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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
PMW Bulletin: PMW sparks debate in Norway on funding the PA

PMW Bulletin
Feb. 27, 2013

PMW sparks debate in Norway on funding the PA

Norwegian TV reports on PMW documentation
of PA hate incitement and terror glorification

NRK TV narrator:
"[Palestinian] children grow up learning that Jews are 'Satan with a
tail'... Adults hear that Jews are evil and not to be trusted. It is perhaps
not surprising that the [Palestinian] hatred is growing. The messenger is a
[PA] government that receives large amounts [of money] from Norway."

Norwegian State Secretary:

"There are examples in the book (PMW's Deception) that clearly express
hatred. There are also examples of Antisemitism, which you find in
Palestinian society."

http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=8601

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Norwegian state-owned TV, NRK, recently aired an 11-minute report on
Palestinian Media Watch's findings. The Norwegian report drew a direct
connection between the PA's promotion of hatred and terror glorification and
the Norwegian funding of the PA, at 300 million kroner a year ($52,628,700):

"[Palestinian] children grow up learning that Jews are 'Satan with a
tail'... Adults hear that Jews are evil and not to be trusted. It is perhaps
not surprising that the [Palestinian] hatred is growing. The messenger is a
[PA] government that receives large amounts [of money] from Norway."

Click to view
http://palwatch.org/SITE/MODULES/videos/pmw/videos.aspx?fld_id=142&doc_id=8602

PMW's senior analyst Nan Jacques Zilberdik was interviewed in the NRK
report, explaining the importance of publicizing PMW documentation in
Norway:
"What we [PMW] report is definitely the general [PA] message. We don't
provide just a few examples that we have chosen to make it look extreme. I
think that Norwegian and other leaders will be surprised to hear what the
Palestinian leaders, with whom they talk about peace, say in Arabic."

In May 2012, PMW's Itamar Marcus made a presentation in Norwegian Parliament
to MPs and distributed the Norwegian version of PMW's book Deception.
Already then Norwegian media and MPs expressed concern about Norwegian
funding and its connection to PA hatred and terror glorification. In recent
years Norway has been one of the largest funders of the PA. NRK TV's in
depth report prepared by investigative journalist Tormod Strand, is now
raising the debate to a new level.

A Norwegian expert from The Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious
Minorities, Řivind Kopperud, expressed concern about the "clear Antisemitic
aspects" that Deception documents:

"There are certainly clear Antisemitic aspects...You find the myth that The
Protocols of the Elders of Zion exists, that what is written there actually
happened, that it is a real book and not a forgery, which it is, that the
Jews are working in secret to rule the world."

PMW has repeatedly warned that the hatred Palestinians are taught by the PA
leaders is being incorporated into the Palestinians' worldview. This was
corroborated once again when the NRK journalist met Palestinians who believe
that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is an authentic Jewish work.
Significantly, one explained that Palestinians have learned about the
Protocols from their "history books and the media."

NRK TV narrator: "At the first café table [in Ramallah] we come across, it
turns out that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is already the topic of
discussion.
Man in café: "We were just talking about this... I believe that there is a
Protocol for they [Jews] are planning to control the world."
Narrator: "Do you know that these Protocols are false?"
Man in café: "False? I don't believe that. I believe they have written this,
because this is the mentality of the Jewish [people]."
Narrator: "Also in the next café in Ramallah the notion of the Jews'
conspiracy to take over the world is a fact."
Man in second café: "According to what we read and understand from history,
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion exists. My information is based on
history books and the media."

NKR TV questioned Norway's Foreign Ministry about its funding of the PA,
while the PA structures are promoting hatred and Antisemitism:

Narrator: "Since 2008, Norway has given over 300 million kroner a year in
budget support to the Palestinian Authority. [The PA] finances and partly
controls PA TV. The State Secretary [Torgeir Larsen] has read PMW's
material."

Norwegian State Secretary, Torgeir Larsen: "There are examples in the book
(PMW's Deception) that clearly express hatred. There are also examples of
Antisemitism, which you find in Palestinian society. But these are examples.
And it's also important for me to emphasize that those (i.e., PMW) who have
put together these examples - I do not doubt the content - are part of an
ongoing political battle."

