Discussion:
Palestinians Escalate War on Journalists
(too old to reply)
Michael Ejercito
2017-08-12 18:51:15 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
Palestinians Escalate War on Journalists
by Bassam Tawil
August 12, 2017 at 5:00 am
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10816/palestinians-journalists-arrests


They said they did not know what "sensitive information" Mahmoud Abbas and
the Palestinian Authority (PA) were trying to hide.

Today, it is safe to say that the situation of the freedom of the media
under the PA and Hamas is not much different than that under Bashar Assad's
Syria or even North Korea.

Palestinian journalists' hateful obsession with Israel brings them no
dividends. Rather, such venomous bias diverts attention from the true
challenges and threats they face from the PA and Hamas. By expending their
efforts in this twisted fashion, the journalists aid and abet their leaders
in building dictatorial regimes that suppress public freedoms.

As part of its overarching effort to silence critics, President Mahmoud
Abbas's Palestinian Authority (PA) has resumed its war against Palestinian
journalists who refuse toe the line or are suspected of being insufficiently
loyal to their leaders in Ramallah.

But this is nothing new: Abbas and his team have long been notoriously
intolerant of news stories that reflect negatively on them in particular and
on Palestinians in general.

In the past few days, PA security forces arrested six Palestinian
journalists from Bethlehem, Nablus and Hebron. The journalists -- Mamdouh
Hamamreh, Qutaiba Kassem, Tarek Abu Zeid, Amer Abu Arafeh, Thaer Al-Fakhouri
and Ahmed Al-Halaykeh -- are suspected of "leaking sensitive information to
hostile parties."

This is the first time that Abbas's PA has made such a ridiculous charge
against Palestinian journalists. In an attempt to justify the latest
crackdown on freedom of the media, Abbas's news agency, Wafa, published a
statement by an unnamed "senior security source" who said that the detained
journalists were being interrogated about their role in "leaking sensitive
information to hostile parties." The detained journalists, meanwhile, have
gone on hunger strike to protest their incarceration.

Upon hearing about the baseless charge, many Palestinian journalists said
they did not know whether to laugh or cry. They said they did not know what
"sensitive information" Abbas and the PA were trying to hide.

"We don't have nuclear facilities," remarked a Palestinian journalist from
east Jerusalem sarcastically. "It's clear that the Palestinian Authority
leadership is using the security issue as an excuse to justify its punitive
measures against journalists."

Another Palestinian journalist from Ramallah scoffed at the charge against
his colleagues. "This is the most ridiculous claim I've heard in years," he
commented. "It reminds us of Arab dictators who accuse their opponents and
critics of revealing state secrets and consuming narcotics."

That the PA leadership has refused to provide further details about the
nature of the offense committed by the suspected journalists has only
reinforced the belief that they were targeted as part of an ongoing campaign
by Abbas and his lieutenants to silence critics and deter other journalists
from doing their job or reporting any story that could reflect negatively on
the Palestinian leaders.

Some Palestinian journalists take a different view of the matter. These
reporters trace the arrest of the six journalists to a desire to pressure
Hamas to release two journalists it is holding in the Gaza Strip: Amer Abu
Shabab and Fuad Jaradeh.

In other words, the PA security forces are holding the six journalists
hostage until Hamas frees the two newsmen it is holding. The journalists
detained by the PA work for Hamas-affiliated media outlets in the West Bank.

Notably, the two Palestinian regimes - the Palestinian Authority in the West
Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip -- have hardly championed freedom of speech
and freedom of the media. In fact, the two parties share the same values
when it comes to silencing all forms of criticism. Dozens of Palestinian
journalists have been targeted over the past two decades by both the PA and
Hamas.

These regimes have their own special way of defining freedom of the press.
That is, the press is utterly free to blacken the name of Israel. The name
of Hamas or the PA, however, is sacrosanct: criticism of either would land a
Palestinian reporter behind bars or in an interrogation room.

Hamas and the PA prefer that the press pound Israel. Short of that, they
tolerate journalistic critique of municipal services or the shortage of
medicine in hospitals.

Today, it is safe to say that the situation of the freedom of the media
under the PA and Hamas is not much different than that under Bashar Assad's
Syria or even North Korea. The failure to achieve a free media for the
Palestinians is yet another sign of the Palestinian failure to build proper
and transparent state institutions.

The Palestinians have no functioning parliament, no open debate and no free
media. In the West Bank, the media is controlled, directly and indirectly,
by Abbas and his loyalists. In the Gaza Strip, the only "media" is that
which is controlled by Hamas -- again, directly and indirectly.

But there is an interesting twist to the latest story of Palestinian
Authority and Hamas assaults on freedom of the media. Sadly, many
Palestinian journalists do not seem to care much about the harassment and
suppression of their colleagues at the hands of their leaders in Ramallah
and the Gaza Strip.

