July 15, 2009, - 5:49 pm
“Feud I Wish Would Never End” of the Day: Palestinian Authority/Fatah v. Al-Jazeera; “Democratic” Pali Govt Shuts Down TV Netwk
By Debbie Schlussel
Add the Palestinian Authority/Fatah v. Al-Jazeera to my list of Feuds I Love and Wish Would NEVER End (and that Both Sides Would Lose).
A little background: Fatah hates Al-Jazeera because it tends to be an instrument of HAMAS, Fatah’s arch-enemy. But this is about intra-Fatah feuding. And keep in mind that the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority–America’s preferred “democrats,” “moderates,” and “peace partner”–is the governmental unit seizing and shutting down a TV news network (because they don’t like the Terror News Network’s coverage of Fatah infighting over who killed Arafat).
Note that the Palestinians aren’t even following their own laws regarding freedom of the press, which goes to show that their laws–as we know–are a joke and a fiction. Also note that the excuse that Al-Jazeera and its supporters are giving for why they shouldn’t be shut down is that they help expose “Israeli crimes.”
Holocaust Denier-in-Chief Mahmoud Abbas/Abu Mazen v. Terrorist News Network . . .
And finally, where the heck is the international press, which always whines and moans about freedom of the press? When Israel and American authorities in Iraq shut down Al-Jazeera, it was all over our mainstream media “news.” But when Arabs and Muslims do it, it ain’t no thing, apparently.
The Palestinian Authority will go ahead with a suit against the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television after they shut down their West Bank offices on charges of “incitement and false information.”
Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said Wednesday night that he commissioned Attorney General Ahmed Al-Mughni to take the legal procedures necessary to prosecute Al-Jazeera. Analysts say the Tuesday report with comments by senior Fatah member Farouq Qaddoumi, who accused President Abbas of involvement in an alleged plot to kill Yasser Arafat was the final impetus for the suit.
In a statement Fayyad said his government would continue to ensure freedom of the press in Palestine but would at the same time take action “against anything that may cause discrimination among factions” and deepen the national division.
Translation: Freedom of the press in the Palestinian authority, but only when it’s favorable to Fatah and President Abbas. And these are the people Israel is supposed to “partner” with for “peace.” Hilarious. These people can’t even get along within Fatah (not to mention their deadly feud with HAMAS), and yet Israel is expected to get along with them.
Responding to the decision, the Palestinian Media Forum (PMF) called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to reverse the decision describing it as restricting freedom of press.
“The Palestinian information ministry should honor Al-Jazeera teams for their efforts in exposing Israeli crimes in the Palestinian territories rather than shutting down its offices . . .” a statement by the PMF said. . . .
For his part, Fayyad said Al-Jazeera TV would not be permitted to work in Palestine under Law 9, passed in 1995.
Article 14 of chapter two of the Basic Law (1995) states:
Every person shall have right to freedom of thought, conscience and expression and publication of his opinion either orally, in writing or in the form of art or through any other form of expression, subject to observance of restrictions imposed by law for the respect of the rights or reputations of others, the protection of national security or of public order or of public health or morals.
Thanks to Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA–Independent Media Research & Analysis–for the tip.
Like I said: yet another feud to add to my list of favorite feuds I wish would keep on going forever and that both sides would lose.
Alien v. Predator–Feuds I Wish Would Never End:
Charles Barkley v. President Barack Hussein Obama Barry Soetoro Idi Amin Dada
Baba Wawa v. Star Jones . . .
Dr. Death, Baba Wawa & Star Jones Swimsuit Edition
HAMAS v. Fatah . . .
Donald v. Rosie . . .