Egyptian Government Weekly Magazine on
'The Jews Slaughtering Non-Jews, Draining their Blood, and Using it for Talmudic Religious Rituals'.


This Week's Palestinian Authority Sermon: We (Muslims) Will Rule America; Israel is a Cancer; Jews are a Virus Resembling AIDS; Muslims Will Finish Them Off

The following are excerpts from this week's official Friday sermon on Palestinian Authority (PA) TV.(1) The preacher is Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris, a paid employee of the PA. To view the sermon visit .


"Allah has tormented us with 'the people most hostile to the believers' - the Jews. 'Thou shalt find that the people most hostile to the believers to be the Jews and the polytheists.' Allah warned His beloved Prophet Muhammad about the Jews, who had killed their prophets, forged their Torah, and sowed corruption throughout their history.

"With the establishment of the state of Israel, the entire Islamic nation was lost, because Israel is a cancer spreading through the body of the Islamic nation, and because the Jews are a virus resembling AIDS, from which the entire world suffers.

"You will find that the Jews were behind all the civil strife in this world. The Jews are behind the suffering of the nations.

"Ask Britain what it did to the Jews in the early sixth century. What did they do to the Jews? They expelled them, tortured them, and prevented them from entering Britain for more than 300 years. All this was because of what the Jews did in Britain. Ask France what it did to the Jews. They tortured them, expelled them, and burned their Talmud, because of the civil strife the Jews wanted to spark in France, in the days of Louis XIX. Ask Portugal what it did to the Jews. Ask Czarist Russia, which welcomed the Jews, who plotted to kill the Czar - so he massacred them. But don't ask Germany what it did to the Jews. It was the Jews who provoked Nazism to wage war against the entire world, when the Jews, using the Zionist movement, got other countries to wage an economic war on Germany and to boycott German merchandise. They provoked Russia, Britain, France, and Italy. This enraged the Germans toward the Jews, leading to the events of those days, which the Jews commemorate today.

"But they are committing worse deeds than those done to them in the Nazi war. Yes, perhaps some of them were killed and some burned, but they are inflating this in order to win over the of the media and gain the world's sympathy. The worst crimes in history were committed against the Jews, yet these crimes are no worse than what the Jews are doing in Palestine. What was done to the Jews was a crime, but isn't what the Jews are doing today in the land of Palestine not a crime?!

"Look at modern history. Where has Great Britain gone? Where has zarist Russia gone? Where has France gone - France, which almost ruled the entire world? Where is Nazi Germany, which massacred millions and ruled the world? Where did all these superpowers go? He who made them disappear will make America disappear too, God willing. He who made Russia disappear overnight is capable of making America disappear and fall, Allah willing.

"We have ruled the world before, and by Allah, the day will come when we will rule the entire world again. The day will come when we will rule America. The day will come when we will rule Britain and the entire world - except for the Jews. The Jews will not enjoy a life of tranquillity under our rule, because they are treacherous by nature, as they have been throughout history. The day will come when everything will be relived of the Jews - even the stones and trees which were harmed by them. Listen to the Prophet Muhammad, who tells you about the evil end that awaits Jews. The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew."

(1) Palestinian Authority TV, May 13, 2005.

For more information on the subject: See "Palestinian Authority Sermons
2000-2003," December 26, 2003,

*MEMRITV Clip No. 647, "Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris in a PA Friday Sermon: Muslim
Prisoners Are Forced to Convert to Christianity in Iraq, Afghanistan, and

*MEMRI TV Clip No. 608, "Palestinian Authority Friday Sermon: The Time Has
Come for the 'Great Jihad,'"

*MEMRI TV Clip No. 563, "Sermons on Palestinian TV,"

Today's first clip is of Jordanian professor Ghazi Rababa appearing on
Al-Majd TV to discuss killing Jews and how Muslims will return to Grenada
and Cordoba. The second clip is an Al-Arabiya TV report on how Jordanian
authorities handle honor crimes.

*Clip #710: Jordanian Professor Ghazi Rabab'a: Muslims Will Return to
Cordoba and Granada

Presenter: Do you believe that the Muslims will one day return to Cordoba
and Grenada?
Rabab'a: The Muslims will return there if we follow way of God and spread
the word of Islam. Only then will the vast expanse of the land open up to
us. Our way to Grenada, to Cordoba, and to Palestine is the way of Islam,
which brought us to Andalusia, and the way of Salah Al-Din, who liberated
Palestine from the filth of the Crusaders.


