Dec. 13, 2015 6:41 p.m. (Eastern) during Al-Jazeera America news hour. One of several recent similar reports about a particular Palestinian Arab woman, Nura Sub-Laban.
Note: This report deals with the story of Nura Sub-Laban claiming that Israel is illegally trying to uproot her family from Jerusalem. The problematic report is reflective of the propaganda narrative of supposed Jewish encroachment at the expense of blameless, dispossessed Palestinians. See NOTE below.
Host: Peter Dobbie (formerly with BBC) from Al-Jazeera English headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
Correspondent: Stefanie Dekker based at Al-Jazeera English headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
Interviewee: Muhammad Dahleh, Palestinian Arab attorney and human rights activist in Jerusalem.
Host: Supreme Court judges in Israel are considering an appeal from a Palestinian family threatened with eviction. The family lives close to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound also known as the Temple Mount to Jews in occupied East Jerusalem. Stephanie Dekker has more.
Dekker: In the shadow of the Dome of the Rock, Nura Sub-Laban's family has been renting this house in Jerusalem for more than 60 years. Now she faces eviction to make way for Israeli settlers.
Sub-Laban (translated): They are doing this illegal thing to bring settlers. They talk about peace but the reality is that they are taking the land.
Dekker: She should fall under what's called protected tenants' status of those who cannot be evicted. But based on a court-enforced principle abandonment, the family can be evicted if it's proven they didn't continue to occupy the property. That supposedly has been proven by the Jewish trust that owned the building. The family has appealed to the Supreme Court [of Israel]. It also submitted a petition to the American constitute. It's a complicated legal story, but it boils down to a wider Israeli law that says any property owned by Jews before 1948, as this building was, should be returned to the historical owner. Israel maintains that east Jerusalem is an integral part of Israel, and so the law obviously applies here.
Dahleh: Settler groups use this loophole to take over property in east Jerusalem and try to evict Palestinian tenants living in such property. This law, of course, is discriminatory. In the same Israeli legal system, and under the same laws, property that was owned by Palestinians prior to 1948, like most of the properties left behind by the Palestinian refugees in west Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel, all that property can't be returned to the rightful Palestinian owners.
Dekker: Now, this area is what is known as the Muslim quarter of the Old City. We are on the roof of Nura's house. The fear among the Palestinians living here is that over time they'll lose their homes to more Israeli settlers.
Nura Sub-Laban (speaking in Arabic).
Dekker: "Nura breaks down during the interview. 'It's not fair,' she says. Her mother died in the house. All her memories are here. Over the years, there has been an increase in settlement activity here. While we were filming, a young girl under armed guard comes to tell Nura, why are you still here, this is ours, you are delusional.' When I ask her what the problem is, she said the court has already kicked Nura out.
NOTE: As CAMERA's Dec. 23, 2015 report points out, the Sub-Labans enjoyed "protected tenant" status which can be lost if the tenant abandons the property without intention of returning and it is irrelevant whether the tenant is Jewish or Palestinian. Furthermore, the property in question is actually Jewish-owned. It was taken by Jordanian occupational forces after forcibly expelling Jews from the area during 1948 hostilities. The CAMERA report states:
The court found in 2014 that the Sub-Labans have been living with their extended family in another apartment for 30 years, since 1984. From 2010 until 2014, they only pretended' to live in the apartment. Electricity and water bills for the property during this period showed virtually no usage, and a neighbor living in the apartment opposite testified that no one had lived in the apartment. The family's failure to move back into the building following extensive, drawn out renovations completed in 2001 jeopardized their status as protected tenants.'
before the 1948 war, the building was owned by a trust for Kollel Galicia, a group that collected funds in Eastern Europe for Jewish families in Jerusalem. When Jordan's army occupied Jerusalem in 1948, the property fell under the control of the Jordanian administration and was rented to the Palestinian Sub-Laban family in 1953. Following the 1967 war, when Israel gained control of eastern Jerusalem, the property was, according to the AP [Associated Press], handed to an Israeli government department, the General Custodian. Palestinian residents were recognized as protected tenants,' provided they continued to live in the apartments and pay rent to the Custodian.
Regarding Jerusalem, the Jewish population
is approximately 660,000 while the Arab population is about 310,000 and since 1844, census figures have consistently shown that the Jewish population has exceeded that of the Arab population in Jerusalem. Now, pro-Arab, anti-Israel advocates would be quick to seize on any residency issue among Jerusalem Arabs that would seem to reinforce the propaganda narrative of supposed Jewish encroachment at the expense of Palestinians. Likewise, Al-Jazeera would be quick to report on any such issue. So, the dearth of such reports suggests that this narrative is essentially a false one. Furthermore, it should be noted that Israel's independent judiciary system often rules against the government (or individual Israelis). Additionally, why are the large majority of Jerusalem's Arabs Palestinians rather than Israelis? They have not opted for Israeli citizenship due apparently to Islamic/Palestinian nationalism views and/or fear of retribution from fellow Arabs.
Dec. 6, 2015 1:17 p.m. (Eastern) during Al-Jazeera America news hour (several identical and similar reports in recent weeks).
Host: Nick Clark from Al-Jazeera English headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
Interviewee: Husam Zomlot, Palestinian Authority [P.A.] U.N. diplomat, ambassador at large for the P.A., adjunct professor and co-chair of the School of Government at Birzeit University (Ramallah, West Bank Palestinian territories). In this report, Zomlot spouts the full array of propagandistic anti-Israel terms. See NOTE below for controversies surrounding Zomlot.
Host: Within the last hour, Israeli police say they have shot and killed a Palestinian who they claim tried to stab somebody in Jerusalem. Three people were wounded in that attack and it brings the number of Palestinians killed since October to 113. The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country is not heading toward a one-state solution [thus] rejecting assertions made by the U.S. Secretary of State. John Kerry has been warning Israel about the dangers of a possible collapse of the Palestinian Authority. He said that would lead to a situation that would threaten the security of both sides.
Kerry: If there is a risk that the P.A. could collapse and it is in Israeli interest for it to, in fact, survive, as the Prime Minister suggested, should more, therefore, not be done to help sustain it? The one-state solution is no solution at all for a secure Jewish democratic Israel living in peace. It is simply not a viable option.
Netanyahu (recorded, translated from the Hebrew): Israel will not be a bi national state. In order for there to be peace, the other side must decide it wants peace. To my regret, what we've seen from the Palestinian Authority is that the incitement to violence is continuing. It must stop.
Host: Well, I am joined from Ramallah by Husam Zomlot, the deputy commissioner for the Fatah political party who is a member of the Palestinian delegation that recently at the United Nations has been calling for Palestine to be recognized as a state. I understand you think there were some interesting, perhaps useful points of view put forward by John Kerry. What were they?
Zomlot: It is interesting to always point out the fact that Israel is objecting and blocking the two-state solution and that we are heading toward the one-state realty where apartheid is the name of the game and where Israel controls the entire land of Palestine with all the Palestinian population and the siege as they do in Gaza and striking segregations and racism. We all know the diagnosis of the situation. These comments even come from Israeli commentators. The question is about the U.S., its policy and the consequences of not implementing its policy. We wanted to here from the Secretary of State Kerry more about what the U.S. is going to do, not what Israel is going to do. As long as they can keep the status quo that is the occupation' and colonization and the theft of our land and resources and the murder of our youth and our kids practically as they do every day with absolute impunity. So long as that is possible for Israel, they will continue.
Host: You think when Kerry says something like this this is not the first time we have heard it when Kerry says something like continuing to build settlements is an obstacle to peace, he is just saying it and expecting nothing to change?
Note: Although U.S. officials proclaim from time to time that Jewish settlements (constituting less that four percent of the West Bank) are an obstacle to peace, they never claim, as Zomlot falsely claims, that the settlements are illegal according to international law.
Zomlot: Of course he is saying it. He believes they are a major obstacle but settlements are not just an obstacle to peace. Settlements are illegal acts, according to international law, and should amount to sanctions by the international community. This brings the major question: Is the U.S. capable to really enforce its policy and its will? Time in and time out, the U.S. appears like somebody who is an observer, somebody who is lecturing. Today, the U.S. provides Israel with every means to continue being a military super power in the region. The supremacy of Israel comes from the U.S. The total impunity in the diplomatic sense is provided by the U.S. to Israel and, therefore, to come and lecture and talk about Israel's lack of adherence to international law to United States policy is meaningless.
Note: CAMERA has refuted in Al-Jazeera America Watch entries, the false claim that the settlements are illegal. Moreover, on the West Bank, virtually no privately-owned Arab land has been lost by Arabs; post-67 Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria [West Bank] comprise little more than four percent of the territory and have been built almost exclusively on property that was state land under Ottoman, British, Jordanian and now Israeli administration or property purchased from private owners.
Host: From the U.S. we have heard a great deal of this before. I would like to talk to you about the particular circumstances we see at the moment with regard to Kerry's assertion about the dangers of a collapse of the Palestinian authority. It's been suggested that [Palestinian leader] Mahmoud Abbas has never been so despondent, never seen as black a situation as he does now. What will it take to keep the P.A. alive?
Zomlot: A movement towards a political solution, a movement toward international legality and a consensus, that there will be a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, with Jerusalem as its capital and a resolution of the historic issues of Palestine including the right of return. We know President Abbas has spent his career trying to reach this end game. He is not here to manage the occupation or to deal with the Israeli dreams of trying to postpone the choice and there has been these staements to the Americans and United Nations and to the world that if you are unable to provide the very clear-cut political lines and solution to my people, we can no longer walk the same road we have been walking on for the last 20 years. The negotiations and talks have proven to be only for the sake of talks therefore it is not an end in itself... The P.A. is only a tool for us and the Palestinians. We will reconsider everything because our end game can be expressed in one word, freedom.'
Note: The two-state solution, supposedly being impeded by Israeli intransigence as Al-Jazeera would have its viewers believe, is stalled by Palestinian conditions before peace negotiations can take place include: Israel must accede to the demands that it accept heretofore unacceptable Palestinian pre-conditions such as refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and right of return of millions of Arabs (nearly all of whom have never lived in Israel) which would result in engulfing Israel with Arab Muslims, effectively destroying it as a Jewish state and Western style democracy. In fact, Muslim states continue to refuse to accept Israel as a Jewish state. Evidently 22 Arab Muslim states (23 with the addition of Palestine) is fine but one Jewish state is one too many.
Host: We are going to have to leave it there.
NOTE: How reliable is this Palestinian official, Husam Zomlot? Zomlot apparently said, or at least implied, that Israel fabricated the ISIS (Islamic State terrorist entity) beheading of American journalist James Foley. This is according to a Youtube recording
of a BBC News Hour broadcast. Also, dealing with Zomlot's claims regarding Foley's beheading and his controversial views on the Holocaust, is a BBC-Watch report
. In this Al-Jazeera December 6 broadcast, Zomlot spouts the usual array of Arab anti-Israel propagandistic terms apartheid, segregation, racism, illegal settlements, theft of Palestinian resources all of which have been aired repeatedly ad nauseam on Al-Jazeera and thoroughly refuted by CAMERA's Al-Jazeera America Watch (including entries for November 17/20 and November 19, 2015). When Zomlot accuses Israel of the murder of our youth and our kids practically as they do every day, he is propagandistically referring to Israeli defensive measures against random stabbing, shooting or vehicular attacks upon Israelis (almost every day) perpetrated by Palestinian Arab terrorists continually incited to hatred and violence against Jews by Palestinian media, mosques and schools.
