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Palestinians Impose Severe Restrictions on Foreign Media

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Originally published at the Gatestone Institute.

It’s official: the Palestinian Authority does not want foreign journalists to work in territories under its control unless they receive permission in advance from the Palestinian Ministry of Information.

The decision was taken earlier this week by the Palestinian Ministry of Information and the Palestinian Journalist’s Syndicate — a body controlled by Fatah-affiliated journalists.

Foreign journalists who ignore the latest restriction face arrest by Palestinian Authority security forces, said Jihad Qawassmeh, member of the Palestinian Journalist’s’ Syndicate.

Qawassmeh warned that any Palestinian journalist who helps international media representatives enter the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories without permission would face punitive measures.

“The Palestinian security forces are entitled to arrest any person who enters the State of Palestine without permission,” Qawassmeh added.

The new decision is directed primarily against Israeli journalists who cover Palestinian affairs. Recently, many Palestinian journalists complained that it was unacceptable that their Israeli colleagues were being allowed to operate freely in Palestinian territories while they did not have permission to enter Israel. They also complained that the Israeli Government Press Office was refusing to issue them press credentials.

The Palestinian journalists demanded that the Palestinian Authority impose restrictions on the work of both Israeli and international reporters.

The Palestinian journalists’ claim that they are not free to work in Israel and are being deprived of Israeli press cards stands in contrast to their calls for boycotting Israel.

The Palestinian Journalist’s Syndicate has long been opposed to “normalization” with Israel, and bans its members from holding meetings with Israeli colleagues. Some Palestinian journalists who defied the ban were recently expelled from the syndicate.

So while the Palestinian journalists are promoting a boycott of Israel, they are also demanding that the Israeli government issue them with press cards so they can enter Israel.

Besides reflecting hypocrisy on the part of these Palestinian journalists, the latest restriction serves as a reminder that the Palestinian Authority is not much different from most Arab dictatorships.

Under these dictatorships, foreign journalists need to obtain permission from the relevant authorities to enter the country to cover a story. In many cases, the authorities assign a “minder” to guide or escort the journalists to make sure that they see and hear only what the dictators want.

The Palestinian Authority, which has often displayed a large degree of intolerance toward journalists who refuse to serve as a mouthpiece for its leaders, wants to work only with sympathetic reporters.

The timing of the ban is no coincidence. It came in the aftermath of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Ramallah and Bethlehem, where Palestinian protesters set fire to and trampled on his pictures. The protests seriously embarrassed the Palestinian Authority, especially because they underscored the large gap between its leaders and the street.

While the Palestinian Authority continues to talk about making peace with Israel, many Palestinians are opposed to the idea; they argue that the leadership in Ramallah does not have a mandate to make any concessions to Israel.

These objections appeared in addition to some protests also directed against Mahmoud Abbas and his policies, especially against his declared opposition to an armed struggle against Israel and an alliance with the U.S. and the West.

Abbas and the Palestinian Authority leaders went out of their way to show Obama that they are in full control and that they enjoy the backing of the overwhelming majority of Palestinians. But television footage and news reports of the anti-Obama demonstrations threatened to spoil their effort to persuade Obama.

Particularly disturbing is that representatives of the international media have not protested against the Palestinian Authority’s threat to restrict the journalists’ work and even arrest them. One can only imagine the response of the international media had the Israeli authorities issued a similar ban or threat.

It also remains to be seen whether human rights organizations and groups that claim to defend freedom of press will react.

Once the ban goes into effect, officials of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Information will find themselves serving as censors and editors of all news items concerning the Palestinians. Unless, of course, foreign journalists raise their voices and insist on their right to write their own stories from Ramallah.

Originally published at the Gatestone Institute.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Activists Name Flotilla Ship

‘The Audacity of Hope’
 
   The organizers of an American activist flotilla setting sail later this month for the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip have appealed to President Obama to “protect” their ship.
 
   The ship is named “The Audacity of Hope,” the namesake of Obama’s 2006 book and his 2004 speech to the Democratic National Convention. Obama himself took the name from the title of a sermon, “Audacity to Hope,” given by his controversial pastor for more than 20 years, Jeremiah Wright.
 
   Several of the ship’s endorsers and fundraisers have been close associates of Obama’s.
 
   The new flotilla is attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. The Jewish state maintains the blockade to ensure against Hamas arming itself at sea. The terrorist group has been caught several times attempting to smuggle weapons, including rockets and advanced missiles, into Gaza by sea.
 
