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Leading Israeli paper features UK Media Watch report on Nabi Saleh ‘Pallywood’ row

On Sunday, we posted about the latest Pallywood production from the Palestinian town of Nabi Saleh “where photographers gather every Friday to document repetitious scenes of…activists clashing with Israeli soldiers” and where protesters place their children in danger to score propaganda points.   (The term “Pallywood” refers to the staging of scenes by Palestinian journalists in order to present the Palestinians as hapless victims of Israeli aggression.)  We noted that the most popular Pallywood child star, known as “Shirley Temper” (aka Ahed Tamimi), revived her role as the symbol of Palestinian “resistance” on Friday, when she was seen biting the hand of an Israeli soldier who had detained a young rock-thrower during protests.  

However, unlike in previous productions, the British media weren’t completely acquiescent to the desired Pallywood script. We noted that two major papers radically changed course and revised or deleted their initially sympathetic coverage.  One other site known far and wide for their anti-Israel coverage, The Guardian, decided not to cover the story at all. This, we argued, represented an extremely significant development in the context of the extraordinarily biased coverage of the region in the UK media.

Today, our analysis of media coverage of the incident was featured in the Israeli paper Yedioth Ahronoth (the country’s second most popular newspaper).


Yedioth highlights our analysis, as well as the graphics we used showing the changing headline at the Daily Mail and the completely deleted story at The Telegraph

Here’s a CAMERA translation of the first paragraph of the Yedioth article:

The international media sets a new trend: An altercation last Friday in Nabi Saleh north of Ramallah, between a Golani fighter who detained an 11-year-old boy suspected of throwing stones and female members of the boy’s family, resulted in highly problematic coverage for Israel’s image in the international media. But according to the pro-Israel site UK Media Watch, which monitors and analyzes coverage of Israel in the British media, coverage of the incident changed following claims that the Tamimi family, which was involved in the incident, and especially the girl who was photographed biting the soldier, is a known serial provocateur of Israeli soldiers for the benefit of journalists’ cameras.

Yedioth goes on to agree with our main take-away from the Daily Mail and Telegraph retreats, and Guardian non-coverage: that even the British media – at the forefront of delegitimization efforts against the Jewish state – may be tiring of the transparent efforts by Palestinian activists to manipulate their coverage of the region.

(See English version of the Yedioth article here)

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  1. Good for you.

    And, of course, good for Israellycool (whose Aussie Dave gave her the moniker “Shirley Temper”) and which has been documenting the adventures of her and her family over the past few years.

    • Agree. Israellycool has done a superb job naming and shaming the Tamimi girl and her family. Also, a major h/t to This Ongoing War for exposing the support for extremism in the town of Nabi Saleh.

      Mr. Human Rights Defender, a question if we may
      Friday, September 04, 2015

      A syndicated photo from October 2011, one of many depicting Nabi Saleh as the village celebrated the impending arrival of a beloved son, Nizar Tamimi. The caption describes him and the fiancee he had either never met or met just once, Ahlam Tamimi, laconically and inaccurately as “married while incarcerated”. Hardly worth mentioning, in the eyes of the editors, that both are convicted, unrepentant murderers in the service of Palestinian Arab terrorist organizations [ Image Source: AFP/Getty]

      Bassem Tamimi who heads the business that stages clashes each Friday in Nabi Saleh [“17-Mar-13: A little village in the hills, and the monsters it spawns”] is about to spend a month criss-crossing the United States, selling his wares [itinerary here]. Tamimi is going to be hosted by various American groups, including – and we admit to being shocked by this – Amnesty International. (But be aware Amnesty has a long track record of aligning with the Tamimi family’s causes and has crowned Bassem Tamimi a “prisoner of conscience” which resonates in the world in which it is active.)

      Do Amnesty’s supporters know of its special attachment to the terrorist-loving village of Nabi Saleh?
      “Human rights defender” Tamimi has been in the news this past week [“02-Sep-15: Lights, action, camera, bite: Scenes from a cognitive war”] because of some powerful video and photographic imagery depicting his son in a headlock and his daughter sinking her teeth into the arm of an IDF soldier. As we try to explain, knowing where Bassem Tamimi was physically standing, and what he was doing there as his children were “attacked” is key to unpackaging the sham that dozens of reporters who regularly cover the weekly Nabi Saleh performance know but don’t dare reveal. It’s an open scandal.

      From experience, we know to expect an outpouring of American college-student and liberal-minded sympathy and understanding for the Tamimi clan’s “struggle” to “resist”. The New York Times bought into that enthusiastically [here] two years ago, even donating the front cover of its enormously influential Sunday Magazine to advance the marketing of the “non-violent Nabi Saleh” myth.

      We’re also expecting sane people with a revulsion for terror to come out of this encounter with more flexible views of terrorism and how to think about it. The process is, sadly, familiar to anyone observing the moral relativism currently infecting broad swathes of some of the Western world’s best educated people.

      For those who decide to go along to hear Tamimi, we have just one request.

