Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Can we imagine if Israeli TV referred to Palestinian Muslims as “evil”, “barbaric” animals?

...The disparity in moral accountability, in which Muslims in the region are routinely denied moral agency, by journalists covering the Middle East not only suggests a troubling degree of liberal racism, but also serves to egregiously distort the West’s understanding of the conflict.

Adam Levick..
CiF Watch..
29 October '13..

Just for a moment, imagine if the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) aired a show with the following exchange between a young Jewish Israeli girl and a reporter:

Israeli TV reporter: “Let’s meet this girl here in the park who wants to recite a short poem.” 
Young Israeli girl: “I do not fear the rifle because Muslim throngs are in delusion and ignorant herds.Jerusalem is my land, Jerusalem is my honorOh, you Muslims who murdered pious JewsOh, you Muslims who were brought up on spilling bloodYou Muslims have been condemned to humiliation and hardship.Oh Sons of Allah, oh most evil among creationsOh barbaric monkeys, wretched pigsJerusalem vomits from within it your Muslim impurityAnd Jerusalem, you Muslims who are filth, is clean and pure.I do not fear your barbarity.

Do we really even have to wonder what kind of reaction with ensue if it this fictional account was real? Such an ugly expression of hate towards Muslims would be justly criticized as state sanctioned racism – and an act of incitement against Palestinians - in newspaper editorials in Jerusalem, London and New York.

Well, here is real clip from a program on Palestinian Authority TV (mirroring the faux exchange above) which was broadcast on July 3, 2013, and which hasn’t been covered by the Guardian or other liberal broadsheets:

Of course, that highly disturbing exchange represents Just one example of state sanctioned antisemitism out of literally hundreds available at the site of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).


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