Norwegian NRK TV ended its 11-minute report on a note of criticism of both
the PA and Norway:

Narrator: "It is perhaps not surprising that the [Palestinian] hatred is
growing. The messenger is a [PA] government that receives large amounts [of
money] from Norway."

Click to view
http://palwatch.org/SITE/MODULES/videos/pmw/videos.aspx?fld_id=142&doc_id=8602
The following is the transcript of Norwegian state-owned TV NRK's report on
the PA's hate incitement and terror glorification:

NRK TV narrator: "It is early morning in Jerusalem. At the Western Wall in
the Old City Orthodox Jews are praying. Jewish children hurry to school.
Meanwhile, a few blocks away in the Old City, the Palestinian Ahmad opens
his shop with his sons. Two peoples, two worlds a few feet apart, but
separated by a hatred that we find difficult to understand. Where did they
get it (the hatred)?"

PMW-translated video from PA TV is shown

(PA TV host:) "Laila, what do you want to recite next?"

NRK TV narrator: "This is Palestinian children's television, funded and
partially controlled by the Palestinian Authority, which receives large sums
annually from Norway."

Continuation of same PMW video from PA TV is shown

(PA TV, Young girl:) "...our wars were for the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and that our
enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail... We are fed up with our division, while
all people are uniting."
(PA TV host:) "Bravo, bravo, bravo."

Footage from PMW office is shown
(PMW analyst to translator:) "Who is that man?"
(PMW translator:) "Awad Awad."

NRK narrator: "Staff at Palestinian Media Watch in Jerusalem are watching a
broadcast from Palestinian television. The Israeli organization is on the
Israeli right-wing politically. [Its] goal is to document what values
Palestinian TV and newspapers convey to their own people. Danish Nan
Zilberdik [of PMW] says that what she calls 'demonization' exists to a great
extent."

PMW senior analyst Nan Jacques Zilberdik: "What we [PMW] report is
definitely the general [PA] message. We don't provide just a few examples
that we have chosen to make it look extreme. I think that Norwegian and
other leaders will be surprised to hear what the Palestinian leaders with
whom they talk about peace, say in Arabic."

NRK narrator: "This is from a documentary this year on PA TV, about the
Jews":

PMW-translated video from PA TV is shown

(PA TV:) "Faced with the Jews' schemes, Europe could not bear their
character traits, monopolies, corruption, and their control and climbing up
positions in government.
The European nations felt that they had suffered a tragedy by providing
refuge for the Jews. Later the Jews obtained the Balfour Declaration, and
Europe saw it as an ideal solution to get rid of them."

NRK narrator: "Palestinian Media Watch has published a book about what is
being broadcast in the media controlled by the PA. NRK (Norwegian) TV asked
the Holocaust Center to evaluate it."

Řivind Kopperud, Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities:
"There are certainly clear Antisemitic aspects and that is part of this
conflict situation. There is [in PA media] an enhanced image of 'the other,'
an enemy image that contributes to demonizing the Jewish state."

NRK reporter: "What is Antisemitic?"

Řivind Kopperud: "Old stereotypes. You find the myth that The Protocols of
the Elders of Zion exists, that what is written there actually happened,
that it is a real book and not a forgery, which it is, that the Jews are
working in secret to rule the world."

NRK narrator: "This is PA TV, the TV reports are edited here. How does the
TV station defend a message that can occasionally appear as demonizing? Some
examples [of PA TV demonizing]: Israel tortures and steals organs from
Palestinian prisoners. Israel poisoned Yasser Arafat and Israel
intentionally spreads drugs among Palestinian youth. The management of PA TV
believes that there is evidence of these claims. Therefore, they broadcast
the message. The overall charge of demonization and Antisemitism is
rejected."

Emad Al-Asfar, Director of Programming, PA TV, PBC: "We have no problem with
Jews. The only problem we have is with the occupation. We have to focus on
this problem, this origin, not with the results. First of all. Second, I
think Palestinian Media Watch always using [PA TV] news to change its
shape."

