ZOA Calls for Sec’y of State Tillerson’s Resignation

Major ZOA Monograph Condemning Bigoted, Anti-Semitic, Israel Hating New Tillerson State Dept. Report- 

State Dept. Report Wrongly Blames Israel for Palestinian Arab Violence; Whitewashes PA Incitement and Payment to Arabs to Murder Jews; Condemns Israel’s Anti-Terrorism Efforts and Jewish Communities in Judea/Samaria; Fails to Acknowledge Jerusalem is in Israel; and Adopts UN and Soros-Funded Anti-Israel NGOs’ Fabrications; ZOA Praises Cong. Roskam (R-IL) for Urging Amending Report

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) President Morton A. Klein and Elizabeth Berney, Esq. released the following monograph:

In light of the U.S. State Department’s new, bigoted, biased, anti-Semitic, Israel-hating error-ridden terrorism report, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) calls on Secretary of State Tillerson to resign.

This Tillerson State Department Report blames Israel for Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks on innocent Jews and Americans, ignores and whitewashes the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) “pay to slay” payments to Arabs to murder Jews, among other travesties – contradicts both President Trump’s insightful Riyadh speech, and Ambassador Haley’s outstanding work at the United Nations.  President Trump’s courageous speech in Riyadh placed the blame for terrorist attacks against innocent Jews, Christians and Muslims squarely where it belongs: on barbaric extreme Islamist ideologies.

The president appropriately demanded that we “honestly confront the crisis of Islamist extremism and the Islamist terror groups it inspires” and “cut off the financial channels” that enable terrorism.  And at the United Nations, President Trump’s outstanding Ambassador Nikki Haley has been doing wonderful work pushing the United Nations to retract its biased, defamatory, anti-Semitic anti-Israel reports and activities, and UNESCO’s statements attempting to remove from Israel millennia-long Jewish sites in Jerusalem and Judea/Samaria.  (See, e.g., ZOA Condemns Anti-Israel UN Report – Praises Trump Admin’s Condemnation of It,” Mar. 16, 2017; and “ZOA Condemns UNESCO for Anti-Semitic Erasure of Jewish People’s History in Hebron,” July 7, 2017 (praising Amb. Haley).)

Accordingly, the ZOA urges the U.S. State Department to retract and correct the defamatory, biased anti-Israel portions of its “Country Reports on Terrorism 2016” (issued July 2017), including the portions of this report that:  (1) Blame Israel and IDF anti-terrorism efforts for Palestinian Arab terrorism against Israelis(2) Ignore, whitewash, and minimize the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) incitement against Jews, Israelis and Americans; (3) Ignore the PA’s $355 million of annual “pay to slay” payments made to Arabs  to murder Jews – and re-characterize PA “pay to slay” payments to terrorists as “reintegration into society financial packages”; (4) Minimize Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks against Israelis; (5) Make false and exaggerated claims of Israeli “settler” violence against Palestinian Arabs, based on fabrications by the Soros-funded discredited anti-Israel NGO Yesh Din and the UN (which also based its anti-Israel allegations on the same discredited sources); (6) Treat Jerusalem and Judea/Samaria, etc. as separate entities from Israel; and (7) Ignore and minimize Qatar’s state sponsorship and funding of terrorism.
Cong. Roksam (R-IL): “State Dept. report includes multiple findings that are both inaccurate and harmful to combatting Palestinian terrorism… it portrays the PA as innocent peacemakers far removed from being the source of terrorist activity.”
ZOA also praises and thanks Congressman Peter Roskam (R-IL) for writing a letter to Secretary of State Tillerson, pointing out and asking the Secretary to amend the “demonstrably false assertions” in the 2016 State Dept. Country Report on Terrorism. (Roksam was Chief Deputy Majority Whip and is the 4th highest ranking House Republican leader.) Among other things, Rep. Roskam wrote:

At the highest level, the Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership incites, rewards, and, in some cases, carries out terrorist attacks against innocent Israelis.  In order to effectively combat terrorism, it is imperative that the United States accurately characterize its root cause – PA leadership. . . .”

