From PMW, 19 June 2012, by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik:
The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Information has published
a book instructing Palestinians which words to use and calling to replace
"...poisoned terms." The
book, which is called Terminology
in Media, Culture and Politics, includes a chart with the
"poisoned terms" to be replaced by Palestinian terms.
This book and the chosen terms are significant as they
officially and accurately reflect PA beliefs, policies and ideologies. As Palestinian Media Watch has documented for years, when
speaking to its own people the PA adamantly denies Israel's right to exist
and glorifies the murder of Israelis and Jews, including civilians, as heroic
"resistance." This terminology guide issued by the PA reiterates
the official PA positions that foreign governments and the international
media often don't understand, deny, or ignore.
PA denies Israel's right
to exist - reflected in terminology
The PA does not recognize Israel's right to exist. Accordingly,
the introduction to the PA Ministry of Information's book stresses that
Palestinians must avoid language that recognizes Israel's existence as
"natural." Using the Israeli terminology:
"turns the essence
of the Zionist endeavor (i.e., Israeli statehood) from a racist, colonialist endeavor
into an endeavor of self-definition and independence for the Jewish
Palestinians are encouraged to use terms that indicate that
Israel is the result of "a racist, colonialist endeavor," and the
book instructs Palestinians never to use the name "Israel" alone
but instead to use the
term "Israeli colonialism." To use
"Israel" by itself is wrong, according to the PA, because it
"describes Israel as a natural state."
civilians is not terror but "resistance"
A second fundamental of PA ideology is to refuse to accept that
Palestinian attacks that kill Israelis, including suicide bombings against
civilians, are terror. Therefore, the PA has chosen the following terms to
replace all references to terror that Israel and the world use:
Person who was
The PA refuses to recognize Israel's fight against Palestinian
terror as self-defense. Through its terminology, it attempts to delegitimize
Israeli security structures and defense measures by replacing the following
IDF - Israeli
The PA refuses to refer to Israel's Arab citizens as 'Israeli
Arabs' or 'Arab Israelis'. The Ministry of Information writes:
"The alternative term for 'Israeli Arabs' is 'the
Palestinian people in the '48 territories.'"
The term "'48 territories" is another Palestinian
Authority euphemism intended to deny recognition of Israel and is used to
replace all references to land in Israel.
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