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Khaled Abu Toameh: How Journalists Allowed the Palestinian Authority to Fool Them

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

The Palestinian Authority has been boasting over the past four years of its success in restoring law and order to the West Bank city of Jenin.

Journalists from all around the world were invited to Jenin, once notorious for dispatching suicide bombers to Israel, to report on the Palestinian government’s successful efforts.

Palestinian leaders and government officials told the journalists how their security forces have managed to end the state of chaos and lawlessness that used to prevail in Jenin.

They talked about how Fatah gangsters and thugs who used to roam the streets, imposing an atmosphere of intimidation and terror on the population, have vanished.

Most of the gangsters, the Palestinian government officials noted, had been recruited to various branches of the Western-funded Palestinian security forces and were indirectly receiving salaries from American and European taxpayers’ money.

Many Western correspondents rushed to Jenin to cover the story about the success of the Palestinian Authority in restoring law and order.

One of the most popular stories was the fact that Zakaria Zubeidi, the former commander of Fatah’s armed militia, Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which was behind dozens of terror attacks against Israel, was now running a local theater and promoting coexistence and peace. But while the international, and Israeli, media were breaking the “good news” about Jenin, the journalists failed to understand what was really going on in Jenin and its surrounding villages. Some journalists, in fact, chose to turn a blind eye to the grim reality on the ground.

The murder of Israeli Arab actor and film producer Julian Mar-Khamis in Jenin last year should have sounded an alarm bell among the media representatives. His killers have never been caught, sparking a wave of unconfirmed reports about the involvement of influential Fatah gangsters and Palestinian security officers in the case.

A Western journalist who wanted to do an investigative report into the case was warned by senior Palestinian security officers that she would be putting her life at risk if she insisted on carrying out this mission.

Last week, the truth about the situation in Jenin finally exploded in the faces of everyone: the local governor died of a fatal heart attack following an unsuccessful assassination attempt. For the Palestinian Authority leadership, the assassination attempt was what lifted the veil: Palestinian leaders in Ramallah realized that they could no longer continue to hide the truth about what was really happening in Jenin.

Palestinian security forces have since arrested dozens of Fatah “outlaws” and police officers for various crimes — including murder, extortion, abductions, sexual harassment, and armed robberies.

Radi Asideh, the security commander of the Jenin area, admitted that it was the Palestinian security establishment that was responsible for the anarchy and lawlessness. “There is a defect inside the security establishment and officers were responsible for this,” he revealed.

The biggest mistake, Asideh added, was that the Palestinian leadership had turned its back to the defect, allowing the situation to deteriorate at the expense of the people’s security.

Palestinians say that anarchy and lawlessness are to be found also in other areas in the West Bank where the Palestinian Authority claims to have imposed law and order. And, they add, in most cases it is the Palestinian Authority’s security forces that are responsible for the chaos and corruption.

If the Western journalists and donors continue to ignore the reality on the ground, the West Bank could soon fall into the hands of gangsters and armed clans, as has been the case in Jenin — among the main reasons the Palestinian Authority collapsed in the Gaza Strip in 2007, speeding the rise of Hamas to power.
Originally published by Gatestone Institute http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org

Governor of Jenin Dies of Heart Attack After Ambush

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Jenin District Governor Kadura Musa died Tuesday night of a heart attack after attackers opened fire on his home, according to a report by Haaretz.

A hail of bullets rained down on Musa’s home Tuesday night by a number of attackers positioned outside his home.  Guards returned fire, and Musa himself came out and shot a weapon in the air.

Later, he complained of feeling unwell, was taken to the hospital, and subsequently died.

The attackers are believed to be members of the family of a Palestinian man killed by Palestinian police on April 15 after failing to turn himself in.  The family had threatened to take revenge.

Musa was believed to be a stabilizing force in Jenin, according to Haaretz, but participated in the January 2011 awarding of a presidential prize from Fatah leader Mahmoud Abbas to the family of a terrorist who was killed trying to murder IDF soldiers.

