Saturday, July 30, 2011

Palestinian image-making

Integral to Reuters' long-standing propaganda campaign on behalf of the Palestinian Arabs is the depiction of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas as a perennial peace-loving diplomat.  If Reuters provided an accurate historical portrayal of Abbas, i.e., as a Holocaust-denying protege of Yasser Arafat who arranged financing for the terror attack and massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Munich Olympics, the agency's Western audiences might come away with a very different perception of Abbas' motives and strategy in previous negotiations with Israel.

In a story on Abbas calling for Palestinians to increase "resistance" in anticipation of their statehood bid at the United Nations in September, Reuters kingpin propagandist and serial liar Tom Perry continues with the sham image-making:
Long an opponent of violence by Palestinians, Abbas has faced domestic criticism for appearing hesitant to support other forms of activism such as protests and marches, part of what Palestinians call "popular resistance."
Perry doesn't tell readers that as recently as 2008, Abbas told interviewers:
“At this present juncture, I am opposed to armed struggle because we cannot succeed in it, but maybe in the future things will be different [...]  I had the honor of firing the first shot in 1965 and of being the one who taught resistance to many in the region and around the world; what it’s like; when it is effective and when it isn’t effective; its uses, and what serious, authentic and influential resistance is….  It is common knowledge when and how resistance is detrimental and when it is well timed….  We [Fatah] had the honor of leading the resistance and we taught resistance to everyone, including Hizbullah, who trained in our military camps."
Perry attempts to dupe his audience into believing that Abbas is hesitant to call even for peaceful protests and marches when the historical record demonstrates that Abbas actually defines "resistance" on a much grander scale, i.e., armed violence, and openly boasts that he has spearheaded violence in the past, served as a model for the use of violence by other terror groups, and may encourage his people to turn to violence again in the future, when the time is right.

Faithful reporting on this point would of course, undermine Perry's entire advocacy campaign so instead, we are fed fictions.

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