The Guardian corrects false Palestinian “political prisoner” claim

As we’ve noted previously, CiF Watch has been able to leverage information we obtained from the Israel Justice Ministry on the 104 pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners, who are to be released as a concession to resume peace talks, to prompt corrections to false characterizations of these Palestinians as “political prisoners” at the Guardian and Independent. 

We demonstrated conclusively (per a detailed report on the prisoners translated and published exclusively by CAMERA) that most of the 104 Palestinians were convicted in Israeli courts (before the signing of the Oslo Agreements in September 1993) for murder, attempted murder or being an accessory to murder.  Thus, British media efforts to paint these violent criminals as “political prisoners” (a term which refers to those imprisoned for their political beliefs) were impossible to defend.

Whilst the corrections we obtained thus far were prompted by communication between CiF Watch and the editors of the British papers in question, yesterday we noticed that the Guardian issued a correction, to an Oct. 31 report by Matthew Kalman on the recent release of the latest round of 26 pre-Oslo prisoners, before we contacted them.

corexYes, they indeed “erred”, but we’re glad to see the correction.

Though this may seem like a narrow issue to some, it needs to be understood as part of the British media’s increasing tendency to submit to the corruption and politicization of ordinary language by radical ideologies which attempt to turn truth, logic and moral common sense upside down.  

It is quite urgent that we continue to resist efforts to mainstream such horribly misleading euphemisms, so please contact us if you see other examples of British media reports on the Palestinian prisoner release issue which employ such propagandistic terms.


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  1. ‘Political prisoners’, ‘militants’. What a joke.

    Good they corrected (though they might have done so because someone else contacted them).

  2. In fact they call them now “long-term Palestininan prisoners”, not willing to define the reasons for the sentence to imprisonment.

    Will Al Guardian define these islamists after the trial as “Poiitical prisoners”?. For now they are suspects and men, according to Al Guardian.

    The coverage of events following the Woolwich murder may indicate the twist Al Guardian will give as the extremists call themselves “soldier”.

    “Fears that Muslim communities across the country are facing a sustained wave of attacks and intimidation have intensified after it emerged that almost 200 Islamophobic incidents had been reported since the murder of British soldier Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, south-east London, last week.”
    “The Tell Mama hotline for recording Islamophobic incidents said 193 incidents had been reported by Monday evening, with more expected to come in. Before the death of Rigby, the service recorded an average of three or four incidents a day.”
    “The Tell Mama co-ordinator, Fiyaz Mughal, from Faith Matters, said he feared there would be an escalation in attacks on Muslim communities. “These things are cumulative and I do not see an end to this cycle of violence,” said Mughal. “There is an underlying Islamophobia in our society and the horrendous events in Woolwich have brought this to the fore and inflamed the situation.” ”

    Faith Matters, an Organisation whose aims are the empowerment, inter religious cooperation and deescalation, but shys away to adress Islamism as a big issue and a big Problem of the Islamic world

  3. If they are political prisoners then the only condition of their release should be to deport them to England. The Guardian should be able to sponsor all of them.

  4. Only the Guardian could call mass murderers political prisoners.
    A List of Monsters
    The terrorists to be set free murdered Jews young and old, including an elderly Holocaust survivor, with guns, knives, axes, and ropes.
    Gil Ronen

    As Israel prepares to release 26 more terrorist prisoners as a “gesture” to the Palestinian Authority, Arutz Sheva presents a partial list of those slated for freedom.

    It reveals a catalogue of atrocities, the majority of which involved the murder of civilians carried out at close range. Each of the crimes shook Israel at the time it happened, and was the front page headline of Israel’s newspapers at the time it happened.

    Kassem Hazem Shabir murdered Holocaust survivor Yitzhak Rotenberg Hy”d. Rotenberg, a Polish Jew, was sent to the Sobibor concentration camp with his family when he was a teenager but managed to escape from the camp and to fight in the ranks of the Partisan underground. He was also interred by the British in Cyprus before reaching Palestine. He joined the IDF and took part in the War of independence. He worked in construction.

    At age 67, as he was fixing a floor in Petach Tikva, Hazem and another terrorist attacked him from behind with axe blows to the back of his head. He died two days later. Hazem’s accomplice was released in the previous batch of terror prisoners. Rotenberg was survived by his wife and son.

    Alabed Hilmi Amawi murdered Yigal Vaknin Hy”d, 22, in 1993, just before the Yom Kippur fast. Vaknin’s body was found in an orchard near Moshav Basra, where he lived and worked. He was survived by his parents and eight brothers and sisters.

    Awad Masalkha took part in the murder of Yigal Vaknin Hy”d and also murdered another Jew, David Reuven Hy”d, an Iraqi-born father of three who ran a mini-market in Petach Tikva. In 1991, Awad and other terrorists entered the mini-market, attacked Reuven, tied him up and beat him to death. He was 59.

    Ahmed Damuni murdered reservist soldier Amnon Pomerantz Hy”d in 1970. Pomerantz was on his way to reserve service in Gaza when he entered the Al Burej neighborhood by mistake. He was pummeled with rocks, murdered, and his body was burned inside his car. He was 46. He was survived by his wife and three children.

