The Arab Campaign to Destroy Israel

The Arab Campaign to Destroy Israel

June 7, 2000
The Iranian Government reissues The Protocols of the Elders of Zion includes the following introduction:

The liberation of Al-Quds [Jerusalem] and Palestine was one among the many decisive slogans that originated from the Islamic Revolution of Iran. Imam Khomeini, the exalted Leader of the Islamic Revolution, has repeatedly pointed out to the world Muslims how dangerous this Satanic enemy could be.... Moreover, it should be strongly emphasized that as long as the root of this deadly, cancerous tumor, Zionism, is not burned and wholly destroyed, peace and tranquillity will never prevail in the region....
MEMRI (Middle East Research Institute) translation

June 23, 2000
Anti-Semitism reappears in the Egyptian press.

The Jews share boundless hatred of the gentiles; they kill women and children and sow destruction.
Dr. Mustafa Mahmud, in the official Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahram

July 17, 2000
Even as the Oslo peace process progresses, Palestinians destroy several Jewish holy sites, with the aim of erasing physical evidence of a Jewish connection to the Land of Israel. Hershel Shanks, in Biblical Archeology Review, writes:

Within days of the destruction of Joseph's tomb, another stone-throwing mob destroyed an ancient synagogue in Jericho with a simply lovely mosaic floor that had been in pristine condition.... The destruction of this building violates an express provision of the Oslo accords, which gave Jericho to the Palestinian Authority on the condition that it protect this synagogue and assure Jewish access to it....

An ancient synagogue mosaic from the Byzantine period found in Gaza in 1965 prominently displayed David wearing a crown and playing a lyre. A Hebrew inscription identifies the biblical king. Shortly after the mosaic's discovery, David's face was gouged out. When the Israelis captured the area in the 1967 Six-Day War, they brought what remained to the Israel Museum.

The Great Mosque of Gaza was originally built as a Crusader church and later converted into a mosque. Some of the upper columns were taken from an ancient synagogue. We know this because on one of these columns were engraved Jewish symbols, the same ones that appeared on the mosaic floor of the Jericho synagogue.... enclosed in a circular wreath near the top of the column was a three-footed menorah, a shofar and a lulav. Below the wreath was a Hebrew and Greek inscription memorializing a donor to the synagogue.... When I visited the mosque in 1973, this was all still on the column.… When I returned to Gaza in 1996, it had all been erased and the stone smoothed over. This could not have been done easily; it obviously required great effort...."
Hershel Shanks, "Holy Targets - Joseph's Tomb Is Just the Latest," Biblical Archeology Review, January/February 2001

September 2000 - "Intifada II" begins: After walking away from Israel's far-reaching proposals at Camp David, Arafat initiates a strategy of terror. Entries from December 7, 2000, and March 2, 2001, show that the outbreak of renewed violence was a calculated strategy on the part of the Palestinian Authority.

September/October 2000

Palestinians destroy Jewish antiquities at Judaism's holiest site.
The construction on the Temple Mount is only the latest, albeit perhaps the most egregious, example of the Waqf's [the Muslim religious trust responsible for the Mount] disregard for the protection of antiquities. In 1993 Israel's Supreme Court found that the Waqf had violated the country's antiquities laws no less than 35 times, with many of the violations causing the irreversible destruction of archeological remains.
Suzanne Singer, Biblical Archeology Review

October 9, 2000
Iraq trains Palestinian terrorists.

In response to the call of the masses, it was decided to open camps for volunteers for the jihad to liberate Palestine, to complete their military training, and the Ministry of Defense was instructed to give priority to those who entered weapons-training courses.
Saddam Hussein, as reported in Babil, an Iraqi newspaper, October 10, 2001

October 12, 2000
Western press covers up Palestinian atrocities because of intimidation.

Italy's RAI reporter and cameraman who filmed a Palestinian lynch mob that murdered two Israelis in Ramallah apologized to the PLO for "violating its journalistic rules."
As reported in the Associated Press and Agence France Presse

October 13, 2000
Virulent anti-Jewish hate-speech airs on Palestinian television.

Have no mercy on the Jews, no matter where they are, in any country. Fight them, wherever you are. Wherever you meet them, kill them.
Dr. Ahmed Abu Halabiya, in a sermon on the Palestinian Authority national TV station, MEMRI translation, October 14, 2000

October 15, 2000
Palestinians deny that there is a Jewish connection to the Land of Israel.

There is not a single stone in Palestine that proves the [historical] Jewish existence [in the land].
Sheikh Ikrama Sabri, Mufti of Jerusalem, Al- Hayat Al-Jadida, the Palestinian Authority newspaper

Nov. 20, 2000 - Palestinian kills 2 Israelis and injures 9 in a roadside bomb attack.

Nov. 22, 2000 - Palestinians kills 2 and injures 20 in a car bomb in Hadera, northern Israel.

December 1, 2000

Palestinians glorify suicide bombers, even when they are children.
He had sought martyrdom and found it… He always said he would die as a Shahid [martyr] and asked me not to cry for him or be sorry, because he was going to heaven.
Mother of Muhammad Sha'rawi, 14-year-old suicide bomber, as quoted in Al-Quds, a Palestinian Authority publication

December 7, 2000
The Palestinian Authority acknowledges that the intifada was planned.

The intifada was been planned immediately following the failed peace talks.… from the information we received from Yasir Arafat himself, Fatah understood that the next step must be a violent confrontation.
Fatah member Sakher Habash, in an interview with the Palestinian Authority newspaper, Hayat Al Jadida

Dec. 28, 2000 - Palestinian explodes two pipe bombs on a commuter bus in Tel Aviv, injuring 14.
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