February 22, 2006, - 12:16 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Just got back from a TV taping. Today, it was something completely different than what I normally do. Usually, I do appearances on American cable networks and radio stations (like Monday when I was on West Virginia’s popular Jerry Waters Show on WVTS-AM and New Hampshire’s Gardner Goldsmith on WNTK-AM, or Friday when I did my regular bi-monthly appearance on San Francisco’s #1 morning show, the Lee Rodgers & Melanie Morgan Show on KSFO-AM).
But this morning, I was on the belly of the beast, Al-Jazeera. That’s right, the Terrorist News Network. I have made my negative feelings about the network clear and am frightened by its efforts to get a full-time English-language network in place. (My objections to Al-Jazeera’s new English efforts were cited by other media.)
I was on the show, “Al-Kawalees.” I discussed my objections to Oscar nominee, “Paradise Now,” a Palestinian, anti-Semitic, pro-homicide bomber movie. I was on with the movie’s producer, Bero Beyer, who appeared from Amsterdam. The host was a woman at Al-Jazeera’s Doha, Qatar headquarters. It was a short segment and the questions were “interesting,” such as this one: “Why do the West and Jews object to portraying Palestinian terrorists as human beings, as in ‘Paradise Now’?” No lie. That was the question.
My answer is that it’s obvious that terrorists are humans who need to eat and go to the bathroom like everyone else, but their activity is inhumane, and there is neither any excuse nor positive result from glorifying and showing sympathy for mass murderers (as this propaganda-filled Oscar nominee does), not to mention not showing a damn thing about their innocent victims who are blown to bits (when the homicide bomber detonates, the screen goes to white and silence, and the movie ends).
I also mentioned the blatant anti-Semitism in the movie echoing “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” and the many lies in the movie about Israel not supporting a two-state solution (it has in 1937, 1947, 2000, and now). I said a lot more but this is the gist.
I’ve written about “Paradise Now” here and here.
The interesting thing is that while Mr. Beyer could apparently hear my answers, I did not have any interaction with him, and presumably he got to hear my answers and then respond afterward. I’m not sure.
For all of my Arabic and Muslim readers (and believe me, there are plenty; I get the hate-mail), the Al-Jazeera appearance on “Al-Kawalees” airs at 11:30am EST, Thursday (tomorrow).
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