Jenin is known for being a hotbed of terrorist activity prior to the Second Intifada.  A military operation in the first 11 days of April 2002 to root out terrorists resulted in a major battle between Israelis and Arabs in the city.  Arab booby traps and use of residents as human shields resulted in IDF soldiers endangering themselves in order to protect Arab civilians, and caused the IDF to sustain heavy casualties.

When the battle was over, 23 IDF soldiers and 52 people from Jenin, primarily militiamen, had been killed.  International condemnation of Israel poured in, leading to a UN investigation.

Remember 2002? (Part II)

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
   Last week we noted that with the recent brouhaha over Judge Richard Goldstone’s backtracking on the most sensational charge leveled against Israel in his 2009 report to the UN, “much has been made of the damage done by that document to Israel’s standing in the court of international opinion.”
   But the fallout from the Goldstone report paled in comparison to the outrage directed at Israel in the spring of 2002 when then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, following a wave of increasingly bloody suicide bombings, dispatched Israeli forces to Palestinian areas.
   The reaction in the U.S. media was bad enough (several salient examples were highlighted in last week’s column), but it was in Britain, particularly after the IDF attacked terrorist nests in the town of Jenin, that journalists descended into an all-out anti-Israel feeding frenzy theretofore seen only in the most rabid precincts of the Arab media.
And so you had The Guardian calling Israel’s behavior in Jenin “every bit as repellent” as Osama bin Laden’s attack on New York on September 11.
And here was London’s Evening Standard: “We are talking here of massacre, and a cover-up, of genocide.”
Read the words of The London Times’s Janine di Giovanni: “Rarely in more than a decade of war reporting from Bosnia, Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, have I seen such deliberate destruction, such disrespect for human life.”
And pay attention the Independent’s Phil Reeves: “A monstrous war crime that Israel has tried to cover up for a fortnight has finally been exposed…. The sweet and ghastly reek of rotting human bodies is everywhere, evidence that it is a human tomb. The people say there are hundreds of corpses, entombed beneath the dust.”
In articles published by The Jewish Press among other news outlets in May and June of 2002, media critic Tom Gross accused The Evening Standard’s Sam Kiley of “conjur[ing] up witnesses to speak of Israel’s ‘staggering brutality and callous murder.
The aforementioned Janine di Giovanni, wrote Gross, “suggested that Israel’s mission to destroy suicide bomb-making factories in Jenin (a town from which at the Palestinians own admission 28 suicide bombers had already set out) was an excuse by Ariel Sharon to attack children with chickenpox.”
And Gross quoted The Guardian’s Suzanne Goldenberg, who alleged that “The scale [of destruction] is almost beyond imagination” as well as Evening Standard columnist A. N. Wilson, who accused Israel of “the poisoning of water supplies.”
   Even when subsequent investigations by the UN, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Time magazine and the BBC – not exactly a Who’s Who of pro-Israel propaganda – all concluded that there had been no massacre, there was a general lack of accountability, let alone remorse, among those who had written tens of thousands of words defaming and slandering Israel.
   The Independent’s Justin Huggler wrote that “The UN report is carefully worded not to give offence to Israel or its allies.”
   The Guardian ran an editorial refusing to concede anything: “As we said last April, the destruction wrought in Jenin looked and smelled like a crime. On the basis of the UN’s findings, it still does.”
   And an article in The Guardian implied the UN report was untrustworthy because “Israel objected to members of the fact-finding team and then imposed a series of conditions which led the secretary-general, Kofi Annan, to call off the mission.”
   On the other hand, The London Times, no doubt recognizing the sheer absurdity of the idea that the UN would give its imprimatur to a flawed report that failed to find evidence of an Israeli massacre, bit the bullet and wrote: “A United Nations report broke new ground yesterday by accusing Palestinian militants of violating international law when they fought attacking Israeli troops in the Jenin refugee camp.”
   And The Independent’s Phil Reeves filed what had to be painful mea culpa titled “Even Journalists Have to Admit They’re Wrong Sometimes.”

   Reeves confessed that his reporting on Jenin “was highly personalized” and added, “It was clear that the debate over the awful events in Jenin four months ago is still dominated by whether there was a massacre, even though it has long been obvious that one did not occur.”

