A page about TV and other media in the Arab and Islamic world.
Al Jazeera Arabic throws a birthday party for
Samir Kuntar, July 2008.
Interviewer: "Brother Samir, we would like to celebrate your birthday with you. You deserve even more than this. I think that 11,000 prisoners - if they can see this program now - are celebrating your birthday with you. Happy birthday, brother Samir."
Samir Al-Quntar: "Thank you."
"If Muzzammil Hassan decapitated his as an Islamic ritual, then his entire professional life - Mister Moderate Muslim - was a lie."
On why the media should have been all over this:
"it would be the work of moments for even the laziest hack to work up exactly the same "hypocrisy" angle that the press stampede
after when some evangelical preacher turns out to have a thing for fetching young rent boys.
If you're not intrigued by the apparent fraud at the heart of this man's life and work - a fraud in which the U.S. media cheerfully colluded - you lack the elementary curiosity necessary to be a journalist."
The Chicago Tribune
gushes over the launch of Bridges TV in 2004.
"John Voll, director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, said some audiences might have a hard time accepting Islam and modernity in the same package, which is exactly what the network hopes to demonstrate." Mark Steyn replies:
"Not as hard a time as Mr. Hassan had reconciling Islam and modernity."
"Al Manar .. belongs to Hizballah and is funded by the Islamic Republic of Iran"
"It was inconceivable that Der Sturmer, the propaganda sheet put out by Hitler's propaganda minister,
Joseph Goebbels, would have been allowed to circulate unchallenged in the Allied countries during World War II.
Today, it is simply self-defeating for the West to permit American, French and other Western satellites
and cable systems to carry al Jazeera and al Manar."
"Al-Manar runs programming designed to recruit terrorists and incite violent attacks.
Much of its funding is provided by Iran."
"Today's action gives the government the tools it needs to cripple al-Manar's broadcasts,
which spread the Iranian regime's propaganda, support terrorism,
recruit suicide bombers, and incite violent attacks,"
said Mark Dubowitz of the
Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
"Al-Manar broadcasts programming designed to recruit suicide bombers and incite violent attacks. Its broadcasts include after-school videos glorifying suicide bombers; vile anti-American and anti-Semitic programming, including the malicious blood libel falsely accusing Jews of killing Christian children to make food for Passover"
Children's cartoon on Al-Manar TV, 2002,
teaches children to fight the Jews.
Al-Manar TV calls for jihad against the Jews.
calls for jihad against Israel,
Al-Manar TV, Mar 2004.
"Oh Muslims, Palestine is calling you, respond to the call. Jerusalem is calling you, beat the drums of jihad, open the doors, the slumber has lasted too long."
Killers With Cameras
- Ralph Peters
on Al Jazeera.
"Staffed by embittered exiles and pan-Arabist ideologues
- the last Nasserites
- al-Jazeera is so consumed by hatred of America and the West that the network would rather see Iraq collapse into a bloodbath than permit the emergence of a democracy sponsored by Washington.
Al-Jazeera has become the most powerful ally of terror in the world
- even more important than Saudi financiers."
Arab TV networks accused of fueling violence in Iraq
- Arab TV's support for the post-war fascist "resistance"
- Iraq's National Security Advisor, Muaffaq al-Rubaie,
"I warn the Arabic media: Iraq's patience has reached its limit and they will regret
what they are doing.
This media is not happy with the end of the sectarianism in Iraq with the fall of
so they lie, lie and lie"
Iraqi Defense Minister:
"Al-Jazeera is a channel of terrorism. That is clear and we say openly and without hesitation:
Al-Jazeera is a channel of terrorism."
- "I have just been watching "Al Jazeera" Television, although it is something very
distasteful to me. They are at it again. When will people realize that this terrorist organ
is a real menace and an enemy propaganda mouthpiece?
Al Jazeera has been actively engaged in hostile propaganda and has played an important role
in inflaming the situation and jeopardizing American and allied soldiers,
not to mention the Iraqis."
"they accuse the channel of fostering extremism among European Arab youth and of supporting terrorism.
... it seems likely that they are Iraqi expatriates"
"Since its inception, Al-Jazeera TV has chosen the path of fostering violence and hatred in the world, and has acted so as to be an arm of terrorist forces, such as Al-Qaeda and other extremist forces"
"Most guests on its shows are from a single school and tendency
... If we look at the Al-Jazeera Direct broadcasts, all we see are things harmful to the Iraqis and to Iraq - speeches, meetings, and conferences by Islamist terrorists from Al-Qaeda and from [other] terrorist organizations
At the same time, Al-Jazeera Direct ignores anything positive, inside or outside Iraq
What can we hope for and expect from a channel whose religious spokesman
[i.e. Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi]
calls day and night for jihad, killing, and terrorism, and issued a fatwa permitting the killing of Iraqis, and another fatwa permitting criminal terrorist suicide operations"
Al Jazeera English
is quite different to
Al Jazeera Arabic,
but has the same ownership,
and is also based in Qatar.
"the news is by far the best coverage of the Middle East I have ever seen.
Israelis are given proper air time".
"Israeli spokesmen are asked proper questions and not treated as war criminals.
It's called even handedness - a concept entirely alien to the BBC."
Though a comment
"exactly right. Al Jazeera's English-language service provides
sensible, balanced, interesting content.
It also provides false reassurance to concerned Western liberals ...
The Arabic output in the middle east is a completely different matter,
and contains a high proportion of anti-Western and anti-Jewish propaganda."