*Clip #709: The Jordanian Authorities' Ways of Dealing with "Honor Crimes"

TV presenter: This girl is languishing in jail because her family is
threatening to kill her after she was assaulted by a man who ruined her
life. She is in jail to prevent her killing for the sake of "honor."

Rape victim Widad: He opened the door, got in, and raped me. I kept my mouth
shut. I didn't think anything would happen, but a few months later I found
out I was pregnant. I was afraid to tell my family, so I kept my mouth shut
until my pregnancy started to show. When I was due, I went to hospital and
gave birth. They asked me for the family ID card, but I did not have one.
They told the police, who brought me here.




Visual Messages in the PA Media - May 2005 By Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook For illustrations




Visual symbols and pictures have always played an important role in reinforcing the ideological messages of hate the Palestinian Authority has been sending to its people.


The following are examples from May 2005.


Promoting violence, and the murder of Jews Denying Israel's right to exist Dehumanization of Jews Libel - Jews control and endanger the world


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1. Promoting violence and the murder of Jews


This dagger piercing the Star of David appeared for eight seconds on a PA TV program about refugees.


2. Denying Israel's right to exist


PA visual images portray "Palestine" as temporarily occupied by Israel. These visuals often include the symbol of the key - signifying the PA's claim to be the true owners of all of Israel. Lately, these visuals have depicted the key approaching Israel. This reflects the PA's sense of progress towards its goal of "returning."



Left: Bird approaches Israel with key. Note the lock on Israel about to be opened. Text above map: "The Catastrophe"

(PA term for the creation of Israel) Al Ayyam, May 14, 2005


Bottom: Boys parading with giant keys. Text on keys: "We will definitely return" Al Hayat Al Jadida, May 16, 2005



Text on right: "The Catastrophe" (1948). Blood-drenched text on left: "The Return" "Refugees" approach with the key to 'unlock' Israel. Al Hayat Al Jadida, May 12, 2005


Palestinians claim that they possess key to Israel. Note: keyhole forms the shape of Israel. Text on key: "Right of Return" Text above dove: "The day of the catastrophe." (Israel's creation) Al Hayat Al Jadida, May 18, 2005



Left: Key hangs from Israel - claiming ownership to all of Israel. Al Hayat Al Jadida, May 15, 2005


Bottom: Al Ayyam, May 15, 2005


Children receive awards for excellence. Shape of award is an outline of all of Israel (see inset). Al Hayat Al Jadida, May 15, 2005


3. Dehumanization of Jews



The dehumanized Jew will use America to destroy peace. Text on eagle: "America." Text around dove: "Russia," "Turkey," "Britain." Al Hayat Al Jadida, May 4, 2005


The dehumanized Jew plots the destruction of Arab holy sites. Al Hayat Al Jadida, May 9, 2005


4. Libel - Jews control and endanger the world


The world is said to be under the boot of Israel. Al Hayat Al Jadida, May 5, 2005


Victorious Jew atop bleeding world. Surrendering Arab beneath. Al Hayat Al Jadida, May 14, 2005


Jews are shown to be orchestrating world events through violence. Bullet holes and blood form the musical notes. Al Hayat Al Jadida, May 8, 2005



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An Interview with Georges-Elia Sarfati

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, No. 17, 1 February 2004


The False Belief that Language is Neutral

"Most people think that language, and in particular speech, is transparent and that it serves to transmit information. This is a belief rather than a scientific fact. People have ideological views on the basis of which they formulate a discourse. Language has a history, which has led to the words used being charged ones. Rather than words being neutral, they serve to introduce a certain vision of the question one addresses.


"This is particularly clear in the case of anti-Semitism and its manifestations, including anti-Zionism. When analyzing the various phenomena of Judeophobia, one discovers an archive of words used against the Jew. These words aim to criminalize all forms of Jewish identity: spiritually as religious anti-Judaism; culturally as anti-Semitism, and socio-politically as anti-Zionism."


Georges-Elia Sarfati, a professor of linguistics in France, has researched this relationship between opinion and discourse. He demonstrates how loaded language is by examining the _expression "anti-Zionism" as an example. In his book The Captive Nation, about the Jews in the Soviet Union, he devotes many pages to the analysis of how anti-Zionism emerges as an ideology.