      After a glance at these images below, and perhaps a quick review of just one of numerous articles that draw attention to the blood-lust, jihadist savagery and open child abuse in which the Tamimis are deeply mired (“Bassem Tamimi and the Use of Children as Political Props”, for instance), we are asking that someone in the audience or from among the reporters attending asks him the question below.

      Ahlam Tamimi, advocate for jihad, in her own words
      Image Source: “03-Aug-15: The triumph and the silence: A killer’s fame
      and what it reveals about her world”

      Ahlam Tamimi, unrepentant Islamist and convicted killer, in her own words: Image Source: What would it take to make you as happy as this woman?

      Ahlam Tamimi, confessed mass murderer of Jewish children, in her own words:
      Image Source: Video: Released Hamas Terrorist Ahlam Tamimi on Palestinian
      Public’s Delight at Suicide Bombings
      The question:
      Bassem Tamimi, tell us in simple words: are you as delighted by your cousin Ahlam Tamimi’s massacre of Jewish children as she is? Have you criticized it ever, anywhere? Will you condemn it here and now?
      (The massacre we mention is described here. It’s where the life of our precious fifteen year-old daughter Malki ended.)

      Why do you think no one has asked the ever-interviewable man (or his wife or his daughter better known these days as Shirley Temper) this question till now?

      The entire town is on record numerous times celebrating the killing of Jews by various Tamimis, and especially by Ahlam Tamimi. This soft of stuff, first-person-statements, photos from the town as it celebrates the killers, is easy to find for anyone who actually looks for it.

      In truth, for reasons most people will get, we don’t really care much about any answer he may give now or when he’s on the road. What does bother us a very great deal is those people living far from here, Amnesty and its followers among them, who knowingly or unknowingly give their support to a person with Bassem Tamimi’s values, and never think to even ask questions like the one we have just suggested.

    • None. The video clearly shows the fact that Palestinian parents send their children to provoke soldiers in a violent altercation putting the children in harms way and that the soldiers react in an extremely humane way. The clip doesn’t show anything new, only the usual barbarian behavior of some Palestinians.

    • @peterthehungarian –

      Re: ” Your buddies are murdering their own compatriots in Gaza. Naturally this is Israel’s faults [sic] too…”

      Doubtless those bastards (who are NOT my buddies) will take a leaf out of the IDF songbook and call it “a tragic accident” (lyrics @ ) or “friendly fire” or “collateral damage”, or some such weaselly thing.

      And, also no doubt, they will adapt that other Israeli smash-hit song, “Hamas to blame when we kill civilians, Hamas to blame when we cock up, Hamas to blame, Hamas to blame, tra-la, tra-la, tra-la”.

      Amazing how limited the I/P repertoire of war chants is, innit…

      • Miranda of tra-la-la this is for you too:
        Stray bullets apparently fired from a Hamas training camp in the Gaza Strip hit an Israeli home in a kibbutz adjacent to the Palestinian enclave Wednesday evening, causing damage but no injuries.
        One of the bullets shattered the window of a home in the Kibbutz Netiv Ha’asara and hit a television while two children, aged 6 and 9, were watching it
        And don’t forget this either:
        IDF helped Gazan families enter Israel, Palestinians say
        Eyewitnesses claim nearly a dozen people were allowed to pass through border fence, while soldiers kept Hamas guards at bay.

        Now let’s hear your tra-lal-la again…

      • The IDF songbook, huh? As oppposed to the Batshit’s Bible you continue to stump.

        And BTW, Morrre Braaaains, the real songbook those Hamas birdies sing are your tunes. Israel is the Worst!!111 and Oppression and Occupation of Natives and Their Land!!1111!!!1

        Some more one hit wonders?

        Sure Blow Up the Pizzeria
        Israeli Kids Will Only Grow Up To Be IDF
        Israel Is Nothing w/o American Funding
        Black Lives Matter = Palestine Palestine Palestine!!!

        Sing for us, won’t you, Birdie?

      • Miranda,
        Are you saying that the IDF intentionally targeted children on a Gaza Beach? Yes? No? OR do you have some weaselly answer?
        Of course, casualties result from friendly fire, and there is collateral damage in all wars, but those Jews are different, eh, Miranda? You know that they just love spilling the blood of innocent children, don’t you?

        • Miranda and her ilk, slinging slanderous sleaze at the most moral army in the world while her Islamo-nazi buddies are leveling cities nearby in Syria, doing what only the IDF prevents her Hamas and Fatah buddies from doing.

  2. Miranda you as usual miss the point, when the IDF killed these children on the Gaza beach they believed that they are enemy combatants during a battle and mistakenly fired a rocket or gun. When your – if not buddies but proxies – launched a rocket at Israel they intended to kill Israeli civilians without any provocation in the middle of a ceasefire and instead wounded their own civilians. And don’t be mistaken, when Gazans die only Hamas to blame, this is not a hit song but a fact.
    Anyway when somebody starts happily sing her tra-la-la on a blog – this is the high time to look for a mental professional.