Reuters handles public relations for Palestinians

March 14, 2011

A statement released by the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades took responsibility for the killings, describing the slaughter of the Fogel family as a “natural response” to “Israeli crimes.” The Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades is part of Fatah which is run by Palestinian Authority President Abbas. In other words it was an official act of the Palestinian Authority.

In an appalling example of bias and selective reporting known in propaganda studies as card stacking, Reuters correspondent Dan Williams rushes in to provide PR for Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas as he feigns horror at the slaughter of a Jewish family over the weekend:

(Reuters) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Monday the killing of a Jewish settler couple and three of their children was “inhuman,” telling Israel he was determined to help catch those responsible.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had complained that Abbas’s administration insufficiently condemned the attack and even encouraged such bloodshed through “incitement” in official Palestinian forums.
“This was inhuman and immoral. We deplore this incident, without a doubt. It is an abomination,” Abbas told Israel Radio.
“I can’t imagine a four-month-old child murdered,” he said, speaking in Arabic. “Children, of all things … Any person who has a sense of humanity would be pained and driven to tears by such sights.”

At the same time Abbas was crying crocodile tears for the children who had their throats cut, his political party was officially celebrating the murder of 37 Israelis, including 13 children, with the naming of a town square after the Palestinian terrorist who led the attack.
Two years ago, Abbas personally congratulated the family of Palestinian Samir Kuntar for his release in a prisoner exchange with Israel.  Kuntar murdered three Israelis including a father and his 4-year-old daughter whose skull Kuntar had crushed with the butt of a gun.
While Williams is quick to parrot Abbas’ purported sympathy for murdered children, the Reuters correspondent is oddly silent on Abbas’ long record of sympathy for Palestinian child murderers.

…and this is just Reuters. What do you thing is going on at CNN and MSNBC… or for that matter NPR?


UCLA’s having Palestine Awareness Week.

February 18, 2011

I just saw a Facebook page advertising UCLA’s “Palestine Awareness Week” next week.
I deeply believe in awareness for Palestine, so here is my small contribution to the cause:

  • Are you aware that Palestine was never a country?
  • Are you aware that the word Palestine is Roman, not Arabic?
  • Are you aware that Jerusalem was never the capital of any Arab nation?
  • Are you aware that before 1920, the area known as Palestine included much or all of what is now Jordan?
  • Are you aware that practically every written history of the Palestinian Arabs starts after Jews started returning to the area in the late 1800s?
  • Are you aware that practically no Arabs called themselves “Palestinian” before 1964?
  • Are you aware that the first Palestinian Arab leader, Haj Amin al Husseini, originally wanted a “Greater Syria” to include Palestine and only changed his mind in the 1920s?
  • Are you aware that this same Husseini instigated murderous rampages against the Jews of Palestine – including Jewish communities that had been there for centuries?
  • Are you aware that this same Husseini colluded with Hitler to perform genocide on all Jews during World War II?
  • Are you aware the Palestinian Arabs have never accepted any peace plan that included a Jewish state?
  • Are you aware that modern terrorism was created by Palestinian Arabs?
  • Are you aware that Palestinian Arabs never demanded their own West Bank or Gaza state when they were under Jordanian and Egyptian control?
  • Are you aware that Yasir Arafat embezzled as much as $3 billion from his people, yet he is still regarded as a hero and no Palestinian Arab leader is trying to find his stolen money?
  • Are you aware that the constitution of Palestine states that Sharia law would be the main source of legislation?
  • Are you aware that Mahmoud Abbas bankrolled the 1972 Olympic massacre of Israeli athletes, and that he praised the ringleader of that attack as recently as 2010?
  • Are you aware that Mahmoud Abbas’ college thesis denied the Holocaust?
  • Are you aware that Hamas does not want a Palestinian Arab state but instead a pan-Islamic caliphate that spans the world?
  • Are you aware that the Palestinian Authority still officially states that there was no Jewish Temple in Jerusalem?
  • Are you aware that the PLO wants to build a state with no Jews in it?
  • Are you aware that the elected Hamas government has laws discriminating against women?
  • Are you aware that Yasir Arafat was born in Egypt, but Ariel Sharon was born in Palestine?
  • Are you aware that the biggest heroes to ordinary Palestinian Arabs are terrorists like Dalal Mughrabi and Samir Kuntar?
  • Are you aware that the original 1964 PLO charter specifically excluded the West Bank and Gaza from the land they wanted, and their only desire was to destroy Israel within the Green Line?
  • Are you aware that not a single refugee camp has been dismantled in the territories governed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas?
  • Are you aware that even after signing the Oslo Accords, Yasir Arafat publicly said that a Palestinian state is simply a stage on the way to destroying Israel altogether?
Just a small public service for Palestine Awareness Week.