The State Department report includes multiple findings that are both inaccurate and harmful to combating Palestinian terrorism.  This report wrongly insinuates Israeli security measures on the Temple Mount and a stalled peace process as key forces behind terrorism.  Most egregiously, it portrays the PA as innocent peacemakers far removed from being the source of terrorist activity. . . . This assertion [that explicit calls for violence are “rare” and the PA “leadership generally does not tolerate it”] is demonstrably false.  The PA does not only tolerate terrorist attacks against Israelis but it also incites, rewards, and memorializes those who carry out these horrific attacks. . . .”  (Cong. Peter Roskam letter to Secretary of State Tillerson, July 20, 2017.)

It is extremely disappointing that the current State Department has added biased anti-Israel language to the State Department’s annual country report on terrorism.

Conservative Review noted that “Conservative Review looked through the Obama-era State Department country reports on terrorism and found that the Tillerson-led assessment added the aforementioned anti-Israel language.  Last year’s report under Obama said the Palestinians argued that terrorism is sometimes caused by frustration over ‘occupation.’  But that report was much less accusatory because it makes clear that the position is reflecting the views of Palestinian officials, and not the U.S. government.  Tillerson continues to shock supporters of Israel with his pro-Palestinian policy promotion. . . .”  (“State Dept Blames Israel for Causing Palestinian Violence: Shocking New Report Says ‘Lack Of Hope’ Is A Cause Of Palestinian Violence,” by Jordan Schachtel, July 19, 2017.)

The new State Department should be draining the swamp and expunging the anti-Israel false and biased pronouncements of the former administration – not making them worse.

Here are some of the specific egregious false anti-Israel statements in the new State Dept. countries report on terrorism:

Blaming Israel for, and Justifying Palestinian Arab Murder of Jewish Israelis:  The State Dept. report falsely blames Israel for Palestinian Arab terrorism against Israelis, saying:

“Continued drivers of violence included a lack of hope in achieving Palestinian statehood, Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank, settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank, the perception that the Israeli government was changing the status quo on the Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount, and IDF tactics that the Palestinians considered overly aggressive.

Lack of hope for achieving Palestinian statehood” is a phony excuse – not a “driver” of violence: the Palestinian Arabs were repeatedly given overgenerous statehood offers (in 1937, 1947, 2000 and 2008) – and each time rejected the offer and instead went to war against Israel.  The “drivers” of anti-Israel terrorism are the Palestinian Arabs’ genocidal, Islamist-fueled desire to eradicate the Jewish state and murder Jews, and the PA’s continual incitement and “pay to slay” payments.

Notably, with regard to other countries, the State Dept. report blames terrorism on Islamist ideology, saying for instance: “a common thread through much of the terrorism observed in 2016 was adherence to violent extremist ideology put forth by a fundamentalist strain of Sunni Islam . . .”

In other words, only when the victims of terrorism are Jews and Israelis, does the State Department report blame the victims – instead of the perpetrators’ ideology.  That is a downright anti-Semitic double standard.

“Settlement construction” (which is, in fact, minimal) is also a “blame the victim” phony excuse rather than a real reason for terrorism.  “Settlement construction” is an excuse that says that the very presence of Jews living in the historic and legally designated Jewish homeland justifies killing Jews.  Again, the State Department displays its anti-Semitic bias by citing no similarly absurd “drivers of terrorism” regarding any other victim country.

Curiously, the same bizarre phrasing and concept (that Jews living in or building homes in the Jewish homeland constitute “drivers” of nefarious activities) comes straight out of the false, biased UN reports that Ambassador Haley has been working and succeeding in getting the UN to retract.  For instance, the “UN Report of the Secretary-General on Israeli settlements – OHCHR” (Jan. 20, 2016) speaks of “[Israeli] Settlements as a driver of violations of international human rights.

Or perhaps it is not so curious that the State Dept. report’s false claims mirror those of the UN:  The State Department report admits that its claims about “settler violence against Palestinians” and ridiculously exaggerated number of such alleged attacks come from UN reports and the radical, anti-Israel NGO “Yesh Din.”  Those sources are actually identical: the Soros-funded (via NIF) Yesh Din and its collaborators provide the false information in the UN’s defamatory anti-Israel reports.  For instance, the above-quoted UN report repeatedly cites as its sources Yesh Din and its web of Soros-funded collaborators.  Yesh Din was created by the founder of the anti-Israel, pro-Iran-regime, pro-Palestinian-Arab, pro-Hamas group J Street), and is notorious for fabricating and spreading anti-Israel falsehoods.

