Palestinian Arab Headlines Are Far Worse

The mass media headlines and articles describing the targeted killing of Israelis by Muslim Arabs have rightfully been condemned by civil society as giving a shameful pro-Arab perspective to terrorism.

To fully appreciate the vile nature related to the mindset of the terrorist community, read their media.

Palestinian Arabs have been forgoing their local Arab mass media publications in preference to the inflammatory rhetoric of the local terrorist groups.

According to Palestinian polls, in 2005, 72.5 percent of Palestinian Arabs in Gaza read al Arabia and al Jazeera while only 4.8 percent read al Manar (by Hezbollah) and al Aqsa (by Hamas). By the fall of 2021, the readership was almost the same.

DATEAL ARABIA & AL JAZEERAAL MANAR & AL AQSA
Sept 200572.5%4.8%
Sept 201060.7%16.8%
Sept 201536.2%25.4%
Sept 202127.3%25.5%
Media viewership in Gaza over time.Gazans preferences for terrorist sources has grown according to Palestinian polls

The readership trends among Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank was much the same.

DATEAL ARABIA & AL JAZEERAAL MANAR & AL AQSA
Sept 200568.2%8.0%
Sept 201070.5%9.1%
Sept 201528.6%13.0%
Sept 202126.6%23.2%
Media viewership in the West Bank over timeWest Bankers preferences for terrorist programming jumped significantly this year according to Palestinian polls, perhaps shedding light on the recent spike in attacks

Al Manar covered the slaughter of Israeli civilians in March and April 2022 in the manner you would expect of a terrorist-sponsored publication.

Father of Tel Aviv Shooter: Palestinians Will See the Victory Soon” was the headline, followed by “Shouts of joy were heard on Friday morning around the Jenin home of Palestinian who carried out the heroic operation in Tel Aviv, Raad Fathi Hazem. People gathered near the house of Hazem to celebrate the operation which killed two Israelis and injured several others in the heart of the occupying regime.

The rest of the article continued with chants to destroy Israel.

screenshot of al Manar website extolling murder of Israeli civilians

The article about the Arab father’s pride in killing Jewish civilians was the latest in a string of terrorism-promotional articles from the widely-read site.

Al Manar’s article “Palestinian Resistance Groups Praise Tel Aviv Operation,” led with “Palestinian Resistance groups celebrated the operation which killed two Israelis in Tel Aviv on Thursday night, stressing that all forms of resistance against Israeli occupation will continue. The Hamas Resistance movement called the operation “heroic” and vowed that resistance against the occupation ‘is continuing and escalating. The continuing terrorism of the occupation and its crimes, attempts to Judaize Jerusalem and to perform sacrifices in the Al-Aqsa Mosque to build its so-called ‘Temple’ during what they call ‘Passover’ — against it stands blood and bullets,’ the Resistance group said in a statement.

Hezbollah also celebrated and praised the anti-Semitic shootings with “Hezbollah Hails Tel Aviv Operation: Palestinian Heroes Threw Criminal ‘Israel’ into Confusion.” The article stated “Hezbollah, meanwhile, saluted the courageous Palestinian people and Resistance ‘who humiliated the criminal regime of Israel and threw it into confusion.’ The statement called on free people across the world to stand by Palestinian people and offer them all possible forms of support…. The Palestinian people is determined to continue the path of Resistance until the liberation of entire Palestine from the sea to the river.

Al Manar’s article right after the shooting, “Palestinian Youth, Who Carried out The Operation in “Tel Aviv”, Martyred,” described the 29-year old Arab murderer as a “youth” and the Israeli civilians who lived in Tel Aviv as “settlers” because Hezbollah believes that all of Israel is illegal.

The statements coming from Hamas media were much the same, including the article “Haniyeh: “Tel Aviv” operation redrawn the map of homeland,” after the slaughter of Israeli civilians in Bnei Brak, which stated that Haniyeh “expressed the pride of the Palestinian people and the free people of the Ummah in the heroic operation carried out by the heroic martyr Diaa Hamarsha. [the Palestinian murderer of several unarmed Jews]

While the English mainstream media misdirects the masses to consider Palestinians as frustrated and “resorting to violence,” the media consumed by Palestinian Arabs calls for the shedding of more Jewish blood.

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The Scary Growth of Terrorist Propaganda

In just a single week, two governments took long overdue steps to label all branches of terrorist groups as part of the same poisonous tree. It was not without reason.

On November 19, 2021, the United Kingdom announced that it would add the political wing of Hamas onto the list of terrorist groups, joining the military branch which already had the designation. On November 24th, the government of Australia announced that it was adding all branches of Hezbollah to its terrorist list. They joined many countries in recognizing that the entirety of these organizations mobilized forces of hatred and terror, and facilitated the actual attacks of its military wings.

The propaganda arms of the two groups – al Aqsa and al Manar – are no longer fringe sources of extremism. They have been growing in popularity and are now at parity with more mainstream Muslim Arab media.

Al Manar is the media arm of Hezbollah in Lebanon. It routinely puts out the statements of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah demonizing the United States and Israel. The group defines itself as the official Islamic resistance of Lebanon to combat the atrocities and invasions of western powers.

Al Aqsa is the media arm of Hamas. It also defines itself as the official Islamic resistance of the Palestinian people against western and Jewish forces, advocating violence in its various programming.

Dateal Arabia & Al Jazeeraal Manar & Al Aqsa
Sept 200572.5%4.8%
Sept 201060.7%16.8%
Sept 201536.2%25.4%
Sept 202127.3%25.5%
Media viewership in Gaza over time. Gazans preferences for terrorist sources has grown according to Palestinian polls

As the table above shows, the preference for the programming of mainstream media like al Arabia from Dubai and al Jazeera from Qatar has dropped dramatically, even though those media outlets also demonize the west. The Gazans have become drawn to more radical calls for terrorism.

While the Gazans preference for violence against Israelis surpasses West Bankers, the trend lines for watching terrorist television is much the same in the Palestinian Authority-ruled areas.

Dateal arabia & al jazeeraal manar & al aqsa
Sept 200568.2%8.0%
Sept 201070.5%9.1%
Sept 201528.6%13.0%
Sept 202126.6%23.2%
Media viewership in the West Bank over time. West Bankers preferences for terrorist programming jumped significantly this year according to Palestinian polls

The spike in West Bankers watching Hamas media has a lot to do with Palestinians dislike of PA President Mahmoud Abbas from the rival Fatah party, his cancelling elections earlier this year and Hamas’s missile attacks against Israel in May, a war crime celebrated by West Bankers as a defense for Jerusalem. But the overall trends are much the same as in Gaza: Palestinians are now watching terrorist television at the same rates as mainstream Arabic media.

The United Nations long ago realized that terrorist propaganda fuels violence, but it primarily focused attention on ISIS and al Qaeda and their usage of social media. Hopefully the recent actions of Australia and the UK in labelling the political and media arms of Hezbollah and Hamas as terrorist organizations will help reduce the vile calls to violence.

A picture taken on November 12, 2018, shows a ball of fire above the building housing the Hamas-run television station al-Aqsa TV in the Gaza Strip during an Israeli air strike after a barrage of rocket fire from the enclave. Israeli security group Shin Bet accused al Aqsa journalists of using codes and being agents in attacks on Israel (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)

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