Our agencies regularly provide background discussions concerning Middle East negotiations, the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA for the cream of the crop of North American Jewry, which includes clergy, students, academics and all streams of Jewish religious observance, from Orthodox Jews to Reconstructionist Jews.
Whenever possible, we invite someone who is fluent in Arabic to report on the perspective of what Palestinian Authority officials have been conveying to their people of late – in Arabic – in their schools, their sports tournaments, their TV and radio stations and in all public statements.
The audiences that we meet with are all avid readers of their Jewish community newspapers.
However, the people whom we meet with consistently report that the Jewish media do not report what the PA conveys to their own people in their own language.
In June, at the annual AJPA conference, our agency met with the representatives of the JTA and asked if they would cover what the PA tells its own people in Arabic – by either getting yourselves a part-time translator in Arabic or go to one of the agencies that monitor what the PA conveys in Arabic..
Look at some of the gems that the PMW organization picked up from Abbas’s official PBC media since we met with JTA in June.
August 29, 2012
Lawyer for Corrie family on PA TV in July:
Nazi Germany’s founding was legal
but Israel’s founding was theft
Lawyer Abu Hussein:
“Nazi Germany was a state based on the rule of law
for a short while… the State of Israel was founded
from the start on robbery and theft”
Aug. 24, 2012
PA daily cartoon demonizes Israel
as a bloodthirsty Jew
Aug. 23, 2012
Abbas and PA used term “alleged Temple”
at least 97 times in 2011 and 2012
in its ongoing campaign to deny
Jerusalem’s Jewish history
“No peace, security, or stability”
without evacuation of Jews from Jerusalem – “our holy city”
Aug. 21, 2012
Fatah football tournament
named after three terrorists
Aug. 7, 2012
PA libel: Israel using chemicals
to ruin Al-Aqsa Mosque’s foundations
and plans Temple in its place
July 31, 2012
PA Ministry of Education periodical:
Israel is “like an octopus… flames
shooting out between its fangs”
“They cut off my limbs,
threw me among the ruins”
PA TV song:
“Marry me off to a girl
who will raise my children
on carrying the rifle”
July 26, 2012
PA against moment of silence at Olympics:
“Sports are meant for peace, not for racism”
The Palestinian Authority is against the moment of silence at
the Olympics to commemorate the Israeli athletes murdered at
the Munich Olympics in 1972.
July 23, 2012
Israel is monster that eats
in Palestinian art on PA TV
July 8, 2012
PA TV: Suicide bombers
who killed 19 civilians on buses
are “more honored than all of us”
Suicide bombers are a “candle
that lights the tunnel of liberty”
July 17, 2012
Fatah summer camp
named after female terrorist Mughrabi,
who led killing of 37 in bus hijacking
Governor of Jericho:
Mughrabi must be a “beacon” for young Palestinians
Following the JTA report of Sept. 18, which reported that PA/Fatah leader had a cordial meeting with Jewish leaders where he said that he would be “sensitive” to Jewish and Israeli issues, it would behoove the JTA to run ten declarative sentences which would accurately reflect what Abbbas’ media has been conveying over the past two months, where the official media outlets of the PA have endorsed those who murder Jews.
(David Bedein is the director of the Israel Resource News Agency, Center for Near East Policy Research in Jerusalem.)