Netanyahu’s speech lamented the moral failure of countries, institutions and leaders by sitting quietly, allowing anti-Jewish sentiments to be disseminated unencumbered throughout the globe.
Children throughout the Middle East have been brainwashed to believe that Jews are akin to apes and pigs and should be killed, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday.
‘Hatred against the Jewish people is so routine in the Middle East that many in the West fail to notice it, let alone condemn it,” Netanyahu said.
He delivered a pre-recorded brief address to the fifth annual Jerusalem Post Conference in New York on the danger of verbal and visual incitement against Jews, particularly on the Hamas run Al-Aksa television.
“Hateful language that should be condemned everywhere and always, is not condemned, everywhere and always,” he said. “Millions of children are being taught daily that Jews are subhuman, that they are apes and pigs and they have to be destroyed,” he said.
“These children get up each morning, put their clothes on and go to school. They play with their friends, they ride their bikes,” said Netanyahu as he described a normal childhood routine.
“But their pure and impressionable souls are then seized by fanatics. Their minds are poisoned with hatred,” said Netanyahu. He explained that such incitement to kill “is one of the worst crimes imaginable.”
“No child should be taught to hate let alone to kill or to want to die,” said Netanyahu who added that this is occurring both in the Middle east and in the Palestinian territories, such as Ramallah.
He asked the listeners to imagine how they would feel if this happened to their child.
“Imagine how you would feel if someone took away your child’s doll and handed them a knife,” said Netanyahu.
He described a CNN interview he had recently watched in which they interviewed a 13-year old Palestinian girl Sabine who had placed a knife in her knapsack with the intention to harm Jews.
“She said,’I was not concentrating on anything, not playing or even doing homework, I was only watching Al Aksa TV, I saw all those girls and guys doing what they do and I wanted to do the same for my country, she added.’
“Al Al-Aksa TV where Sabine saw all this is Hamas TV. It is responsible for much of the violence we see today,” Netanyahu said.
Children like Sabine are victims as well, because it is the adults who have filled their heads with incitement and brainwashed them who are ultimately responsible for such hatred, he said.
Peace can only come when such incitement has ended, he said.
“Ending this hatred is critical to advancing peace. This is the crux of the problem, this incitement to kill Jew and kill the Jewish state,” Netanyahu said.
He called on the listens to make it their mission to eradicate this kind of hatred.
“Encourage your friends, family, your leaders, your elected leaders to highlight the hatred of Hamas, Iran and I regret to say the Palestinian authority as well,” Netanyahu said. “Combat their hatred by spreading tolerance and respect. Do not let their words go unchallenged. Battle back with words of your own.
“Working together I am confident that hope will triumph over fear, that tolerance will deflect bigotry and defeat it [and] that peace will overcome war,” Netanyahu said.
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