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US Calls Palestinian Authority Anti-Semitic

John Kerry and Mahmoud Abbas in Paris, July 2016 (Photo: US State Dept)

Despite the front put on for the international community, Mahmoud Abbas' Palestinian Authority (P.A.) has always been anti-Israel in its devious intent and hateful rhetoric. Now, writes JNS' Rafael Medoff, the U.S. State Department is finally calling the P.A. out on its anti-Semitism, a move that will hopefully lead to American policy changes in favor of the Jewish state and its people:

For the first time, the U.S. State Department has explicitly accused the Palestinian Authority (PA) of promoting anti-Semitism, a signal Jewish groups are hoping will lead to change in U.S. policy.

According to a newly released State Department annual report on international religious freedom, official PA media “carried religiously intolerant material," citing Palestinian television programs that called Jews "evil" or "denied a historical Jewish presence in Jerusalem."

Previously, U.S. officials labeled the PA denial of Jewish ties to Jerusalem as "material criticizing the Israeli occupation,” but stopped short of calling it anti-Semitism. Arab media channels that carried the anti-Semitic content were "nonofficial PA and nonmainstream,” according to last year’s report.

The Obama Administration no longer claims that the PA is working "to control and eliminate" expressions of anti-Semitism in its media outlets. Officials dropped an assertion made in previous years that the PA acted to "prevent preaching" of "sermons with intolerant or anti-Semitic messages..."

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