Soviet Fabrications

"It was the Soviet Union's ministry of information which began to use the expression 'anti-Zionism' systematically after the Six Day War. In addition to being employed in the Soviet press, it then also was appearing regularly in the media of the French extreme left. Prior to that, the word's use was sporadic, at most. It did not appear in dictionaries until the 1970s. Anti-Zionism's major 'canonic' texts are first and foremost Soviet fabrications… "Marxism had negated the idea of Jewish sovereignty; Stalinism radicalized this view. Propaganda techniques of the Nazis were recycled by the Soviets. When parts of the Arab world were influenced by the Soviet Union, their propaganda apparatus appropriated itself of the anti-Zionist discourse.


"Third worldism has also appropriated itself of the anti-Zionist discourse. This movement is characterized by an ideological and political commitment toward the world's poorer countries and also supports revolutionary action. Third worldism has developed its own linguistic arms, which derive from Marxist ideology. They enabled Marxists to renovate no longer fashionable claims and to find a new echo for them in Europe, where they are promoted by so-called progressives, i.e., Maoists and Trotskyites. This was followed by another linguistic construction in which Palestinian claims against Israel are being redefined in the terminology of third worldism.


"From the point of view of language, anti-Zionism thus becomes a tool to federate and create coalitions of extremely diverging opinions. This sociological phenomenon, which developed over half a century, has by now become an 'ideology'--a system of ideas, which has permeated various specific groups in society."


Anti-Zionism's Key Equations

Sarfati develops this concept in detail in his book Anti-Zionism…giv[ing] many examples…of how anti-Zionism gives a macabre and scandalous vision of the Jewish national movement. Sarfati says: "A number of key equations dominate the anti-Zionist discourse. The master one--which transversally commands all others--is 'Zionism equals Nazism.' The various types of anti-Israel propaganda have circulated and repeated it endlessly. It could only permeate society because of the latter's anti-Semitic infrastructure. It then further developed into a series of related falsifications such as…'Israel has invented Auschwitz to receive its dividends.'


"A second equation was derived from the first: 'Israel equals racism.' This is based on historical notions about racism. One only has to replace the word 'blacks' with 'Palestinians' in the statement: 'blacks are second class citizens in their own country.' Other variants are 'Israel practices segregation,' 'Israel conducts an Apartheid policy' or 'the territories are Bantustans.'


"The American linguist Noam Chomsky--a Jewish Israel-hater-- has played a major role in the development of this terminology. He wishes to dissolve Israel in a bi-national state. His anti-Zionism is part of his anti-Americanism. For about forty years now he has maintained that Israel is an instrument of American politics. His pseudo-radical theories are based on the 'victimology' concept claiming that non-Westerners are eternal victims of imperialism…


"A third equation, which is also derived from the first one, is 'Zionism is colonialism.' It is accompanied by a fourth one: 'Zionism is imperialism.' These were circulated frequently during the Vietnam War. In French memory, the last equation is associated with the war in Algeria. It expresses itself as 'Israel colonizes the Palestinian territories' or 'Israel is like France in Algeria.' Thereafter, these four distinct equations can be synthesized into one: the 'Zionist, fascist, racist and colonial state.'"


Sarfati says that one has to realize the strategic effectiveness of this attack. "These equivalencies are so evil because they attach the four major negative characteristics of Western history in the last century--Nazism, racism, colonialism and imperialism--to the State of Israel. They relate to a collective memory and are easily memorized. "The anti-Zionist propaganda conveys that you only have to be, for instance, against Nazism--and who is not?--to be an anti-Zionist…"


Anti-Zionism's Arsenal of Words

Sarfati explains how the anti-Zionist ideology goes beyond the above equations--has by now developed an arsenal of recognizable expressions, some of which even appear in different forms: "Occupied territories," "the settlements," "Jewish settlers," "Israel's intransigence," "Israel, theocratic and militarist state," "Solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people," "The massacres of Sabra and Shatila," "Zionist propaganda," "Arabs are second-rate citizens in Israel," "Jews have taken the land of the Arabs," "Israel is the instrument of Western imperialism in the region," "Israel leads a policy of Apartheid," "Tsahal's crimes," "The Nazi methods of Tsahal," "bombarding refugee camps," "the massacre of Jenin," "the genocide of the Palestinian people" and "The Holocaust of the Jewish people does not justify the genocide of the Palestinian people."


