Palestinian Authority Appreciation of American Support

Yasir Arafat's official Palestinian Authority newspaper has blamed the United States for the recent Arab terrorist bombing attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, in which 12 Americans and over 200 Africans were killed.

Arafat's newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, declared in an editorial on August 14, 1998: "One should not be surprised by the attacks and the anti-American violence. The Americans are the ones who created this violence and utilized it for a long period of time. They have no one to blame for themselves."

Other anti-America statements and actions by Arafat and other Palestinian Arab leaders:

Anti-America Statements by Arafat and His Aides:

On March 25, 1998, the PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah published an article which declared: "Washington's decisions are not made in the White House, which is busy cleaning up its bedrooms, but in the offices of Netanyahu, who is feverishly trying to recruit America and its allies to serve the hated agenda of Torah."

On February 18, 1998, the PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah published a communique issued by Arafat's Fatah faction of the PLO. It included a fabricated reference to Benjamin Franklin: "Is it not significant for us, Arabs and Muslims, that a fraction of humankind --perceiving themselves to be of unique descent chosen by Allah to rule the world--spell doom for all nations on earth, emanating from [their] superiority complex, a complex of the new Nazism and the new racist Aryan race?

"This spells doom for the U.S. itself, as was exhorted by the American President, Benjamin Franklin, who in 1789 warned of the massive Jewish immigration into the U.S. and demanded that it be lawfully halted. Franklin claimed that if Jews were permitted entry into the U.S., they would take over the country's resources within a hundred years; and that if they were not promptly curtailed, they would tyrannize the American people who would become subservient to them, while they would sit in their offices, rubbing their hands and playing with the world's resources. Doesn't the American administration embody Franklin's prophecy these days?"

(Translation courtesy of the Middle East Media & Research Institute.)

In the October 30, 1997 issue of the PA's Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, editor Hafez Barghouti called the U.S. Congress "the Council of the Elders of Zion" and mocked the new American ambassador to Israel, Ned Walker, saying he "behaves wickedly like them [the Israelis]."

The PA's Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, on October 3, 1997 called U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright "vulgar and insolent" and "has reached the stage of immorality" because "she is no longer perturbed by Arab condemnations [of Israel]." The article continued: "The lady visited the region and spat like a snake in the face of Arab statesmen. They praised her and would have sung love songs to her were it not for her advanced age and the fact that she has passed her prime." The article was authored by the newspaper's editor, Hafez Barghouti.

The PA-appointed Mufti (top Islamic religious authority) Sheikh Ikrama Sabri, in his weekly sermon at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque on September 12, 1997, declared: "Oh Allah, destroy America, her agents, and her allies! Cast them into their own traps, and cover the White House with black!" The speech was broadcast on the PLO's Voice of Palestine Radio, immediately after it broadcast a speech by U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Two months earlier, in his weekly sermon at Jerusalem's Al Aqsa mosque on July 11, 1997, Sabri declared: "Oh Allah, destroy America, for she is ruled by Zionist Jews! Allah will paint the White House black!"

Palestinian Arab Support for America's Enemy, Iraq

Arafat's official newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, published a statement on February 8. 1998, by Arafat's Fatah faction of the PLO, which "called upon the public and the political forces to organize rallies and conferences identifying with Iraq."

In an editorial in Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah on February 8, 1998, editor Hafez Barghouti wrote that the American weapons inspectors in Iraq "belong to what we thought was an endangered species called Hitler." Barghouti added that even if Iraq permitted the inspectors access to Iraqi weapon sites, "Monica's boyfriend would have declared that he would attack Iraq so it would surrender to the international community's will."

At a mass pro-Iraq rally by Palestinian Arab school-children in El Bireh on February 5, 1998, the Arafat-appointed head of the Nablus Islamic Religious Courts, Sheik Hamad al-Bitawi, declared: "The U.S. oppression and corruption have crossed a line...supporting the Iraqi people is a religious and human duty." (Al Quds, Feb. 6, 1998)

Arafat's Secretary of the Presidency, Al-Tayyib Abd Al-Rahim, said in a speech to PA police officers on February 5 that Arafat had denounced America's "rage against Iraq." (Al Quds, Feb. 6, 1998)

PA Cabinet Minister Azzam Al-Ahmad delivered a letter from Arafat to Saddam Hussein on February 5, saying "We give President Saddam Hussein the Palestinian people's support for Iraq, and its total opposition to the American threats of using military force in order to resolve the current crisis." (Al Quds, Feb.6, 1998)

"O Allah, grant victory to the Iraqi Muslim people over the hateful America and its allies." (Sermon by Sheik Ismail Al-Nawahdha, broadcast on the PA's Voice of Palestine Radio, January 30, 1998)

"The PLO factions condemn the American policy that contains nothing but hatred of Iraq and the Arab people." (Excerpt from a communique by Arafat's Fatah faction and other PLO factions, quoted in the pro-Arafat newspaper Al Quds, January 19, 1998)

"I am willing to fight as a soldier against anyone fighting Iraq." (Ali Abu Shahin, one of Arafat's cabinet minister, in the official PA's Al-Hayat Al- Jadidah, on Dec. 1, 1997)

"I send blessings to the brother Iraqi people and its leadership, since the two people, Iraqi and Palestinian, are together in the same trench." (Arafat, quoted in the pro-Arafat newspaper Al Quds on Nov.30, 1997)

American's stance towards Iraq is a reflection of "the theory of Western superiority over the entire Arab people, which dreams of destroying the Arab race, since it opposes American evil which inherited the old and the new colonialism." (Article in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on November 30, 1997, by its editor, Hafez Barghouti.)