NRK narrator: "He [PA Director of Programming] says sometimes that they have
live broadcasts where they cannot control the messages that may be
demonizing. "We try to correct this afterward," he says.
How widespread are those attitudes towards Jews and Israel that PA TV helps
to transmit? Sunday Evening News traveled among Palestinians in the West
Bank to find the answer. First stop: the Palestinian capital, Ramallah. At
the first café table we come across, it turns out that The Protocols of the
Elders of Zion is already the topic of discussion."

Man in café: "We were just talking about this. Yes, I read some before and I
know, I believe that there is a Protocol for they are planning to control
the world."

NRK narrator: "The Protocols is a more than 100-year-old text documenting
that the Jews will take over world supremacy, and which is a forgery to
discredit the Jews. But at this cafe table the most famous Antisemitic text
in the world is alive and well."

NRK reporter: "Do you know that these Protocols are false?"

Man in café: "False? I don't believe that. I believe they have written this,
because this is the mentality of the Jewish [people]."

NRK narrator: "Also in the next café in Ramallah the notion of the Jews'
conspiracy to take over the world is a fact."

Man in second café: "According to what we read and understand from history,
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion exists. My information is based on
history books and the media."

NRK narrator: "PA TV has special programs for prisoners serving sentences
for terrorism against Israel. The prisoners are being praised."

PMW-translated video from PA TV is shown

(PA TV:) "We dedicate this program to our brothers, the prisoners, and of
course, to the heroic fighter, prisoner Nasser Awais."

NRK narrator: "Nasser Awais was sentenced to 14 life sentences for planning
a terror attack in which 13 civilians were killed. On PA TV he is glorified.
We [Norwegian TV] came here [to Jericho] with a question: Is it appropriate
to honor people who have been convicted of killing Israeli civilians, Jews?"

Man smoking water pipe: "For us, the Martyrs have a high position. We see
seeking Martyrdom as a duty. The Zionist entity (i.e., Israel) sees the
Martyrdom seekers as terrorists. This is contrary to the logic of our
Islam."

NRK narrator: "We went to Hebron with the same question: is it right to
honor Martyrs? This 17-year-old is not in doubt."

Youth: "They [Israelis] came and entered the land of Palestine."

NRK narrator: "Neither is the clothes dealer in doubt":

Clothes dealer: "We honor and are proud of them because this is occupied
land and they occupied it."

NRK narrator: "Since 2008, Norway has given over 300 million kroner a year
in budget support to the Palestinian Authority. [The PA] finances and partly
controls PA TV. The State Secretary [Torgeir Larsen] has read PMW's
material."

State Secretary, Torgeir Larsen: "There are examples in the book (PMW's
Deception) that clearly express hatred. There are also examples of
Antisemitism, which you find in Palestinian society. But these are examples.
And it's also important for me to emphasize that those (i.e., PMW) who have
put together these examples - I do not doubt the content - are part of an
ongoing political battle."

NRK narrator: "He [State Secretary Torgeir Larsen] said Norway has discussed
this with the PA, but that it is not relevant to stop the Norwegian
financial support [to the PA], which goes to building Palestinian
institutions.
What about the Israeli media? Don't they also portray the Palestinians as
basically evil? This is a Middle East expert who knows the Israeli media
well."

Asgeir Ueland, Author and journalist: "In the mainstream [Israeli] media it
hardly ever occurs, at least not that I can remember from reading the Hebrew
press for about 16 years, and [I] cannot remember [anything] being broadcast
on radio, television or in major newspapers."

NRK narrator: "He says that hate messages are found in the Israeli media,
but it is in the settlers' own media and media that belong on the Israeli
right. This is a picture that is also supported by other sources NRK [TV]
has contacted."

PMW-translated video from PA TV is shown

(PA TV:) "Our enemy, Zion, is Satan with a tail."

NRK narrator: "[Palestinian] children grow up learning that Jews are 'Satan
with a tail.'"

PMW-translated video from PA TV is shown

(PA TV:) "The Prophet says: 'You shall fight the Jews and kill them.'"

NRK narrator: "Adults hear that Jews are evil and not to be trusted. It is
perhaps not surprising that the hatred is growing. The messenger is a [PA]
government that receives large amounts [of money] from Norway."

[Evening news, NRK TV (Norway), Feb. 10, 2013]

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