Dec. 4, 2015 11:16 a.m. (Eastern) during Al-Jazeera America news hour (many similar reports in recent weeks).
Note: This segment is clearly much more of a Palestinian Arab propaganda infomercial than a news report. Not even a semblance of balance. Such reports often personalize the spate of Palestinian Arab attacks upon Israelis in terms of human interest stories sympathizing with the Palestinian perpetrators. Unsurprisingly, given the anti-Israel policies (including financial support of the Hamas terrorist ruler of Gaza Strip sworn to the destruction of Israel) of Al-Jazeera's owner/operator, the ruler of oil/natural gas-rich Qatar, mention is omitted of the continuous incitement, much of it Islamist, to violence against Israeli Jews by Palestinian leaders. Example, on Sept. 16, 2015, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Palestinian Television, declared, "We won't allow Jews with their filthy feet
to defile our Al-Aqsa mosque
we bless every drop of blood spilled for Jerusalem
" (see the Youtube video provided by Palestinian Media Watch). There is nothing comparable in Jewish society anywhere to Palestinian Arab incitement. Al-Jazeera reports, citing alleged sense of deprivation and lack of hope among Palestinians, provide sort of a racist characterization rationale which amounts to "Due to your sense of deprivation and lack of hope, it's to be expected that you would start stabbing, shooting and car-ramming Jews."
Host: Nick Clark from Al-Jazeera English headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
Correspondent: Hoda Abdel-Hamid, roving correspondent for Al Jazeera English.
Interviewee: Leah Tsemel, Jewish Israeli lawyer known for efforts in support of left-radical causes.
Host: There have been confrontations on the occupied West Bank. Four Palestinians have been killed in separate incidents. And indeed, a high proportion of recent attacks on Israelis have been made by pretty [quite] young Palestinians, many of them teenagers. Hoda Abdel- Hamid has been to meet some of the youngsters in occupied east Jerusalem to try to find out what is pushing them to such ends.
Note: In this report, as in all such Al-Jazeera reports, the occupied mantra is repeated ad nauseam propagandistically in connection with Jerusalem and the West Bank. The West Bank is not an occupied part of a sovereign country but rather an unallocated, disputed remnant of the the League of Nations' Palestine Mandate. Article 6 of the Mandate calls for "close Jewish settlement" on the land west of the Jordan River. Article 6 is incorporated by Article 80 of the U.N. Charter, sometimes referred to as the Palestine article. The United States endorsed the Mandate, including Article 6, in the 1924 Anglo-American Convention. Jerusalem, whose Jewish population has generally exceeded that of any other group, is the capital of the Jewish state, as it was two thousand and more years ago. It has never been the capital of any other state.
Boy (translated): I wish to wake up in a Jerusalem at peace. For how long will our blood run?
Hamid: For this boy, rapping is the best way to express how he feels.
Boy (translated): Life in the Old City [Jerusalem] has become very difficult for those of my age. We like to go out, but now we can't do anything. It's too dangerous. If I go out for a walk, I will get stopped more than once. If a soldier speaks bad to me, I want to defend myself, but if I say something wrong, I will get detained. Our parents don't allow us to leave the home. They are too scared.
Hamid: This boys' school is in the heart of Jerusalem's Old City. Tensions are high, and being a Palestinian teenager these days is not easy.
Boy (translated): We don't go to the Jewish side. It can be dangerous for us. Anyone can accuse us of anything. A settler can scream, He is a murderer,' and that's enough for the police to shoot us or stop and humiliate us.
Note: Jews have always lived in Jerusalem's Old City except when they have been forced to flee by superior armed forces. So, it is mendacious to refer to Jewish residents of Israel's ancient and eternal capital as settlers. The accusation made here is propagandistic hyperbole.
Hamid: Most of the students here live in the Old City or the occupied West Bank Coming to school has become difficult. A recent report by Shin Bet, Israel's internal security services, say it is exactly this sense of deprivation and lack of hope that is at the core of the anger amongst so many Palestinian youth. And that bottled up anger and frustration sometimes translates into acts of violence. It's what happened to two cousins of 15 and 13, who on October 12th after school, stabbed two Israelis. The older one died and the younger Ahmad was detained.
Note: Al-Jazeera's typical misreporting is exemplified by the claim above of a recent report by Shin Bet
In fact, the distortion seems to be based on controversial comments on the Facebook page of a former leader of Shin Bet, Yuval Diskin, who served as director of the security service from 2005 to 2011 and is now an outspoken political opponent of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Times of Israel describes the incident mentioned here: Ahmad Manasra, one of two cousins who went on a stabbing spree in Jerusalem on October 12, 2015 is seen [photo] at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem on October 15, 2015. Manasra was hit by a car while fleeing from the scene of the attack. Manasra's 17-year-old cousin, Hassan, joined him in the attack, which took place in Jerusalem Pisgat Zeev neighborhood. The two were filmed stabbing a 25-year-old man, causing the man serious injuries, before stabbing the 13-year-old Jewish boy in the neck as he rode his bike. Police officers shot and killed the older Hassan as he ran toward them wielding a knife.
Tsemel: And he describes a situation when -- while his older -- 15 years old cousin addresses him one or two days before, and tells him we should be martyrs because life is so bad. We have no future. And I don't see anymore horizon
In his affidavit from the 14th of October, still in the hospital, he says, We know what will happen after the stabbing or they will break our bodies just like we're in now, or we'll be martyrs which means we will die.
Hamid: Ahmed is now standing trial and could face up to 20 years in prison. This boy [Jebril Adam] shares that frustration, but he wants to become a professional footballer.
Boy (Jebril Adam) (translated): Education is my way of fighting. It has more impact than stones, but in this situation many times I am prevented from going to school and I miss out on many classes.
Hamid: Jebril doesn't feel safe. His teacher walks him to the check point before his home. He went through this time, but tomorrow is another day full of worries. Hoda Abdel- Hamid, Al-Jazeera, in occupied east Jerusalem.
[Typically closing with the ad nauseam propagandistic occupied mantra.]
NOTE: Balanced news organizations, which Al-Jazeera America and its sister Al- Jazeera networks are not, might have well reported that Israeli Jews appear to have lost hope. According to a poll released recently, 71 percent believe that Palestinian terror against Jews would continue even with the conclusion of a peace agreement. This may be related to the view, held by 61 percent of Israeli Jews, that the current Palestinian violence is not spontaneous, but rather arose with the involvement of the Palestinian leadership.
Nov. 17, 2015 (2:30 p.m. Eastern) and Nov. 20, 2015 (3:30 p.m.). Al-Jazeera America Third Rail weekly half-hour program presented a Palestinian Arab anti-Israel propaganda 25-minute film from sister network Al-Jazeera English based in Doha, Qatar.
Third Rail host: Adam May, Al-Jazeera America correspondent, previously weekend anchor for Baltimore's CBS affiliate WJZ-13.
Host introduces Mariam Shakin's Boycott Israel film: As Israelis' decades old occupation of Palestinian territory grinds on, commerce and economics are becoming new battle lines. An embargo is the latest weapon of resistance for Gaza and the West Bank, but how does an internationally supported boycott movement [BDS] deal with local vested interests? [Filmmaker Mariam Shahin is Berlin-born of Palestinian Arab descent].
Note: Of six Arab participants and one Israeli (see list below) interviewed in this film, only one, Bashar Al-Masri, Palestinian Arab-American entrepreneur, did not spout anti-Israel propaganda. In this film, as in all such Al-Jazeera reports, the occupied or occupation mantra is repeated ad nauseam propagandistically in connection with Jerusalem or the West Bank. The West Bank is not an occupied part of a sovereign country but rather an unallocated, disputed remnant of the the League of Nations' Palestine Mandate. Article 6 of the Mandate calls for "close Jewish settlement" on the land west of the Jordan River. Article 6 is incorporated by Article 80 of the U.N. Charter, sometimes referred to as the Palestine article. The United States endorsed the Mandate, including Article 6, in the 1924 Anglo-American Convention. Jerusalem, whose Jewish population has generally exceeded that of any other group, is the capital of the Jewish state, as it was two thousand and more years ago. It has never been the capital of any other state. Another repeated ad nauseam propagandistic mantra is illegal settlements (the false attribute of illegal is refuted below) referring to all Jewish communities in the West Bank. But these Jews, like their Muslim neighbors, are residents of neighborhoods and villages in ancient Israel's heartland of Judea and Samaria better known now as the West Bank (of the Jordan River).
In the controversy about "occupation," Al-Jazeera America fails to inform viewers of the facts of Palestinian Arab obstructionism in the refusal to come to the negotiating table without insistence on the refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. The Palestinians also insist on full right of return for millions of Arab refugees (and their descendants) from 1948-49 having mostly fled at the insistence of Arab leaders. This is a non-starter since such a return would mean the end of the only Jewish state in a world which already has 22 Arab Muslim states. For the enemies of Israel, one Jewish state is one too many.
Film narration is by an unidentified male voice-over. On-camera participants:
Omar Barghouti, a founding committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions [BDS] movement, the aim of which is to delegitimize the Jewish state.
Shir Hever, Israeli economist from the left-wing Israeli-Palestinian organization, Alternative Information Center.
Mazen Sinokrot, Palestinian Arab, founding member of the Sinokrot Global Group, former Palestinian Minister of Economy.
Ala'a Abu Ain, Palestinian Arab businessman in Ramallah, West Bank Palestinian territories.
Muntaser Badarneh, Palestinian businessman.
John Gatt-Rutter, European Union envoy.
Maher Hanania, Palestinian Arab employed by the Ramallah municipality.
Bashar Al-Masri, Palestinian Arab-American entrepreneur, born and raised in Nablus (Palestinian territories), educated in Egypt.
Narrator: A few cartons of spilt milk and some trampled groceries might not seem like much of a response to decades of illegal occupation, but this small demonstration last month in the Palestinian city of Ramallah was significant. It was the moment Palestinians officially boycotted Israeli products for the first time in two decades. It was significant. The idea of a boycott isn't new. For over ten years activists urging an embargo of Israeli and companies for decades but the hails of world wide condemnation, during Israel's ferocious assault on Gaza last summer galvanized the movement known as Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS.
Note: The propagandistic occupation mantra is repeated ad nauseam by Al-Jazeera. The aim of BDS much more than the name signifies is to delegitimize the Jewish state. BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti has venomously and falsely equated Israel's policies to South Africa's apartheid system. BDS is gaining traction among those who seek an end to the Jewish state. Comparison of Israel to South Africa is a patently false one rejected by people who have lived and suffered under actual apartheid rule and which has been thoroughly debunked.
Omar Barghouti: Israel has an achilles heel ...
Narrator: Omar Barghouti is one of the leaders of BDS, which uses simple market economics to force an end to the occupation of Palestinian lands.
