Mahmoud Abbas: "I do not accept the Jewish State, call it what you will"
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Palestinian Media Watch
April 28, 2009
Authority president and Fatah chairman Mahmoud Abbas stated unequivocally Monday that he does not accept the Jewish state.
I say this clearly: I do not accept the Jewish State, call it what you will," he
said at a preliminary conference of the Palestinian Youth Parliament in Ramallah;
At the end of the conference, Abbas was presented with a large framed map of "Palestine," covering the entire area of Israel.
The photo of the map being held aloft by a smiling Abbas was featured in a prominent front-page position in both PA daily newspapers. Note that the word "Palestine" appears on the map in English.
The widespread condemnation of Iranian President Ahmadinejad's speech attacking Israel and Zionists at the UN's "Durban II" conference in Geneva made headlines around the world. But Western leaders and media seem reluctant to take the next step: Recognizing that the Iranian leader's views are not an isolated phenomenon, but are widespread in the Muslim world.
PMW director Itamar Marcus and associate director Barbara Crook examined this issue in an article published in The Ottawa Citizen.
For several related articles, see http://www.pmw.org.il/Bulletins_Apr2009.htm#b280409