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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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May 13, 2013 0

Spotlight On Al Aqsa Television

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Al Aqsa TV describes Salama and Al-Kumi as “Martyrs”

Hamas’s Al Aqsa TV, a Trea­sury Depart­ment Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Global Ter­ror­ist entity, has been the focus of media scrutiny after a deci­sion by the New­seum to honor two Al Aqsa TV mem­bers as part of its ongo­ing memo­r­ial to jour­nal­ists who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2012.

On Sun­day, the Anti-Defamation League described the inclu­sion of Hus­sam Salama and Mah­moud Al-Kumi in the New­seum Jour­nal­ists Memo­r­ial as “a dark day for an Amer­i­can insti­tu­tion devoted to free speech and the First Amendment.”

Today, the New­seum issued a state­ment on its web­site indi­cat­ing that it has “decided to re-evaluate their inclu­sion as jour­nal­ists on our memo­r­ial wall pend­ing fur­ther inves­ti­ga­tion.” ADL wel­comed the museum’s decision.

Al Aqsa TV was estab­lished by Pales­tin­ian Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil mem­ber and cur­rent Hamas Inte­rior Min­is­ter Fathi Ahmad Ham­mad. It began broad­cast­ing in the Gaza Strip in Jan­u­ary 2006.

Mod­eled after Al Manar, which is owned and oper­ated by the Lebanese-based ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tion Hezbol­lah, much of Al-Aqsa TV pro­gram­ming reg­u­larly glo­ri­fies vio­lence and incites hatred of Jews and Israelis focuses on chil­dren or is geared towards children.

For exam­ple, at the begin­ning of Oper­a­tion Pil­lar of Defense in Novem­ber 2012, Al Aqsa TV inter­viewed the chil­dren of Hamas mem­bers who were killed in Israeli airstrikes. One of the boys inter­viewed said that he wants to fol­low in his father’s path, “I want to fol­low the path of Jihad like daddy and I want to be mar­tyred like daddy.”

Over the years, Al Aqsa TV has fea­tured music video aimed at rad­i­cal­iz­ing chil­dren. For exam­ple, a few years ago a music video aired by the net­work depicted a 4-year-old girl singing to her “mother,” iden­ti­fied as “mother Reem,” (an appar­ent ref­er­ence to Hamas’s first female sui­cide bomber Reem Riyashi).  Later in the video, the woman det­o­nates her­self and kills four Israeli sol­diers. After her mother car­ries out the attack, the lit­tle girl holds an explo­sive and sings to the cam­era, “I am fol­low­ing Mommy in her steps.”

In April 2007, the show “Tomorrow’s Pio­neers” fea­tured a Mickey Mouse-like char­ac­ter called “Far­four” pro­mot­ing a mes­sage of rad­i­cal Islam, anti-Semitism and hatred for the West. The “Far­four” char­ac­ter and child actors on the pro­gram taunt West­ern lead­ers and urge chil­dren to take up AK-47 assault rifles to defeat Israel and the United States.al-aqsa-tv

The Newseum’s Jour­nal­ists Memo­r­ial pre­vi­ously included Ahmed Haidar, a cam­era­man for Al Manar who was killed in 1993. Al Manar was des­ig­nated a Spe­cially Des­ig­nated Global Ter­ror­ist entity in 2006.

This year’s memo­r­ial also plans to honor Maya Naser, a cor­re­spon­dent for Iran’s Press TV, Iran’s gov­ern­ment-run Eng­lish lan­guage satel­lite news net­work. Press TV has emerged as the Iran­ian government’s pri­mary pro­pa­ganda tool to pro­mote a wide range of per­ni­cious anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries in Eng­lish to a world­wide audience.

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