Barghouti: Israel has a vulnerability point that we have discovered. Despite its massive power and despite massive complicity in the West, Israel cannot fight a non-violent movement like ours, that's winning hearts and minds.
Narrator: Israel has an advanced market economy which is heavily reliant on both export earnings and foreign investment. BDS believes that a hard hitting international boycott similar to the one that pressured South Africa's apartheid regime will force Israel and its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to take peace seriously.
Barghouti: In June 2013, Israel started viewing the BDS movement as a strategic threat to its regime. Netanyahu started attacking BDS as second only to the Iranian so-called nuclear threat.
Narrator: But curiously, although the boycott movement is gathering pace outside Israel, within the occupied territories it's been slow to take off. The supermarkets of the West Bank and Gaza still display a wide range of Israeli made goods. And that, says one israeli economist, is no accident.
Hever: When we are talking about the economic relations between Israel and the Palestinian territory the most important issue is the Paris accords signed in April 1994. Israel has control over the flow of labor, over the flow of goods and over taxation to a very high degree. And, in effect, that allowed Israel to completely strangulate the Palestinian economy. No petrol in the gas stations, no food in the supermarkets, no water in the tap because everything is controlled by Israel. So, now the Palestinian economy has become a captive market for Israeli goods and international aid is keeping the Palestinians more or less alive surviving under conditions of occupation, while Israel continues to control the economy and call the shots.
Narrator: As this poster makes clear, there are stark consequences for that dependency, Buying Israeli products pays for the bullets that kill Palestinians.' The boycott began modestly targeting the six biggest israeli food industry imports. But former Palestinian Authority minister Mazen Sinokrot, who imports one of the banned products thinks the embargo has been unfairly applied.
Sinokrot: If you look at the whole portfolio of these six companies dollars a year in the Palestinian territories out of $ five billion of imports from israel, its very very very little. It's a try, its an idea, but I think it should have been managed in a much more professional way, than dumping the products in the hearts of the cities.
Narrator: Sinokrot imported Strauss ice cream to the West Bank and is one of six Palestinian businesspeople who were sales agents for the now boycotted Israeli goods.
Sinokrot: At least from the company that i'm representing it's a Unilever entity Unilever is a British-Dutch company and they have an official letter from the head office in London saying that the company is producing ice cream in Akko, northern Israel, is owned 100 percent by Unilever Global and Unilever Global is actually very much annoyed that an international global company have been put on a boycott list.
Narrator: The boycott committee ruled that the products were made in Israel' but had been sold by the Israeli owners to a British-Dutch company to circumvent a boycott. Next on the boycott list, says BDS, are Palestinians who are considered economic collaborators.'"
Barghouti: We are targeting them by exposing those business ventures. We have not yet called for a boycott of a Palestinian business enterprise that has invested in Israel, but we are very close to that point. In fact we are debating it at this point within the BDS national committee which leads the global BDS movement.
Narrator: BDS believes targeting Palestinian economic collaborators will increase the impact of a campaign that already has many in Israel worried..
Hever: Inside Israel almost everybody knows about the boycott movement and understands the boycott movement and its goals. And has some kind of idea of how it already started to affect Israeli society. In 2011 there was a conference of 80 of Israel's millionaires and billionaires and they wanted to discuss the danger of the boycott movement and they came up with a press release at the end, where they called on the government to please continue the peace process somehow or make some kind of compromise with the Palestinians because otherwise we are headed towards the situation of South Africa under the days of apartheid. The government did not heed that call. And many of these millionaires and billionaires have chosen to leave Israel or shift many of their investments outside of Israel.
Narrator: While Israeli commercial interests have been waking up to the threat of boycott and have other options, palestinians like this traditional cooking pot manufacturer say they have no choice but to keep Israeli links open. This business employs 50 people and 60 percent of its products are sold to Israeli kitchens, hotels and cafeterias the only external market it can reach.
Ala'a Abu Ain: Our resources are controlled by Israelis our water, our electricity, our movement, our borders. How you can create like a kind of economy while all these obstacles surrounding your economical life? As long as we have occupation, lets say there is no viable economy. It's very clear. Pinar dairy in ramallah is just one of many modern West Bank enterprises. While a boycott would allow Pinar to gain market share from its Israeli competitors, its boss understands that Israel's ability to choke the flow of goods from the factory to the market can block all growth.
Muntaser Badarneh: In total, we are talking about 40 percent is controlled by us and 60 percent is controlled by the Israelis. The company sells its products across the West Bank and though getting them into Gaza is problematic since Israel controls the roads, sales went through the roof during last summer's war because patriotic Palestinians refused to buy Israeli goods. During the Gaza war I can remember the demand went up by 30-40 percent immediately. And one of Pinar's main Israeli competitors is already feeling the pinch.
Narrator: But all this begs a question. The boycott is meant to target Israeli produce originating in illegal settlements, so why isn't it more effective? Part of the answer can be found at an Israeli agricultural settlement, deep in the occupied Jordan valley. It should be a prime target for any boycott. But when these boxes of the famous Medjoul dates arrive on store shelves, their roots in an illegal settlement will either be invisible because their country of origin label is missing or duplicitous because many falsely declare "made in Palestine." This deliberate mislabeling, is a common practice, say Palestinian date farmers. It's how their Israeli competitors and foreign retailers are getting around consumer unease about goods grown and manufactured on confiscated land.
Note: The term as it's used here, illegal settlements, is misleading and propagandistic. It refers to all Jewish settlements (Jewish communities) in the West Bank (Israel's ancient heartland of Judea and Samaria). (see NOTE below.)
Hever: 60 percent of all Majhoul dates grown by Israeli companies actually come from the occupied Jordan valley so actually when anybody sees a date which says made in Israel' in a supermarket or anywhere in the world, there is a very large chance, most likely it comes from the illegal colonies even if it doesn't say so on the packaging. I've seen how these companies lie about their packaging not just by writing - "made in Palestine" - this is especially done if they want to sell these products in Arab countries then they make their customers believe that they are buying Palestinian dates. It's another form of exploitation. They are exploiting the Palestinian identity.
Narrator: Misleading labeling is about more than deceiving consumers. Under European Union regulations, Israeli agricultural produce pays no import taxes giving it a major advantage in a huge export market but this doesn't apply to Israeli farm products from illegal settlements.
John Gatt-Rutter: For us, Israeli products have duty free access to the EU, to our markets. Settlement products do not qualify for that preferential access. It's as simple as that. So we have two ways in looking at this one which is the rules of origin. Where you know, this is an important part of policy that determines trade relation, the other is labeling were there is also been on the voluntary level, at the national level labeling for products which has been produced in settlements. So it clearly stipulates where products are actually made.
Hever: The European Union officials refuse to use that word boycott' the interesting thing is that this position is moving at a snail's pace, and all these sanctions are mostly theoretical at this point. There have been various regulations put on paper but so far the Israelis have been allowed to lie and get around the regulations and call products from the colonies products from Israel' to avoid facing any consequences.
Narrator: But authentic Palestinian date growers are also trying to make their way in this rigged market. Zuhair Manasra runs a $60 million dollar date plantation near Jericho. It produces 500 tons annually but in the years ahead he hopes to boost production to 3000 tons. But he lacks sufficient water. Mansara's future rests on the whim of the occupying power which the boycott movement is trying its best to rein in. Back in Ramallah, the working capital of the Palestinian Authority, government officials are both waiting to see the effects of the boycott and keen to explain why they cannot fully take part in it.
Hanania: You know, we have a political problem with the Israelis. They come here and they occupy our land they steal our natural resources. The water that we buy is water they have taken from the West Bank. They take the water from the West Bank and resell back to us at a higher price than they sell it to Israelis. Electricity comes from Israel, our gas comes from Israel. And these things we have to buy from them in order to survive, but the things we don't need to buy from them in order to survive, we don't, because they are our occupying power. If they are not willing to recognize us as humans, and they are not willing to recognize us as a country and they are not willing to recognize our national sovereignty over our own territory, then we are not going to buy any goods from them.
[These water libels and other such untruths defaming Israel are exposed in NOTES section below.]
Narrator: The structure of Palestinian economic dependency on Israel was erected in the years following the 1967 war and entrenched by the 1995 economic agreements known as the Paris Protocol.
Hanania: Under the Paris Protocol, we are limited in what we do. For example, we can buy electricity from Jordan 10 times cheaper than what we can buy from Israel but this is not allowed. There are a lot of agreements that we signed, which I think after years and years you realize you made a mistake in signing them or you did not negotiate the fine prints.
Note: Hanania claims that West Bank Palestinians are not allowed to buy electricity from Jordan. This seems to be a false claim. What is the evidence for the claim? The Paris Protocol does not seem to prohibit the purchase. Exactly what or who allegedly prohibits the purchase? The questions are not asked.
Narrator: There are few better examples of how restrictions are selectively applied than the Ramallah and Rawabi sewage plants. The Ramallah city government, supports the boycott, but has spent years trying to build a new sewage plant only to be frustrated by the Israeli bureaucracy. But less than 20 kilometers away, the yet to be completed city of Rawabi, which some in the boycott movement criticize for working to closely with Israelis, already has all sewage arrangements in place. The brainchild of returned Palestinian developer Bashar Al-Masri, Rawabi is the single biggest investment project in Palestine built with Palestinian and Qatari money.
Al-Masri: I thought I was one of tens of thousands that would be coming back; unfortunately, I was disappointed to find that I'm one of a maximum 100 that came back as investors.
Narrator: The new city is meant to house up to 40,000 Palestinians. Three schools, a medical center, a shopping mall, mosque and church are almost completed. Rawabi's developers worked closely with the Israelis to obtain building materials, permits and water lines. This, critics say, normalizes the occupation.
Al-Masri: Look, I'm in construction; they criticize us for buying Israeli products 80 percent of our products we have no choice anyway cement for example cement we buy it from the Palestinian authority owned company. At least 85-90 percent of their cement comes from Israel and it has to come from Israel. I'm not advocating that they boycott, on the contrary, I think we are in for the long haul. If you believe in a two state solution, that means you believe in economic cooperation.
[Al-Masri is the lone Arab participant in this film not vilifying Israel.]
NOTE: The propaganda vilifying Israel, falsely charging it with such as stealing West Bank land and water has been exposed, including in a CAMERA report
: On the West Bank, virtually no privately-owned Arab land has been lost; post-67 Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria [West Bank] comprise little more than four percent of the territory and have been built almost exclusively on property that was state land under Ottoman, British, Jordanian and now Israeli administration or property purchased from private owners.
Water resources available to West Bank Arabs have steadily increased under Israeli management after 1967 when Israel took charge. Palestinian water libels defaming Israel have been exposed by the Israeli think tank, Begin-Sadan Center for Strategic Studies (BESA), which published a thorough review
of the situation titled "The Truth Behind the Palestinian Water Libels." (Professor Haim Gvirtzman, Feb. 24, 2014). The review's executive summary reads:
"Water shortages in the Palestinian Authority are the result of Palestinian policies that deliberately waste water and destroy the regional water ecology. The Palestinians refuse to develop their own significant underground water resources, build a seawater desalination plant, fix massive leakage from their municipal water pipes, build sewage treatment plants, irrigate land with treated sewage effluents or modern water-saving devices, or bill their own citizens for consumer water usage, leading to enormous waste. At the same time, they drill illegally into Israel's water resources, and send their sewage flowing into the valleys and streams of central Israel. In short, the Palestinian Authority is using water as a weapon against the State of Israel. It is not interested in practical solutions to solve the Palestinian people's water shortages, but rather perpetuation of the shortages and the besmirching of Israel."
