Believe Mahmoud Abbas – Believe a Liar


 

John R. Houk

© January 16, 2018

 

Mahmoud Abbas is the President of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Abbas gave a two-hour in Ramallah – located in Judea-Samaria (West Bank to Arabs and much of the globe believing Israel is illegally occupying Arab land) – in response to President Trump notifying the world the U.S. Embassy is moving from Tel Aviv to Israel’s Capital City Jerusalem.

 

As you can guess, Abbas was less than pleased. The speech was chock full of historical revisionism and blatant lies pertaining Israel’s homeland and the existence of the fake people known as Palestinians. Arab domination of the Jewish Homeland didn’t begin until the mid-600s AD (yup, I’m a Christian preferring Anno Domini over Common Era – C.E.).

 

In order to get a better concept of the Promised Land’s legacy, here are a few titles to examine ending with a 9:44 video:

 

Founding National Myths – Fabricating Palestinian History; By David Bukay; MEQ; Summer 2012.

 

When Was the “Palestinian People” Created? Google Has the Answer; By Jean Patrick Grumberg; Gatestone Institute; 11/20/17 4:00 am.

 

Rewriting history: Palestinian history fabricated; Palestinian Media Watch.

 

Pre-State Israel: Jewish Claim To The Land Of Israel; By Mitchell Bard; Jewish Virtual Library.

 

DEFINING PALESTINE AND THE PALESTINIANS; Adapted from Palestinians: Aggressors, Not Victims, by David Meir-Levi; Discover The Networks; (adaption published) 11/27/07.

 

The Truth About the Palestinian People; TargetOfOpportunity.com; © Copyright 2005 – 2016.

 

VIDEO: The Land of Israel: Jewish History in a Flash

 

Posted by AishVideo

Published on Aug 5, 2017

 

A short video that summarizes 4000+ years of invasions, conquests and changes in the Land of Israel.

 

By Ronnie Halibard

 

Learn how this tiny land over the past 4,000 years has been invaded and settled by numerous nations and how Jerusalem holds the distinction of being the most conquered city in history.

 

Jewish History in a Flash engages curious minds in the study of Jewish history. Our unique innovative educational methodologies are accessible via exciting and interactive live multimedia lectures, or online videos and app courses for independent study.

 

http://www.jhflash.com/videos for more enriching videos and visit our site at www.jhflash.com/

 

JRH 1/16/18

Please Support NCCR

********************

Media Whitewashes Abbas’ Revisionism and Rejectionism

 

By PESACH BENSON 

JANUARY 16, 2018

Honest Reporting

 

Mahmoud Abbas’ two-hour address to the central committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization was the diplomatic equivalent of giving the finger to Israel, the US and peace prospects.

 

The speech was expected to articulate the Palestinian leadership’s response to Trump’s Jerusalem declaration and threatened cuts of aid for refugees.

 

But given how long the talk was, it must have been a challenge for reporters to focus on sorting out the “news” from the “rambling.” Indeed, the PA president rejected US mediation, blamed Israel for the “death” of the Oslo accords, and dropped tidbits such as someone offering the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Dis to become the capital of a Palestinian state. (Abbas didn’t say who made the offer.)

 

But there was a bigger picture that the mainstream media snoozed through. What most journalists would consider the boring, long-winded digressions were actually part of a bigger pattern of historical revisionism and rejection of any place for the Jews in the Mideast.

 

Sign HonestReporting’s petition to the Foreign Press Association in Israel demanding reporters and editors give a fuller picture of Palestinian rejectionism and refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

 

The Speech

 

The Ramallah audience of PLO cadres, VIPs and the foreign press was regaled with Abbas’ theories of how Israel was founded — not by Jews — but by European “colonialists,” with plans going as far back as Oliver Cromwell in 1653. He accused Israel of sending drugs to Palestinian kids. He ridiculed US Ambassador Nikki Haley’s high heels.

 

Theodor Herzl

 

And Abbas fabricated a quote to claim that Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, sought to exterminate Palestinians.

 

“We must wipe out the Palestinians from Palestine so that Palestine will be a land without a people for a people without a land.”