   In a letter to Obama, flotilla organizer Ray McGovern writes that the president’s major Middle East address three weeks ago “emboldens me to claim your protection as we set out to put flesh on your rhetoric.”
 
   “I write you for assurance of your support and protection as we try to embody your rhetoric,” the letter states.
 
   Continued McGovern: “You spoke eloquently about ‘times in the course of history when the action of ordinary citizens spark movements for change because they speak to a longing for freedom that has been building up for years.’ And you lamented ‘failure to speak to the broader aspirations of ordinary people.’
 
   “We, the passengers and crew of ‘The Audacity of Hope,’ sailing to Gaza in June together with the 2nd International Freedom Flotilla, represent ordinary Americans determined to speak to the aspirations of the 1.5 million ordinary Gazans yearning to be free.”
 
   The “Audacity of Hope” boat is slated to be one of the approximately 15 boats that will sail to Gaza with people from over 22 countries
 
   The U.S. branch of the flotilla project is endorsed by several Obama associates, including Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi, who reported helped raise $370,000 to finance the purchase of a U.S. ship for the cause.
 
   This reporter was the first to expose Obama’s close relationship with Khalidi, who has been tied to the Palestinian Liberation Organization and who has described Israel as a “racist” state with an “apartheid” system.
 
   Also endorsing the “Audacity” ship is Code Pink, co-founded by Jodie Evans. The group previously met with Hamas and with leaders of the Taliban.
 
   Evans was a fundraiser and financial bundler for Obama’s presidential campaign.
 
   In January, Evans and other Obama associates provoked chaos in Egypt in an attempt to enter the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to join in solidarity with the territory’s population and leadership.
 

   Among those associates were former Weather Underground terrorists William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn. The duo are both leaders of the Free Gaza Movement, which also endorsed the “Audacity of Hope” ship.

 

Prominent Israeli Archeologist:
Treasures Lie Buried Beneath Temple Mount
 
   One of the most prominent Israeli archaeologists declared that remains from the First and Second Jewish Temple period – including the Second Temple itself – lie underneath the Temple Mount surface, just waiting to be excavated.
 
   Dr. Eilat Mazar of Hebrew University accused the site’s Islamic custodians of destroying Jewish artifacts while attempting to turn the Temple Mount into a “giant mosque.”
 
   “I think we will find all the remains starting from the First Temple period and remains of the Temple itself,” said Mazar, a third-generation archeologist. “I mean, no one took it out, it’s there.”
 
   Mazar said she is “absolutely sure” remains from the First and Second Temple periods, including “the Second Temple itself,” as well as later remains from the Byzentine and early Islamic periods, are just under the surface of the Temple Mount.
 
   Continued Mazar: “I am absolutely sure, in light of my very rich experience excavating Jerusalem for 30 years now, all these remains are waiting to be revealed. And if it can’t be done nowadays because of all kinds of sensitivities, at least we should take care that it won’t be ruined for future excavations when time comes.”
 
   Mazar heads the excavation department at the City of David, an archaeological village at the foot of the Temple Mount said to be the place where King David built his palace and established his capital.
 

   Mazar was speaking in an interview with “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio”on New York’s WABC Radio.

 

New Documents Reveal Government
Collusion With Soros-Funded Organization
 
   The Federal Communications Commission colluded with a George Soros-funded, Marxist-founded organization to publicly push a new plan to regulate the Internet under the government’s “net neutrality” program, according to just released documents.
 
   The material was released in response to a Freedom of Information request from Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption.
 
   The released documents include internal correspondence and e-mails evidencing some coordination between FCC officials and leaders of Free Press, a controversial nonprofit which petitions for more government control of the Internet and news media.
 
   The contact largely involved pushing the “net neutrality” agenda in the run up to an FCC vote last December to advance the “net neutrality program.”
 
   This column has reported numerous times on the connections between the Obama administration, including the FCC, and Free Press.
 
   Among the material uncovered by Judicial Watch was correspondence between FCC Special Counsel David Tannenbaum and then-Free Press Policy Director Ben Scott, now a State Department official, in working together to establish a lists of speakers for FCC “internet workshops.”
 
