JERUSALEM – March 8, 2018 – The Knesset Israel Victory Caucus (KIVC) broke new ground by holding the Palestinian Authority, and especially its senior officials, criminally responsible for its murderous incitement.
“The time has come to stop being content with talks about Palestinian incitement, and to actively and concretely fight it,” KIVC Co-Chair Member of Knesset Oded Forer said.
Toward this end, KIVC Co-Chair MK Elazar Stern’s bill, which passed its first reading at the Knesset the day before, calls for offsetting Israeli funds that are transferred to the Palestinian Authority and used to pay terrorists and their families. (It resembles the Taylor Force Act in the United States.)
“No matter where we are on the political map, incitement is an obstacle to achieving any of our goals,” MK Stern said.
KIVC Co-Chair MK Avraham Neguise added that “until the Palestinians move from rejection to recognition of the State of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people, any attempt to create genuine peace will fail.”
During the event, new evidence against senior Palestinian Authority official Jibril Rajoub was presented by Itamar Marcus, founder of the organization Palestinian Media Watch and by Col. (res) Maurice Hirsh, Palestinian Media Watch’s Head of Legal Strategies, who served for 19 years in the IDF MAG Corps, inter alia as Head of the Military Prosecution for Judea and Samaria.
“The evidence clearly demonstrates how, incitement among the Palestinian Leadership, over the last three terror waves since 1996 until today, has directly affected the violence on the ground,” Marcus said. “It is necessary to stop respecting the immunity of senior Palestinian Authority officials for their incitement,” he added.
Also participating in the discussion were MKs from across the political spectrum, experts, Palestinians, and bereaved families whose loved ones were murdered in terror attacks. The representatives of these victims, especially those murdered and maimed after Rajoub’s direct call to attack Israelis, will sign on to an official criminal complaint that will be handed to the Israeli Police on their behalf by PMW before the end of the week.
“The evidence against Rajoub constitutes a basis for investigation, prosecution, and conviction,” Hirsch said. “There ought to be an understanding, according to which the Palestinian Authority, and especially senior officials such as Jibril Rajoub, cannot be allowed to promulgate incitement without legal proceedings being instituted against them.”
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