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Congressman Brendan Boyle Addresses Anti-Semitic Incitement Within the Palestinian Authority

October 22, 2015
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Washington, DC- Today, Congressman Brendan Boyle (PA-D-13) participated in a Foreign Committee hearing on anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement within the Palestinian Authority. 

Here is a transcript of the Congressman’s statement:

Congressman Boyle: I just want to briefly say I am proud to cosponsor this resolution, and thank the author as well as the chair and ranking member for having this hearing and passing it.  It’s important to remember specifically what started this latest round, and that was the false rumor that Israel was going to cut off access to the Temple Mount, the Al Aqsa Mosque. Completely untrue, completely false and yet there has been attack after attack, killing innocent people in Jerusalem and of course the people perpetrating those attacks as well.  It’s important that all of us who are fortunate to have elected positions exercise them with responsibility.  And I hope that those within the Palestinian Authority recognize just how much damage and destruction has been caused to both Israelis and Palestinians because of their own words. I also want to thank and associate myself with the efforts of Jordan to bring a resolution to this latest effort and stop this absolute madness that will lead to nothing except for more bloodshed.  Thank you.

SUMMARY OF RESOLUTION:

H.Res.293 – Expressing concern over anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement within the PA

Reiterates condemnation of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement in the Palestinian Authority (PA) as antithetical to peace. 

Urges President Abbas and PA officials to discontinue all official incitement and exert influence to discourage anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incitement in Palestinian civil society. 

Directs the Department of State to regularly monitor and publish information on all official PA incitement against Jews and Israel.