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Media Critique #16 - Sympathy for a Terrorist

by Staff

When a Palestinian murders 8 Israelis, the world media downplays the event -- or ignores it altogether.

Various media outlets tried to downplay Palestinian responsibility for the heinous bus attack on February 14 that killed eight Israelis near Tel Aviv.


The front page of the Los Angeles Times carried an Associated Press photo which shows the damaged bus, and the Palestinian driver still behind the wheel, laid back with a sad face. The caption is as follows:


Remember the Bible

by Michael Freund

It is time to stop being afraid of mentioning the Jewish people's biblical right to the Land of Israel.

(June 26, 2001) - It seems almost axiomatic that regardless of whether the current cease-fire takes hold, the propaganda war between Israel and the Palestinians will continue. Even if the Bush administration succeeds in silencing the guns on the ground, the battle for public opinion will endure on our television screens, with each side trying to paint the other as the primary culprit.


Celebration of Terror

by Rabbi Shraga Simmons

When Palestinians celebrate terror attacks, the media is strong-armed into suppressing its coverage. Here's why.

It's been a tough year for Israel in the media. A slew of accusations were leveled against the Jewish state: "excessive force," "escalation," and "indiscriminate killings." It almost seems as if media coverage of the conflict was inherently skewed.

In many cases it is.


Missing: Realistic Take on Arafat

by Daniel Pipes

The purpose of Palestinian violence against Israel is not directed at winning an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and Gaza. It is the destruction of the Jewish state itself.

April 5 2002 -- Thursday, George W. Bush gave one of the oddest speeches in two centuries of presidential rhetoric. What made it so very strange was that it contained two starkly contradictory parts.

For convenience, let's call them Speech A and Speech B.



by Thomas L. Friedman

The New York Times
March 31, 2002

The outcome of the war now under way between the Israelis and Palestinians is vital to the security of every American, and indeed, I believe, to all of civilization. Why? Quite simply because Palestinians are testing out a whole new form of warfare, using suicide bombers -- strapped with dynamite and dressed as Israelis -- to achieve their political aims. And it is working.



By Jared Israel

[9 April 2002]

Have you heard about the Afghan Jihad schoolbook scandal?

Or perhaps I should say, "Have you heard about the Afghan Jihad schoolbook scandal that's waiting to happen?"

Because it has been almost unreported in the Western media that the US government shipped - and continues to ship - millions of Islamist (that's short for Islamic fundamentalist) textbooks into Afghanistan.

Crash Course in Middle East History

Nationhood and Jerusalem

Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C.E., two thousand years before the rise of Islam.
Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the modern State of Israel.

Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 B.C.E. the Jews have had dominion over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the land for the past 3,300 years.
The only Arab dominion since the conquest in 635 C.E. lasted no more than 22 years.


How the Palestinians kill their own

With all the pictures AP sends out throughout the world showing the events of The Oslo War, you might see something besides the "plight of the poor Palestinians" ... and then again, maybe you wouldn't.

While we do not know the political beliefs of their journalists, I do know that most of the pictures coming from Israel are taken by Arabs. Don't believe me? Just go to: Yahoo News Page and do a search for news photos, using some key words like: Israel, Ramallah, Gaza, etc. and see for yourself!


15 girls die as zealots 'drive them into blaze'

Daily Telegraph

SAUDI Arabia's religious police are reported to have forced schoolgirls back into a blazing building because they were not wearing Islamic headscarves and black robes.

Saudi newspapers said scuffles broke out between firemen and members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice who tried to keep the girls inside a burning school in Mecca.