In June 2010, CAMERA
pointed out that Israel supplied Palestinian communities with water from Israeli wells, laid hundreds of kilometers of new water mains and connected hundreds of Palestinian villages and towns to the water system but as an anti-Israel gesture, some villages and towns refused the service. Much of the water in the Palestinian territories has been consumed by wasteful agriculture techniques such as flood irrigation of water-intensive crops, or lost through leaky, ill-maintained pipes.
As to the Palestinian economy, as CAMERA has shown
, Despite receiving the highest per capita aid in the world over the past several years, the Palestinian economy has declined since the Oslo peace accords
Improved economic conditions have not stopped the Palestinians from launching campaigns of violence. It is a curious fact that both the first and second Intifadas were launched during economic upswings. The first intifada broke out on the heels of the highest annual growth in 12 years and the second highest on record. This suggests that economic progress and political progress are not linked. Likewise, current Palestinian angry protests and terrorism seem to be a function mainly of Islamo-nationalism indoctrination via mosques, media and schools.
A key factor in the perceived economic malaise is Palestinian corruption and nepotism
which has meant that little of the huge amount of financial aid has underwritten private sector growth. Instead, Palestinian officials build villas, drive luxury cars, and pad the payroll with tens of thousands of unproductive jobs. Bassem Eid, a Palestinian Arab born in Jerusalem, director of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, on Oct. 14, 2015 at Binghamton University (upstate New York) told
an audience of more than 50, More and more corruption is committed by the Palestinian Authority against the Palestinian people. Eid also warned against the use of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaign, which encourages individuals and institutions to cut ties with Israel financially, saying it would hurt ordinary Palestinians.
Meanwhile, caught up in the BDS hysteria are several American educational associations taking up boycott-Israel resolutions. Apparently, these academics are oblivious to the fact that academic boycotts would undermine academic freedom by holding Israeli academics responsible for Israeli policy. Perhaps these academics fail to understand that Israel, like the United States, protects academic freedom. Furthermore, as pointed out in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed
by two law professors ("Those Israel Boycotts Are Illegal," Kantorovitch and Solomon, Dec. 2, 2015) educational associations that shun Israel are likely to be violating their own charters and thus are subject to law suits since they can only do what is permitted under the purposes specified in their charters.
Al-Jazeera, given its mission, in accord with policies of its owner/operator (the Arab rulers of Qatar) to vilify Israel, unsurprisingly fails to inform viewers of any of these facts that contradict the propaganda narrative in coverage of alleged Palestinian Arab hopelessness and the like.
Nov. 19, 2015 5:09 p.m. (Eastern) report during Al-Jazeera America news hour.
This report, as do all Al-Jazeera reports on the conflict between Palestinian Arabs and Israelis, mouths the occupation mantra.
Host: JANE DUTTON from Al-Jazeera English headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
Correspondent: Hoda Abdel-Hamid, roving correspondent for Al Jazeera English.
Host: Five people have been killed during the latest violence in Israel and the occupied West Bank, including a teenager who is a U.S. citizen [Ezra Schwartz, 18, of Sharon, Massachusetts]. Israeli Army says a Palestinian drove along shooting at people near the Gush Etzion illegal settlement in the West Bank, killing the 18-year-old, as well as an Israeli and a Palestinian. In a separate attack in Tel Aviv, two Israelis were stabbed to death. Hoda Abdel-Hamid has this update from west Jerusalem.
Note: Host is either unaware that the Etzion Bloc ("Gush Etzion" in Hebrew consisting of several communities and more than 40,000 residents, located between Jerusalem and Hebron) is authorized by Israel's government (and is therefore legal) or is simply mouthing the anti-Israel propaganda line to the effect that all Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) are illegal.
Correspondent: It was a few days of calm, but both attacks today marked a significant escalation. Now, the one in Tel Aviv was, according to the police reports, a stabbing attack by a man who actually originally came from the area of Hebron. He had received a month ago a permit to enter and work in Israel. He actually worked in a restaurant near where the stabbing incident took place, and two Israelis died in that attack. And then the one the one in the occupied West Bank near the settlement of Gush Etzion is quite a different attack in the sense that there was a weapon involved in it. Some reports in the local media says it was an Israeli Uzi submachine, but that has not been confirmed by the Army. There are now three people dead in that attack -- an Israeli, a Palestinian who happened to be in the area when it happened, and then, according to reports in the local media again, an American national [Ezra Schwartz of Sharon, Mass.] who was studying in a religious school there.
NOTE: A key element of the occupation myth is the claim that West Bank Jewish settlements are illegal as well as a hindrance to peace. A hindrance to peace? Yes for a society brainwashed by a steady stream of antisemitic, anti-Israel incitement from Palestinian media, mosques and schools in violation of Article 26 (2) of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as in violation of Israeli-Palestinian agreements. On the other hand, there is nothing in mainstream Jewish society relating to Arabs (or any ethnic/religious/racial group) that is remotely analogous to that found chronically in official Palestinian sources aimed at the destruction of Israel and Jews. Thus it is that Palestinian Arabs (and not surprisingly their anti-Israel supporters elsewhere) demand a Jew-free apartheid in the West Bank.
Can the settlements be considered illegal? Basic international law in this case, the League of Nations' Palestine Mandate, Article 6, calls for "close Jewish settlement" on the land west of the Jordan River. Article 6 is incorporated by Article 80 of the U.N. Charter, sometimes referred to as "the Palestine article." The United States endorsed the mandate, including Article 6, in the 1924 Anglo-American Convention. The West Bank is not sovereign territory of any country, but rather land disputed by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority. It was illegally occupied by Jordan from 1948 to 1967, when Israel took control as a result of successful self-defense in the 1967 Six-Day War. As Eugene Rostow a co-author of U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 (1967), the keystone of all subsequent successful Arab-Israeli negotiations pointed out 242 does not require complete Israeli withdrawal. Rather, the status of the territory, to which Jews as well as Arabs have legitimate claims, is to be resolved in negotiations as called for in the resolution and by U.N. Security Council Resolution 338 (1973). Meanwhile, Jewish villages and towns built since 1967 in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria, part of the ancient homeland of the Jewish people), are no more deserving of condemnation or charges of illegality than are Arab areas built since then in previously existing Arab villages and towns.
Oct. 29, 2015 9:39 p.m. (Eastern) 4-minute report during Al-Jazeera America news hour.
Note: Qatar's foreign minister registers his concern via the Qatari owned/operated Al-Jazeera networks about current violence between Israelis and Palestinian Arabs and warns Israel about provoking the Islamic world.
Host: Randall Pinkston (previously with CBS) from Al-Jazeera America studios in New York City.
Guest: Khalid Al-Attiyah, Qatar's foreign minister.
Guest: Mehdi Hasan, host of Al-Jazeera English programs "Head to Head" and "UpFront."
Host: "Israeli forces shot and killed two Palestinians today. Israel said it happened in the West Bank city of Hebron after the Palestinians tried to stab Israeli soldiers. One Israeli border guard was injured, the Palestinian attacker shot dead. Nine Israelis have been killed and dozens more injured since early October when this recent wave of violence began. More than 60 Palestinians have been killed. Al-Jazeera's Mehdi Hasan recently sat down with the Qatari foreign minister, Khalid Al-Attiyah and among the topics they discussed was Qatar's role in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine."
Note: Host errs, as do more than a few other journalists, in referring to "the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine." A more accurate rendering would be, "the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs" since there is no sovereign nation-state called "Palestine," with control over specific territory, a permanent population under its authority, recognized borders it controls and other requirements of international law such as the Montevideo Convention.
Al-Attiyah: "We do not have any peace process yet. So, I don't think we are in a position to have any cooperation with Israel at this stage."
Hasan: "Has the recent violence impacted on your decision making in what's going on right now in Jerusalem and elsewhere?"
Al-Attiyah: "Well, this is a provocation not only for the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council consisting of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates], they are offending 1.5 billion Muslims when you talk about the Al-Aqsa mosque in Palestine. You are provoking all of the Muslims. We have raised the flag before. We have raised the flag saying that it's very dangerous that the West Bank start to get the intifada."
Note: Errors are committed by the Qatari foreign minister in referring to the "Al-Aqsa mosque in Palestine." The mosque is located in Jerusalem's Old City, formerly under Jordanian occupation but part of Israeli-unified Jerusalem since 1967. The status of eastern Jerusalem under international law is "disputed"; it is not located in a national "Palestine." The host lets the foreign minister imply that a future diplomatic possibility is a present reality. Both obscure the fact that a sovereign country named "Palestine" has never existed.
Host: "Do you believe this is a third intafada?"
Al-Attiyah: "I believe so. If the occupation is still there, if the settlement is still spreading, then we are going to see one of the worst intifada bearing in mind these people who went to the streets are not belonging they do not belong to any party. They just they were born after the Oslo treaty [Oslo accords a set of agreements between the government of Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)] intended to lead to Palestinian self-rule and negotiations on "final status" issues]. So, they saw there was no hope. You should just imagine what would happen."
Host: "Joining us from Washington, D.C. Is Mehdi Hasan, the host of UpFront on Al-Jazeera English. Quoting now, "We are not in a position to have any cooperation with Israel," says Foreign Minister Atiyah. So, did you get the impression that he is, perhaps, thinking about how do you have an opening?"
Hasan: "No. Not at all. I think right now, the foreign minister of Qatar, like the foreign minister of many Arab countries, is thinking now is not the time to do any kind of outreach to Israel given the kind of violence there in Jerusalem and the occupied territories. He used very strong language, talked not just about a third intifada. He said this would be the worst ever, he talked about not just offending Gulf countries, or Arab countries, he talked about Israel potentially offending 1.5 billion Muslims. And the Israeli press have only already picked up on his remarks. These are strong remarks. So, the country [Qatar] in the Middle East that's been playing an oversized influence in a lot of the regional conflicts."
Host: "He also stressed the Syrian civil war. Last week, Foreign Minister Atiyah mentioned the possibility of direct military intervention by Qatar against the Assad regime. Did he discuss a possible time frame?"
Hasan: "He ruled out Qatari boots on the ground. He ruled out the possibility of air strikes. How he defines greater intervention is giving greater support to various rebel groups on the ground. Now Qatar is being accused by some of its critics, especially in the West of having given money to groups like ISIL or Jabhat al-Nusrah, the Al-Qaeda affiliate on the ground. He denied those claims. But he did admit to supporting Ahrar Al-Sham, a controversial Syrian rebel group. We had a very lively discussion about the appropriateness or not of whether Qatar should be supporting groups like that."
Host: "Fascinating discussion. Thank you Mehdi Hasan, host of "UpFront" on Al-Jazeera English. Thank you for joining us. You can watch the full interview tomorrow on aljazeera.com/upfront."
