Knesset Caucus to Initiate Criminal Charges Against Senior Palestinian Official

With new proof of senior PA official’s incitement to kill Jews presented in a Knesset caucus, decision was taken to hold the Palestinian officials responsible, since they “cannot be allowed to promulgate incitement without legal proceedings being instituted against them.”

By Nitsan Keidar and Hezki Baruc


The Israel Victory Project together with the Knesset Israel Victory Caucus (KIVC) on Tuesday held a discussion on holding the Palestinian Authority, especially its senior officials, directly responsible for its murderous incitement.

During the caucus meeting, new evidence was presented against senior Palestinian Authority (PA) official Jibril Rajoub on incitement to murder. KIVC co-chairs MKs Oded Forer (Yisrael Beytenu) and Elazar Stern (Yesh Atid) introduced practical measures that Israel will take against the Palestinian Authority for their rejectionism and violent incitement.

Israeli MK Oded Forer, co-chair of the Knesset Israel Victory Caucus – Photo: Adiyos5, Wikimedia

One of the measures is MK Stern’s bill which passed its first reading at the Knesset on Monday. The bill calls for offsetting funds that are transferred to the Palestinian Authority by Israel for its support of terrorism, especially payments to terrorists and their families, similar to the Taylor Force Act in the U.S.

KIVC co-chair MK Avraham Neguise (Likud), and other KIVC Members MK Hamad Amar (Yisrael Beytenu), MK Yehuda Glick (Likud), MK Yulia Malinovsky (Yisrael Beytenu), MK Anat Berko (Likud) and MK Nurit Koren (Likud) also attended the meeting to lend support to this cause.

New evidence against Jibril Rajoub was presented by Itamar Marcus, founder of the organization Palestinian Media Watch and by Col. (res) Maurice Hirsh, Palestinian Media Watch’s Head of Legal Strategies, who served for 19 years in the IDF MAG Corps, inter alia as Head of the Military Prosecution for Judea and Samaria.

Jibril Rajoub- Screenshot-PMW

Also participating in the discussion were experts, Palestinians and bereaved families whose loved ones were murdered in terror attacks, especially those who lost loved ones after Rajoub’s direct call to attack Israelis and will be signed on to an official criminal complaint that will be handed to the Israeli Police on their behalf by PMW before the end of the week.

The evidence shows that Rajoub explicitly called for attacks against “settlers and soldiers.” In another film that was shown during the event, he described the terrorists responsible for carrying out murderous attacks, as “a crown on the heads” of the Palestinian people.

“The evidence clearly demonstrates how, incitement among the Palestinian Leadership, over the last three terror waves since 1996 until today, has directly affected the violence on the ground,” Marcus said. “For example, during the terror wave of 2015-2016, Rajoub was quoted on Palestinian TV saying that “these (terror attacks) are acts of heroism made by individuals whom we consider heroes.”

“It is necessary to stop respecting the immunity of senior Palestinian Authority officials for their incitement,” he added.

“The evidence against Rajoub constitutes a basis for investigation, prosecution, and conviction,” Hirsch said. “There ought to be an understanding, according to which the Palestinian Authority, and especially senior officials such as Jibril Rajoub, cannot be allowed to promulgate incitement without legal proceedings being instituted against them.”

“Their senior status in the Palestinian society grants their announcements tremendous weight. Turning a blind eye to incitement does not help us reach peace; on the contrary, it generates hate and terrorism. By the end of this week, together with numerous bereaved families who attended the caucus, we will submit a complaint to the police against Rajoub.”

During the event, MK Forer presented his law which will allow victims of terrorism and their families to sue the Palestinian Authority.

“The time has come to stop being content with talks about Palestinian incitement, and to actively and concretely fight it,” MK Forer said. “Youth raised with the current Palestinian textbooks have been led to believe that Israel is illegitimate. This is proof that incitement is the by-product of the non-recognition of the State of Israel, as the legitimate national homeland of the Jewish People.”

MK Stern presented his law as a way to combat terrorism. “No matter where we are on the political map, incitement is an obstacle to achieving any of our goals,” MK Stern said.

MK Neguise added that “until the Palestinians move from rejection to recognition of the State of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people, any attempt to create genuine peace will fail.”

Ashraf Ja’abari and Mark Halawa also participated in the meeting and represented their positions as Palestinians and spoke about how prolific and problematic incitement is under the Palestinian Authority.

The Israel Victory Project, an initiative of the Middle East Forum, introduces a new paradigm to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, that a political settlement may be reached only if the Palestinian ends its war of rejectionism to the very existence of Jewish sovereignty.

The Israeli Victory Project has helped in the creation of two caucuses, one in the Knesset and one in the U.S. Congress. These two caucuses work closely together with the public and political spheres, to raise awareness of this new paradigm towards ending the conflict.

The Knesset Israel Victory Caucus includes 26 MKs, from across the political spectrum, who believe that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will end only when the Palestinian leadership recognizes Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish People, and acknowledges its defeat in the long-lasting war it has waged against Israel.


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