Wednesday, May 21, 2014

When Palestinian Journalists Attack

Last year, Khaled Abu Toameh wrote that Palestinian Journalists Declare War On Israeli Colleagues:
In recent weeks, Israeli journalists who cover Palestinian affairs have been facing increased threats from Palestinian reporters.

On a number of occasions, the threats included acts of violence against the Israeli journalists, particularly in Ramallah.

Human rights organizations and groups claiming to defend freedom of media have failed to condemn the campaign of intimidation waged by Palestinian journalists against their Israeli fellow-journaists.
That was back in April 2013.
Nothing has changed.
If anything, things have only gotten worse.

Abu Toameh now has an update on The New Palestinian "Journalists", following the Palestinian attempt to lynch Israeli journalist Avi Issacharoff.

Rioting Palestinians hurl rocks at Israelis near the town of Beitunia in
February 2013 -- where  Issacharoff was attacked.
(Image source: Noam Moskovich / The Israel Project)

Welcome to the new Palestinian journalism.
Gone are the days when Israeli and Palestinian journalists used to work together and exchange information on a daily basis, in the days before the peace process started.

Today, there is a new generation of Palestinian journalists who have evidently been radicalized to a point where any meeting with an Israeli is being viewed as a "crime." This is the result of anti-Israel incitement by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, especially over the past two decades.

Aware of the growing radicalism of Palestinian journalists, the Palestinian Authority, together with the American security detail, banned a large number of Palestinian journalists from covering the visit of US President Barack Obama to Ramallah last month.
Apparently there was a real fear that Palestinian journalist might throw a shoe at Obama or launch into a rhetorical attack against Obama and his policies.

One more story the Western media is ignoring.

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