(See J Street, Ben Ami, and Ben-Or Consulting: The NGO Connection,” by Gerald M. Steinberg, Gatestone Institute, Oct. 28, 2009; NGO Monitor Report on Yesh Din; and DC Leaks “Presidents’ Office” Soros file documents containing Soros/OSF/OSI anti-Israel grantees and strategy, including “Arab Regional Office (ARO)-Presidential Portfolio Review, Palestinian Citizens of Israel-List of Portfolio Elements” (Aug. 6, 2015); and “Open Society Foundations – Arab Regional Office, Portfolio Review Document – Palestine/Israel International Advocacy Portfolio,” at pp. 3, 18-21 (Mar. 25, 2014).)

The State Department Report reliance on these fabricated anti-Israel sources is alarming and utterly irresponsible.

It is also shocking that the State Department report blames Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) anti-terrorism efforts “that Palestinians consider over-aggressive” for terrorism against innocent Israelis.  There is nothing “over aggressive” about the IDF’s anti-terrorism efforts, which are comprised of humane and eminently reasonable steps such as checkpoints (to check for weapons) and arresting terrorist cells.  The State Department report should praise Israel’s appropriate anti-terrorism efforts in Judea/Samaria, etc. – which prevent thousands of additional Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks on innocent Israelis!

And once again displaying its anti-Israel double standard, the State Department report never criticizes real “aggressive” anti-terrorism efforts by other countries.  The report never even mentions that Saudi Arabia beheaded and executed by firing squad 47 terrorists on just one day in January 2016  (“Anger as Shi’ite Cleric Among 47 in Mass Saudi Terrorism Execution,” Reuters, Jan. 2, 2016) and officially executed other terrorists at other times during the year.  And the State Dept. report merely notes that the UAE executed a terrorist, without calling this “overly aggressive.” Instead, the State Department report faults other countries for not being aggressive enough in stopping terror.  The State Department report attributes terrorism in other countries to “security vacuums” and inadequate anti-terrorism efforts by those other victim countries.

The State Dept. report also levels other fallacious criticisms at Israel’s efforts to counter Palestinian Arab terrorism, including criticizing reasonable Israeli anti-terror laws and claiming that “ISF incursions into Palestinian-controlled Area A at times disrupted ongoing PASF counterterrorism operations.”  The IDF “incursions” are what stops thousands of terror attacks.

In addition, in a transparent effort to turn Jewish victims into culprits, the State Department report blames Jewish “settlers” for a March 2016 arson attacks against Palestinian Arabs in Duma, despite a contrary witness report and statements of by the investigating Israeli authorities.  (See, e.g., New Duma Fire Likely Not Jewish Arson Attack, Israeli Officials Say,” Times of Israel, Mar. 20, 2016.)

Ignoring, Whitewash, and Minimizing the PA’s Promotion of Murdering Jews:

The State Department report also misleadingly fails to mention that PA dictator Mahmoud Abbas’s incitement and falsehoods are responsible for “the perception that the Israeli government was changing the status quo on the Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount.

PA President Abbas incited the 2015-2017 wave of terror by broadcasting on PA official television, Abbas’s website, and the PA’s Facebook site Abbas’s call for blood and martyrdom to “protect” those Jewish sites claimed by the Muslim.  Abbas declared: “The Al-Aqsa [Mosque on the Temple Mount] is ours. . . and they [Jews and Christians] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet.  We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem. . . . We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing.  Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah.”  (“Abbas: We won’t allow Jews’ ‘filthy feet’,” Palestinian Media Watch, with video of official PA TV Sept. 16, 2015 broadcast.)

