As Stand for Israel told you this week, Palestinians hung and burned effigies of American leaders - just the latest act of incitement toward Israel's greatest ally, the U.S. The Gatestone Institute's Bassam Tawil warns that the U.S. should not ignore this ongoing Palestinian campaign of incitement, but should counter these very real threats:
Such an unprecedented display of hatred and encouragement of violence against American leaders could never have taken place without the approval of Abbas, who is also the chairman of Fatah, and the Palestinian Authority leadership in Ramallah. Once again, Palestinians are being taught by their "leaders" that, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars they receive annually from the US, they are meant to disgorge murderous venom at America. In fact, the mock trial and "execution" of Trump and Pence gives a green light to Palestinians physically to target Americans.
This incitement against the US should come as a surprise to no one. The activists -- who are burning photos and effigies of Trump and Pence and American flags -- listen with rapt attention to the anti-American rhetoric coming from Palestinian Authority leaders. Trump and Pence are vilified on a daily basis by Palestinian leaders and media outlets.
Palestinian leaders have managed to turn the US into an enemy in the eyes of the Palestinians. By stating that the US can no longer be trusted to play any role in a peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, Palestinian leaders have turned Trump and the entire US administration into "Zionists" and enemies of Arabs and Muslims.
Most importantly, this is not only a show of disrespect towards the US and its leaders: it is in fact a call for terrorism against American citizens. In the world of the Palestinians, any world leader who does not hate Israel or dares to challenge the Palestinian narrative is defined as the enemy. How will any of Trump's Middle East envoys ever be able to visit Ramallah or Bethlehem after this wave of incitement?
The US and other Western countries would do well to take the Palestinian campaign of threats and incitement extremely seriously -- and severely counter these threats. Submission to the intimidation will simply result in even more intimidation, more violence and more threats...