The Michael Cherney Foundation is supporting
Media Watch (PMW) - an organization doing an extraordinary
effort in bringing home the truth about the Middle East conflict.
Far too many people, lacking knowledge of
Arabic, prefer to view Palestinian Authority through the rose-tinted
glasses of their press releases, written by the PA's numerous
loyalists in the UN and elsewhere with an eye to being quoted
in the sympathetic Western media. It takes an independent-minded
and a truth-dedicated organization like PMW to lay bare the
myths propagated by the PA.
This is the latest example of how the Palestinian
population is being brainwashed in the radical Islamic ways
reported by PMW: a poll of high-school students reported by
the Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam revealed that 73 per cent of
the students feeling that women should be limited to "traditional
occupations" and 23 per cent reject a woman's right to
chose a husband "freely." Attitudes to minorities
are also discriminatory. Sixty per cent of the students polled
are unwilling to have a friend from a different religion,
while 24 per cent do not want a friend with a different skin
color. The poll was conducted by the ALPHA Institute for Research
and Statistics, and was distributed by the Center for Women's
Affairs in Gaza.
PMW also carries a number of video clips
taken straight from the source - Palestinian TV children programs
- to make your hair stand on end. Time after time, Palestinian
teachers exhort their students that "Martyrdom is the
greatest happiness" and "Jews are not human"
- and so does their Great Leader Chairman Arafat.
And did you know that National Security Advisor
Condoleezza Rice is regularly described in official Palestinian
daily as "dark" and "colored", while the
GI who went up to put up the American flag on the Saddam statue
in Baghdad was ridiculed for his oriental features? "He
has the same idea as Genghis Khan… The main target of the
Mongols was Mecca in order to exterminate the Islamic religion…."
(Al-Hayat Al-Jadida April 10, 2003). This is the kind of people
we're dealing with here…
You don't need to be a cynic to suggest that
the poll or the hate language above will never grace the pages
of the New York Times or The Guardian or Le Monde, just as
it is futile to expect BBC or CNN to ever air the contents
of these TV programs. If one goes by the Western media, once
the Israeli imperialists leave, Democratic Republic of Palestine
will be a haven of peace, love, and prosperity. Think Iran,
ladies and gentlemen. Think Saudi. Think Syria. Today Hizbollah
rockets reach Israeli kibbutzim; tomorrow, in the name of
Allah, they will be hitting the Western Wall.
Palestinian Media Watch is doing work of
paramount importance to anybody who cares about Israel and
peace - above all, the truth. And we're proud to be associated