"The work of the new Israeli historians has served the anti-Zionist propaganda in a simplified form. Benny Morris --one of them-- shows that most Palestinian refugees left of their own volition. The Israelis expelled a smaller number --in a non-systematic way-- in the framework of the war. The anti-Zionists have managed to convince large segments of public opinion that the expulsion of the Palestinians was a systematic practice of the Zionist movement. Also, here, language plays a major role in the ideological discourse. The anti-Zionist left speaks about 'the criminal origins of the state of Israel and the nature of Zionism' or 'Zionism's original sin.'


"If one tries to summarize this, the conclusion must be: 'the less Israel, the more peace.' Anti-Zionism prepares --through the almost mechanical use of a limited number of expressions-- the death of the Jewish State. This ideology does so in two stages; first, by deforming the country's image. The obsessive use of the different expressions aims to make Israel illegitimate and prepares for the second stage: its ritual death. This anti-Zionist discourse has been, by now, so often repeated that it can be used autonomously; i.e., the content of its expressions no longer has to be verified. That makes it efficient. Anti-Zionism has also removed the substance of history and builds on amnesia. The history of anti-Zionism remains silent about what happened before 1948. It starts with Palestinian history.


"By using these methods it rejoins the earlier major century-long forms of anti-Semitism: the religious/spiritual and the socio/ethnical/cultural. In each of these cases the Judeophobic process has three stages: creation of the discriminating identity, isolation of the Jews and then their destruction."


…"To better understand this process one has to realize that in language, the same stereotypes frequently appear in the three forms of Judeophobia. A major one is the Jew presented as a devilish character… This word in Greek means not only the devil, in his personalized form as he appears in popular images, but also 'the one who divides.' Thus the Jew --as the anti-Semite represents him-- divides the world. He is a perturbing element of the proper order. This devilish, dividing and disassociating element is also accompanied by other characteristics such as cunning and betrayal.


"In political anti-Semitism, the process used in religious anti-Semitism was repeated. The Jew was presented as an element of decomposition and dissolution of national identity, a disrupter of social order, an agent of the destruction of Christian, respectively secular values. The propaganda said that Jews use universal values in order to corrupt what Christian civilization had achieved.


"The fluidity and plasticity of all this evil is then translated by stressing the trans-national and trans-historic character of Judaism. The next step in the process is developing the myth of the conspiracy theory, which is translated in the current defamation. In actual terms that means Zionism is the avant-garde of the worldwide Jewish conspiracy. This mythology is recycled in contemporary political terminology.


"In the case of anti-Zionism, the same devilish element takes new forms, feeding on the ongoing representation of the negative and damaging character of Zionism. This is then translated into political slogans, with equations and equivalencies. Thus, Zionism is associated with all that Western history considers negative: Nazism, imperialism, colonialism and racism in its many forms, among them, South African apartheid."


How to React?

When asked how Jews and their allies should relate to the discourse, Sarfati quotes from his book: "This Judeophobia...should be judged as a pornographic vision: the speakers, listeners and those who watch it, all enjoy it." He points out that one should not fall into the trap by starting to respond to one's enemies' arguments. "If the anti-Zionist says the Zionist state is a fascist or a Nazi state, it would be mistaken to answer 'How could you say such a thing? Israel has been the victim of fascism.' That will only lead to the anti-Zionist's next slogan: 'The victims have become perpetrators.' Entering into such debates is useless.


"One can reply that by using the equation 'Zionism is fascism' the anti-Zionist has become a successor of Hitler's tradition. His slogan says Zionism and Israel are the movers of the absolute evil. It recycles what the Nazis said about the Jews. Racism dehumanizes a certain segment of humanity in order to justify its expulsion before its destruction. The latter is then covered up as a goal of public health." Sarfati explains: "In this way, language serves the perfect crime. That is why the anti-Zionist discourse hardly speaks about Zionism, but is very telling about anti-Zionists."...


Loaded Words: Jew, State, Nation, People

"This brings us back once again to language and words. The definitions of words such as "Jew," "state," "nation" and "people" are not neutral. The Jews are presented in language as a theological and symbolic entity which cannot become a nation. Why would the people of the book need to be a nation to prove that it is the people of the book? The theological political presentation of the Jews leads to such thoughts."


The French sociologist Shmuel Trigano has clearly pointed out the inherent contradiction in the French emancipation of the Jews in the beginning of the nineteenth century. In France, after the revolution, a place was made for the Jewish individual, but not for the Jewish nation or the Jewish community. The parliamentarian Clermont Tonnerre declared at the time: 'Everything for the Jews as individuals; nothing for them as a nation.' It was a precondition of this emancipation that the Jews would see the other Frenchmen as their brothers, and would renounce their national identity.


