The official newspaper of the ruling “Moderate” Palestinian Authority, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, is running cartoons trying to incite violence against Israeli Jews using the fake story that Israel is planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other Muslim holy sites.
This cartoon ran on November 1. It shows a man standing on top of the Dome of the Rock shooting with a slingshot while giving blood to the Dome.
The next day the paper ran a cartoon showing a father and son before an Israeli police barrier at the entrance to the Dome of the Rock. The father hands his son a slingshot and the text instructs, “Purification before prayer is performed with stones.”
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For years, the Palestinian Authority and Fatah have voiced the libel that Israel is planning to destroy the Al-Aqsa Mosque and other Muslim holy sites. Recently a President Abbas speech telling Palestinians to “use any way” to prevent Jews from entering the Temple Mount was turned into a video which was broadcast at least 19 times over a two-day period. That speech may have had a role in inciting the shooting of Rabbi Yehuda Glickin Jerusalem last Wednesday.
As the official newspaper of the Palestinian Authority, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida only publishes what is acceptable to the Abbas-led government.
The U.S. State Department, which has admonished Jews for living in certain areas of Jerusalem, remains silent about the Palestinian Authority’s incitement of violence.