NOTE: The claim (and/or threat) here is violence initiated by Palestinian Arabs in Jerusalem and the West Bank, after a false rumor spread by Palestinian leaders and through social media that Jews threatened al-Aqsa mosque and Israeli response to the violence is of great concern since it is "potentially offending 1.5 billion Muslims." Israel's government repeatedly has denied the rumor. Highlighting the matter as done here suggests Qatar and Al-Jazeera believe that it ranks in importance with massive violence throughout much of the Arab and Islamic world such as that in Syria, which the participants also discuss, killing hundreds of thousands and dispossessing millions of Muslims not to mention Christians and others. Al-Jazeera America, perhaps not surprisingly, rarely, if ever, informs viewers that Al-Aqsa mosque is only part of the 37-acre Temple Mount compound. Temple Mount, location of the First and Second Jewish Temples, is Judaism's holiest site. Muslims call the area the "Noble Sanctuary" and consider Al-Aqsa as Islam's third holiest site, after Mecca and Medina.
Oct. 24, 2015 5:16 p.m. (Eastern) 12--minute report during Al-Jazeera America news hour.
Note: This segment followed the same tendentious script as virtually every other Al-Jazeera America report on the Palestinian Arab conflict with Israel. It can be summarized as Aggrieved Palestinians continue to be victimized by villainous Israelis. Host and correspondents parroted the misleading occupied mantra (see NOTE below) as a prefix to virtually every mention of Jerusalem, territories and so-on. In addition to an alleged Palestinian victim, the segment presented three purported expert guests, all of whom cast blame on Israel only Israel.
The script is in concert with the foreign policy of the network's owner/operator, the government of the Persian Gulf sheikdom of Qatar. This petro-wealthy mini-state has been a key financier of the U.S.-designated terrorist entity of Hamas, which is sworn
to the destruction of Israel and killing of Jews. Some of the rhetoric in this broadcast seems to come down to claiming that Palestinian attacks against Israelis would stop if Palestinian Arabs gain hope for a better future economically. But that ignores the explanations given by captured attackers themselves: to "resist" alleged Jewish plans to undermine or destroy Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque, prevent Muslims from worshipping there or to allow Jews to pray on Temple Mount. Further, it essentially justifies homicidal anti-Jewish aggression on the grounds of economic frustration. Never mind that Palestinian terrorists also struck Jewish targets in the years immediately after the 1993 Oslo accords, when the West Bank and Gaza Strip experienced economic expansion or that such an argument excuses random bloodshed.
Al-Jazeera America isn't much interested in profits, according to its former (Palestinian-American) CEO. The Wall Street Journal reported in 2013 at the inception of the American version of Al-Jazeera: Al Jazeera, which is backed by oil and gas-rich Qatar, says profits aren't a priority. Interim CEO Ehab Al Shihabi told The Wall Street Journal this summer : That is the difference that will allow us to maintain our journalistic identity.' Translation: Unlike its commercial competitors (including ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, MSNBC and NBC) the network doesn't care that much about viewer ratings. Rather, it's in the game to influence the opinion makers teachers, clergy, broadcasters, editorial writers, Op-Ed writers and so-on.
Host: Julie MacDonald from Al-Jazeera English headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
Correspondent: Andrew Simmons, Middle East reporter for Al-Jazeera English since 2005; previously with BBC and Britain's Sky News.
Correspondent: Stefanie Dekker based at Al-Jazeera English headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
Guest: Mossi Raz, official of Peace Now, an Israeli organization that opposes Jewish settlements in the disputed territories beyond the 1949 armistice lines. Raz is a leader of the opposition Meretz Party, which is to the left of Israel's Labor Party, and a former member of Israeli Knesset (parliament).
Guest: Hagai El-Ad (also known as Hagai Eland), executive director of the pro-Palestinian advocacy group, Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories (B'Tselem). NGO-Monitor (http://www.ngo-monitor.org/article/b_tselem) notes that B'Tselem has faced serious criticism for its misrepresentations of international law, inaccurate research, and skewed statistics. CAMERA has pointed out several B'Tselem misrepresentations such as almost always failing to include terrorists' connections with terror groups, misleadingly labeling the terrorists as something like did not participate in hostilities when killed.
Guest: Joseph Kechichian, Pepperdine University adjunct professor of U.S.-Middle East Relations. Kechichian has been a senior fellow at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and a senior writer for Gulf News in the United Arab Emirates.
Host: The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, says Jordan and Israel have agreed to new steps that would calm tensions at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem. Access to the site which is known to the Jews as Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Haram Al-Sharif, after weeks of violence in Israel and the occupied territories has [indiscernible]. On Saturday, after meeting with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan, John Kerry said Israel has agreed to uphold the tradition of Muslim-only prayer at the site. Jordan is custodian of the compound and proposed round-the-clock surveillance of all sites within it, a proposal that Israel has accepted. Kerry said that this was a game-changer that would discourage anybody from disturbing the sanctity at this time of the holy site.'
Note: The term Al-Aqsa mosque compound is misleading. The Al-Aqsa mosque is only part of the 37-acre Temple Mount compound (or site). Temple Mount, site of the First and Second Jewish Temples, is Judaism's holiest site. Muslims call the place the Noble Sanctuary and consider Al-Aqsa Islam's third holiest site, after Mecca and Medina.
Kerry (previously recorded): Today, I hope we can begin to turn the page on this very difficult period. We have to join together in calling for an immediate end to violence. We must stress the importance of avoiding provocative actions and rhetoric. And we must work cooperatively. It's the only way to go forward.
Host: Peace was also heralded earlier in Tel Aviv. Our reporter Andrew Simmons joined a rally in Tel Aviv to find out more.
Correspondent: These people are from the Peace Now movement. This is a large rally, much larger than anyone expected -- several thousand, I would say also, all of the way along the highway, the main highway, which is closed off and downtown Tel Aviv. Now, Peace Now goes back to 1978. What they are calling for is the downfall of the Israeli government. They are attacking Benjamin Netanyahu for his politics. They want a two-state solution. They want peace talks straightaway and they say there is no way there can be security without a political solution. With me now is Mossi Raz, a member of Peace Now. You are a member of one of the opposition parties. Tell me this what is the main objective of this demonstration?
Raz (over very loud crowd noise): The main objective is to call the government to go back home and to tell them that the only way to secure the security of Israel and Palestine is by peaceful agreement between two independent states.
Correspondent: It would appear that the two sides couldn't be further apart right now. The central issue seems to be the settlements, and oh, my goodness several issues: occupation, but second to that, settlements which are illegal in international law. What is your stand on that?
Note: The phrase settlements which are illegal in international law is misleading and false (see NOTE below).
Raz: We have been saying since 1978, we should evacuate the settlements. And they ought to evacuate and [indiscernible] there is another agreement between both sides. [indiscernible]. We must bring an end to this problem.
Host: Well, despite those words and actions aimed at ending the unrest, violence continues. On Saturday, Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager who they say tried to stab a soldier. Shooting happened at a check point in northern Jenin in the occupied West Bank, the 16-year-old could be seen running through traffic. Israeli forces say he was carrying a knife. Fifty-six Palestinians and eight Israelis have been killed this month in a series of attacks in Israel and the occupied territories.
Note: Characteristically for Al-Jazeera America, the last sentence above fails to explain that the series of attacks has been perpetrated by Palestinian Arabs upon Jews with police, other security forces and sometimes armed civilians able to shoot perpetrators in the attempt or immediately after. The occupied
claim above is rebutted in the NOTE below.
Host: The Israeli government has responded to attacks on its citizens over the last month by deploying extra security forces to the streets. Human rights activists are condemning the beating and wrongful arrest and detention of a Palestinian man ... caught on security cameras. Stefanie Dekker went to meet him in the occupied West Bank.
Correspondent: Here in Al-Bireh, [indiscernible] is at work. Outside in the street, there is a stand-off between young Palestinians and the Israeli Army, so he stops in the doorway. What follows is not often caught on camera.
Man (translated): He came to me without any questions. He hit me, and I fell. Then around five soldiers came and they beat me without any questions. I was telling them I didn't throw rocks. I was at work. It's as if I wasn't even speaking at this point. They were hitting me and trying to drag me outside.
Correspondent: There is an illegal Israel settlement just a few hundred meters off of that road and the confrontations were taking place around this area. Now, he was working in this storeroom as the security camera TV shows when the Israeli soldiers stormed in and started beating him. He was then handcuffed, blindfolded and arrested. The next day, he was taken to hospital to treat his wounds. He said it took three days until he was questioned. He still has bruising now, more than two weeks later. Israeli human rights group, B'Tselem, that released the video of the attack, alleged the police initially refused to check his alibi. It took six days for him to be released without charge.
Note: Mention above of illegal Israel settlement is false and misleading (see NOTE below). The particular settlement near Al-Bireh referred to here most likely is Psagot which is authorized by the government and legal; there are a few illegal outposts but this one is not one of them. Correspondent Dekker is not reporting at this point but editorializing in the guise of reporting.
Hagai Eland: The culture of impunity that we are seeing here the soldiers probably expect that consequences for violence, such violence against Palestinians, will be remote if even that. Indeed, one can imagine the other instances that suddenly take place all the time against Palestinians but are not caught on video.
Correspondent: The Israeli Army said it is investigating the incidents and its initial findings are that the soldiers actions are unacceptable.
Man (translated): Hatred between us and the Jews ... and a person feels he is not a human being. This is not humane treatment. If it was, they wouldn't do that to a person.
Note: The hatred mentioned here warrants further discussion (see NOTE below). But the relevant facts regarding long-standing, systemic anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish incitement from the Palestinian side, in violation of its Oslo peace process commitments, are unlikely to be presented by Al-Jazeera.
Correspondent: Palestinians say these kinds of incidents and worse happen all the time and that it's only rarely when this kind of hard evidence surfaces that the world wakes up to how they are treated. Stefanie Dekker, Al-Jazeera, Albeda [Alhamamah Albeda] in the occupied West Bank.
Host: Joseph Kechichian, Pepperdine University adjunct professor of U. S.-Middle East Relations, joins us now from Los Angeles.
Host: Joseph Kechichian, a warm welcome to the program. Thank you for being with us. We heard John Kerry a little bit earlier describing this move to have 24 hour surveillance as a game-changer,' I think he called it, do you think that's right?
Guest: I am afraid it is not. It is more of a political discussion that is going on right now to try to change the subject as much as possible. A game changer would include something a lot more substantial. It would have to focus on actually addressing some of the core issues that the Arab/Israeli conflict have been dragging on for many, many, many decades. And this is just placating to a particular audience. It is not a game changer at all. And unfortunately, it will not make a dent.
Host: Joseph, who can influence either side now? Does the U.S. still have that privilege, if you like, of being able to influence Israel? And who can influence the Palestinians? It would seem right now we are in that kind of dire situation where there is little that can be done to influence either side to make progress.
