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Palestinian Media Watch Bulletins


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Palestinian Media Watch is based in Israel and as the name implies, monitors the Palestinian Media in an effort to gain a better understanding of the mindset of its people.

Palestinian Media Watch was established in 1996 to gain an understanding of Palestinian society through the monitoring of the Palestinian Arabic language media and schoolbooks. Palestinian Media Watch analyzes Palestinian Authority culture and society from numerous perspectives, including studies on summer camps, poetry, schoolbooks, religious ideology, crossword puzzles, and more.

The following bulletins are available here.

Iranian reformist daily: Hamas hiding forces in nurseries and hospitals

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, Jan. 1, 2009

An Iranian reformist daily newspaper has criticized Hamas “for risking lives of civilians, amongst them children, by hiding its forces in nurseries and hospitals.” This is reported in today’s Palestinian daily Al-Ayyam. The Palestinian daily adds that in response the Iranian government has closed the newspaper.

The following is the story in today’s Al-Ayyam:

Headline: “Iran closes a reformist newspaper, for publishing a report criticizing Hamas”

“The Iranian news agency “Irna” reported yesterday, that the Iranian Culture Ministry has closed the reformist daily newspaper “Karjo Zaran”, because it published a report that included criticism of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).

On December 30 the paper published a statement of a reformist student organization, that has criticized Hamas for risking lives of civilians, amongst them children, by hiding its forces in nurseries and hospitals. The statement was published whilst the Iranian government expresses a unified stands against Israel, and Tehran is overwhelmed by demonstrations against Israel.”

[Al-Ayyam, Jan. 1, 2009]


A Palestinian girl whose family members were killed yesterday in Gaza: “I say Hamas is the cause of all wars.”

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, Dec. 29, 2008

A Palestinian girl whose family members was killed yesterday in Gaza after an Israeli air attack was interviewed today on Palestinian TV and placed the blame for the war on Hamas:

[Girl] “We were sleeping 7 girls in the room. We were asleep and didn’t know what was happening. In the morning all the bricks were on top of my head, and the heads of all my sisters. My 4 year old sister next to me was dead.”

[Interviewer] “How many were you?”

[Girl] “Seven.In the other room were my mother, my father, my yonger brother and another sister, who is 13 days old. I say, Hamas is the cause, in the first place, of all wars.”

[PATV (Fatah) Dec. 29, 2008]

Here’s the video of the young girl who lost her family subtitled in English.

I’m praying this young girl doesn’t suffer a fate similar to these Palestinians who Hamas used to intimidate the citizens of Gaza to prevent their collaborating with the Israelis or switching their positions to support the Fatah movement that was forced out of Gaza when Hamas came to power.

Here are more PMW bulletins from last month.

Mahmoud Abbas: Hamas responsible for violence

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, Dec. 28, 2008

In a news conference today from Cairo, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas placed the blame for the violence in the Gaza Strip squarely on the shoulders of Hamas. He described how he repeatedly made contact with Hamas and implored them not to break the ceasefire. He lamented that the violence in the Gaza Strip could have been avoided had Hamas not broken the ceasefire.

The following is Mahmoud Abbas’s statement at a joint press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmad Abu al-Gheit.

“I say in all honesty, we made contact with leaders of the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip. We spoke with them in all honesty and directly, and after that we spoke with them indirectly, through more than one Arab and non-Arab side… We spoke with them on the telephone and we said to them: We ask of you, don’t stop the ceasefire, the ceasefire must continue and not stop, in order to avoid what has happened, and if only we had avoided it.”

PA TV Dec. 28, 2008


Hamas celebrates targeting Israeli civilians

by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, Dec. 28, 2008

Along with today’s TV propaganda in which Hamas depicts itself as a victim, Hamas continues to portray itself as the heroic killer of Israelis.

A video on Hamas TV this morning blended pictures of Hamas fighters shooting at Israel with pictures of injured Israelis and medical evacuation scenes.

In addition, the visuals include pictures of skulls dripping with blood, captioned: “Let them taste violent death”.

Other narrations and texts include:

“Send them to Hell!

Tear them to pieces!”

“Send them to Hell, Qassam missile!”

Another video subtitled in English showing the propaganda used by Hamas to indoctrinate the children of Palestine and recruit them as terrorists.

Remember, these are Israel’s next door neighbors.  Israeli citizens live with these threats every day. 

You’ll seldom (if ever) see these reports on the MSM, so help spread the word.  Israel is defending its citizens, responding to attacks by those who seek its annihilation.


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