   Tannenbaum even asked Scott about inviting a speaker from Color for Change, an environmental activist group founded by Van Jones, Obama’s former green jobs adviser. Jones resigned in September 2009 after media exposed the fact that he founded a communist revolutionary organization and called for “resistance” against the U.S. government and police.
 
   Jones served on the Free Press board.
 
   In May 2010 Scott was named a policy adviser for innovation at the State Department. He previously served as director of Free Press.
 

   Scott authored a book, The Future of Media, which was edited by Free Press Founder Robert W. McChesney, an avowed Marxist activist who has called for the dismantlement “brick-by-brick” of the U.S. capitalist system, with America being rebuilt as a socialist society.

 

 

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

   The group behind the Gaza flotilla that engaged in deadly clashes with Israeli commandos counts among its top supporters the friends and associates of President Barack Obama, namely the founders of the Weather Underground terrorist organization, William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, as well as Jodie Evans, the leader of the radical activist organization Code Pink.
 
   The flotilla was organized by the Free Gaza Movement, a coalition of leftist human rights activists and pro-Palestinian groups engaged in attempts to break a blockade imposed by Israel on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
 
   Code Pink has led several recent Free Gaza Movement initiatives, including attempted marches into the Gaza Strip. Dorhn was in the Middle East just last month on behalf of the movement.
 
   Ayers and Dohrn were close associates for years with President Obama, while Evans was a fundraiser and financial bundler for Obama’s presidential campaign.
 
   In January, Ayers, Dohrn and Evans were involved in provoking chaos on the streets of Egypt in an attempt to enter Gaza with the Free Gaza Movement to join in solidarity with the territory’s population and leadership.
 
   The three helped to stir riots after the Egyptian government refused to allow a large number of protesters to enter neighboring Gaza. Eventually, the protesters accepted an Egyptian offer of allowing about 100 marchers into Gaza. Once in the territory, those marchers were reportedly met on the Gaza side by Hamas’s former Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.
 
   At the time of the march, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) wrote a letter in support of a “humanitarian delegation from Massachusetts” to Gaza. Members of Code Pink documented on their blogs that Kerry’s letter was used at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo as part of the attempts to pressure Egypt to let the group into Gaza.
 

   Images of the letter were also posted on the Electronic Intifada website run by Ali Abunimah, who was with Evans’s group in Egypt and who, this column first reported in 2008, spoke at pro-Palestinian events in the 1990s alongside Obama. In one such event, a 1999 fundraiser for Palestinian “refugees,” Abunimah recalled introducing Obama on stage.

 

Israel, PA Confiscate

Weapons Intended For Hamas

 

   Israel and the Palestinian Authority recently seized a large quantity of weapons, including rockets, in the strategic West Bank meant for the Hamas terrorist organization, an informed Israeli security official told this reporter.
 
   The Obama administration has backed a Fatah-led state in the West Bank, which borders Jerusalem and is within rocket range of Israel’s international airport. The U.S. is in the midst of brokering proximity talks between the PA and Israel aimed at the creation of a Palestinian state.
 

   The Israeli security official said there were signs Hamas was gaining strength in the West Bank, in particular by infiltrating Fatah forces and smuggling weapons and cash into key West Bank cities. The official said Hamas has been using young girls to smuggle cash, and that Fatah militants have been instrumental in smuggling weapons on behalf of Hamas.

 

Free Press Director Official

Headed To State Department
 
   The policy director at a George Soros-funded, Marxist-founded organization calling itself Free Press has just taken a key State Department position, this column has learned.
 
   Free Press Policy Director Ben Scott has been named a policy adviser for innovation at the State Department.
 
   “We will miss Ben’s leadership, wise counsel, and strategic brilliance – for Free Press and the overall movement for media and technology policy in the public interest,” said Free Press President Josh Silver.
 
   Free Press is a well-known advocate of government intervention on the Internet.
 
   Scott authored a book, The Future of Media, which was edited by the founder of Free Press, Robert W. McChesney.
 

   McChesney is an avowed Marxist who has recommended that capitalism be dismantled.

   He is a professor at the University of Illinois and former editor of the Marxist journal Monthly Review.
 
   In February 2009, McChesney wrote in a column, “In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick-by-brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles.”
 
   The board of Free Press has included a slew of radicals, such as Obama’s former “green jobs” czar Van Jones, who resigned after reports surfaced that he had founded a communist organization.
 
   Last week, this column reported that Free Press published a study advocating the development of a “world class” government-run media system in the U.S.
 

