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Palestinian TV quiz offers cash for rejection of Israel

Palestinian TV raises fears about seriousness of Palestinian negotiators in Kerry inspired peace talks

by The Commentator on 4 August 2013 14:36


The Palestinian Authority (PA) has again come under fire over an extraordinary show on PA TV in which respondents were offered money to deny the legitimacy of and assault the State of Israel, a media watchdog is reporting Sunday.

PA TV has come under fire in the past, by the Obama adminstration and others, for perpetrating racism and glorifying terrorism.

In a move that will embarass Secretary of State John Kerry, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reported this Sunday:

"Palestinian Media Watch has shown that the PA as policy denies Israel's existence and its right to exist, and official PA TV also follows this policy. The following are some current examples:

PA TV reporter: "On the beach of which Palestinian village did the whale spew out the prophet Jonah? Naturally, it's a coastal city."
Man: "Ashdod." (Israeli city on the Mediterranean coast)
PA TV reporter: Ashdod is the correct answer... You win $100 from [the sponsor] Jawwal."
PA TV reporter: "Which city did [Palestinian writer] Mustafa Dabbagh call 'The city that fell from Heaven?'"
Man: "In Palestine or outside of Palestine?"
PA TV reporter: "In Palestine."
Man: "Maybe Jaffa?" (Israeli city, part of Tel Aviv)
PA TV reporter: "Correct answer. Jaffa. You win $100 from [the sponsor] Wataniya Mobile."
PA TV reporter: "A lake in Northern Palestine drained by the Israeli occupation. What is the name of the lake?"
Man: "The Sea of Galilee?" (In north east Israel)
PA TV reporter: "Think."
Man: "The Hula [Lake]." (The Hula Lake is in Northern Israel)
PA TV reporter: "You've earned $100 from the [sponsor] Bank of Palestine."
PA TV reporter: "Name the Palestinian village in Northern Safed whose name means 'beetle' in the Syriac language, and whose residents are mostly Druze ."
PA TV reporter: "The correct answer is Hurfeish, the Palestinian village in Northern Safed whose name means 'beetle'. Congratulations. You win $100
from [the sponsor] Jawwal." (Hurfeish is a Druze village in Northern Israel.)
PA TV reporter: "What is the highest mountain  in Palestine?"
Man: "Mt. Meron." (Mt. Meron is in Northern Israel.)

"Another question presented the border from Eilat in the south to the Golan Heights in the north as "Palestine's" border with Jordan, likewise ignoring the existence of Israel:

PA TV reporter: "[Which] country has the longest border with Palestine and what is [the border's] length?"
Man: "The country is Jordan and [the border is] 586 [km.]"
PA TV reporter: "Congratulations. You win $100 from [the sponsor] Jawwal."
("Palestine" in this measurement includes all of Israel from Eilat until the Golan Heights.)

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"Below are examples of PA TV quiz questions in recent years, which show that PA TV consistently encourages Palestinians to picture a world without Israel.

"In 2012, a PA TV quiz taught viewers that Safed is a "Palestinian city."

"In 2011, Jaffa was described as "a Palestinian city," Israel's Ga'aton River was said to be in "Northern Palestine," and Mount Meron and Mount Carmel were defined as "mountains of Palestine."

"In 2010, PA TV also rewarded the denial of Israel's existence with prizes of $100. A PA TV host asked refugees in Lebanon to name 5 cities in "Palestine" and rewarded the "correct" answers citing Israeli cities as Palestinian.

"Also in 2010, another PA TV quiz, indicating EU sponsorship by displaying EU's logo, also erased the existence of Israel, by claiming that Haifa was "a Palestinian coastal city."

"Similarly, in 2009, Haifa, Jaffa and Acre were named "Palestinian ports."

"In 2008, PA TV transmitted the same message to children through various questions on a children's quiz show. Here, Haifa, Jaffa, Ashkelon, and Ashdod were presented as "Palestinian ports," "Palestine," not Israel, was said to share a border with Lebanon, and the Sea of Galilee was a "sweet water lake in Palestine."

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