Thursday, September 22, 2011

Perry follows with puff piece on Palestinian President; forgets a few items

Following his angry screed on behalf of the Palestinians (see our post below), Reuters kingpin propagandist Tom Perry delivers a puff piece on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that lauds him as a man of peace:
Abbas is a refugee from a town in what is now Israel, but his vision for ending the conflict is built around the idea of establishing of an independent Palestine in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem alongside Israel.
His opposition to the use of violence has bordered on outright disdain. That has fed his rivalry with the Hamas Islamist group, which wrestled control of Gaza from him in 2007.
He has described as "futile" the firing of rockets into Israel by militants in Gaza, and the security forces he has built up in the West Bank are trained to cooperate with Israel rather than fight it.
As usual, Perry omits a few pertinent items from Abbas' bio.  Like the fact that the Palestinian President's dissertation denied the scope of the Holocaust and claimed it was a Zionist plot.  Or the fact that Abbas financed the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972.  Or that in 2007, the man Perry claims is "hostile to violence":
urged a throng of 50,000 Palestinians to re-aim their guns at the “occupation” (i.e., Israel) instead of turning them on each other: “Fatah,” he promised, “will not give up our principles and we have said that rifles should be directed against the occupation.... We have a legitimate right to direct our guns against Israeli occupation....”
And in 2008, Abbas revealed that:
his current feint at negotiations with Israel is — like his mentor Arafat’s similar tactics — a strategic pause at best. He explained to a Jordanian newspaper that he was not pursuing “the armed struggle” at “this present juncture” only “because we can’t succeed in it.” He was quick to add, though, that “maybe in the future things will be different.”
As Perry's lede suggests: "Abbas presses Palestinian case with new defiance".


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