General Antisemitism

Imagine if Israeli TV referred to Palestinian Muslims as “evil”, “barbaric” animals

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 honor
Oh, you Muslims who murdered pious Jews
Oh, you Muslims who were brought up on spilling blood
You Muslims have been condemned to humiliation and hardship.
Oh Sons of Allah, oh most evil among creations
Oh barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs
Jerusalem vomits from within it your Muslim impurity
And 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 would 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 a 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).

The failure by the Guardian, and others in the ‘mainstream’ media, to cover the continuing drumbeat of antisemitic hate, and the promotion of violence against Israeli civilians, emanating from the Palestinian Authority media represents, at the bare minimum, a profound breach of their responsibilities – especially for those who claim a progressive, anti-racist orientation.  

Despite the wide availability online of well-documented reports which detail the characterization of Jews and Israelis as evil, satanic and animal-like within the Palestinian media, most major news sites ignore the phenomenon, rationalize it, or downplay its significance.

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.

When most Israelis decry the Palestinian culture of incitement and antisemitic indoctrination, they aren’t engaging in mere talking points but, rather, are expressing their genuine fears regarding a historically familiar abdication in the face antisemitism’s dangerous resurgence.  It is naturally difficult for most Israeli Jews to trust the “peace overtures” of Palestinians when their state institutions and religious leaders promote an ideology which casts Jews and/or Israelis as the embodiment of evil who represent a danger to all humanity.




It’s difficult to respect the media gatekeepers who continually engage in selective reporting, excluding such inconvenient facts about factors which exacerbate the conflict. As we’ve documented continually, when the choice is between exposing hard, painful truths which will challenge their readers’ preconceived notions about Jews and Arabs vs. advancing the desired narrative, the latter wins out nearly every time. 

Antisemitic incitement, and the disturbing culture of racism and intolerance within Palestinian society, represents one of the ‘root causes’ of the conflict that you won’t read about at the Guardian or ‘Comment is Free‘.

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  1. It’s all quite disgusting. The MSM’s passive acceptance and denial of vicious anti-Semitism needs to be exposed and ended. To that end frontal attacks such as provided by this article are necessary.
    We need not always be polite. Ending this type of incitement AND a corrective to it should be an absolute pre-condition to any negotiations. It makes far more sense than releasing unrepentant convicted murderers from prison.

  2. Much more worrying
    If that`s true, then the US Administration screwed us, while pressuring Israel to negotiate with the Antisemites, eh, PLA, I mean.
    Besides this issue with the EU, not with all the countries within the EU, but with EU representatives, especially with EU-bureaucracts and institutions which are more or less without control. (out of control?)
    And the UN
    “According to the paper, Australia, Canada, the US, Spain, France and Germany have all urged Israel to rejoin the council, claiming that it set a poor precedent for dictatorships such as Syria, Iran and North Korea.”
    On the contrary, the dictatorships are regularly whitewashing each other at the UNHCR, and the USA, FRance, Germany do Business with them.
    with such friends ….

  3. The police officers who carried out the killings were later taken to court, where they were found guilty of not disobeying “illegal orders” and were sentenced to lengthy terms of imprisonment. But they were all issued pardons that cut their sentences significantly, and the commander was symbolically fined a single Israeli qirsh (the currency at the time, equivalent to a penny).

    “He had to pay a single qirsh. Dozens dead, and look at me. Look at my leg,” said al-Badr. “Do you see any justice in my case?”

    In December 2007 — 51 years later — Israeli President Shimon Peres apologized for the massacre during an Eid al-Adha reception in the village. “A terrible event happened here in the past, and we are very sorry for it,” he said.

  4. Netenyahu ought to break off negotiations right now, and he should make it quite clear that it is because of one reason only – Palestinian racism. That’s something even the Guardian won’t be able to keep off its pages.

    Meanwhile keep exposing the Palestinian racists, eventually the message will seep through the thick Guardian skulls.

    • Plus Abbas has apparently said “There will be no final agreement without the release of all the prisoners.”

      It would be interesting to see a journalist pressing him on this issue, i.e. why he believes convicted terrorists/murderers deserve to be released. Assuming, that is, he accepts that they are guilty as charged and convicted.

  5. Excellent post; The clearest article I’ve ever seen on the subjects of double standards and demonization.
    Thank You


  6. What astounds me is the fact that groups always look at themselves being victimized. It’s not only Jews that are facing racism. Christians, Muslims, blacks, asians…. The list is endless and to tackle it race by race, religion by religion is wrong. It doesn’t solve anything. What we must do is come to accept each other for their beliefs and viewpoints and give them space to themselves and practice their beliefs. As long as nobody gets hurt or killed all in the name of a religion or a god I believe that everyone has the right to do and belief in what they stand for. So I disagree with you in a way. I don’t think mainstream should focus on the people being singled out and attacked. I think mainstream should focus on the groups that are working together into making things work.

    • That’s a very idealistic view of the world, but I sort of agree with what you are saying. But when it comes to Israel, any attempt to highlight her progressive, liberal, tolerant, inclusive egalitarian society is met with howls of complaint of “pinkwashing” or “hasbara” or “propaganda”, from the very same people who support the regines that produce the racist filth highlighted above.

