While the press focuses on the escalation of killing and retaliation in and around Israel, it mostly ignores the fires of hate against Jews that are being stoked to insure that violence continues.
The official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper, on May 16, printed an article that said, ‘‘It is proper that the call to hate Israel continue to be worn on the chest of every Arab (and) that it should be regarded as a measurement of patriotism.'' The article notes approvingly that the owner of an Egyptian pharmacy had posted a sign which said, ‘‘no dogs or Jews,'' and concludes, ‘‘The position of hate is natural.''
Jordan recently hosted a Holocaust revisionist seminar. The May 15 issue of the Jordan Times carried these quotes from speakers: ‘‘The new shape of Nazism is Zionism'' and (It) ‘‘would have been impossible to burn 6 million people in the gas chambers.''
The training of young Palestinian ‘‘martyrs'' continues. Last week one blew himself up, killing five civilians at a shopping mall north of Tel Aviv. Palestinian textbooks teach children to hate Jews (NBC's Martin Fletcher reported May 8 about a Palestinian TV commercial that urges children: ‘‘Drop your toys. Pick up rocks.'' Fletcher also reported on a Gaza schoolteacher who leads her class in chanting, ‘‘We ask Allah to destroy the Jews.''). Racist editorials in the Arab press proliferate. The PLO continues to use terror as an instrument of policy in violation of agreements it has signed. Only someone in serious denial believes the current ‘‘land for peace'' model on which American policy (and that of some Israeli prime ministers) has been based is any longer worth pursuing.