The media is focusing much attention on Yasir Arafat's legacy. Many of the historical briefs and timelines being published whitewash his decades-long involvement in terrorism. Below is a timeline of some of the key events and terrorist acts associated with Arafat.
In celebration of CNN's first 25 years, the network collaborated with Time magazine to broadcast a special highlighting "the top 25 most fascinating people." Ranking 15 and 10 are Ariel Sharon and Yasir Arafat. CNN's treatment of the two leaders is itself fascinating because it gives disproportionate play to Palestinian grievances against Sharon, and downplays Arafat's terrorism.
In the intense media coverage accompanying Yasser Arafat's death, the man known to many as the "father of modern terrorism" is benefiting from an "extreme make-over," as some news reports and columns airbrush history to exclude his actual deeds.
Please continue your efforts to promote responsible reporting about Arafat and his legacy. Protest whitewashed reports and commentaries that ignore or minimize his decades-long involvement in terror, his goal of destroying Israel, and his siphoning of hundreds of millions of dollars from donations to the Palestinian people that went instead into his own private accounts. Commend fair and objective reporting that provides adequate context.