The PA has repeatedly rebroadcasted Abbas’s incitement to spill blood to prevent Jewish and Christian “filthy feet” from “defiling” the Jewish and Christian Jerusalem sites that the Muslims are claiming as their own (see, e.g., Fatah Facebook Rebroadcasts Abbas’ Call to Prevent Jews ‘In Any Way’ From ‘Defiling Our Holy Places,’ Following Terror Attack On The Temple Mount,” Palestinian Media Watch, with video of official Fatah rebroadcast on July 15, 2017) and similar incitement.  (See, e.g., “Fatah Threatens More Violence: ‘Rage for the Al-Aqsa Mosque!’,” by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, Palestinian Media Watch, with video and transcripts of PA broadcasts, July 20, 2017.)

Moreover, the PA feeds its population a diet of anti-Israel, anti-Semitic incitement and hero-worship of terrorists virtually every minute of the day on television, in newspapers, in government-controlled mosques, in cartoons, in street-naming ceremonies, in schools and clubs and textbooks, and more.  This incitement has become worse than ever in recent years.  (See, e.g., New Study Shows Abbas’ P.A. Still Inciting Hatred & Murder Of Jews,” Mar. 2, 2016; “ZOA: Make Key Demands of Abbas at Undeserved Upcoming White House Meeting: ZOA Urges: Demand Abbas Stop Incitement/Paying Families of Jew-Killers; End Hamas Alliance; Rename Schools/Streets Named After Jew-Killers,” Apr. 24, 2017; and “Palestinian Elementary School Curriculum 2016–17: Radicalization and Revival of the PLO Program,” by Eldad J. Pardo, Impact-se.org, April 2017; “ZOA Praises Hannity for Excellent Segment About Abbas and Other PA Officials Inciting Terror Attacks on Jews and Christians,” April 25, 2017.)

However, the State Department report fails to report the reality that the PA constantly incites anti-Israel, anti-Jewish hatred.  Instead the State Dept. report whitewashes Abbas and the PA by falsely claiming:

The PA has taken significant steps during President Abbas’ tenure (2005 to date) to ensure that official institutions in the West Bank under its control do not create or disseminate content that incites violence.  While some PA leaders have made provocative and inflammatory comments, the PA has made progress in reducing official rhetoric that could be considered incitement to violence. Explicit calls for violence against Israelis, direct exhortations against Jews, and categorical denials by the PA of the possibility of peace with Israel are rare and the leadership does not generally tolerate it.” And “PA President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his commitment to nonviolence . . .”

Ignoring, Whitewashing and Re-characterizing as Humane and Beneficial the PA’s Paying Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars to Arabs to Murder Jews:

The State Dept. report also omits the $355 million per year that the PA gives to terrorists and terrorists’ families as a reward and incentive to murder Jews (and visiting Americans), as well as guaranteeing these Jew-killers and terrorists top government jobs when they leave prison. This is not merely PA policy but is enshrined in their law.

Instead, incredibly, the State Department re-characterizes these heinous “pay to slay” payments as “reintegration into society financial packages,” saying: “As part of a policy codified in 2003, the PA provided financial packages to Palestinian security prisoners released from Israeli prisons in an effort to reintegrate them into society and prevent recruitment by hostile political factions.”

This omission and re-characterization is unconscionable – especially because the State Dept. report repeatedly discusses how to eliminate the funding of terrorist activities – in other countries.  Once again, the State Department applies a different standard that enables terrorism directed against Jews and Israelis.

The State Department is well aware that the PA is continuing its pay to slay payments.  (The PA has in fact increased these payments.)  Immediately after Secretary Tillerson testified before Congress that Abbas had assured him that the PA intended to cease certain payments, PA officials publicly confirmed that the PA, in fact, intends to continue its “pay to slay” payments, perhaps using another name.  (See ZOA: PA’s Abbas Lied to Sec’y Tillerson – They Still Pay Arabs to Murder Jews,” June 15, 2017.)

Falsely Minimizing Attacks on Jews and Jewish Casualties:

Incredibly, the State Dept. report minimizes Palestinian Arab terrorist attacks on Jews, Israelis and Americans by claiming that after April 2016, merely “sporadic lone offender stabbing, shooting, and vehicular attacks against Israelis continued.”  The State Dept. report also grossly understates the situation by merely claiming: “Attacks in 2016 resulted in the deaths of five Israeli citizens, including two dual U.S.-Israeli nationals, and three ISF officers.”

