February 24, 2006, - 2:05 pm

HAMAS is NEVER “Charming”

By Debbie Schlussel
“Charming” and HAMAS should never be in the same sentence. There’s nothing charming about any group that blows up innocent civilians and preaches the mass elimination of a country, an ethnic group, and a religion.
But tell that to Associated Press reporter Aron Heller. He’s singing the praises of HAMAS’ new “charming” media personality.
Heller is tickled pink by HAMAS member and Gaza shampoo salesman Ribhi Rantisi–nephew of the late HAMAS leader (thankfully targeted for elimination by Israel) Abdel Aziz Rantisi.
Why is Heller so fascinated? We’re not sure. Rantisi knows Hebrew, he reports. Big deal. So do many, many Palestinians who used to work in Israel. He likes soccer. Welcome to the Arab world, Mr. AP reporter. So do most Arabs.
Rantisi watches and appears on Israeli TV. Well, that’s hardly a good or suprising thing. Israeli TV is to the left of our own media, here in America. Israeli TV is so anti-Israel that it often rivals Al-Jazeera in its anti-Israel coverage. Ditto for Israeli newspapers (especially Ha’Aretz and Yedito Achronot). And Rantisi still defends homicide bombings as a “reaction to Israeli actions.”
Rantisi says one interesting thing, though:

Unlike Denmark, for example, he said Israel had respect for Islam and its traditions. “Even in prison they respected our religion,” he said.

AP is fascinated that Rantisi claims to like Israeli music and food. But he’s not buying it out of any benevolence to Jews or Israel.

“I get what is healthier for my kids. If I buy Gaza yogurt, my kid will get sick,” he said.

Someone nees to retire AP reporter Aron Heller, so he can return to reality. There’s nothing charming about HAMAS or any of its members, regardless of what they watch or what food they like.
Remember, there are plenty of Baskin Robbins, McDonald’s, etc. in Saudi Arabia. And Saudis like Levi’s, too. But while they may love these things, they still hate Baskin, Robbins, Levi Strauss, and America. Nothing charming about it.

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12 Responses

You know something Debbie, I think YOU are pretty charming. Most of your blogs make me laugh even as they make me want to go and slit my wrists. Between that and your looks, it’s a shame you’re not one of the biggest media personalities there is. Well, just keep being underestimated and built more momentum, sooner or later you’ll be a household name.
As for this story, this clearly illustrates the nature of these Palestinian terrorists. It shows that they hate Israel and the West because it’s in their nature and they feel it’s what they were born to do, not because they are being “persecuted.” The same goes for all Islamists. Maybe the writer would be a success if he found fascination with this instead of the terrorist’s “charm.”

KnightoftheImpaler on February 24, 2006 at 4:13 pm

Even more `charming’ is the EU and UN rushing to give Hamas money, along with our `friends’ the Saudis. It’s business as usual.
When is a terrorist group not a terrorist group?
When they’re targeting Israelis.
J O S H U A P U N D I T: Business as usual with the Palestinian Authority for the EU and the UN
At leaset we won’t have to hear any more blather about how the EU doesn’t fund Palestinian terrorism.

Freedom Fighter on February 24, 2006 at 5:42 pm

Debbie.Have a good shabbatt.Love

danny on February 24, 2006 at 6:13 pm

Sometimes I wonder if there are any tests for basic knowledge of History before one can become a reporer in various parts of the world. I guess not.

Ripper on February 25, 2006 at 3:20 pm

Debbie:
You are right – Haaretz royally sucks! Amira Hass, Gideon Levey, Akiva Eldar are three odious individuals.

Ripper on February 25, 2006 at 3:21 pm

There ought to be at the minimum a history test before these idiot correspondents get sent overseas. Also I notice that the “Jewish” reproters in the Middle East seem to be some of the dumbest.

Ripper on February 25, 2006 at 4:33 pm

RIPPER;your History classes mean shit;:Ripper. so when the wrong person is shooting at you. And you -Ripper-. as `a correspondent that has `taken the same history class as you(RIPPER). can wave the history book and yell. knowledge .I bet you’ve never been a correspondent. Armchair boy.

danny on February 25, 2006 at 8:02 pm

How do you like this? Unf*believable!
KHALED ABU TOAMEH. PA officials: US, EU have retracted aid threat http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1139395488143&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

InplainviewMonitor on February 25, 2006 at 10:48 pm

You tell him danny (DANNY?). You (danny (DANNY)) are a great American (danny*).
KEY:
1 – Danny(Ü)
* – danny
KEY FOR THE KEY ABOVE:
Ü – danny

Concerned Conservative on February 26, 2006 at 1:14 pm

Just to clear things up, I was refering to danny in that last post. In case there was any confusion.

Concerned Conservative on February 26, 2006 at 1:15 pm

Danny
How do you type with your strait jacket on boy?

Ripper on February 26, 2006 at 4:06 pm

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