In his book Common Discourse and Jewish Identity, Sarfati analyzes the representation of the Jews and Judaism in dictionaries and encyclopaedias from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century. "In dictionaries the word 'Jew,' is usually described as 'a descendant of Abraham and the heir of the Mosaic law.' This is the biblical definition accepted by Christianity. Through this, the expression 'the Jewish state' is thus immediately associated with an archaic fact. Language tricks one into this by linking it to Western history and the Western perception of the Jew. These are psycho-linguistic mechanisms. There is much to be said that these may be more important for identity than philosophical, political or doctrinaire expressions.


"Once this perception of the Jews has been built into language, it leads to negation, by saying the Jews are a religion and not a people. One finds examples of the latter in the charters of the PLO, Hamas and Islamic Jihad, or in the political programs of the militant anti-Zionists in the Western world, including Maoists, Trotskyites and other extreme leftists. Language is used to reaffirm the refusal of the state of Israel. By understanding the language one understands the symbols the Jews' enemies use."


Linguistics Links with Other Disciplines

Sarfati explains how linguistics links with other disciplines such as psychology and theology. "The bad conscience of the West expresses itself in the form of a discourse. In its first stage it wants to repurchase its guilt for having permitted the Shoah through tolerating the creation of the state of Israel. In a second stage, the West wants to liberate itself from the Shoah and responsibility for it by singling out Israel as the source of a new oppression. Through an analysis of language we can see that Europe, specifically, has been the main supplier of what it now reproaches Zionism. Europe created Nazism, totalitarianism, racism and colonialism. Linguistically, we see what we might call a 'displacement,' or in psychological terms, 'projection.' All these traumatizing elements in Europe's history are redirected toward Israel.


"Theologically speaking, this recalls the mechanism of the scapegoat. The latter is loaded with everybody's sins, and then expunged. This biblical gesture is taken over by anti-Zionism. With all its verbal violence it constructs a despicable image of the state of Israel."


…"Language cannot be seen in isolation from politics. The anti-Zionist propaganda in the specific case of France, also serves the country's ideological interest to please, by its external and internal politics, both the Arab world and the large Arab-Muslim population which now lives in the country. At the same time, the Arab-Muslim populations find their identity in contesting the Jewish population.


"One of the typical spokesmen of this ideology is a former consultant of the Socialist Party, Pascal Boniface. He has advised it to become more susceptible to adopt pro-Palestinian positions because there are many more Arab voters in France than Jewish voters. If one substitutes in his approach the word 'Jew' for the word 'Israel,' one can read his text as a recycled anti-Semitic one of the nineteenth century…


Sarfati has analyzed the linguistics of many other subjects relevant to Judaism. In his book on anti-Zionism, he shows how newspapers use language against Israel in conjunction with journalistic and typographic methods. In this way the desirable information from the paper's ideological point of view is typographically enlarged, for instance, by placing it in headlines as well as through comments. The 'undesirable' information, however, is put in the text and mentioned on less important pages.


The Vatican and the Shoah

Sarfati's book The Vatican and the Shoah deals with the linguistic analysis of an official document of the Catholic Church on the Shoah, entitled "We Remember: a Reflection on the Shoah," published in 1998. "If one analyzes this text one finds that its language is used to turn the Shoah into a theological event rather than what it really is. It uses the Hebrew word 'Shoah,' however, interpreting it in the terminology of the most traditional Catholic dogmatism.


"The Vatican treats the Shoah as is suggested at the beginning of the official document, as if Providence has returned into society. In the foreword by Pope Jean Paul II, it says that the event can be interpreted on two levels: the first, the limited profane knowledge; the second, the impenetrable designs of Providence. As if after the Shoah, the Jews are no longer guilty of deicide because they, in turn, now have massively paid with their lives.


"In this document, the memory of the Shoah is also used to devote a few words to the massacre of the Armenians, the multiple victims in the Ukraine in the 1930s, the genocide of the gypsies and similar tragedies which took place in the Americas, Africa and the Balkans. In addition, the millions of victims of totalitarian ideologies in the Soviet Union, China and Cambodia, as well as elsewhere, are mentioned. In this way, the Catholic Church presents itself as a champion of human rights, and in particular, the most basic one, which is the right to life.


"From there, the document moves to an implicit evaluation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which is called 'a drama,' where still many humans are victims of their brothers. If one reads this text which is influenced by the stereotypes which have permeated Western society, it is not difficult to make the association that the victims of yesterday - the Jews - are the perpetrators of today (the Israelis)."