The number of Israelis, etc. murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists in 2016 was four times the number claimed in the State Dept. report, plus hundreds of Jews were wounded – many extremely seriously – by Palestinian Arab terrorists in thousands of attacks during the year – not to mention the fear and stress of possible terrorist attacks, stabbings, shootings, car rammings, that Israelis feel every day. And, since September 13, 2015, Palestinian Arab terrorists have murdered 52 innocent Jews, Israelis and Americans, and injured 789 innocent Jews, etc. in terrorist attacks. (“Wave of Terror, 2015-2017,” Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, July 19, 2017.)  Thus, these were not merely “sporadic” attacks, as the State Department misleadingly characterized them.

It is also particularly offensive that the State Dept. report juxtaposes woefully understated Jewish casualties of Palestinian Arab terror attacks against completely fabricated Israeli/settler extremist terrorist “incidents” (discussed above) to give the false impression that most often the Jews are the terrorists.  In fact, the Palestinian Arabs are the terrorists and the Jews are the victims.

Here are the actual 2016 data and casualties perpetrated by Palestinian Arab terrorists:

  • In January 2016, 5 Israelis were killed in terrorist attacks. In the major shooting attack on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv two civilians were killed as well as a taxi driver who picked up the attacker near the scene. Two Israeli civilians were killed in stabbing attacks.
  • In February 2016, 3 Israelis were killed in terrorist attacks. The decrease in terror attacks was manifest mostly in Judea and Samaria: 107 attacks, compared to January’s 126.
  • In March 2016, terrorists killed one foreign national (in a stabbing attack in Jaffa on 8 March) and injured 26, 9 of which were injured in the abovementioned stabbing attack.  Among the non-fatal casualties, 13 civilians and 13 security forces personnel were wounded.
  • In April 2016, terrorist attacks caused 18 non-fatal casualties, most of which (16) were injured in an IED attack in Jerusalem on 18 April.  In addition, on 3 April, one civilian was injured in a stabbing attack in Rosh HaAyin and one border-police member was injured in a firebomb attack in Isawiya (Jerusalem).
  • In May 2016, terrorist attacks did not result in any fatalities. However, 12 Israelis – 4 civilians and 8 security personnel – were injured.
  • In June 2016, five Israelis were killed and 21 injured. Most of the fatalities were registered during the shooting in Tel Aviv on 8 June that left four dead and 15 wounded. An Israeli teenager was stabbed to death on 30 June in Kiryat Arba, Hebron, and another civilian was moderately injured.  Non-fatal casualties include 2 civilians who were injured in a vehicle ramming attack near Qiryat Arba (24 June); a member of the security forces in a firebomb attack in Isawiya, northern Jerusalem, (29 June); 2 civilians in a stabbing attack in Netanya on 30 June.
  • In July 2016: 316 terrorist attacks; 1 person murdered and 17 injured. There were 6 stabbings or attempted stabbings, 6 shooting attacks, 1 ramming attacks, 8 pipe/roadside bombs, 231 stone-throwing incidents, 51 petrol bombs. Several attacks occurred in Jerusalem; the rest in Judea and Samaria.
  • In August 2016: 414 total attacks (the increase compared to July is mostly from stone throwing): 5 stabbing (including attempts), 3 shooting, 9 pipe/roadside bombs, 339 stone-throwing; 34 petrol bombs (Molotov cocktails)

In September 2016: 480 total attacks: 14 stabbings or attempted stabbings; 3 shootings; 1 ramming attack, 11 roadside bombs/grenades; 365 stone-throwing attacks, 63 Molotov cocktails.

  • In October 2016: 410 total attacks: 6 stabbings or attempted stabbings; 10 shootings; 1 ramming attack, 10 roadside bombs/grenades; 265 stone-throwing attacks, 71 Molotov cocktails
  • In November 2016: 423 total attacks (mostly stone-throwing): 5 stabbings or attempted stabbings; 2 shootings; 0 ramming attacks, 12 roadside bombs/grenades; 346 stone-throwing attacks, 41 Molotov cocktails.
  • In December 2016: 258 total attacks; 6 stabbings or attempted stabbings; 8 shootings; 1 ramming attack, 5 roadside bombs/grenades; 199 stone-throwing attacks, 27 Molotov cocktails.