   Now the group is pushing a new organization, StopBigMedia.com, that advocates the downfall of “big media” and the creation of new media to “promote local ownership, amplify minority voices, support quality journalism, and bring local artists, voices and viewpoints to the airwaves.

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

   A U.S. plan envisions stationing international troops along Israel’s border with a future Palestinian state, this column has learned.
 
   Palestinian Authority officials privy to the plan say the Obama administration proposed deploying NATO soldiers along the Palestinian side of a future border with Israel as well as along the borders of Jordan and any future Palestinian state.
 
   Israeli government sources confirmed such a plan has been proposed. The sources said the concept is not exclusive to the Obama administration. Both Presidents Clinton and Bush raised the idea of stationing international troops along the borders of a future Palestinian state.
 
   International troops and monitors do not boast a positive track record in fulfilling their protective duties on behalf of Israel. Monitors previously stationed along the Gaza-Egypt border fled their duties multiple times amid Hamas threats and attacks. Those monitors were deployed to report any instances of weapons smuggling or terrorist infiltration along the border.
 
   And, despite a UNIFIL force of about 15,000 soldiers deployed in South Lebanon following the Second Lebanon War in 2006 – with the specific objective of ensuring a truce between Israel and Hizbullah as well as stopping Hizbullah from rearming – Hizbullah has reportedly managed to acquire rockets and sophisticated weaponry from Syria and Iran. The group is said to have enough projectiles to blanket Israeli population centers with rockets for a prolonged period of time.
 
   Israeli security officials said the Israeli army routinely passes aerial photographs and video images of Hizbullah weapons smuggling routes to UNIFIL commanders, but with few exception the international forces have not taken action.
 

   The security officials are concerned the UNIFIL forces could get in the way and impede any future Israeli defensive action needed against Hezbollah.

 

Far-Left Group Wants Government-Run Media

 

   A George Soros-funded, Marxist-founded organization calling itself Free Press has published a study advocating the development of a “world class” government-run media system in the U.S.
 
   “The need has never been greater for a world-class public media system in America,” begins a 48-page document, “New Public Media: A Plan for Action,” by the far-left Free Press organization.
 
   The Free Press study urges the creation of a trust fund – largely supported by new fees and taxes on advertising and the private media – to jumpstart the founding of a massive government-run public media system that will ultimately become self-sufficient.
 
      Meanwhile, this reporter’s newly released book, The Manchurian President: Barack Obama’s Ties to Communists, Socialists and Other Anti-American Extremists, documents that Free Press has close ties to top Obama administration officials.
 
   The book also documents that Robert W. McChesney, founder of the Free Press, is an avowed Marxist who has recommended capitalism be dismantled. “In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick-by-brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles,” wrote McChesney in a 2009 column.
 
   The board of Free Press has included a slew of radicals, such as Obama’s former green jobs czar, Van Jones, who resigned after reports that he had founded a communist organization surfaced.
 
   Obama’s Internet czar, Susan P. Crawford, spoke at a Free Press’s May 14, 2009, “Changing Media” summit in Washington, D.C. Crawford’s pet project, OneWebNow, lists Free Press as a “participating organization.”
 

   Crawford and Kevin Werbach, who co-directed the Obama transition team’s Federal Communications Commission Review team, are advisory board members at Public Knowledge, a George Soros-funded public interest group whose leaders also serve on Free Press.

 

Elana Kagan Hired Controversial

Obama Official At Harvard
 
   It was President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, who hired radical regulatory czar Cass Sunstein as a Harvard law professor, this column has learned.
 
   Sunstein, like Kagan, has advocated far-ranging restrictions on free speech and expressed extreme views on other topics as well.
 
   In February 2008, Kagan, as dean of Harvard Law School, announced the arrival at Harvard of Sunstein, then a longtime University of Chicago scholar. Kagan called Sunstein “the preeminent legal scholar of our time.”
 
   This column previously reported that Sunstein drew up a “First Amendment New Deal” – a new “Fairness Doctrine” that would include the establishment of a panel of “nonpartisan experts” to ensure “diversity of view” on the airwaves.
 
   This column also reported that in a recently released book, On Rumors, Sunstein argued that websites should be obliged to remove “false rumors” while libel laws should be altered to make it easier to sue for spreading such “rumors.”
 
