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The incitement paradox

While Israel complains about Palestinian incitement, the political class pays tribute to IDF warrior Meir Har-Zion, omitting mention of his responsibility for the death of four Bedouin youths in 1955.
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A few weeks ago, I met for a lengthy talk with director-general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs, Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser, and with one of his assistants, who is in charge of dealing with the “Palestinian incitement index.” They came to the meeting with a laptop, and invited me to watch a presentation prepared by the ministry.

As it turns out, this presentation is being distributed to all the foreign embassies in Israel, and it is regularly shown to American congressmen and senior commentators around the world. For a long time I watched video clips taken from the television broadcasts of the Palestinian Authority (PA), as well as interviews with senior PA officials, and home recordings of teachers and schoolchildren.

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