The pro-Arafat newspaper Al Quds reported on November 30, 1997, that "Under the auspices of President Arafat, a meeting in support of the Iraqi people was held yesterday in Hebron...The Secretary-General of the Presidency [of the PLO's Palestinian Authority], Al-Tayyib Abd Al-Rahim, delivered President Arafat's blessing to the brother Iraqi people and its leadership, since the two people, Iraqi and Palestinian, are together in the same trench."

The PA newspaper Al Hayat Al Jadidah, in a November 15, 1997 editorial by editor Hafez Barghouti, described the United States as "the murderers of humanity, the creators of the barbaric culture, and the blood-suckers of the nations, who are doomed to death and destined to shrink to a microscopic size, like Micronesia."

(Translation courtesy of Palestinian Media Review.)

The Jerusalem Post reported on November 6, 1997, that Palestinian Authority's embassy in Baghdad "is being used as a repository for secret documents that relate to Iraq's buildup of unconventional weapons...[T]he site's diplomatic immunity evidently keeps the documents beyond the reach of United Nations arms inspectors. The documents relate to the purchase of raw materials required for Iraq's manufacture and deployment of weapons of mass destruction [including] chemical weapons, VX nerve gas, and possibly nuclear arms." The Post noted that the PA embassy "is situated in Arafat's private residence in Baghdad, a heavily guarded palatial structure well inside a compound."

A Palestinian Authority delegation met in Baghdad in September 1997 with Udai Hussein, son of the Iraqi dictator, "in a warm and friendly atmosphere." (Khaled Abu Taomeh, reporting in the Jerusalem newspaper Yerushalayim, September 5, 1997)

The official Iraqi News Agency, in Baghdad, reported on July 10, 1997 that Arafat sent a message which "conveyed the greetings of the Palestinian president to President Saddam Hussein and reiterated the Palestinian people's pride in their close relations with the Iraqi people and in the principled and firm Iraqi positions in the face of the challenges and conspiracies implemented by the enemies of the Arab nation. [Iraqi Vice President Taha Yasin] Ramadan expressed on behalf of President Saddam Hussein his thanks to his brother President Arafat..."

The PLO's Palestinian Legislative Council denounced the U.S. missile strike in western Iraq (in response to Iraqi attacks on Kurds there in 1996), as "American aggression against the sister state, Iraq." The PA also urged Arab states to provide Iraq "any form of financial aid and moral that sister Iraq can recapture her natural place in the taking of the national and pan-Arab responsibility." (An Nahar, Sept. 5, 1996)

Arafat visited Iraq in 1993, met with Saddam, and hailed "the greatness of the Iraqi people and their leader." (Jerusalem Post, Feb. 3, 1993)

In 1991, the PLO representative in Washington, Hassan Abu Rahman, circulated a fabricated transcript of a radio interview in which U.S. General Norman Schwarzkopf supposedly "admitted" that "the war that our men fought against Saddam Hussein was for Israel, our men fought to destroy Israel's main enemy in the region." (Jerusalem Post, June 5, 1991)

During the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf crisis, PLO chairman Yasir Arafat was Saddam Hussein's closest Arab ally. After the Iraqi occupation of Kuwait, the PLO denounced America's opposition to the occupation, accusing Washington of "beating the drums of a destructive war and raising tension toward a complete explosion." (Jerusalem Post, Aug. 14, 1990)

According to the London Independent, "much of the logistical planning for the Iraqi invasion was based on intelligence supplied by PLO officials and supporters based in Kuwait." (Jerusalem Post, Aug. 8, 1990)

Palestinian Arab Support for Other Anti-America Regimes

While the United States was condemning the Chinese government's massacre of pro-democracy students in Tiannenmen Square in 1990, Yasir Arafat sent a telegram to the Chinese leaders expressing his "extreme gratification that the friendly People's Republic of China has restored normal order after the recent incidents." The letter was published in the Chinese Communist Party newspaper, People's Daily, on June 27, 1989.

While the United States was cheering the downfall of the oppressive Ceausescu regime in Romania in 1990, Yasir Arafat sent PLO fighters to help Ceausescu combat pro-democracy protesters. (The New Republic, January 22, 1990)

List of Anti-American Statements & Actions by the Palestinian Authority August 25, 1998 From ZOA




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