan the flames.
The Palestinian Authority official newspaper, Al Hayat al Jadida, which is under control of so-called moderate Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas, glorifies violence by depicting in cartoons a message easily understood by even children: continue stoning and driving over Jewish Israelis.
Of course, this message isn’t limited to the PA newspaper. The use of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel cartoons in the Arab and Palestinian media is widespread and demonstrates no restraint.
The latest incitements to violence are in reaction to charges that the Jews are planning to destroy the al-Aqsa Temple Mount mosque and an outcry against the presence of Jews on the Temple Mount.
For example, last week’s grisly terrorist attack in a Jerusalem synagogue where Jews were reciting morning prayer was celebrated in the Hamas-affiliated social media with cartoons. The cartoons depicted the attack as being a response to Jewish demands to worship on the Temple Mount and, thus, as a defense of a presumed threat to the al-Aqsa Mosque.
Five men—four Jewish worshipers and one Druze policeman—were murdered by two Palestinian terrorists.
In the following typical cartoon, a father is seen before the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount sitting by an Israeli police barrier.
The father is handing his son a slingshot and instructing him to use it, saying, “Purification before prayer is performed with stones.”
Another depicts a man standing atop the Dome shooting a slingshot while giving blood to the Dome through an infusion line.
While slinging stones may seem rather tame in comparison to the use of actual weapons or even Molotov Cocktails, they can be lethal. In September of 2011 Asher Palmer and his infant son were killed when stones were thrown at their car.
Such cartoons, which appear in Arabic, are not in conflict with Abbas’ true goals and values; for example, in a cartoon published on November 6 on an official Fatah Facebook page, Abbas’s Fatah party used the word “da’es,” which means “run over,” to encourage street violence. The word “da’es” is smaller to “da’esh,” or Islamic State. In the cartoon, the Aqsa Mosque appears in the background and underneath are printed the words, “Hit the gas at 199 [km/h] for al Aqsa.” (JPost)
Many cartoons, such as the one below, depict Jews fleeing from or murdered by terrorists in cars.
This is a clear incitement to terror. Sadly, it has in fact “succeeded.” On November 10, a Palestinian terrorist tried to run over Israeli Dalia Lemkus. Because he was unsuccessful at killing her with his car, he got out and stabbed her repeatedly.
Sadly, incitement to violence is nothing new for Palestinian President Abbas.
For years, Abbas has shown one face to the Western media and quite another to the Palestinian people and Muslim world. While his statements in the Western press indicate support for a two-state solution, in Arabic he continues to encourage Palestinians to use any means including violence and terror to remove the Jewish “entity.”
Of course, Hamas is no stranger to such incitement, either. Recently it produced an animated music video that warns, “Zionist run away, run away Zionist. You are about to be killed by a car.”
The lyrics include:
“Zionist, you and not another
Look right, look left, be careful
A car emerges from all sides
Picks you up to your grave
An angry car is coming toward you
Run for your life
You chose [this] so bear responsibility
Run away because you are about to die” (Arutz Sheva)
Another song exhorts, “Run over, run over the 2-month-old baby girl—that’s how we get back at them,” reported Israel’s Channel 2 News in July.
Just a few months later, a terrorist rammed his car into the stroller of 3-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun and a crowd of people at a train stop, killing her and a 22-year old woman from Ecuador.