Guest: Well, influence' is a very fluid term. If the Israelis want to be influenced by the United States, then I am sure Washington would cater to that. If the Palestinians want to be influenced by one party or another, I am sure the Palestinians would also cater to that. I think at this point, the dilemma is really the ball is in the Israeli court. The Israelis have got to come to terms with the reality on the ground. After six or seven decades of occupation, they still have not been able to come to terms with a mass of population that is rejecting this occupation. And there is a reluctance to accept the reality on the ground. As long as this reluctance continues, we are not going to see any changes. On the other hand, I think that these acts of violence, called intafada or uprising once in a while, indicate how volatile the situation is and that any kind of spark could, in fact, degenerate into fundamental confrontations between the two sides. The wiser politicians on both sides of the aisle, Israelis and Palestinians, will have to understand that talking about peace is not going to get them to real peace. In fact, what is required is compromise on the ground. There is no alternative to the two-state solution even if now nobody wants to acknowledge that.
Host: But we also have the added problem that a lot of the Palestinian youth that's incredibly disgruntled and fed up with this lack of progress, they are not looking to the Palestinian politicians, you know, to decide what their future looks like. It seems they are deciding this is the only way to be heard. So, when do you think those politicians will get together and decide that progress, talking, diplomacy is the right way forward?
Guest: Well, there is no alternative to diplomacy. On the other hand, Palestinian negotiators have their hands really tied simply because what is required to change the mentalities on the ground and to give diplomacy an opportunity is to have fundamental economic changes. But how can that occur when the Israelis are preventing the economic development of the West Bank and all the other occupied territories. Unemployment among Palestinians is almost 40 percent for males and nearly 80 percent for females. [Guest's claim ignores the fact that in traditional Islamic society, adult females are expected to remain home as mothers and housewives]. As long as we have this tremendous frustration economic frustration diplomacy cannot by any measure or by any standards gain the upper hand. Violence will predominate. If, in fact, the Israelis are serious in terms of reaching negotiations, what they will simply do is cooperate with their Palestinian counterparts to encourage development to encourage economic development that will presumably lead to diplomatic solution.
Note: The term Occupied West Bank used reflexively by Al-Jazeera is contradicted below.
Host: Joseph Kechichian, professor of Middle East relations at Pepperdine University, in Malibu, California. Thank you for joining us.
Guest: My pleasure.
NOTE: This report is really more of an infomercial than a news dispatch. It seems aimed at persuading viewers there is one and only one aggrieved party to the dispute the Palestinian Arabs. In the West Bank, in fact, Israel is the legal military occupational authority, pending a negotiated settlement according to U.N. Security Council resolutions 242 and 338. That's because it gained the territories in 1967 in a war of self-defense and held them the same way in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Further, it has not forcibly transferred Arabs out or Jews in, and the land itself is not an occupied part of a sovereign country but an unallocated, disputed remnant of the the League of Nations' Palestine Mandate. Article 6 of the Mandate calls for "close Jewish settlement" on the land west of the Jordan River. Article 6 is incorporated by Article 80 of the U.N. Charter, sometimes referred to as the Palestine article. The United States endorsed the Mandate, including Article 6, in the 1924 Anglo-American Convention.
The West Bank is not sovereign territory of any country (there is not now and never has been a country of Palestine), but rather land disputed by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Part of Jerusalem (a city that has never been the capital of any nation except the Jews, beginning 3,000 years ago, and the West Bank were illegally occupied by Jordan from 1948 to 1967. Jordan's sovereignty was recognized only by Great Britain and Pakistan. Israel took control as a result of successful self-defense in the 1967 Six-Day War. As U.S. Undersecretary of State Eugene Rostow, a co-author of U.N. Security Council Resolution 242 (1967), the keystone of all subsequent successful Arab-Israeli negotiations pointed out, 242 does not require complete Israeli withdrawal. Rather, the status of the territory, to which Jews as well as Arabs have legitimate claims, is to be resolved in negotiations as called for in the resolution and by U.N. Security Council Resolution 338 (1973). Meanwhile, Jewish villages and towns built in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria, the ancient homeland of the Jewish people) since 1967 are no more illegal than Arab areas built since then expanding previously-existing Arab villages and towns.
Concerning the hatred for Jews engendered among Palestinian Arabs, there is antisemitic, anti-Israel incitement at all levels (particularly official Palestinian communications media, mosques and schools). One recent example among many is the incitement to violence by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Sept. 16, 2015 on Palestinian Television: We won't allow Jews with their filthy feet
to defile our Al-Aqsa mosque
we bless every drop of blood spilled for Jerusalem
Such agitation is not just a recent phenomenon. As documented by Alex Safian of CAMERA (Bibi, the Mufti, and the Media, Oct. 23, 2015), Palestinian Arab leaders, especially Jerusalem's mufti (religious leader or Islamic scholar), Haj Amin al-Husseini, the leader of the Palestinian national movement at the time, collaborated with Hitler and other key Nazi officials in plans to exterminate Jews:
the Mufti was not indicted at the [post-World War II] Nuremberg trials. There was no lack of evidence against the Mufti, but Arab pressure succeeded in protecting him, thanks to concern among the Western powers about post-war arrangements in the Middle East. As early as 1929, he incited massacres of Palestinian Jews with the lie that Jews were threatening al-Aqsa mosque, the same libel used to incite current Palestinian attacks.
None of this context a necessity for accurate news coverage is likely to be conveyed to viewers of Al-Jazeera America. It contradicts the "Israeli occupiers oppress Palestinians" script.
Oct. 21, 2015 6:00 a.m. (Eastern) Al-Jazeera America live coverage of press conference in Ramallah, West Bank.
Al-Jazeera coverage of the Abbas/Ban Ki-moon press conference, itself highly problematic in its biased claims about Israel, included screen captions condemning Israel (see Note below).
Typically, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas propagandized here. For example, "I reiterate - we do not wish to embrace violence. No one calls for violence." But Mr. Abbas is untruthful in claiming he (as well as his followers) hasn't incited violence against Jews. Example, on Sept. 16, 2015, Abbas on Palestinian Television, declared, "We won't allow Jews with their filthy feet
to defile our Al-Aqsa mosque
we bless every drop of blood spilled for Jerusalem
" (see the Youtube video provided by Palestinian Media Watch).
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, often a severe critic of Israel as he is here, repeated his often used erroneous claim, "... settlement activity by Israel is illegal." But he is quite mistaken here, as he has been in the past about Jewish settlements. A CAMERA March 15, 2013 report, Ban Ki Moon Wrong About Israeli Settlements, responding to the U.N. chief's erroneous claim, explains why Israeli settlements in the West Bank are perfectly legal: "The San Remo Treaty of 1920, in which the victorious World War I allies dealt with the remnants of the defeated Ottoman Turkish Empire, created an entity called Palestine along both sides of the Jordan River. The powers intended it as the land on which Great Britain would turn its 1917 Balfour Declaration from aspiration to reality, assisting the Zionist movement in re-establishing the Jewish national home.
The Franco-British Boundary Convention of 1920 demarcated the French mandate for what would become Syria and Lebanon from that of the British in Palestine. This was in part to prepare for the Jewish state. Article 6 of the League of Nations' 1922 Palestine Mandate encouraged "close Jewish settlement" on the land west of the Jordan River. The mandate encouraged settlement only west of the river because Great Britain in the same year unilaterally severed Transjordan (today's Jordan) from Palestine, creating a new Arab country. The Anglo-American Convention of 1924 saw the United States endorse British administration of the remaining Palestine Mandate lands, so long as London helped bring a Jewish state into being. The 1945 U.N. Charter, Chapter XII, Article 80, continues Jewish rights recognized under the Mandate. It protects "the rights whatsoever of any states or any peoples or the terms of existing international instruments" and is sometimes known as "the Palestine article."
So regardless of Mr. Ban's invocation of "world condemnation" or political debates about settlements and the peace process, Jews building communities west of the Jordan River do so in accord with relevant international laws. Nor does Mr. Ban apply a consistent legal yardstick to Arab municipalities in the Jewish state, which he does not denounce as illegal. By insisting on settlements' illegality, Mr. Ban says in effect there is nothing for Palestinian Arabs and Israelis to negotiate on this score. He thereby also undermines U.N. Security Council resolutions 242 (1967) and 338 (1973). These highlight requirements for Arab-Israeli peacemaking and do not call for Israeli withdrawal from all the West Bank.
Mr. Ban's recent statements on settlements were echoing a report by the obsessively anti-Israel U.N. Human Rights Council. The council, dominated by Islamic states, made the usual charge that Israeli West Bank villages and towns violate the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949. The convention prohibits forced transfer of people out of or into occupied territory. It was adopted to prevent crimes like the Nazi deportations of European Jews from conquered countries to death camps.
In the West Bank, however, Israel is the legal military occupational authority, pending a negotiated settlement. That's because it gained the territories in 1967 in a war of self-defense. Further, it has not forcibly transferred Arabs out or Jews in, and the land itself is not an occupied part of a sovereign country but an unallocated, disputed remnant of the Mandate.
Perhaps the secretary-general feels like a prisoner of the institution he heads. Many U.N. members have targeted Israel for delegitimation with countless unsubstantiatedand unauthoritativemeasures. Regardless, the press has an obligation to expose rather than parrot Mr. Ban's errors. Settlements are not illegal under international law."
NOTE: During the press conference, Al-Jazeera reinforced the anti-Israel tone by editorializing with three large captions displayed separately on the screen and repeated from time to time:
* "Israeli acts of humiliation are breeding violence in the region."
* "Violence was sparked over access to Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem."
* "Israeli settlements in the West Bank are illegal."
The first caption is bogus. The complaints about acts of humiliation during relatively quiescent periods are mainly based on the functioning of Israeli checkpoint stops and inspections instituted during a period of rampant terrorist acts including suicide bombings. But American travelers and those who enter, for example, federal buildings or courthouses, are routinely subjected to such acts of humiliation. It is self evident that such acts of humiliation are all the more necessary during an upsurge in Palestinian Arab random attacks on Jews. The 2nd caption is based on falsehoods or unfounded rumors about access to the so-called Al-Aqsa mosque compound (actually the Jewish Temple Mount). But actual evidence for the claim is nonexistent. The untruth about settlement illegality is debunked above. These three mendacious, incendiary captions are consistent with Al-Jazeera's ongoing anti-Israel propaganda broadcasting. The network's unbalanced reports dealing with Israel and the West Bank reflect the problematic foreign policy position of its owner/operator, the government of the wealthy Islamic kingdom of Qatar which is a key financier of the U.S.-designated terrorist organization, Hamas, sworn to the destruction of Israel and killing of Jews.
Oct. 20, 2015 6:30 a.m. (Eastern) nine-minute report during Al-Jazeera America news hour.
Note: This report constitutes a defense of the Palestinian murderous attacks on unsuspecting Israelis. There is not even the slightest pretense that it is a news report much the less, evenhanded one. Consistent with the anti-Israel, propagandistic norm for Al-Jazeera, all mentions of Jerusalem or West Bank are preceded by the term occupied used as a mantra (probably inspired by the policies of the network's owner/operator, the wealthy Muslim Arab state of Qatar which is a key financier of the U.S.-designated terrorist entity, Hamas, sworn to the destruction of Israel and killing of Jews).
Host: (Name unknown) from Al-Jazeera English headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
Correspondent: Andrew Simmons covers Middle East for Al-Jazeera English. He's been with the network since 2005. Before this he worked for BBC and Britain's Sky News.
Guest : Omar Barghouti, Palestinian Arab spokesman.