      You simply cannot gain a full understanding of the issues without full disclosure – of the good and bad things done on both sides.

    • “What astounds me is the fact that groups always look at themselves being victimized.”
      Maybe you didin`t get at what the piece pointed: the spreading of, the teaching of and the educating in Antisemitism by Palestinian institutions.
      Read again.

    • Has ‘Chris and Serena’ ever counseled silence in the face of oppression against, for example, black people? If a black woman is confronted by a KKK crowd and called the n-word on the street, should she suffer in silence, or is she permitted to inform the media of the presence of such hatred? Is it only Jews who should shut up when they are being demonized?

  7. “It’s difficult to respect the media gatekeepers who continually engage in selective reporting, excluding such inconvenient facts about factors which exacerbate the conflict. As we’ve documented continually, when the choice is between exposing hard, painful truths which will challenge their readers’ preconceived notions about Jews and Arabs vs. advancing the desired narrative, the latter wins out nearly every time. ”

    • Reminds me of the teletext info last night for ARTE TV’s series on Jews & Muslims through the centuries.
      Part 4’s run-down referred to the creation of Israel – good news among Jews worldwide, some of whom promptly emigrated there, but which also saw “the expulsion of the [not “some”] resident Muslims; a series of wars resulted.”

      As a potted history, that’s pretty piss poor. Perhaps the actual broadcasts were somewhat closer to the historical truth.
      (I’ve yet to catch them on the station’s online service)

      • I saw it last night.
        It painted the picture of a peaceful living together till the colonial powers came along, and some enlightened citizens of Jewish origin who according to this narrative colonialised the “Jewish Arabs” by teaching them. The enstrangement between Muslims and Jews began. No mention of Dhimmi life, of Arab migrants to the Mandate, no mention that half of the population of Jerusalem was Jewish in 1880. The massacre of Hebron was mentioned in the context that the indigenous Jews were mistakingly taken for Zionists and so on.
        Click on the Video, it will start, and if you click at the little symbol down right at the bar, you get the enlarged view.

        • Corr.
          Massacres of Safed and Jerusalem.
          The Dhimmi Status is only mentioned when abolished in the Ottoman Empire 1856. The documentary creates the Illusion that this happened throughout the Islam world.
          Some is quite interesting, but the strange Illusion of a nearly osmotic life, if not the Alliance/Cremieux, the colonial powers and the Import of European Antisemitism hadn`t taken place, is featured throughout the documentary

          • Actually I did catch the end of part 3, i.e. where they mentioned the Ottomans abolishing the dhimmi status. But did the program “create the Illusion that this happened throughout the Islam world”? Then there was the murder of a famous Jewish-Algerian (?) singer, with a local Arab recalling his father bemoaning that loss to society. They did also cover the infamous mufti of J’lem and the import of Nazi ideas.

            But yes, still, I do see where you’re coming from.

  8. Documentaries:


    Traces the history of PLO/Fatah, now better known as the ‘Palestinian Authority,’ the organization that will govern a future Palestinian State. The video shows how PLO/Fatah emerged from the German Nazi Final Solution. Hajj Amin al Husseini, father of the Palestinian Movement, creator of Fatah, and mentor to Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, was co-director with Adolf Eichmann of the death camp system that exterminated between 5 and 6 million European Jews in WWII.


    The video dispels certain myths concerning the origin of the name ‘Palestine’ and of the ‘Arab Palestinians.’ It documents that the ‘Arab Palestinians’ are in fact mostly from other places, and migrated to what is now Israel at the same time as the Zionist Jews, many of them because of the economic boom that the Zionist Jews produced in what was then British Mandate Palestine. The Zionist Jews did not steal the ‘best’ land from Arab landowners but in fact purchased abandoned desert and swamp land from absentee Arab landlords who were quite eager to sell. This was explained by Hajj Amin al Husseini himself. Husseini, father of the Palestinian movement, launched his fourth terrorist attack against the Jews of the Mandate in 1936-39. The violence was so great that the British sent a team to investigate. When questioned, Husseini admitted that the Zionist Jews had not stolen anybody’s land but in fact had bought it. In fact, Husseini had been among the major consolidators and sellers of land, and growing tremendously rich by it.

  9. And what if Israel had a death penalty for any Jew who sold his land to a Muslim, which would mirror an existing Palestinian law? Or if Israel named a day camp after a Jewish terrorist (not that there are many of those). You could give many examples of actions the world would decry, if done by Israel, but elicits only winks and yawns, when done by Palestinians.

  10. Palestine? Ha! Theres no such thing as palestine or palestinians.Israel has the right to exist and defend itself. Dont give an inch to these murderous savages. If they want their country let them have it in jordan or saudi arabia. I wish israel would just remove this human filth from the face of the earth once and for all. Gas them just like you would spray poison on cockroaches! They deserve to be wiped out

    • “Vik” I suspect you are a troll, looking to wind people up, but in any case, these views are utterly disgusting.