Sarfati concludes that far too little attention has been given to psycho-linguistic aspects of the fight against Israel. These merit a much deeper enquiry than just looking at the conflict from a political, philosophical or theological viewpoint.


Interview by Manfred Gerstenfeld.


(Georges-Elia Sarfati is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Clermont Ferrand in France and carries out research at the CNRS, the French national centre for scientific research.)


‘Palestinian’ intentions through official sermons

By Steven Stalinsky

When Abbas visits the White House tomorrow, he should be asked why an official religious representative of the PA has not only been inciting Palestinians against Jews and Israel, but also calling for the destruction of America | Under Yasser Arafat, Palestinian Authority sermons were filled with incitement, including calls to kill Jews and destroy America. Few in the West at the time understood the danger posed by these religious proclamations; those intimately involved in the peace process were often willing to over look them.

The Khatibs, or preachers, who give such sermons, are paid employees of the PA. Their messages are broadcasted live every Friday at noon from mosques controlled by the PA and appear on official PA TV.

Sheikh Ibrahim Mudeiris was a favorite Khatib of Arafat. Mr. Mudeiris is based at the Sheikh 'Ijlin Mosque in Gaza and makes regular appearances during the coveted Friday noon timeslot. One of his notable proclamations about America, from September 5, 2003, was, "America will collapse... we consider America to be our No. 1 enemy." On May 21, 2004, Mr. Mudeiris made reference to America again: "the American dog, the Byzantine dog of our days… To the Byzantine dog, you son of a bitch, I have brought an enormous army upon you, that starts here and ends here." In sermon from March 21, 2003, he said, "Allah will drown the little Pharaoh, the dwarf, the Pharaoh of all times, of our time, the American president. Allah will drown America in our seas, in our skies, in our land… America will be destroyed…"

When Abu Mazen came to power following Arafat's death, he promised to end incitement. On December 3, 2004, Mr. Mazen appeared live on PA TV at the 'Presidents Mosque' as an audience member of an exceptionally moderate sermon calling for Palestinians to recognize and tolerate others, and to avoid extremism. Mr. Mudeiris was notably absent at the Presidents Mosque, but quietly reclaimed his pulpit and TV spot soon afterward.

Recent sermons by Mr. Mudeiris include one from April 15, 2005, in which he said that Muslims prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan were forced to convert to Christianity. In his sermon on February 4, 2005, he called for Palestinians to conquer Israel. This year's New Year sermon was devoted to the destruction of America: "America has reached the top and we admit it, but it is headed for a bottomless pit, Allah willing. America, which is being led by its current president, to a bottomless pit. He leads it to death and destruction, Allah willing. America's grave was dug by Bush the day he invaded Afghanistan. Bush prepared this grave on the day he invaded Iraq..."

Throughout the year leading up to Arafat¹s death, Mr. Mudeiris kept busy inciting Palestinians. In reference to Jews and Israel on November 5, he blamed "these apes and pigs" for Arafat's death. On March 12, 2004 he explained "the Jews today ... are avenging their ancient fore fathers, the sons of apes and pigs ... They deserve death ... We strike more fear into their hearts than their Maker ..."

Mr. Muderiris's sermon from May 13, 2005 claimed Muslims will rule America and called Jews a virus resembling AIDS. With a visit to the White House this week and following criticism of that speech, the PA's information minister, Nabil Shaath, who is in charge of PA TV, promised to "suspend Mudeiris and prevent him from delivering further sermons."

The call for his removal is a positive development, yet it should be taken in context. Mr. Mudeiris has been giving sermons for more than a decade, even during the period of the Oslo Accords when Shaath was in power. The PA's denouncement of a particular sermon comes not over a fundamental disagreement with Mr. Mudeiris¹s beliefs, but rather as a prelude to Mr. Mazen's upcoming Washington visit. As one press report stated, "A senior PA official expressed fear that the publication of the contents of the sermon would reflect negatively on Mazen's upcoming talks with the U.S. president. "This is the last thing we need now," he remarked. "This preacher has done grave damage to our cause."

Unlike American officials involved in the peace process under the Clinton administration, the Bush administration has been clear in its demands that Arab incitement end. When Mr. Mazen visits the White House this week, he should be asked why an official religious representative of the PA has not only been inciting Palestinians against Jews and Israel, but also calling for the destruction of America.



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