    Sharif Abu-Dahila murdered his employer of 15 years, Avi Osher Hy”d, in 1991. Osher, who was 40, managed the date grove at Moshav Masua. Sharif stabbed Osher to death and hid his body in a vineyard. Osher was survived by his wife and two children.

    Mustafa Ganimat and Ziyad Ganimat gunned down Meir Ben Yair, 33, and Michal Cohen, 32, Hy”d, at the Masu’a Forest, in 1985. Ben Yair was survived a wife and two children. Cohen was survived by a husband, two children, parents, a brother and a sister.

    Al-Afu Shakir murdered IDF soldier Akiva Shaltiel Hy”d, 21, in April of 1985. Shakir and other terrorists abducted Shaltiel as he was making his way from his base in Samaria to Rosh Haayin. His body was discovered near Beit Aryeh. He was survived by his parents and five brothers and sisters.

    Mahmoud Haga murdered Yosef Shirazi Hy”d. Haga and another terrorist managed to swim from Aqaba, Jordan, to Eilat, in May, 1992. Shirazi, who was employed as a security guard for the Hebrew Unversity’s marine biology research center, received word of suspicious movements outisde the research center and went out to check the premises. The terrorists gunned him down at short range.

    Muhammad Mukabal murdered Yaakov Shalom Hy”d, 40, in 1990. Mukabal and his accomplice in the stabbing murder were both employed by Shalom at the kitchen of the Ein Kerem Inn, which Shalom owned. He was survived by his mother, two daughters, and three siblings.

    Haza Yusef and Abdullah Bani-Hassan murdered Yosef Eliyahu and Leah Elmakayes Hy”d, two teachers, in 1985. The teachers were preparing a field trip for their pupils in the Gilboa area, when they were accosted by the terrorists. Eliyahu, 35, married and a father of five, was shot at close range, and Elmakayis, 19, was strangled to death. She had been a National Service volunteer. She left behind her parents and three siblings.

    Yousef Abdel Hajj murdered Genia Friedman Hy”d, 41 years old when, in 1992. He stabbed her to death as she walked down a main street in Kfar Saba. Abdel Hajj also stabbed and injured her father and two other people.

    Ahmed Abdel Aziz, Usama Abu Hanana and Muhammad Turkeman murdered Motti Bitton Hy”d, 32, in 1992. Biton, who lived in Ganim, was buying items in an Arab-owned store in northern Samaria when the terrorists came in, shot him and blew up an explosive charge. His wife, Molly, fired at the terrorists and they escaped.

    Issa Abed Rabbo murdered Ron Levy, 23, and his girlfriend Revital Seri, 22, who were hiking in northern Mount Hevron in 1984, near the Cremisan monastery. Issa tied them with ropes, put sacks on their heads and shot them.

    Massoud Amar murdered Ian Feinberg Hy”d, 30, a lawyer involved with economic development in Gaza. In 1993, he was conducting a business meeting in Gaza when terrorists burst into the room and told the other Arabs there to leave. They murdered Feinberg with axe blows and gunshots. He was survived by his wife and three children.

    At last night’s demonstration protesting the prisoner release, Feinberg’s sister gave an emotional address to the crowd, in which she decried the “sale” of Israeli and Jewish blood “as a gesture.”.

    Asrar Samarian and Musa Kara’an Musa murdered Tzvi Klein, 44, a mathematician and educator, who lived in Ofra. In 1991, they fired on his vehicle when he was travelling from Jerusalem to Ofra, fatally injuring him. He was survived by his wife and three children.

    Ali Hader Razak killed IDF soldier Guy Friedman Hy”d in Bethlehem in 1990, in a terror attack that involved explosive charges planted at the entrance to the military governor’s building. Guy was 19. He was survived by his parents and two brothers.

    Ibrahim Muhammad Nasser and Muhammad Rafaa Karaja murdered reservist soldier Aharon Avidar Hy”d in 1985, as he guarded the customs building in Ramallah. Avidar was 29, married, with one daughter.

    As noted, the above is only a partial list of the murderers being set free by Israel in the second batch of terrorists to be released as “a gesture” to the PA.

  5. How about the Guardian write about their crimes and their victims as well? Wouldn’t that be pertinent to a news story about their release?

  6. For a country which venerates the terrorist activities of Menachem Begin, Ariel Sharon, Rabbi Baruch Goldstein and all the other murdering terrorists who were instrumental in the creation of Israel, its racist policies and violent oppression of the Palestinian people to talk about Palestinian “terrorism” is extremely hypocritical. Many of us are also aware of the murderous behaviour of Israel’s MOSSAD and the sick, evil and twisted fake “terror” attacks sponsored and planned by the Israeli Government such as the “Lavon Affair” and the assault on the USS Liberty. A country founded on blood, terrorism, theft and “ethnic cleansing” is a country founded on criminality and immorality. The historical record is clear.

    • Matron he is out of his bed and foaming at the mouth again. And there is the usual strong smell of bullshit!