Note: Omar Barghouti is a founding committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions [BDS] movement, the aim of which is to delegitimize the Jewish state. Barghouti has venomously and falsely equated Israel's policies to South Africa's apartheid system. BDS is gaining traction among those who seek an end to the Jewish state. Comparison of Israel to South Africa is a patently false one rejected by people who have lived and suffered under actual apartheid rule and which has been thoroughly debunked.
Host: In the top stories this news hour we're getting confirmation that a 50-year-old Israeli man, ran over in Hebron by a Palestinian driver, died of injuries. Coming from an Israeli medical source 50-year-old Israeli man ran over by a Palestinian driver in Hebron who has died of his injuries. We have Palestinians holding rallies in Gaza and in the occupied West Bank amid escalating tensions with Israel and say a Palestinian man shot and killed outside of Hebron and that is a separate incident... and a look at the tensions between Palestinians and Israelis because the young Palestinian attackers have been male and female and political and apolitical and affluent and poor and have one thing in common knew the consequence of their actions would most likely be death and we have been to occupied east Jerusalem to speak with their family and friends.
Note: Hebron's bloody history began long before Jews returned to the West Bank in 1967. There was the 1929 Hebron massacre of 67 Jewish residents, at the hands of their rampaging Arab neighbors. The survivors fled for Jerusalem, and the holy city of Hebron was emptied of Jews for the first time in centuries. The Jewish history of the contested site is rarely, if ever, mentioned by either the anti-Israel or mainstream media. The Cave of Machpelah (Tomb of the Israelite Patriarchs) is located in Hebron. It's the world's most ancient Jewish site and the second holiest place for the Jewish people, after Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Based on the Bible (Genesis 23:120 ), Jews believe that the burial places of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah are in the Cave.
Reporter Simmons: Outwardly he seemed like a quiet, sensible teenager. On a Saturday morning most school boys of his age would be hanging out with friends but this 16-year old is carrying a knife. He wants to kill someone. And this is his attempt. He ends up lying in a street of occupied east Jerusalem shot dead by security forces and you could not have guessed his intent when he left home, caught here on security cameras. He had looked care free. He may have looked calm but what was going on inside his head? He came from caring parents and a comfortable home. His friends say he had not been indoctrinated or brain washed in any way yet he set out to kill in cold blood. In the events he didn't kill his victim. This man was taken away with non-life threatening injuries. His parents couldn't believe what had happened. His mother [Shirin Badrin] had noticed a few days before that her son had been affected by what he had seen on television. Firstly it was an attack on a woman which could only be heard but not seen.
Shirin Badrin (Translated): He had tears in his eyes. He wouldn't eat or drink well. He was stressed. He always would stay watching TV and he was tired and asked me what situation are we in? This shouldn't happen,' he used to say. We should do something to stop the attacks.'
Simmons: [Indiscernible] was very different and he was one of two men in a shooting and stabbing attack on a bus which one man was killed and five people injured. He was politically active, out spoken, a youth worker passionate about education for under privileged and left what he called the ten commandments that included arrangements for his funeral and instruction that no organization should claim he had died in their cause. His best friend says Palestinian leaders need to be shaken into change.
Man (translated): All young people, specifically the 90s generation, those who did not live through the second Intifadeh are strongly pushing to get away from this situation and replace it with direct confrontation.
Simmons: Many people are convinced that the motivation is given by social media for such attacks. It's the images, not provocation by politicians that are the major influence. It seems the smart phone camera and the Internet are as effective as weapons in what is threatening to become an uprising. Andrew Simmons, Al-Jazeera, in occupied east Jerusalem.
Host: Let's go to Ramallah and speak to a Palestinian rights activist and cofounder of the boycott sanctions movement, Omar Barghouti, and thank you for your time, just listening to that report there, what can you tell us your view is on the type of Palestinian who is fighting back this time, is it a different sort of movement to what we have seen in previous uprisings?
Barghouti: The main point that is missing in the report is the context. It's a completely de-contextualized report out of frustration and listening to social media and no context of apartheid they have carried on for decades and Palestinians, a new generation of Palestinians is rising up against the policies of occupation and living undignified lives under injustice and rising up against that, the immediate trigger may have been the continuous desecration and colonize this and oppression and it's a new generation of Palestinians who are fed up with racism and occupation and want to live in justice and peace.
Host: If it is that they are protesting about what people have been protesting against for years, do you see it going the same way, do you think it's the beginning of another protracted uprising?
Barghouti: There is no way to predict because this particular uprising is mostly led by youth. Political parties are way behind the movement the street but there is a major difference this time around, there is an international solidarity movement to boycott and sanctions movement that is raising the price of Israel's crime this time around which was not the case during the first of 1987 for example.
Host: So, I mean, with the Palestinian leadership at the moment you said there is sort of a behind the movement and a little out of step, what in your opinion should they be doing? The call for protests today in the occupied West Bank but should they be leading those or leading the idea of talks and negotiation?
Barghouti: Well, they should resist. Their current Palestinian officials stopped resisting long ago and has become co-opted by Israel's regime of occupation as if they are a subcontractor of the occupier. They should resist by all means, diplomatically and sanctions calling on the world to impose sanctions on Israel and military embargo on Israel, like South Africa, and boycotting corporations that are
ethnic cleansing and occupation Israel has done for decades and not coming out of Palestinian officials.
Host: But the problem with carrying on resistance like this is what happens in every Palestinian- Israel conflict we see is we know the Israelis will hit back and in this case it's with security and it's with roadblocks and searches and all those things. This is Israel's response just by virtue of the country's stronger resources.
Barghouti: Absolutely. But power is not just measured by how many nuclear weapons you have and how many tanks and army personnel. Of course Israel is far superior when it comes to brute force, nuclear power and so on and no one can deny that. But that is not the only form of power, the popular resistance on the streets of Palestine inside the West Bank and Gaza and including east Jerusalem and the 1948 territory is growing because people know that soft power, the kind of power that besieges Israel's oppression, can also have a lot of impact and the boycott movement [BDS] is already having an economic impact on Israel and no-one can deny that and it's absolutely a soft form of power. Just as the former Soviet Union collapsed, there's no reason that the apartheid regime of Israel can't collapse as well.
Oct. 17, 2015 1:00 p.m. (Eastern) 10-minute report during Al-Jazeera America news hour.
Host: Jonah Hull from Al-Jazeera English headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
Correspondent: Mike Hanna, Middle East correspondent for Al-Jazeera English (formerly of CNN).
Correspondent: Andrew Simmons covers Middle East for Al-Jazeera English. He's been with the network since 2005. Before this he worked for BBC and Britain's Sky News.
NOTE: The pattern of Al-Jazeera's one-sided anti-Israel reporting continues unabated as it has for years. It echoes Palestinian propaganda about occupation and makes much of the use of social media as a trigger of the Palestinian resistance (referring to unprovoked violence) while ignoring long-term antisemitic, anti-Israel Palestinian incitement at all levels (particularly official Palestinian communications media, mosques and schools) as the cause of murderous violence. Al-Jazeera viewers are never informed of the incitement to violence by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Example, on Sept. 16, 2015, Abbas on Palestinian Television, declared, We won't allow Jews with their filthy feet
to defile our Al-Aqsa mosque
we bless every drop of blood spilled for Jerusalem
(see the Youtube video provided by Palestinian Media Watch). This followed Abbas' speech on Aug. 1, 2015 at the United Nations renouncing the Oslo peace agreement.
In this Al-Jazeera coverage of the Israeli response to the current wave of Palestinian Arab violence (mainly, but not limited to, knife attacks) against Jews, the network frequently presents the claims of Palestinian "eyewitnesses," invariably according credibility when it is unjustified since for Palestinians who violate the antisemitic, anti-Israel groupspeak, retribution
by Palestinian authorities can include torture and loss of life. The network repeats the propagandistic falsification that Israel's policy is to desecrate the so-called "Al-Aqsa mosque compound" really Israel's Temple Mount the location of the two Holy Temples as proven by indisputable archaeological and historical evidence (denied by the Palestinians) that predated Islam and its mosques by more than 1500 years.
The network uses the term "occupied Palestinian territories" but the term is misleading. There are predominately Palestinian populated territories (the West BankJudea and Samariaand the Gaza Strip) whose sovereign status are disputed and subject to negotiations. Israelis don't have to be in occupation to spark Palestinian fury. The Palestinian Authority administers daily life in those parts of the West Bank containing more than 90 percent of the Arab population. Any fury over Israel's lawful military presence ought to be directed toward Palestinian leaders who rejected a two-state solution and peace with Israel in 2000, 2001 and 2008. As for the two-state solution supposedly impeded by Israeli intransigence as Al-Jazeera would have its viewers believe, Abbas' conditions before peace negotiations can take place include: Israel must accede to the demands that it accept heretofore unacceptable Palestinian pre-conditions such as refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and right of return of millions of Arabs (nearly all of whom have never lived in Israel) which would result in engulfing Israel with Arab Muslims, effectively destroying it as a Jewish state and Western style democracy. In fact, Muslim states continue to refuse to accept Israel as a Jewish state. Evidently 22 Arab Muslim states (23 with the addition of Palestine) is fine but one Jewish state is one too many.
Host: An Israeli settler shoots and kills a Palestinian teen ager but there are doubts as to whether he ever really posed a threat... Despite renewed international calls for calm, the violence is continuing in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Questions are being raised about whether the shooting of a Palestinian by a Jewish settler in Hebron was self-defense or an attack. Shortly afterwards, a woman was killed after she stabbed an officer at a border police base. Elsewhere, a 16 year old Palestinian was skilled in Jerusalem after he drew a knife on Israeli forces. Israeli police say he pulled the weapon when they stopped to ask for identification.
Correspondent: One of the Palestinian dead came from this neighborhood and was shot and killed in an adjoining settlement. It's one of the most heavily-blockaded parts of occupied east Jerusalem. And the fact that a 16 year old there gained easy access raises questions about the effectiveness of Israeli closure policy. No attempt is made by the soldiers to disarm him and several residents allege a knife was placed on the body of the Palestinian the settler just shot. The deep divide between Israeli and Palestinians is reflected in an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security council where the representatives of each side exchanged blame for the crisis. The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Germany on Wednesday and will present Israel's view of events, in particular the control it exercises over access to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound. The international calls for leaders to restore calm is essentially dealing with the consequences rather than the cause and Palestinian leaders insist that the focus of diplomacy should be the core issue. What exactly does Israel mean when it says it intends to preserve the status quo of what it calls the Temple Mount. Mike Hanna, Al- Jazeera.
Host: A Palestinian diplomat says Palestinians will continue resisting the occupation.
Palestinian diplomat: We're all united and will resist as we've been doing for the last 70 years. We will not turn to history and today I assure you that every Palestinian is united and I assure you that Palestinian leadership will take every possible action to protect our nation as you saw what our U.N. ambassador did yesterday. I want you to point to the daily assassinations that happened this morning in Hebron and in Jerusalem. Today we're living in a mad house inside Israel and Israeli-controlled areas as if this is a horror house.
Host: Andrew Simmons joins us live. You heard in that report questioning the effectiveness of Israel's closure policy. Is it apparent to you that Israel's response to these attacks, this massive security presence just is not working?