   In the 2009 book, Sunstein cited as a primary example of “absurd” and “hateful” remarks, reports by “right-wing websites” alleging an association between President Obama and former Weather Underground terrorist William Ayers. Sunstein also singled out radio talker Sean Hannity for “attacking” Obama regarding the president’s “alleged associations.”
 

   Just yesterday, a video at Breitbart.comshowed Sunstein proposing that Congress hold hearings about mandates to ensure websites post links to a diversity of views on issues.

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

   A Muslim extremist who earlier warned that TV’s “South Park” creators should be “afraid for their lives” for insulting Islam’s prophet Muhammad now says that yesterday’s car bomb attempt in Times Square will be just the beginning of a new wave of terrorist attacks.
 
   Younus Abdullah Muhammad, author of RevolutionMuslim.com, told this reporter during a show broadcast on New York’s WABC Radio that America should “absolutely” expect more jihadi violence in New York City.
 
   When asked if the Times Square attack was aimed at the offices of nearby Viacom, which owns the “South Park” series, Abdullah Muhammad deflected the question to condemn U.S. foreign policy instead.
 
   “It was a retaliation for what your government is doing overseas,” Abdullah Muhammad said. “If you want to continue killing civilians, then you’re going to get many incidents that resemble what happened yesterday.”
 
   RevolutionMuslim.com last month warned there is a “very real possibility” that “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone will end up murdered like Theo Van Gogh, the Dutch filmmaker killed by an Islamic extremist in 2004 after making a film critical of Islam.
 
   The website then issued a statement pointing out the Islamic punishment for mocking Muhammad is death.
 
   But Abdullah Muhammad said on WABC, “We do not condone nor condemn terrorism,” Abdullah Muhammad said on WABC. “There is no relation between our organization and these attacks.”
 

   Nevertheless, he predicted, “There will be a lot more terror attacks in the Unites States. Probably you should bring your imperial overstretch home before you’re destroyed. … Stop trying to police the world. Nobody likes you people.”

 

New Book Digs Deep

 

   The Manchurian President, a new book by this reporter reveals untold aspects of President Obama’s mysterious college years.
 
   Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign went to great lengths to conceal normally routine information about the candidate’s college years, including his first two undergraduate years at Occidental College in Los Angeles followed by his final two years and graduation from Columbia University in New York City.
 
   It was at Oxy that Obama first engaged in community activism, delivering what has been described as the first political speech of his career. On February 18, 1981, Obama addressed students gathered outside Coons Hall administration building, exhorting Oxy’s trustees to divest from South Africa.
 
   The Manchurian President finds that speech was arranged by the Students for Economic Democracy, or SEC, a national student advocacy group established by Tom Hayden, principal founder of the Students for a Democratic Society, the radical 1960′s protest movement from which Bill Ayers Weatherman terrorist organization splintered.
 
   The book also reveals the name of an Obama political mentor at Oxy: Professor Gary Chapman, an activist associated with the New American Movement, identified as a “splinter group” of Bill Ayers’s SDS.
 
   Finally, The Manchurian President focuses on a slew of “czars” in the Obama administration, releasing new information on top officials, including Internet czar, Susan P. Crawford.
 
   Crawford spoke at a May 14, 2009 “Changing Media” summit in Washington, DC for the liberal/left media think tank Free Press. Crawford’s “OneWebNow” project lists Acorn as one of its “participating organizations” with another listed as Free Press.
 
   Free Press is a well-known advocate of government intervention on the Internet. The founder of Free Press, Robert W. McChesney, is a professor at the University of Illinois, and former editor of the Marxist journal, Monthly Review.
 
   In February 2009, McChesney, an avowed Marxist, recommended that capitalism be dismantled. “In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick-by-brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles,” wrote McChesney is a column.
 
   The board of Free Press has included a slew of radicals, such as Obama’s former green jobs czar Van Jones, who resigned after his founding of a communist organization became known.
 
   Meanwhile, Crawford and Kevin Werbach, who co-directed the Obama transition team’s Federal Communications Commission Review team, are advisory board members at Public Knowledge, a George Soros-funded public interest group.
 
   A third Public Knowledge advisory board member, Timothy Wu, writes on his blog that in his “spare time,” he is the chair of the “media reform organization Free Press.”
 

   Public Knowledge claims to be bi-partisan, working with groups from both sides of the aisle, including Free Press and the Open Society Institute.

 

   Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for Internet giant WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 2-4 p.m.

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