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Palestinian Authority accuses Israel of incitement

Palestinian officials claim that Israel is refusing to participate in the Committee on Incitement because of its interest in maintaining its own campaign of incitement.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the start of their meeting at Muqata Palace in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool - RTX1VMS3
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RAMALLAH, West Bank — In light of repeated Israeli accusations that the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been inciting violence through the media, especially during the recent popular uprising, Palestinian officials want to convene the Tripartite Committee on Incitement. The committee’s main task is to monitor the content of Palestinian and Israeli media and school curricula to detect incitement by either party against the other.

Headed by the United States and consisting of Israeli and Palestinian representatives, the committee was agreed to in the Wye River Agreement of October 1998 and reaffirmed in the 2003 road map. Only a few meetings have ever been held. In February 2014, Israel rejected a PA request to convene, demanding a Palestinian confidence-building measure before agreeing to participate.

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