Phoebe Greenwood continues Guardian tradition of dishonest reporting about Palestinian incitement


Media lies are rarely as simple as publishing a story which makes a claim that is explicitly untrue, and which the journalist knows to be patently false.

Rather, most such ethical breaches involve contextualizing a story in a way which obfuscates, ignores or otherwise blurs a politically inconvenient fact or reality.

A recent report by the the Guardian’s Phoebe Greenwood (Newt Gingrich condemned for calling Palestinians terrorists, Dec. 11) is a classic example of such a distortion.

Greenwood jumped on one assertion by Newt Gingrich about the culture of antisemitism in Palestinian society to obfuscate the broader undeniable reality of such incitement (and the glorification of violence against Israeli civilians) in their education system and, indeed, throughout their culture.

Writes Greenwood:

“The Republican frontrunner insisted at a candidate debate on Saturday – to warm applause from the audience – that “these people are terrorists. They teach terrorism in their schools. They have textbooks that say, if there are 13 Jews and nine Jews are killed, how many Jews are left? We pay for those textbooks through our aid money.”

Adds Greenwood:

“Palestinian officials said Gingrich’s allegations were based substantially on material produced by an Israeli organisation, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), which has published a long list of entries on its website under the heading ‘Promoting Violence for Children’. An article from 2007 describes Palestinian textbooks paid for with US aid money that deny Israel‘s right to exist.

Xavier Abu Eid, a senior adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said…”[Gingrich] is welcome to come to Palestine so he can stop speaking from talking points and speak about reality. If he can produce a Palestinian textbook that proves his point, then he should do it. But they don’t exist in our schools – he’s quoting propaganda.”

The suggestion that PMW represents “propaganda” is itself an example of cynical political propaganda, as nobody has ever seriously disputed the accuracy of PMW’s Arabic translations.  Further, the fact that the group is based in Israel is of no relevance to assessing the overall rigor of the group’s research. 

PMW translators are experts in Arabic with many years of study and work behind them.  Indeed, for some, Arabic is their mother tongue.  (Additional evidence of antisemitism promoted by the PA, which corroborates the analysis by PMW, can be found at MEMRI.)

As such, Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, noted in today’s Jerusalem Post, the following regarding the row over Gingrich’s comments:

Here, Gingrich was correct in principle but his example was not. The PA schoolbooks do not include that particular math question. Instead the PA Ministry of Education does something far worse: It glorifies murderers and terrorists. The PA Ministry of Education has two of its schools named after Dalal Mughrabi…the woman who led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history, the Coastal Road massacre bus hijacking in which 37 civilians were killed.

What exactly is the PA message to its children regarding terror? Terror and killing Israelis is not only justified but is even worthy of honor.

Two [PA] summer camps for children this past summer had groups named after her, and one of the camps was sponsored by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. The entire environment the PA has created for its children envelopes them in glorification of terror.

The PA, it seems, learned that the world would no longer permit it to directly call to kill Israelis, for to do so would cause it to lose American and European funding. So instead of promoting the terror, it glorifies the terrorists; instead of Palestinian children learning that they must kill Israelis, they learn that whoever kills Israelis will become a Palestinian hero.

[Further], the PA educates its children with this dual message that Israel exists but has no right to exist, as expressed in a PA school book for grade 12: “Palestine’s war ended with a catastrophe that is unprecedented in history, when the Zionist gangs stole Palestine and established the State of Israel.” (Arabic Language, Analysis, Literature and Criticism, grade 12, p. 104)

Defining Israel as being created after “Zionist gangs stole Palestine” is the definitive expression of denying Israel’s right to exist. Significantly, this rejection of Israel is not just found in Palestinian schoolbooks but is a central part of the ongoing Palestinian discourse.

When the American congressional candidates criticized the PA for promoting terror among Palestinians they were absolutely correct. When they accused the PA of denying Israel’s right to exist they were merely exposing authentic PA ideology.

Greenwood, by framing the story in a way which sows doubt about such ongoing (and continually documented) Palestinian incitement, again demonstrates why the Guardian continues to excel at ideologically influenced dishonest reporting.

7 comments on “Phoebe Greenwood continues Guardian tradition of dishonest reporting about Palestinian incitement

  1. Isn’t there some kind of international law that forbids this kind of lies whether they are printed in fascist newspapers (guardian is that’s what I think)or any other or there is a different law for media?? cam on!!

  2. Greenwood’s comments again demonstrate how fundamentally dishonest the Left has become in their incomprehensible zeal to support the Islamists.
    They’ve really become a bunch of pathetic chronic liars, distorting history and events in an unsustainable crusade to obfuscate the truth about where all the hate and violence really originates in the Mideast.

    And this mindset and worsening lying by the Libs i believe also helps explain the dwindling numbers who watch Leftie outlets like MSNBC, or read the regularly antiIsrael and antiSemitic crap that emanates from formerly “mainstream” media sources, like Huff Post, TIME magazine, Atlantic, and even the NYTimes.

    “You can fool some of the people some of the time…”

  3. Wasn’t the Guardian implicated, or even indicted, for their illegal (to say nothing of highly unpatriotic) help provided to the Wikileaks wacko in both obtaining and distributing classified U.S. and British communications?

    That behavior reveals more clearly than anything else, how pathologically dishonest and malicious these Guardian characters are, and shows how the international Leftist movement has lost its way (and much of its support in the U.S. and worldwide)

    • They talk of “Averting accusations of Antisemitism” and then they worry that their reputation is being tarnished.

      This antisemitic and slimy rags reputation is corroded and rusting,we just need to come up with ideas to speed up this corrosion and keep chipping at this rusting wreck till it completely crumbles.

  4. Antisemite de jour, Deborah Orr, writing on the EU in yesterday’s Guardian:

    ” I feel as if I am already living in the dystopian future”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/dec/16/eu-already-failed-deborah-orr

    Yes, with antisemites like Phoebe Greenwood and you around, the world is certainly a less pleasant place. And anyway, why would an antisemite have the temerity to write about democracy when they should be hanging their head in shame?

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