(“Wave of Terror, 2015-2017,” Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, July 19, 2017.)

Insulting and Demeaning Israeli Sovereignty and Judaism:

The State Department report also insults Israeli sovereignty and Judaism.  The “Israel” section of the State Dept. countries report is labeled “ISRAEL, THE WEST BANK AND GAZA, AND JERUSALEM” – as if Israel’s capital Jerusalem and Jewish homelands in Judea/Samaria are a separate entity from “Israel.”  In addition, the report contains a separate section called “The West Bank, and Gaza, and Jerusalem.”  No other country is treated this way:  Other countries simply list the name of the country.  It is only the capital of the Jewish State that the U.S. State Department tries to carve off from the rest of the country.

The State Department report also uses the biased term “West Bank” – a name invented by Jordan in 1950 to de-Judaize the areas known for millennia as Judea and Samaria.  It’s about time for the State Department to use the correct term: Judea and Samaria.

The State Dept. report also refers to the Temple Mount as “Haram Al Sharif/Temple Mount,” to de-emphasize the millennia-long Jewish connection to Judaism’s holiest site.

Ignoring and Minimizing Qatar’s Role in Financing Terror:

The State Dept. report almost never mentions Qatar’s role in financing terror.  The sole exception characterizes Qatari financial support for a terrorist operation as a doubtful “accusation.”  (The State Dept. report states: “The Egyptian government accused Muslim Brotherhood fugitives in Qatar of providing financial and logistic support [for a December 2016 bombing of Coptic Christian worshipers] while IS Egypt subsequently claimed the attack and warned of additional attacks to come.”)

Qatar has provided hundreds of millions of dollars to terrorist groups such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, which has resulted in other gulf nations imposing sanctions on Qatar.  Instead of whitewashing Qatar’s involvement in financing terror in its report, the U.S. State Department should place Qatar on the U.S. State Department’s “state sponsors of terrorism” list.  (See, e.g., ZOA: Since Qatar Funds Terror Groups, Trump Should Cancel Qatar Airways’ License and More,” June 12, 2017.)

This is an extraordinarily anti-Semitic, Israel-bashing report filled with falsehoods that the US Govt. must amend and retract immediately. The ZOA has lost all confidence in Secretary of State Tillerson in his ability to promote President Trump’s Mideast policies, be fair to our greatest ally, the Jewish State of Israel, and to fight the scourge of Islamist terrorism. Hamas, Hezbollah, Fatah and ISIS must be thrilled with this Tillerson publication.  ZOA calls for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s resignation.

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  1. Regrettably true. How long will be his shadow? That is yet open to guessing. Kerry and the Obamatoid were a perfect match. Tillerson and President Trump are not twins.

  2. *

    {additional concerns that codify arguments debunking this emanation from Foggy-IN-THE-HEAD Bottom}

    Non-governmental human rights organizations protested the Law’s broad definition of terrorism, arguing it serves to codify counterterrorism powers that critics compared to martial law. Additional concerns regarding the scope of Israeli counterterrorism legislation were directed towards the criminalization of activities related to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly that could affect the Arab population of Israel.

    {yeah, let’s focus upon what COULD occur}

    PA President Mahmoud Abbas reiterated his commitment to nonviolence, recognition of the State of Israel, and pursuit of an independent Palestinian state through peaceful means. President Abbas supported a security program involving disarmament of fugitive militants, arresting members of terrorist organizations, and gradually dismantling armed groups in the West Bank. In July, President Abbas instructed the PASF to intensify measures in the West Bank to ensure the safety and security of people; security services subsequently increased efforts to disrupt criminal activity, including the proliferation of illegal weapons.

