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SPEAKER: Itamar Marcus
Founder and Director of Palestinian Media Watch
TIME: 1 – 2pm, Wednesday 20 May 2015
VENUE: The Henry Jackson Society, 26th Floor, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP
Since the 2011 revelations that the Palestinian Authority pays salaries to imprisoned terrorists, there have been calls for the PA to stop rewarding terror by the countries contributing aid to Palestine.
In August 2014, the Palestinian Authority duly claimed that it was stopping this practice, thus removing some of the international pressure and assuring that the organisation continues to receive a billion US dollars a year in foreign funding from countries who did not want any portion of their aid money to go to or to facilitate salaries to terrorists.
With nine months having passed, are we indeed seeing a change in PA’s financial support to terrorists? Should the British taxpayers now feel reassured about the final destination of their contributions to aid sent to Palestine, or are we seeing a mere cosmetic change in PA’s policy?
The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to a meeting with Itamar Marcus, Founder and Director of Palestinian Media Watch. Mr. Marcus will present the findings of a new and extensive report into how the Palestinian Authority spends the aid funds allocated to it. He will also discuss PA’s anti-Semitic rhetoric and what it means for the potential of any meaningful partnership between Palestine and the Western nations.
Itamar Marcus, founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch, is one of the foremost authorities on Palestinian ideology and policy. Mr. Marcus was appointed by the Israeli government to represent Israel in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority on Incitement in 1999. From 1998 – 2001 he was also the director of research of the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, writing reports on PA, Syrian and Jordanian schoolbooks. He has published hundreds of reports and articles on PA society, education and media, with special focus on documenting the degree to which the PA is preparing its people for peace or confrontation. He gives testimony and lectures to members of Congress and many parliaments, and has lectured at universities and conferences around the world.