Last week, Crowley also stepped up US criticism of the Palestinians, saying the administration is disturbed by recent comments the Palestinian Authority made during renovations of Jewish sites in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City.
Denying Jewish heritage and links to Jerusalem undermine the trust and confidence needed for substantive and productive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, he said.
He went on to strongly condemn the glorification of terrorists.
Honoring terrorists who have murdered innocent civilians either by official statements or by the dedication of public places hurts peace efforts and must end, he said.
We will continue to hold Palestinian leaders accountable for incitement.
It is rare for a State Department spokesman to call out the Palestinians at a briefing on an issue not raised by the press corps, as Crowley did Thursday.
The move was welcomed by several Jewish groups, many of whom have charged that the Obama administration has been more critical of Israel than the Palestinians, and routinely issues statements reprimanding Israel for hurting the peace process while letting the Palestinians off the hook.
We appreciate the statement of Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P.J. Crowley denouncing these acts, the heads of the Conference of Presidents of Major Organizations said in a statement Friday. For too long these escalating acts of incitement, often accompanied by acts of violence, have not been addressed by the international community.
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