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Member of the British Parliament calls on PM Theresa May to demand PA to stop incitement against Israel
31.07.2017, Israel and the World
A Member of the British Parliament has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to demand the Palestinian Authority (PA) ‘’to halt all incitement, particularly that surrounding the Temple Mount."
The call comes in response to Palestinian leadership's encouragement of Palestinians to escalate riots following the Israeli decision to place metal detectors at the entrances to the Temple Mount after a terror attack there in which 2 Israeli police officers were murdered earlier this month.
In a letter to Prime Minister May, MP Joan Ryan, a member of the Labour party and of the Labour Friends of Israel, said that failure to comply "should be met with deep and meaningful cuts in British aid to the PA, with the money instead redirected to coexistence projects and health and education projects in Palestine run by trusted NGOs"
MP Ryan quotes Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reports that document PA leaders' call for "escalation" and "rage" in the crisis around the Temple Mout, warnings of "explosion of the situation" and "religious war," and repetition of the PA libel that Israel is "targeting the Al-Aqsa Mosque and is attempting to change the status quo of the area.
The letter includes additional findings by PMW that illustrate the PA's policy of educating children and youth to see terrorist murderers as "role models". She wrote: ‘’As research by Palestinian Media Watch has shown, children attending schools named after so-called martyrs are well-aware that they are being encouraged to view them as 'models' and, in the words of one, to 'follow [their] path'."
Joan Ryan concluded her letter to Theresa May with a 5 point recommendation of action for the British Government to take with regards to the PA's continued incitement, including a request to convey to the Israeli government the sympathies of the British people to all those who have been killed and injured in the ongoing violence. ‘’Furthermore, I ask that you make clear our government's support for the entirely reasonable and measured response of the Israeli authorities in introducing enhanced security measures to protect this important holy site and those who wish to worship at it,’’ she wrote.
‘’Having suffered a series of terrorist attacks ourselves in recent months, I am sure you will be keen to show Britain's solidarity with those in Israel who are also under attack,’’ MP Ryan added.