Al Jazeera described the killing of the
baby was machine-gunned in a baby seat at close range,
a "resistance strike".
Somali Islamists ban all movies, June 2009 - but Al-Jazeera is ok with them.
"Watching films is totally banned, even indoors. ...
People are allowed to use their home televisions only to watch news on such channels such as Al-Jazeera.
Raids will be carried out on homes of people suspected of illegally watching films and if found guilty, they will face punishment."
Why we keep getting the Middle East wrong
by Mordechai Kedar, Autumn 2014.
"Al Jazeera's Arabic news channel has had a very clear agenda since it was launched in 1996:
a mix of anti-regime, anti-Israel, anti-West, and pro-Muslim Brotherhood messages.
Al Jazeera has been the mouthpiece of the Muslim Brotherhood since it began to function."
Al Jazeera's bureau chief in Afghanistan, Samer Allawi, in Aug 2011.
Al Jazeera campaigns for his release.
confessed to serving as a Hamas operative in a plea bargain, Sept 2011.
Israel said that at one point he was asked
to be Hamas' official representative in Iran.
Israel said that he and some other Al Jazeera reporters
used their positions to help Hamas.
I'm no fan of Tommy Robinson and the thuggish EDL.
But my god, this is brilliant:
Tommy Robinson absolutely destroys Al Jazeera English, Feb 2016.
He is in London and he challenges the interviewer in Qatar:
"Are you free, sitting where you are in Doha, to criticise the Prophet Mohammed?"
The deceptive interviewer claims you can.
So Tommy Robinson does.
And Al Jazeera cut out that section!
The sickest thing I've ever seen on
Al Jazeera English, July 2008.
They try to get us to sympathise with the morally depraved family of
who carried out the
Coastal Road massacre in 1978.
They do not mention
the random Jewish civilians (including children) she slaughtered.
The face of evil comes in many forms:
The cold-hearted Palestinian butcher
Dalal Mughrabi killed 38 Jews in 1978.
Her victims included:
Erez Alfred, age 5.
Galit Ankwa, age 2.
Yitzhak (Yitzik) Ankwa, age 10.
Liat Gal-On, age 6.
Naama Hadani, age 5.
Ilan Hohman, age 3.
Roi Hohman, age 6.
Mordechai (Moti) Zit, age 9.
Yoav (Yoavi) Meshkel, age 6.
(later Israeli Prime Minister)
with the body of Dalal Mughrabi after her attack in 1978.
She was killed, after she killed 38 Jews (including 13 children).
In the Arab/Islamic
people feel nothing for the dead infidel children,
but get incredibly angry about this photo.
Palestinian society - media, mosques, parents, schools -
fills Palestinian children with hatred of Jews.
They tell children to go out and fight.
Children are sent out to fight armed soldiers
use children as weapons of war.
"The people in Gaza need to stop and take a good look at the culture and society that they are creating and begin to think hard about how they might begin to undo the damage
... They should begin their social re-engineering not for the sake of their Israeli enemies across the border ... but rather for their own sakes because inculcating blind hatred ... has some unintended side effects ...
When children are raised on a steady diet of hatred, disrespect for human life, and violence, those children grow up to be violent and with no regard for the life, or well-being, of others. And not just for "those" others but for all others, including those within their own society. Parents in Gaza need to ask themselves, "What kind of person will my child grow up to be if I have taught him to celebrate the murder of a 73 year old woman by passing out candy and flowers?" as the children of Gaza did in large numbers recently"
"Do the parents in Gaza not worry about the shape their future society will take when today's children are being taught that the lives of other children have no value and, indeed, that those other children should be killed, as is frequently told to the children of Gaza through their children's television programming?"
A single video clip
sums up Palestinian culture.
Palestinian pre-school children celebrate their mother's death, Mar 2007.
Their mother was suicide bomber
who killed herself
and 4 Israeli soldiers and officials
in Jan 2004
crossing point from Gaza.
Interviewer: "How many Jews did mama kill?"
Muhammad: "This many ..."
Interviewer: "How many is that?"
Interviewer: "Do you love mama? Do you miss mama?
Where is mama, Muhammad?"
Muhammad: "In Paradise."
Interviewer: "do you want to go to mama?"
"I love their children more than they do"
The Hamas "Mickey Mouse",
tells children it is their obligation to fight the Jews,
that all Jews must be killed,
and that Islam must dominate the world.
of show of April 6-13, 2007:
"We will annihilate the Jews."
The sick Hamas children's character "Assud the Bunny"
threatens to kill
for drawing a cartoon suggesting that Islam is violent.
Layer upon layer of hypocrisy, hatred, intolerance, corruption of children,
and just plain evil.
Al-Aqsa TV, February 22, 2008.
"I say to him, and to all of them, that no matter how much they try to hide him, we will manage to kill him, to assassinate him."
Assud: "Allah willing."
They are willing to kill real live people
for a being called "Allah" who doesn't even exist.
Hamas TV Children's Show Encourages Killing of Jews.
"The Running of the Jew"
the anti-semitism of the Palestinians
and others. Search
Who I block:
I will debate almost anyone.
I love ideas.
I will not debate (and will block) people who do the following:
(a) Make threats.
(b) Accuse me of crimes.
(c) Comment on my appearance.
(d) Drag in stuff about me not related to the topic. (My professional career, my personal life.)
(e) Complain to my employer.
Yes, people do all these things.