Instead of organizing widespread protests to demand the release of their
colleagues who are being tortured by PA and Hamas interrogators, Palestinian
journalists are still scapegoating Israel. Incredibly, they continue to
incite against Israel despite the fact that they are being detained and
tortured by the PA and Hamas.

Instead of demanding the release of their six colleagues from PA prison,
some Palestinian journalists are protesting because some Israeli (Jewish)
journalists came to Ramallah last week to cover the visit of Jordan's King
Abdullah II.

The presence of the Israeli reporters in Ramallah enraged several
Palestinian journalists, who took to social media to condemn the Palestinian
Authority leadership that gave them permission to come and cover the
monarch's visit.


The presence of Israeli reporters in Ramallah last week, to cover the visit
of Jordan's King Abdullah II, enraged several Palestinian journalists, who
took to social media to condemn the Palestinian Authority leadership that
gave them permission to cover the visit. (Image source: Palestinian
President's Office)
In this cartoon by Palestinian cartoonist Mohammad Sabaaneh, an Israeli
journalist, carrying a microphone dripping with blood, is interviewing a
dog.

Such incitement was easy to find on Palestinian social media websites this
week. The presence of several Israeli Arab journalists seemed to roll right
over the racist, raging Palestinian journalists -- it is the presence of
Jewish journalists that they cannot stand.

This attack on Israeli journalists has been backed by the Palestinian
Journalists Syndicate (PJS), a Fatah-affiliated group headed by Nasser Abu
Baker, a correspondent of the evidently unprofessional Agence France-Press:
Baker has also run for election in the Fatah Revolutionary Council.

In a statement published in Ramallah, the PJS strongly condemned the
presence of Israeli (Jewish) journalists in Ramallah and urged Abbas to hold
accountable whoever gave the Israeli journalists permission to come to the
city to cover the Jordanian king's visit.

It seems that for the PJS, the presence of Israeli (Jewish) reporters in
Ramallah is more disturbing than the arrest of Palestinian journalists by
the PA and Hamas.

For the record, in recent years the PJS has served as a mouthpiece for
Abbas's office; instead of defending the rights of Palestinian journalists,
it devotes more than 95% of its words and actions to denouncing Israel and
whipping up rage against Israeli journalists.

Palestinian journalists' hateful obsession with Israel brings them no
dividends. Rather, such venomous bias diverts attention from the true
challenges and threats they face from the PA and Hamas. By expending their
efforts in this twisted fashion, the reporters aid and abet their leaders in
building dictatorial regimes that suppress public freedoms.

Bassam Tawil, an Arab Muslim, is based in the Middle East.
jew pedophile Ron Jacobson (jew pedophile Baruch 'Barry' Shein's jew aliash)
2017-08-12 19:24:47 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
On Sat, 12 Aug 2017 11:51:15 -0700, "NOT Michael Ejercito"
Post by Michael Ejercito
Palestinians Escalate War on Journalists
by Bassam Tawil
August 12, 2017 at 5:00 am
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10816/palestinians-journalists-arrests
You got, a fucking PROBLEM with how the Palestinians choose to run
their country, you slant eyed jewloving mongoloid???

Cheers!

RJ (preferred jew aliash)

- -





"We CAN hide forever."
- Klaun Shittinb'ricks (1940 - ), acknowledging that he will
NEVER prove where he infests or give his real jew name

"Die Juden sind unser Unglück!"
- Heinrich von Treitschke (1834 - 1896)

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out
because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade
Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade
Unionist. Then they came for the jews, and I did not speak out
because I did not give a shit. Then they came for me and there
wasn't a single commie bastard left to speak for me."
- Martin Niemöller (1892 - 1984)

Illuc nisi Dei gratia vadam.
- Revd Terence Fformby-Smythe (? - )
The Peeler
2017-08-12 20:34:40 UTC
Permalink
Raw Message
On Sat, 12 Aug 2017 12:24:47 -0700, serbian bitch Razovic, the resident
psychopath of sci and scj and Usenet's famous sexual cripple, making an ass
of herself as "jew pedophile Ron Jacobson (jew pedophile Baruch 'Barry'
Post by jew pedophile Ron Jacobson (jew pedophile Baruch 'Barry' Shein's jew aliash)
Post by Michael Ejercito
Palestinians Escalate War on Journalists
by Bassam Tawil
August 12, 2017 at 5:00 am
https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10816/palestinians-journalists-arrests
You got, a fucking PROBLEM with how the Palestinians choose to run
their country, you slant eyed jewloving mongoloid???
Your master Michael doesn't come across as having a fucking problem. YOU
indeed do, you hysterical housebound psychotic sexual cripple! LOL
Post by jew pedophile Ron Jacobson (jew pedophile Baruch 'Barry' Shein's jew aliash)
Cheers!
BTW, "cheers"??? Is that what you say when you are about to swallow nazi
jizz, you housebound cocksucking wanker? <BG>
--
Michael about poor dumb anal Razovic:
"He is a sad, pathetic joke on Usenet."
MID: <olvfkg$brl$***@dont-email.me>
Loading...