 

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com

Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

They are billed as the most professional Palestinian police force ever assembled. They received advanced U.S. training and were deployed this week amid much fanfare and claims they would fight crime and terrorism. But less than 30 minutes into their first mission, the force ran scared from armed terrorists they were charged with combating.

Meet the new elite police unit of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah organization which has been built up to assume security control of the West Bank following the planned creation of a Palestinian state and an expected Israeli evacuation from the territory.

As part of a trial run, a unit of 480 members of the elite force deployed last Sunday in the northern West Bank city of Jenin. The Jenin force’s commander, Suleiman Amran, told reporters the deployment is an important day for the town and that there’s “no chance for troublemakers to return to Jenin.”

Last Tuesday, the Jenin unit embarked on its first mission – to clear out a section of Cabatiya, a Palestinian camp just south of Jenin considered the main base of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization. Witnesses said that within less than 30 minutes of the start of the clashes, the elite Palestinian police force retreated from the scene.

“They cannot fight terrorism. The Israel Defense Forces must do most of the work for them in that regard. When it comes to public security, they can block off streets and create a perimeter and carry out other basic duties, but beyond that, fighting crime isn’t going well,” said a security official.

Saudi Aid Against Hizbullah

With U.S. approval, Saudi Arabia has in recent months provided weaponry to militias associated with anti-Syrian Lebanese opposition leaders to bolster them against the Hizbullah terror organization, informed security officials told this column.

The Saudi weapons were provided to militias associated with Lebanon’s Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, Parliament leader Saad Hariri, and former president Amin Gemayel, according to security officials.

Elderly Bnei Menashe Wed

In an emotional festival, the oldest immigrant couple from a group of “lost Jews” to arrive in Israel renewed their vows in a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony. The two, aged 97 and 88, are part a group of hundreds who recently moved here from India believing they are one of the “lost tribes” of Israel.

“The fact that they married under a Jewish wedding canopy in Israel after so many years of waiting symbolizes the return of the Jewish people to Zion,” said Michael Freund, chairman of Shavei Israel, a Jerusalem-based immigrant organization working with the “lost” Jews.

The couple believe they are Bnei Menashe, the descendants of Manashe, one of the biblical patriarch Joseph’s two sons and a grandson of Jacob, the man whose name was changed to Israel. The tribe lives in the two Indian states of Mizoram and Manipur, to which they say they were exiled from Israel more than 2,700 years ago by the Assyrian empire.

Israeli diplomatic wrangling has halted immigration of 7,000 Bnei Menashe still stuck in India.

Obama Adviser Out

An adviser to Sen. Barack Obama who quit last week after it was reported he held talks with Hamas was a well-known supporter of negotiations with Hamas and providing international assistance to the terrorist group.

Robert Malley, an employee of the International Crisis Group, said he served as an “informal” Middle East adviser to Obama. He told NBC News he decided to step down after the Times of London inquired about whether he had contacts with Hamas. Malley’s pro-Hamas views, though, were no secret.

Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He appears throughout the week on leading U.S. radio programs and is the author of the recently published book “Schmoozing with Terrorists.” 

Face to Face With My Potential Killer

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

What compels a young Palestinian man to strap an explosive belt on his body and blow himself up among men, women and children with the goal of killing as many Jews as possible?
 
Does a potential suicide bomber truly believe his murderous act will gain him entry to paradise? Is he brainwashed? Can he defend his views if they are challenged? How would he respond to a meeting with an Orthodox Jew?
 
I was recently granted access through the Islamic Jihad terror group to a 23-year-old Palestinian man who has volunteered to become a suicide bomber and who the terror organization says has “great potential” to carry out one of the next attempted suicide attacks against Israeli civilians.
 
According to Islamic Jihad leaders, the potential bomber I interviewed is one of more than hundreds of young Palestinians in the northern West Bank who passed necessary recruitment stages and is available to attempt to infiltrate Jewish population centers wearing an explosive belt with the goal of blowing up as many Israelis as possible.
 
The interview took place in a remote building in the northern West Bank city of Jenin, an Islamic Jihad stronghold from which the majority of recent Palestinian suicide bombers have originated.
 
Islamic Jihad leaders allowed me to interview the potential suicide bomber in a room together with his recruiter, who is a senior member of the terror group.
 
Both the recruiter and potential bomber were aware I am Jewish.
 
The recruiter several times ordered the wannabe bomber to refrain from answering certain questions during the interview, which was conducted using an English-Arabic translator.
 
The potential bomber’s face was not covered during the interview, but he was told by the Islamic Jihad recruiter not to provide his name or extensive biographical information.
 
Klein: Tell me about your life and what you do with your free time.
 
Bomber: I study at a West Bank university and have great hopes of getting married within the next couple of months. My life is very normal. I watch television, particularly news, and historical and religious programs. From time to time I play soccer and lift weights.
 
Is your family poor?
 
No. We are regular but far from being wealthy. I share my bedroom with my brothers but now there is less pressure because last summer one of my brothers was married and moved to live outside.
 
Why do you want to be a suicide bomber?
 
I originally decided to become a martyr after I saw what the Israeli army did in the refugee camp of Jenin in the big military campaign of April 2002. But this idea became stronger when I understood what status I will have in heaven if I sacrifice myself for Allah. Every time somebody else dies as a martyr in a suicide bomb attack, I pray for him but I feel jealous. I want to be where he is now and I pray that Allah will one day offer me this occasion and this honor.
 
(Editor’s note: The potential bomber was referring to an Israeli anti-terror raid in Jenin that led Palestinian leaders to accuse Israel of massacring hundreds of civilians including many women and children. It was later determined that 56 Palestinians, mostly gunmen, were killed in the raid, which followed a series of deadly suicide attacks inside Israel that were reportedly planned and directed from the terror infrastructure in Jenin. Twenty-three Israeli soldiers died in the Jenin battle as IDF troops conducted house-to-house searches to minimize civilian casualties.)
 
Is your main motivation for becoming a bomber to serve Allah?
 
Yes, of course. Allah gave Muslims the possibility to gain their prize and payment in different ways. There are those [Muslims] who pray and fast only and respect Allah’s commandments, and there are those who wish a higher prize. And the highest prize is given to those who [give] themselves, their lives, their bodies and everything in this world.
 
Many academics and journalists claim Palestinians become suicide bombers because they are poor and desperate and because of the so-called Israeli occupation. Are you telling me these are not the reasons you want to blow yourself up amongst Israelis?
 
The will to [give] myself for Allah is the first and most major reason. It is true that the Zionists are occupying our lands and that it is our religious duty to fight them, including through suicide attacks. The goal is not the killing of the Jews, but that this is the way to reach Allah. I pray that Allah gives me the honor to be dead in an operation. This is the supreme and the noblest way to ascend to Allah.  These martyrs have special status in the next world and have bigger chances to watch Allah’s face and enjoy the magnificent pleasures he offers us.
 
You say your goal is not to kill Jews, but isn’t that exactly what you will do as a suicide bomber?
 
Maybe the fact that I was born here has sharpened my religious conscience, but I believe that even if I were in Chechnya, in Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere else I would want to be a martyr. It is Allah’s satisfaction that is important to me no matter where I live. But as we live in this part of the world, the way to reach Allah for me is through fighting the Zionist enemy. It is the jihad, the sacrificing that is important.
 
These cliches are impressive, but I know you are aware you are speaking to a Jew. Perhaps you are telling me what I want to hear. Tell me the truth. You want to kill Jews, don’t you?
 
We were never taught to hate Jews but to hate the occupation of the Zionists of our Islamic land that the Zionist entity with the conspiracy of the world has stolen and occupied. Jews can have their state but not on our lands and until this goal is achieved every Muslim must fight this entity. The Jews stole this holy Islamic land and we must fight them, but I am looking to receive what waits for me in the next world.
 
You talk about fighting them, the Jews. I’m an American Jew. Do you want to kill me?
 
You are here [in Jenin] and nobody hurts you and nobody thinks to do so. But if, unfortunately for you, if you will be in a place where my [suicide] operation will take place, I will not feel sorrow. You American Jews are fully partners with the Zionists and even more dangerous than the Israelis because of the international support you give to the Israelis in their massacres against our people and the maintenance of the occupation.
 
So if, after today’s meeting, you saw me in a cafe in Jerusalem that you were sent to attack, you’d still try to blow it up?
 
At the moment there will not be a place for feelings and hesitations. If I go on an operation it means that I decided to leave behind my loved ones – my mother, my father, brothers and sisters, all my family and my friends. And if I am capable of this I would not give you a break just because we met for one time. Meanwhile, and before I drive you to hell in an operation, enjoy your tea and our hospitality. (Laughing).
 
Many programs on Palestinian television have been teaching viewers Jews are descended from pigs and monkeys and that we use Palestinian and Christian blood to bake our Passover matzos. Is this what you believe?
 
I know where this question comes from. You think that we all are naive or bad from birth or that we were exposed to brainwashing. We just follow what we are demanded in the Koran to do because if we do not do so we will be attacked, occupied, controlled and killed by these enemies of Islam.
 
You didn’t answer my question. Do you believe I come from pigs and monkeys?
 
The Koran tells us that Allah was upset with the Jews because of their negative behavior toward Moses and Allah’s commandments and Allah shouted to the Jews, “Be pigs and monkeys.” I don’t know if physically Allah turned them to pigs and monkeys, or it was a way to tell them that they are as terrible as pigs and monkeys. The most important thing is that this is what Allah, may he be blessed, thinks that the Jews deserve to be.
 
I don’t know about the Passover matzo but I know the Jews are the nation who was known for killing Allah’s prophets and the nation that in our days wants to control the world or at least this part of the world, from the Nile to the Euphrates. Meanwhile they [Jews] are controlling the U.S., its media, its financial system and its administration.
 
When you mentioned before the pleasures that await you after a suicide bombing, I assume you were referring to the 72 dark-eyed virgins you believe will be waiting for you in heaven?
 
(Potential bomber nods to signal yes.)
 
You talk about so-called martyrdom being divine. About being rewarded in the next world on supreme spiritual levels for what you say is a gift to Allah. And yet you tell me that what awaits you after a suicide operation is an eternity of pleasure with virgins. This is the most base physical pleasure imaginable. This is your religious version of heaven?
 
Let me explain something to you. The world, the lower one we are in now, it is temporary. Allah examines the loyalty of human beings, asking you in this materialistic world to avoid all that is tempting, all that pleasures you on earth, and to dedicate yourself to Allah. This doesn’t mean that Allah does not think it is good to take part in these needs of sex, in the pleasure of drinking alcohol, enjoying nature and other stuff. The point is that non-Muslims do those things in this world while ignoring Allah and all moral rules, while Muslims are asked to do a tremendous spiritual effort on earth in order to gain these other (physical) pleasures in the next world.  
 
Let’s say your concept of heaven is accurate. You are indeed rewarded with 72 dark-eyed virgins for living the kind of life you describe. Do you really think you will go to heaven for killing innocent civilians during a suicide operation?
 
You are treating in a ridiculous way this issue, but this is in the Koran. Go and, Allah forbid, ask Allah about this point. We are promised in the Koran to have the dark-eyed virgins and that’s it. The Koran is full of verses glorifying the shahid, the martyr.
 
Show me exactly where in the Koran it states you will get 72 dark-eyed virgins for blowing yourself up amongst civilians.
 
You and I, we do not discuss Allah and the Koran. I will tell you more the moment that I will explode myself when there will be one dark-eyed virgin who will carry up my soul to the sky. This is the important part of our mission – fulfilling Allah’s commandments and hoping to receive the prizes we were promised in the Koran.
 
What do you think about the Unites States?
 
I have no interest in the American culture which is an empty culture with no values. It is full of immorality and elements that are forbidden by Allah, like free sex and violence. In my opinion, America is the big enemy leading the war against Islam, Muslims, Palestinians and against anything that threatens the Zionist enemy.
 
In the last suicide bombing, which took place in Tel Aviv earlier this year, an American teenager named Daniel Wultz was severely injured and later died of his wounds. In general, are Americans included among those you target?
 
America is destroying and exploiting the Arabic and the Islamic world as part of a Zionist and Crusader plan. The American Jews, we say, are the godfathers of this Zionist entity in America. Therefore this Daniel, I am sure, participated in the army activity. If not, he collected money for this Zionist entity. If not, he would decide one day to come to live here as a settler. Therefore there is no way that he can be defined as innocent.
 
Do you think your family will miss you if you became a suicide bomber or would blowing yourself up among Israeli men, women and children make them proud?
 
My family, I think especially my mother, they have the feeling that one day they will hear that I carried out an operation. I do not think that they will be sad that I killed myself in an operation. It is the will to satisfy Allah.
 

I do not think my family will be surprised if I do it, but I never told them anything because there may be some pressure and all our ideology is based on avoiding pressures and temptations connecting us to this lower world. It is the other world that I am seeking to join with all the love I have to my mother and my family. Now they love me and I hope in the future they will still love me but also be proud of me.

 

Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.comand a regular contributor to The Jewish Press. His Quick Takes column appears weekly on page 2 of the paper. He appears throughout the week on America’s top radio programs.

UN Report Debunks Fleet Street Lies

Wednesday, September 11th, 2002

Due to the heavier than anticipated response to our Top 25 and Top 10 “Media Friends” lists as voted on by the public, the Monitor will wait another week before sharing a last batch of comments from readers and unveiling the Monitor’s own list.

This week we share the stage with our friends at HonestReporting.com for a look at how newspapers in Britain reacted to the recently released UN report on the alleged Israeli massacre last April of Arab civilians in Jenin. The report, of course, found no evidence of any such massacre, giving the lie to the relentless campaign of disinformation and vituperation mounted by much of the British media.

Back in May The Jewish Press published a report by Tom Gross titled “Jeningrad: Blood Libels of the British Media,” which cited the following examples of brazen misreporting:

The Guardian (April 17): Israel’s behavior in Jenin were “every bit as repellent” as Osama bin Laden’s attack on New York on September 11.

London’s Evening Standard (April 15): “We are talking here of massacre, and a cover-up, of genocide.”

The London Times’s Janine di Giovanni (April 16): “Rarely in more than a decade of war reporting from Bosnia, Chechnya, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, have I seen such deliberate destruction, such disrespect for human life.”

The Independent’s Phil Reeves (April 16): “A monstrous war crime that Israel has tried to cover up for a fortnight has finally been exposed….The sweet and ghastly reek of rotting human bodies is everywhere, evidence that it is a human tomb. The people say there are hundreds of corpses, entombed beneath the dust.”

As recorded by HonestReporting.com, here’s some of the reaction from the British press to the UN report that debunked the essence of what British reporters had been telling their readers for weeks:

The Independent’s Justin Huggler still wants to believe there was a massacre, under the headline: “UN Issues ‘Seriously Flawed’ Report on Jenin Killings.” Huggler clings to old illusions: “An investigation by The Independent inside Jenin shortly after the fighting unearthed numerous corroborating accounts of atrocities….The UN report is carefully worded not to give offence to Israel or its allies.”

To his credit, Phil Reeves of The Independent comes clean in a report entitled: “Even journalists have to admit they’re wrong sometimes.”

Reeves admits that his report “was highly personalized” and writes: “It was clear that the debate over the awful events in Jenin four months ago is still dominated by whether there was a massacre, even though it has long been obvious that one did not occur.”

The ever-defiant Guardian wrote an editorial refusing to concede its mistake: “As we said last April, the destruction wrought in Jenin looked and smelled like a crime. On the basis of the UN’s findings, it still does.”

The Guardian’s Brian Whitaker trumpets the headline: “UN report details West Bank wreckage – Banned by Israel, Kofi Annan’s fact-finders were left with only second-hand accounts of the spring invasion.” Whitaker focuses on the idea that “Israel objected to members of the fact-finding team and then imposed a series of conditions which led the secretary-general, Kofi Annan, to call off the mission.”

The London Times bit the bullet and wrote: “A United Nations report broke new ground yesterday by accusing Palestinian militants of violating international law when they fought attacking Israeli troops in the Jenin refugee camp.”

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com  

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