Friday, April 27, 2018

Understanding Arafat as a Media Strategist

There are many ways to describe Yasser Arafat, but whether one tends to call him a "politician," "statesman" or "terrorist," any fair estimation of Arafat would have to call him an "Egyptian intellectual." Arafat studied...

Official PA radio news – The P.B.C. VOP (Voice of Palestine) Radio: January 14th

Summary and Analysis In its Sunday morning broadcasts, the VOP news coverage was fairly evenly divided between three subjects: Continuing talks on final status issues, despite Palestinian views that nothing substantive is being accomplished; Continuing coverage of...

Official PA radio news – The P.B.C. VOP (Voice of Palestine) Radio: January 13th

Summary and Analysis Throughout Saturday, the Voice of Palestine gave great prominence to the executions of two men convicted of "cooperation" with Israel, as well as the approval of two more death sentences. Note: this...

Official PA radio news – The P.B.C. VOP (Voice of Palestine) Radio: January 12th

Summary and Analysis Beginning with its Thursday night coverage, VOP took a very tepid view of the relaxation of Israeli closures and other measures against the Palestinians. Similarly, despite much ado in the Israeli...

Listening to Palestinian Authority Radio: An Assessment

Yasser Arafat is not Adolf Hitler, and Ehud Barak is certainly not Winston Churchill or Charles De Gaulle, but Arafat is a dictator whose strategic goals-like Hitler's-are no secret, if we will only pay...

Official PA radio news – the P.B.C. VOP (Voice of Palestine) Radio: January 11th

Summary and Analysis The Voice of Palestine denied Israeli reports of progress in security talks held Wednesday night, and it reported extensively on Palestinian diplomatic efforts and public demonstrations to have Israeli leaders and officers...

Official PA radio news – the P.B.C. VOP (Voice of Palestine) Radio: January 10th

Summary and Analysis The Palestinian Authority is signaling the end of the Clinton era in the Middle East. The PA has said thank you to Clinton, and now it will shop elsewhere. "There is no escaping putting...

Official PA radio news – the P.B.C. VOP (Voice of Palestine) Radio: January 8th

Summary and Analysis In its Monday afternoon coverage, VOP reported that Yasser Arafat's spokesman, Nabil Abu-Irdeineh said the PA expected the incoming Bush Administration to respond to Palestinian reservations on the Clinton proposals. It was clear...

Official PA radio news – the P.B.C. VOP (Voice of Palestine) Radio: January 7th

Summary and Analysis The last few days of VOP news and commentary have seen a kind of return to the pre-Intifada coverage at the Voice of Palestine: the news is built around Yasser Arafat, his...

Official PA radio news – the P.B.C. VOP (Voice of Palestine) Radio: January 6th

Summary and Analysis Reports on VOP once gain turned a bit more pessimistic Saturday.Openning Paragraph VOP featured comments by Saeb Erikat that Yasser Arafat had demanded of President Bill Clinton, during their Washington talks, to push...