Sunday, March 16, 2008

THE MASK SLIPS:
WELL-KNOWN
BRITISH
"MODERATE"
ARAB EDITOR
REJOICES OVER
THE YESHIVA
MURDERS


JPOST:


The editor of a pan-Arab daily published in London says the terrorist attack on Jerusalem's Mercaz Harav Yeshiva on March 6 attack was "justified" and that the religious seminary is responsible for "hatching Israeli extremists and fundamentalists."

In his lead article last Sunday, Abd al-Bari Atwan, editor of Al-Quds Al-Arabi, chose not to condemn the shooting attack in which eight students were killed and nine were wounded, and said the celebrations in Gaza that followed symbolized the "courage of the Palestinian nation."

He added that the recent violence in Gaza might "mark the countdown to Israel's destruction."

"This article is alarming, since Atwan is perceived as a legitimate and unbiased analyst by the British media, and is often invited to voice his views in different media platforms," said Lior Ben-Dor, spokesman at the Israeli Embassy in London.

"The problem is that when addressing the British public, he tends to hide his true opinions and ideology - his support for terror and the murder of civilians.

This article reveals Atwan's real colors, a supporter of fundamentalism and terror, and hence he should be treated accordingly."...

Atwan was born in a refugee camp in 1950. He founded the pan-Arab daily in London in 1989, and today it has a circulation of around 50,000. In 1996 he interviewed Osama bin Laden. He is a regular commentator on CNN, Sky News and BBC News.


Go read the whole thing over at Astute Bloggers.