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PA TV attacks PMW
PMW accused of "incitement" against the PA

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

PA TV News recently devoted a full story to Palestinian Media Watch. It said that PMW "monitors everything large and small in the Palestinian media" and attacked PMW, defining its website as "incitement."

PA TV news:

"The main Israeli source which has been monitoring this issue is PMW's website that monitors everything large and small in the Palestinian media. This site's directors claim that they monitor and document the incitement in the Palestinian media. But when you enter the site and read a little, you find out who is inciting against whom."

PMW documents the Palestinian Authority's messages to its own people through the communication and educational structures it controls, and through its activities and events. PMW's website displays thousands of examples, including quotes from Palestinian leaders, excerpts from PA newspapers, analysis of PA school books and hundreds of videos from PA and Hamas TV.

To illustrate its criticism of PMW, PA TV showed pictures of PMW's website, named the website's categories, and focused on items related to Mahmoud Abbas.

PA TV news:

"For example, President Mahmoud Abbas - according to the [PMW] website - does not recognize Israel, glorifies violence, and he is directly responsible for terror."

PMW in fact does make these assertions about Mahmoud Abbas, quoting Abbas's own statements on these issues.

The following is the transcript of PA TV's report on PMW:

PA TV newsreader: "Israeli incitement against the Palestinian leadership and institutions takes many forms.
(Visual of Israeli TV reporting on Palestinian Media Watch report)
PA TV reporter: "The Israeli media has been following the Palestinian information campaign calling for a boycott of Israeli goods. The latest example is this ad, funded by the Spanish government."
(Visual of PA TV ad promoting boycott that was exposed by PMW, as broadcast on Israeli Channel 2 News.)
PA TV reporter: "...The main Israeli source which has been monitoring this issue is PMW's website that monitors everything large and small in the Palestinian media. This site's directors claim that they monitor and document the incitement in the Palestinian media. But when you enter the site and read a little, you find out who is inciting against whom. For example, President Mahmoud Abbas - according to the website - does not recognize Israel, glorifies violence, and he is directly responsible for terror. This is one small example of what the website is marketing to its visitors."
[PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 12, 2011] 

To view Abbas's statements on a range of issues on PMW's site click below: