Meanwhile, Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar said that the Jews were expelled from Europe “because they betrayed, stole and corrupted these countries.” He added that they will soon be expelled from “Palestine” as they were from Europe, “because of their crimes.” [Jerusalem Post, Nov. 6, 2010]
As Palestinian Media Watch has reported, this rewriting of the history of Zionism has been PA policy since its inception. The PA has consistently taught that the Jews came to Israel not because of their historical ties to the land, but because Europe wanted to be rid of “the burden of its Jews” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 6, 1998] and “wanted to get rid of the Jews and their problems.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 15, 2009]
Following is the transcript of the article about the Balfour Declaration in the official PA daily newspaper:
Headline: “The Ministry of Culture in Tulkarem holds a political conference on the subject of the Balfour Declaration”
“The Ministry of Culture Administration in Tulkarem in cooperation with the [Department of] Public Relations and Security Forces, held a political conference under the heading, 'The West and Balfour's Promises,' to mark the 93rd anniversary of the cursed Balfour Declaration…Lecturer Na'aman Shahrour spoke about this anniversary, which still sticks in the throats of the Palestinians…
“Shahrour also spoke about the historical aspect of this promise and the reasons that led Balfour to commit to it. He said: 'The Palestinian people is still bleeding since the British Foreign Minister gave this promise, resulting in all that has happened throughout the years and what is happening now—killing, destruction, and theft…All this in order to be rid of this burden, called the Jews, which troubled Britain and Europe, who wished to be rid of this burden—even at the expense of a different nation.'”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 5, 2010]
Posted on November 16, 2010
Source: (By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, Palestinian Media Watch, November 15, 2010)
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