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A security cabinet discussion on establishing a formal government
mechanism to monitor Palestinian incitement was put off Wednesday for
at least a week, a day before a ceremony scheduled in Ramallah to
formally name a public square after Dalal Mughrabi, the terrorist who
led the 1978 Coastal Road massacre.
The security cabinet is likely to discuss the incitement monitoring mechanism in the near future.
Israel has complained to the US administration about the naming
ceremony, and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly asked US
Middle East envoy George Mitchell to convince Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas to cancel it.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place on the 32nd anniversary of the
attack, the worst terrorist incident in Israel’s history, in which
terrorists commandeered a bus and murdered 37 people, including 10
children. Mughrabi was killed during the attack.
According to a media reports quoting Palestinian sources Wednesday night, the PA has ordered the cancellation of the ceremony.
Itamar Marcus, the director of Palestinian Media Watch, which has been
monitoring incitement in the PA for years, said that under the new
initiative, Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, currently the
director-general of the Strategic Affairs Ministry and formerly the
head of Military Intelligence’s research and assessment division, will
every three months issue an incitement “report card.”
“One of the biggest problems is the incitement, and how it creates
heroes and role models for kids. The naming of the square is a clear
message that whoever kills most Israelis is the greatest hero,” Marcus
Marcus said his organization has been in contact with Kuperwasser, the
director-general of the Strategic Affairs Ministry, and discussed
creating an index that would quantify the incitement.
“The message that is important to get across is that without peace
education there cannot be peace, and if you teach and promote hatred
there cannot be peace,” he said.Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report