In their navigating the complex lexicon of Middle East terminology --some of it loaded, some non-leading and neutral -- journalists may easily run into verbal landmines
In a remarkable Dec.12 interview with Palestinian human rights campaigner Bassem Eid, BBC anchor Clair Bolderson appeared indignant at Eid's contention that Palestinians should stop shooting at Israelis, and should instead – despite its flaws – continue with the peace process.
Hanan Ashrawi, the Palestinian spokeswoman widely lauded in the West as a voice for peace and moderation, has endorsed the murder of Israeli soldiers and civilian settlers, stating that "the army of occupation and the settlers have become legitimate and select targets of Palestinian resistance." (AP, November 15, 2000)
Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council and spokeswoman for the Palestinians, frequently appears on American television and radio. She makes an emotional case in a rapid-fire, filibuster style of expression that flouts historical fact and present reality. All too often, her interviewers are unequipped or unwilling to challenge the barrage of inaccurate and distorted statements.