 

Abbas also claimed among other things, that the Jews of Europe chose to remain and die at the hands of the Nazis, that Jews from Iraq and Yemen were brought to Israel against their will, and that Israel was formed as “a colonial project that has nothing to do with Judaism” to safeguard European interests.

 

The PA chief also hurled an epithet at President Donald Trump, saying in Arabic, Yekhreb Beitak, which means “May God destroy your home.” A Palestinian media professional explained to me that home refers not just to the physical house, but the household — its people and possessions. It’s a term used when two people are in a dispute, and although Arabs may use the term somewhat casually among themselves, it’s not a line one would use in a diplomatic setting. That would explain why the Associated Press called it a “jarring” language.

 

It’s not the first time Abbas twisted history for his own purposes. His doctoral thesis, written as a student in Moscow, argued that the killed “only” one million Jews, that the Zionist leaders collaborated with the Nazis, and that Jewish leaders inflated the Holocaust’s death toll to six million for their own advantage.

 

But the overall thrust of the speech was to erase Jewish ties to the land of Israel.

 

The Coverage

 

Too many media reports whitewashed Abbas’ coverage. Perhaps editors didn’t attach enough importance to the speech to give their correspondents a longer word count, which might account for the short, sanitized reports by ReutersBBC NewsCNN and Sky News.

 

Other news services touched on Abbas’ rant, but didn’t delve into the significance, such as AFPThe IndependentIrish Times and the Financial Times.

 

While the New York Times gave a sense of the PA chairman’s verbosity, the paper unfortunately didn’t fact-check Abbas, giving a pass to the false quote.

Mahmoud Abbas

 

“Testing his audience’s attention, Mr. Abbas also gave a lengthy history lecture reaching back to the 17th century, saying that Oliver Cromwell had first proposed shipping European Jews to the Holy Land, before tracing the beginning of Zionism to what he called the 19th-century journalist and activist Theodor Herzl’s efforts to “wipe out Palestinians from Palestine.”

 

“This is a colonial enterprise that has nothing to do with Jewishness,” Mr. Abbas said. “The Jews were used as a tool under the concept of the promised land — call it whatever you want. Everything has been made up.”

 

Indeed, Abbas has made everything up.

 

Can you imagine the headlines if an Israeli head of state denied the existence of the Palestinian people? Or fabricated quotes?

 

While I didn’t see any news coverage of the speech in The Guardian, an Ian Black commentary fretted over how the speech would play into the hands of right-wing Israelis. And if I didn’t know any better, I’d say the Irish Independent took Associated Press reports one and two and scrubbed them.

 

Credit the Daily Telegraph and Washington Post for acknowledging Abbas being Abbas and getting fresh quotes from analysts to provide some meaning.

 

Palestinians may see Abbas as defiantly throwing down the gauntlet while Israelis see Abbas on the verge of imploding.

 

If there’s going to be peace, we need the press to step up and enlighten us on what Mahmoud Abbas really stands for.

 

Sign HonestReporting’s petition to the Foreign Press Association in Israel demanding reporters and editors give a fuller picture of Palestinian rejectionism and refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

 

Featured image: Flash90; Herzl via Wikimedia Commons; Abbas via YouTube/Charlie Rose

__________________

Believe Mahmoud Abbas – Believe a Liar

John R. Houk

© January 16, 2018

_________________

Media Whitewashes Abbas’ Revisionism and Rejectionism

 

About Honest Reporting

 

HonestReporting monitors the news for bias, inaccuracy, or other breach of journalistic standards in coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It also facilitates accurate reporting for foreign journalists covering the region. HonestReporting is not aligned with any government or political party or movement.

 

HonestReporting believes that a fully informed public is essential to progress and understanding in conflict resolution. It is not enough to correct inaccurate reporting and expose breaches of journalistic ethics. HonestReporting, through its MediaCentral project, provides support services for journalists based in or visiting Israel, the Palestinian territories, and the region to insure the free flow of information.

 

HonestReporting’s work serves the public interest by fighting misinformation, such as computer manipulations of images that give people a false impression of the conflict. At the same time, it provides agenda-free services to reporters, including translation services and access to news makers to enable them to provide a fuller picture of the situation. Honestreporting has over 140,000 subscribers and its MediaCentral project handles over 1,000 inquiries from journalists each year.