The PA radio, known as the PBC “Voice of Palestine“, remains the most influential media tool in the hands of the Palestinian Authority, which now observes ten years since the genesis of Palestinian Authority self-rule.
Voice of Palestine, founded by Yassir Arafat and overseen by the highest echelons of the nascent Palestinian Authority, provides radio feeds that are played in every Arab marketplace and every home in areas ruled by the Palestinian Authority. The radio airwaves for the Voice of Palestine were provided for the PA from the Israel Ministry of Communications, with the idea that the Palestinians would be able to broadcast messages of peace on their own radio and in their own language.
Throughout the past ten years, The Voice of Palestine has consistently praised Arab terror attacks.
Last week was no exception, when all of Israel stood in shock at the Arab terror drive by murder of a pregnant woman and her four little girls. Two Arab terrorists executed each little girl at point blank range with a shot to each of their heads, after they first blew their mother to bits. The murders were witnessed by a CNN crew who watched with horror only 30 meters away. Mike Swartz, the CNN producer, had the good sense to use his vehicle to block any further traffic from driving into the terror trap on the highway. Israeli soldiers who arrived on the scene were able to kill the Arab terrorists, but not before they had finished off the four little girls.
Dr. Michael Widlanski, an Arabic media expert at the Hebrew University, formerly a reporter for the New York Times and the Cox Syndicate in Jerusalem, an academic who recently completed his PHD on the subject of the Palestinian Authority media, listened carefully to The Voice of Palestine in the hours which followed the attack.
The Voice of Palestine described the men who carried out the attack today that left a pregnant mother and her four children dead “an act of heroic martyrdom”. The Voice of Palestine radio station repeatedly used the term “is tish-had” (heroic martyrdom) and “mustash-hidin” (heroic martyrs) to describe the act committed by “two youths”. After reporting the attackers names the radio repeated that they were heroic martyrs. Widlanski recorded the V.O.P. constantly referring to the victims of the shooting attack only as “five settlers” without mentioning that the attack claimed that they were a pregnant women and her four children
The Monday morning broadcast of the Voice of Palestine added that that the five “settlers” who were killed, were “mukharibun” – terrorists. The reference to the settlers as “terrorists” was in a Voice of Palestine report that the settlers were preparing to build a new neighborhood in a settlement near Gaza. Once again, Voice of Palestine did not condemn the attack that killed a pregnant mother and her four children but did vigorously condemned the “cowardly act” by Israel in attacking a Hamas radio station which had exhorted Palestinians to carry out further attacks against Israel. There were no reported Arab casualties in that Israeli attack
Meanwhile, Palestinian Media Watch reported that the Palestinian Authority official daily newspaper glorified yet another murderer – a man who was responsible for a cold blooded murder of a father and his 2 daughters, labeling him “a beacon of light for generations to come” PMW noted that “According to the daily, ‘Al-Hayat Al-Jadida’, Samir Quntar, murderer of Dani Haran and his two daughters in Nahariya in 1979, is a Palestinian hero and ‘authentic role model’… “?.
PMW quoted the following statement which appeared in the PA official daily newspaper ; “Samir Quntar, a name of pride in the history of the prisoners of the [Palestinian] national movement. A name that he created, during the resistance in Lebanon and the hours of heroism in Nahariya [terrrorist attack in which Dani Haran and his daughters were murdered] a name that is written in the blood that dripped in the interrogation dungeons. [Quntar] wrote the noble history of this name in letters of fire and light during the battles of the struggle? [Quntar] was and will continue to be a beacon of light for us and for the generations to come and an authentic role model. Every day that passes Samir’s pride grows, and our pride in him grows greater and greater.” [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May, 6, 2004]
So there you have it
The official media outlet of the Palestinian Authority, an entity with diplomatic relations with 138 nations around the world, endorses the cold blooded murder of parents and their children
That is the same Palestinian Authority which receives direct aid from all of the western democracies, including the USA to the tune of more than 10 billion dollars in its ten years of existence.
For the past week, The US State Department was asked if it would condemn the PA’s official media outlet, THE Voice of Palestine for endorsing the cold blooded murder of a pregnant mother and her four children.
No answer was received.
Meanwhile, the US State Department did issue a statement in which it states that the it “expects” the Palestinian Authority to fight terrorism.
The US Embassy spokesman in Tel Aviv was asked as to what basis the US had for the “expectation” that the PA would fight terrorism.
The answer from the US State Department spokesman: “Because they committed themselves to doing so”.
The US government does not feel under much pressure to condemn the PA for directing its official.media outlet to praise, justify and glorify those who would murder a pregnant mother and her four little girls.
Why no pressure? Simple. Not one US news outlet reported that the PA praised, justified and glorified this week’s cold blooded murder of a pregnant woman and her four children.
There are times when all the news that fits a future peace process will get printed
Now that the reader of this article knows what the Voice of Palestine and the official Palestinian Authority newspaper indeed communicates to their people, perhaps the reader will be motivated to contact the US Ambassador to Israel Dr Daniel Kurtzer, one of the architects of the Oslo Process, to ask why the US cannot condemn the PA for inciting their own people in their own language.