Thursday, December 11, 2008

Educating a people - to perpetuate a war

I added a new link to my blog roll on the right: Palestinian Media Watch.

Palestinian Media Watch was established in 1996 to gain an understanding of Palestinian society through the monitoring of the Palestinian Arabic language media and schoolbooks. Palestinian Media Watch analyzes Palestinian Authority culture and society from numerous perspectives, including studies on summer camps, poetry, schoolbooks, religious ideology, crossword puzzles, and more.

Palestinian Media Watch has been playing the critical role of documenting the contradictions between the image the Palestinians present to the world in English and the messages to their own people in Arabic. The world’s view of the Palestinian Authority, to a significant degree, is the result of Palestinian Media Watch research.

Itamar Marcus is director of Palestinian Media Watch.

Mr. Marcus was also the Director of Research for the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace from 1998 - 2000, writing studies on Palestinian, Jordanian, and Syrian school textbooks.

Mr. Marcus was a member of the Israeli delegation to the Tri-lateral [American, Israeli and Palestinian] Committee to Monitor Incitement, established under the Wye Accords.
Palestinian Media Watch prepared the material for the Israeli delegation that was submitted at these negotiations

Here are two samples:

Norway's TV news highlighted the dilemma faced by countries funding the PA who do not want to fund the PA hate culture. [TV 2 (Norway) news, July 6, 2008]

Senior Palestinian historians, Issam Sisalem, and Jirar Al Kidwah, Head of the Public Library and Arafat’s advisor, teach that the story of the Holocaust was a Jewish lie in order to gain world sympathy, which lead to the creation of the State of Israel. [PATV Nov 29, 2000] (Click: PATV Archives -Video Library; then scroll to Topic X)


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