    {sure, let’s ignore his multiple actions/deeds supporting terrorists}

    The PA has taken significant steps during President Abbas’ tenure (2005 to date) to ensure that official institutions in the West Bank under its control do not create or disseminate content that incites violence. While some PA leaders have made provocative and inflammatory comments, the PA has made progress in reducing official rhetoric that could be considered incitement to violence. Explicit calls for violence against Israelis, direct exhortations against Jews, and categorical denials by the PA of the possibility of peace with Israel are rare and the leadership does not generally tolerate it. In April, President Abbas condemned an attack on a Jerusalem bus and said he was against all forms of terrorist activity that affect Israelis and Palestinians. In November, he said, “Incitement can lead to violence, and we must end it in every place.” During a speech to the Seventh Fatah General Congress in November, Abbas expressed his commitment to fight terrorism and to cooperate with regional and international parties in this endeavor, while reaffirming a “culture of peace and tolerance and the renunciation of violence and extremism.” According to the PA’s Palestinian Broadcasting Company’s code of conduct, it does not allow programming that encourages “violence against any person or institution on the basis of race, religion, political beliefs, or sex.” In practice, however, some instances of incitement took place via official media. There were also some instances of inflammatory rhetoric and the posting of political cartoons glorifying violence on official Fatah Facebook pages.

    {of course, let’s ignore the technique of conveying contrasting messages to audiences eager to hear what they want to hear}

  3. How likely is it that Rex Tillerson was engaged with (or even read) this report? Another possibility is that he was sufficiently busy with other issues that he just let the anti-Israel cadre in the State Department issue the report without thinking about it (perhaps without even reading it) himself.

  4. @ dmr:
    This is why he should long ago have appointed Bolton as his Deputy; rationalizing “i’m too busy” doesn’t work when the report is so seminal.
    AGAIN, the ZOA unearths/researches an issue that everyone else [including present-company] had ignored.
    He’s also trying to mediate with Qatar vs. the other Gulf States, easily explaining the soft-soap treatment its funding of terrorism [via Tehran?] received.

  5. I agree! Rex needs to go ASAP! I’m disgusted by him. Always was disgusted by the antisemitic state dept too. Why isn’t John Bolton in charge of that cesspool? He’s the only one who can drain that swamp.

  6. @ dmr:
    I would suggest for you to search State Department records. I have to assume that major policy statements on record will need the Secretary himself to sign off.
    He was involved certainly he was, Even by default he was.

  7. @ SHmuel HaLevi 2: A question about US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s involvement with the “Country Reports on Terrorism 2016” report was asked on Quora at
    https://www.quora.com/Was-US-Secretary-of-State-Rex-Tillerson-involved-in-writing-the-report-at-https-www-state-gov-documents-organization-272488-pdf-Did-he-approve-it

    The question was answered by (someone claiming to be) a former Communications Officer for the US State Department. Since he no longer works at the State Department, he could only say how reports like this were handled when he worked there. He can’t know for sure who actually read and approved this report. The question and answer aren’t conclusive, but are at least suggestive of what probably happened.

  8. Whether he signed off or even read the report is immaterial. The report was a terrible attack on our ally instead of pointing the finger at the murderous PA dictatorship. If Rex approved the report, he needs to go. If he didn’t read it or sign off on it, since he heads the State Dept., he needs to go.
    Either way he is on the wrong side and is dangerous and therefore needs his ass kicked out asap! Every day he keeps his job, Trump risks another stab in the back. Please Donald, fire him and replace him with someone with a real brain like John Bolton!

  9. I am so sick and tired of these reactionaries who expect us to believe that the way to fix a problem caused by ‘too much government’ is to repeal and replace a government bureaucrat.

    Even if Mr. Tillerson, and his bureaucratic, legalistic, boilerplate report could be replaced and rewritten by Mort Klein himself, it would still only be a few years (months, if Trump self-fires) until some other politically appointed, government bureaucrat — and almost certainly one without anything close to Tillerson’s real-world experience in foreign political and economic matters (not that Klein would ever be the right person) — took over the job.

    And US foreign policy would be right back in the toilet.

    The least sucky solution is to permanently fire/defund around 99% of the US State Department, and thereby proportionally eliminate all the global damage caused by that bloated, aristocratic, disgusting, USG bureaucracy.

  10. @ leonkushner:
    What would be the point of draining a swamp only to refill the hole with toxic, red algae?

    I don’t really follow inside-the-Beltway stuff, but wasn’t Bolton one of those neoconservative, establishment insiders who spared no effort in trying to prevent Trump from getting the GOP nomination?

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