IMRA distributed Dr. Michael Widlanski’s translations of the official Palestinian Authority’s PBC Voice of Palestine Radio coverage of the murder of seven-year-old Noam Leibovitch, when the PBC described it on its Wednesday morning 7:30 a.m. morning news round-up as “the death by shooting of a female Israeli settler” [Arabic: Maqtal ‘ala rasass mustawtinna isra’iliyya].
There was no Palestinian Authority condemnation of the murder nor even vague disapproval of the timing of the attack.
During the 8 a.m. Wednesday morning news bulletin, The Voice of Palestine, after detailing Israeli military actions and Palestinian diplomatic activities for seven minutes, noted “the death by shooting of a female settler…”
There was still no hint of condemnation nor disapproval of the shooting murder of the 7-year-old.child.
Israel Government Radio News,Israel Government Channel One TV News, Israel Commercial Channel Two News, Israel Commercial Channel Ten News and the Israel Armed Forces Radio News would not report how the PBC justified the murder of a seven year girl.
Our agency dispatched a fax to ask Shalom Oren, the head of Israel Government Radio News, Yoram Cohen, the head of Israel Goverrnent Channel One TV News, Shalom Kital, the head of Israel Commercial Channel Two News, Ram Landes, the head of Israel Commercial Channel Ten News and Zvikah Goldberg. the head of Israel Armed Forces Radio News as to why their respective news departments refused to cover the fact that the Palestinian Authority justified the murder of a seven year girl.
No response was received from any of the five news departments.
However, we have received confirmation that the head of Ariel Sharon’s bureau, Adv. Dov Weisglass, reported to the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations that the Israeli government hoped to reach a “tolerable level of terrorist attacks”.
Weisglass’s report comes of the heels of the reported Hamas agreement to carry out only “small scale attacks at this time”.
The question remains whether the murder of a seven year old girl would fit the Weisglass criteria of a “tolerable level of terrorist attacks” and/or the Hamas criteria of “small scale attacks at this time”.
Dr. Widanski also reported that the PBC radio praised the suicide murderer of Avner Mordecai on the morning of Thursday, June 19th and that the Israeli electronic media would not report the PBC praise of the murder.
Dr. Hanan Naveh, senior news editor for the Voice of Israel Radio News, said that he would not use these news items since they come from “external sources”. Dr.Naveh also mentioned that the Voice of Israel had dropped its program for monitoring the Arabic media and asked if anyone would like to fund it…
This piece ran in Makor Rishon, June 20, 2003