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January 31, 2014 0

Newseum & Smithsonian Select Anti-Semitic Paper For Upcoming Media Exhibit

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Car­toon pub­lished in Arab Amer­i­can News in March 2010

The New­seum and the Smith­son­ian Insti­tute have cho­sen the Arab Amer­i­can News¸ an Arabic-English lan­guage weekly news­pa­per based in Dear­born, Michi­gan, with a long his­tory of pub­lish­ing anti-Semitic arti­cles, for an exhibit show­cas­ing media from var­i­ous eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties the U.S.

The May 2014 exhibit,One Nation With News for All,“will tell the story of how immi­grants and minori­ties used the power of the press to fight for their rights and change Amer­i­can his­tory,” accord­ing the New­seum website. 

The stated pur­pose of the exhibit to cel­e­brate the rich cul­tural, eth­nic and reli­gious back­grounds of hun­dreds of com­mu­ni­ties that have made the U.S. their home, is laud­able. The selec­tion of the Arab Amer­i­can News to rep­re­sent the Arabic-speaking com­mu­nity is a par­tic­u­larly poor choice to rep­re­sent the pos­i­tive mes­sage of the exhibit.

The news­pa­per has a long his­tory of pub­lish­ing arti­cles that prop­a­gate the­o­ries of Jew­ish con­trol over the U.S. gov­ern­ment and for­eign pol­icy. The English-language sec­tion of the news­pa­per has pro­vided a plat­form for known anti-Semites, Holo­caust deniers and 9/11 con­spir­acy the­o­rists, such as Jeff Gates, Paul Craig Roberts and Alan Sabrosky. Its Editor-in-Chief Osama Siblani has expressed pub­lic sup­port for ter­ror­ist organizations. 

Exam­ples of the anti-Semitic and con­spir­a­to­r­ial arti­cles in the Arab Amer­i­can News can be found in ADL’s Pro­file: Osama Siblani & The Arab Amer­i­can News

The New­seum stirred con­tro­versy in May 2013 when it included the names of two jour­nal­ists from Hamas’s Al Aqsa TV as part of its ongo­ing memo­r­ial to jour­nal­ists who lost their lives in the line of duty. Although the New­seum had indi­cated that it would “reeval­u­ate” the inclu­sion of the jour­nal­ists, the museum ulti­mately decided to include the names in the memorial.

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January 30, 2014 0

The Media’s Coverage of Palestinian Incitement Towards Israel

Recently, the New York Times ran an infor­ma­tive piece on the pro­lif­er­a­tion of Hamas train­ing camps in Gaza, where impres­sion­able Pales­tin­ian teens are taught to hate Israel through par­tic­i­pa­tion in military-style boot camps, where they are trained to fire guns and build bombs in order to attack the Jew­ish State.

While the arti­cle itself was inter­est­ing, the tim­ing seemed to sug­gest that Pales­tin­ian incite­ment was some­thing of a new phe­nom­e­non. The real­ity is that this type of vio­lent indoc­tri­na­tion equip­ping chil­dren with the skills and moti­va­tion to kill Israelis, as well as other forms of Pales­tin­ian incite­ment, are noth­ing new.

A recent Israeli gov­ern­ment report high­lights how Pales­tin­ian gov­ern­ment offi­cials, media out­lets and edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tions are engaged in an ongo­ing incite­ment cam­paign towards Israel. Hitler is quoted on school Face­book pages, Jews are described on TV as “bar­baric mon­keys” and the “mur­ders of Mohammed,” and Pales­tin­ian Pres­i­dent Abbas has repeat­edly embraced released Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ists as “heroes.”

Per­haps one of the most infa­mous instances of Pales­tin­ian incite­ment occurred in 2007 with Mickey Mouse “Far­four” episode, where Mickey was shown on Hamas TV being beaten to death by an actor pos­ing as an Israeli agent try­ing to buy land. Young view­ers of the TV pro­gram were than told that “Far­four was mar­tyred while defend­ing his land” and was killed “by the killers of chil­dren.” The Hamas TV episode was so hor­rific it even mer­ited a spot on The Daily Show.

With Israel and the Pales­tini­ans cur­rently engaged in an intense and pro­tracted period of nego­ti­a­tions over the poten­tial for a future Pales­tin­ian state, the need to high­light and coun­ter­act the dan­gers of incite­ment is even more press­ing. The issue has been repeat­edly raised in recent weeks by Israeli polit­i­cal lead­ers in meet­ings with inter­na­tional lead­ers, pub­lic speeches and other forums, but hasn’t received as much inter­na­tional media atten­tion as it should.

In order for peace to be achieved, the Pales­tin­ian Author­ity must end the incite­ment cam­paign against Israel. It is the task of respon­si­ble media out­lets to con­tinue to draw atten­tion to the issue, and not allow incite­ment to con­tinue exist­ing under the surface.

 

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