In the latest instance of official Palestinian incitement against Israelis, Palestinian television has described the murderers of an Israeli family as “heroes,” according to reports from Ha’aretz and Palestinian Media Watch.
The footage aired twice last week on Palestinian Authority television on a show featuring Palestinians imprisoned in Israel.
Palestinian Media Watch reports:
On March 11, 2011, five members of the Fogel family were killed in their home in the Israeli town Itamar by Palestinian terrorists from the Awad family. Hakim Awad led the attack, killing the parents Ehud and Ruth and three of their children, aged 11 years, 4 years, and 2 months.
The weekly PA TV program For You dedicated to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons let the mother and aunt of one of the murderers praise the terrorists as “heroes.” After the mother of the murderer Hakim Awad explained how she is prevented from visiting her son for security reasons, the PA TV host said: “Go ahead, sister, we can convey your voice.”
On the phone, Hakim Awad’s mother “blesses” her “dear son,” and despite the fact that participants in this TV program normally do not mention the terror attacks for which their relatives are serving time, the mother mentions that her son is the one who “carried out the operation in Itamar and sentenced to 5 life sentences,” referring to her son’s brutal killings in the town Itamar.
Hakim Awad’s aunt also participated in the program and referred to the terrorists involved in the killings as “heroes,” calling Hakim Awad “the hero, the legend.” This prompted the PA TV host to add: “We, for our part, also convey our greetings to them.”
Incitement by Palestinians against Israelis in general and Jews in particular has been a consistent obstacle to the peace process for decades. It persists in official Palestinian media despite numerous demands from the Israeli government, as well as the United States, to stop incitement and hate speech that stokes public enthusiasm for terror against civilians.