Correspondent: Well, it would appear so, Jonah. But the question has to be made, how can you contain this when there is no really as we've said so many times, there's no coordination or apparent organization involved in this. It's people who are loosely associated on social media with common interests all with a sudden desperate urge to express themselves in this horrendous violence. Now, what we've seen on the streets again this Saturday is a similar pattern, the common theme being that teenagers are involved and that shooting in Hebron has caused a deepening hatred. We've just been to the Army press afters again to see if there's going to be an inquiry. Some eyewitness say that there was an attempt at stabbing a person, a Jewish settler in Hebron. Others suggest there was no provocation what so ever. But there is also an allegation that a knife was laid on the body. Now, whether or not that is an attempt at a cover up is entirely unclear because it could be that the scene of the crime was being cleared. But without any shadow of doubt, just the image of Israeli soldiers not dealing with a man, a civilian with a gun which could be loaded and ready to go not disarming him at all making no effort, that image alone is enough to cause a complete inflamed situation in Hebron.
Host: As much as you are referring of course to what is effectively a leaderless up rising, perhaps there was also a lack of real political leadership because neither side seems to be offering up very much in the way of calming rhetoric. Is this beyond them do you think?
Correspondent: Well, that's a fair point. I can't answer that. It is certainly stretching the whole thing to the very, very limit. The word on the street in the occupied West Bank and indeed in the occupied territories certainly in Gaza is that people, young people don't have the same leadership. There's a whole new generation growing up under occupation with all the consequences occupation means. It's very hard to take in in this 21st century what it's like to live under occupation, particularly in places like Gaza and the occupied West Bank. And indeed here in occupied east Jerusalem. And I think really what we're seeing now is an expression not just in these attacks but a level of desperation amongst young people which is very dissimilar to their parents and a different generation who have seen the awful effects on the economy and on lives and on families who are not interested in violence. So we have a sort of social rift one. It's an incredibly complex situation and on the Israeli government side, we have a prime minister who is also under pressure. He's under pressure to deliver some level of normality and right now it's not just the horrendous fear on the streets. It's also the economy that's at stake. It's normal living at stake. Peace of mind. And peace for families trying to live an ordinary life.
Host: Andrew Simmons in West Jerusalem, thank you.
Oct. 17, 2015 7:00 a.m. (Eastern) seven-minute report during Al-Jazeera America news hour.
Hostess: Dareen Abughaida from Al-Jazeera English headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
Correspondent: Mike Hanna, Middle East correspondent for Al-Jazeera English (formerly of CNN).
Correspondent: Kristen Saloomey is a New York based reporter for Al-Jazeera English.
Host: As violence intensifies, the growing Israeli perception is that no place is safe.
Palestinian: We decided we should stand up for what we believe and defend ourselves. Mr. Netanyahu is playing with fire. This fire is dangerous for both our people.
Host: Three Palestinians are killed as violence, confrontations continue in the occupied Palestinian territories. You're watching Al- Jazeera live from Doha, Qatar
So there has been more attacks in the Israeli occupied territories. The latest violence escalated this month. In Hebron a Jewish settler is alleged to have shot a Palestinian. The military says the Palestinian was shot before he could harm Israelis. Let's go to Hebron, to hear about the circumstances that led to the two deaths of Palestinians that we know of in Hebron.
Correspondent Hanna: Good morning, I want to paint the picture to you. We are on the outskirts of Hebron. It is pretty much sealed off to outsiders by the Israeli military. The checkpoint has been thrown up at the main access point to the city, and we are looking where armored vehicles are blocking the road. They are firing tear gas up the hill, and we see rolling down that hill burning tires sent down the street by protesters higher up. And pools of smoke are drifting over the city. We are told by the Israeli military, that's a flashpoint in the heart of the city, because there's an Israeli settlement in the middle of the city. That is close to where the first incident took place. The military are telling us that a Palestinian man tried to approach an Israeli settler on suspicion of attacking him. That at that point he opened fire and killed the Palestinian man. We have spoken to an eyewitness inside the city. They think it is a different scene, suggesting that the Palestinian man had no intention of launching an attack and was killed by the Israeli settler. In a second incident around Hebron, a 16-year-old woman, according to Israeli police, tried to attack a female border person, and she, too, was shot dead. It was in response to those shooting incidents this morning that widespread clashes are going on throughout the city.
Host: All right, thank you for that update from Hebron. Since the violence erupted over access to Al-Aqsa mosque compound, clashes left 42 Palestinians and several Israelis dead. The Israeli military said a 16-year-old Palestinian allegedly attacked a security officer. And the teenager was shot dead.
Palestinian: The Palestinians are resisting the Israeli occupations to protect themselves by any means possible. There's an attempt by an extremist movement: in the last few weeks they took control of Israeli society. The plan is annex the land, they do not burn people in duma, they know the faces or names of these people, no, all of us are united, and we will resist as in the last 70 years, we'll resist the attempts to turn us from the box of geography. And I assure you that the Palestinian leadership will take action to protect our nation, as we saw what the U.N. Ambassador did yesterday. I want to point to the daily assassinations that happened this morning. Today we are living in a mad house inside Israel and Israeli controlled areas. This has turned into a horror house. There has been international condemnation with a plea made at a U.N. emergency meeting.
Host: Our Kristen Saloomey has been following that in New York.
Correspondent: The Security Council got a [indistinct] blaming from both sides. It welcomed comments from [Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu, that there would be no changes to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound... criticized heavy-handed response of Israeli security forces. The Palestinian ambassador said his people had little trust that Israel would live up to the promise to maintain the status quo.
Netanyahu: There's a presence to guarantee that the status quo be maintained... For decades Israel maintained the status quo and will keep on doing so. Let me be crystal clear. Israel will not agree to any international presence on the Temple Mount. Such a presence would be a change in the status quo.
Correspondent: There are many calls to end the violence from the Security Council members, and end provocative acts. Now, there seems to be little appetite that the Palestinians have for implementing monitoring that Palestinians have been talking about.
Oct. 14, 2015 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) eight-minute report during Al-Jazeera America news hour.
Host: John Seigenthaler (firstname.lastname@example.org) from the network's New York headquarters; formerly a news anchor and correspondent for both NBC and MSNBC including eight-year tenure as weekend anchor for NBC Nightly News.
Correspondent: Andrew Simmons covers Middle East for Al-Jazeera English. He's been with the network since 2005. Before this he worked for BBC and Britain's Sky News.
Guest: Greg Myre, National Public Radio international editor.
Host: Hundreds of Israeli troops deployed across the country as more deadly violence erupts
At least two new attacks are reported today in the Middle East. Police say an Israeli woman was stabbed in West Jerusalem and Palestinian teen shot by Israeli forces. Several eye witnesses say he didn't attack anyone. As blood continues to spill, Israel is deploying hundreds of troops across the country and the Palestinian president is asking the U.N. to step in. Andrew Simmons reports.
Note: Host unsurprisingly prejudices the report by interjecting, Several eye witnesses say he didn't attack anyone. Al-Jazeera, unlike most other media entities, consistently accepts the unreliable observations of Palestinian eye witnesses. Ignored is the fact that Palestinian Arabs tend to be groupthink and groupspeak typified and outliers routinely fare very badly at the hands
of their own people. If the Palestinian leader, for example, speaks untruths including about recent Palestinian violence, Palestinian eye witnesses are at least suspect example, Mahmoud Abbas announced on television that Israel had "executed in cold blood" a Palestinian. In fact the teen, Ahmad Manasra, who had just gone on a stabbing spree, is very much alive, convalescing in an Israeli hospital from where he has confessed
to his attacks.
Reporter: Panic as Israeli special forces police run through a west Jerusalem main bus station. No one here could make out exactly what's happening. Later on the streets outside, two gun shots, a dark figure by the doorway
Police say he stabbed a woman in the bus station ... The woman was taken to the hospital as what police described was moderate' injuries. Any hope that one might have that the security measures had an immediate effect has been shattered. Questions loom about the security situation. Hours before, a young Palestinian was shot dead in the old city of occupied east Jerusalem. Police say he had pulled a knife when he was being searched. There was no independent evidence. It appears he was shot when trying to run away. The streets are quiet, people preferring thought to venture out
In occupied east Jerusalem there was a mood of pessimism. The demolition of homes of suspected attackers. Not returning the bodies of people the government called terrorists
Palestinian (translated): The only way to achieve the goals in a peaceful way of living between the Israelis and the Palestinians is to establish the two state solution.
Reporter: On the West Bank more violence. This is Bethlehem where demonstrators clashed with soldiers again. Here, the day before, a 27-year-old protestor had been shot dead. With Israel waiting for new security measures to take effect, the Palestinian president Abbas went on a verbal offensive.
Abbas (translated): We are people who are asking for riots. We are not aggressive against anyone. We are asking for world and the United Nations to intervene. We will not tolerate this
and will not give up fighting the Israel
which are against our people and against our sacred sites. We will not stand for the killing of our children in cold blood.
Reporter: As Israel faces more violence, there is a political deadlock, one had that has a lethal price for so many. Andrew Simmons, Al-Jazeera, Jerusalem.
Host: We have in the studio a foreign correspondent for 20 years spending several years in Jerusalem, in Washington tonight. Greg Myre, what do you think is behind the recent riots and attacks there?
Myre: Well, it's been very distinctive, John, that we're seeing young Palestinians in Jerusalem carry out most of these attacks. That really varies from the previous violence and intifada that we've seen where you had West Bankers coming into Israel and setting off suicide bombs or rockets from Gaza. The Jerusalem Palestinians haven't been involved, it's not affiliated with a distinct group. We've not seen a lot of this in the past.
Host: Are we at the edge of a third intifada?
Myre: The short answer is no, it would be premature to say that. Israel did learn -- they put up a barrier, they put in very tough security measures that kept all these Palestinian suicide bombers from coming into Israel. Back in the early 2000s it was every day 100,000 Palestinians came in from the West bank to Israel [to work]. It was very easy for a Palestinian to come into Israel and carry out an attack. It's easy to stop those attacks.
Host: In some ways they're similar but in some ways very different than the suicide bombing attacks because almost anyone can be stabbed. And the fear now spreading through Israel is just that. So talk to me about the reaction by the Israelis and what they've been doing.
Myre: Right. So what we've seen, we saw as your correspondent mentioned, Israelis set up some checkpoints and roadblocks in Jerusalem. This gets to be very awkward for Israelis, since people move around freely in Jerusalem. More than a third of the population in Jerusalem is Palestinian. It is one big city where you have a lot of mingling between Jews and Arabs. It is not easy to segregate and keep Israelis and Palestinians apart. We're seeing these attacks at bus stops and markets and places that people go around mingle on an everyday basis.
Host: You say social media is playing a role too?
Myre: It is. This is one of the parts of the world where both sides are big in social media. Having said that, a decade, ten, 15 years ago, you would see endless
attacks and Palestinians being killed. It's not like the film or footage of the attack is anything new there and it gets played again and again on television and media. But it's shown at a quicker pace now, fellow teenagers being hailed at martyrs in some parts of the Palestinian community and I do think that's feeding into this.
Host: Thank you Greg