"In the universities of the West in the 1950s, Jews were still holders of many important chairs of Islamic Studies, whereas, at that time only one ethnic Arab, Philip Hitti, a Lebanese Christian teaching at Princeton enjoyed a major reputation ... In the 1970s ... the three leading historians (in Princeton's Department of Near Eastern Studies Department) were all Jews ... the most eminent of all, Bernard Lewis ... a confirmed Zionist.  [Edward] Said's celebrated Orientalism (1978) sounded a clarion call to ethnic Arabs to liberate their historiography from Jewish imperialists."
Norman Cantor,
The Jewish Experience, HarperCollins, NY,
1996, p. 126

"The use of the word 'terrorist' -- where Arabs who murder the
innocent are always called 'terrorists' whereas Israeli killers who slaughter 29 Palestinians in a Hebron mosque or assassinate their prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin, are called 'extremists' -- is only part of the problem. 'Terrorist' is a word that avoids all meaning. The who and the how are of essential importance. But the 'why' is something the West usually prefers to avoid. Not once yesterday -- not in a single press statement, press conference or interview -- did a US leader or diplomat explain why the enemies of America hate America. Why is Bin Laden so angry with the United States? ...The reason almost certainly lies with US policy -- or lack of policy -- towards the Middle East ... Bin Laden himself was obsessed for many months with the massacre of Lebanese civilians by the Israelis at the UN base at Qana in south Lebanon in April 1996. Why had Bill Clinton not condemned this 'terrorist' act? he asked. (In fact, Bill Clinton called it a 'tragedy,' as if it was some form of natural disaster -- the Israelis said it was a 'mistake' but the UN concluded it wasn't."
Robert Fisk,
As My Grocer Said: Thank You Mr. Clinton for the Kind Words ..., The Independent [London], 8-22-98,
p. 3]

In 1982, a Jewish American (also with Israeli citizenship), Alan Goodman, shot and killed two Arabs near Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock -- the third holiest shrine in Islam.. Resultant Arab riots resulted in another 11 Muslims slain by Israeli soldiers and police.  Goodman was pardoned by Israeli authorities for his murders in 1997, on the condition that he returned to America. Still unrepentant, he declared that "what I did was politically correct." Arab Americans in Baltimore, where Goodman was returning, expressed worry and outrage that such a man would be living in the Maryland community. "If I was a member of the Baltimore Muslim community, I'd watch my children after [Goodman's] arrival," noted Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, "As Congress enacts legislation against terrorism, it is accepting a terrorist."
Joanne Loviglio,
Return of Gunman from Israel Concerns Arab-Americans,
Associated Press,

In 1994 Recycled Paper Greetings, the fourth-largest greeting card company in America, headed by Jewish co-founders Phil Friedmann and Michael Keiser, came under heated attack by Muslim and Arab groups for a "get well" card in its line. The card depicted a head-to-toe woman in a black veil and was captioned with "Rather than confront her morbid fear of germs, Millicent changed her name to Yazmine and moved to Tehran." Inside, noted the Houston Chronicle, there was "irreverent play on the word 'Mecca' and 'Shiite.' Hundreds of telephone callers protested to the company and there were two death threats. The company continued to refuse to pull the card from it's line.
Stephen Franklin,
Company Greeted with Fierce Protests,
Houston Chronicle,
October 2, 1994, p. 9

This anti-Arab, anti-Islam tenor, of course, is a recurring theme from Jewish-dominated Hollywood. In 1998, for instance, The Siege, by director Edward Zwick, came under especially heated attack by Arabs and Muslims. From the apologetic side, "Zwick and [Siege producer Lynda] Obst, both Jewish, have said that they intended the film to combat racism." [PFEFFERMAN, N., 9-4-98] The American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee strongly felt it did something else, calling it "insidious, incendiary, and dangerous" for Arabs and Muslims. "There is no doubt," agreed Montreal Gazette reviewer Bill Brownstein, " ... that The Siege does incite racial hatred toward Arabs ... The image that will linger long after the lights come back on is that of U.S. soldiers herding up every Arab in New York and shunting them off to mini-concentration camps." [BROWNSTEIN, B., p. A3]

In 2000, London's daily newspaper The Independent noted the new movie Rules of Engagement, directed by William Friedkin and produced by Paramount, whose head of the film division is Sherry Lansing. Friedkin and Lansing are husband and wife -- and they are both Jewish: "The Arab nations -- and the Islamic world in general -- have become the new stock enemy, a powerful and unreasoning force in True Lies (1994), Executive (1995), GI Jane (1997) and The Siege (1998) -- in which Bruce Willis rounded up Arab Americans in an attempt to stop a Hezbollah-type terrorist group blowing up New York. Even The Insider (1999) -- a film about corruption in the tobacco industry, for heaven's sake -- tacked on a Syrian prologue in which Al Pacino took on a pack of mad-ish mullahs. And Rules of Engagement? 'This film is absolutely off the scale,' says Hussein Ibish, communications director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Commitee, a Washington-based pressure. 'I've never seen anything quite so vile. I felt like I was being physically beaten, which is a reaction I've never had encountering a work of art. It was mind- bogglingly vicious. I'm amazed that a major American entertainment company would actually release such a thing." [SWEET, M., 7-30-00]

In 1999, the Disney company [Eisner, formerly Katzenberg, Roth, Ovitz, et al] found itself embroiled in yet another controversy, this one political. It had allowed the state of Israel to have an exhibit -- the largest --"on display at the new Millennium Village at [Disney World] Complex's Epcot Center in Florida." [LOS ANGELES JEWISH TIMES, Aug 27-Sept 2, 99] Muslim and Arab organizations were concerned that Israel would portray Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state, an assertion at odds with the Muslim and Arab view. In 1992, the Disney film "Aladdin" came under attack from outraged Arab and Muslim groups. Condemnation starts with its opening song: "Oh, I come from a land / a far away place / where the caravan camels roam. / Where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face / it's barbaric, but, hey, it's home." [SHAHEEN, J. 12-21-92, p. F3] Professor Jack Shaheen complained again about Disney four years later: "Nearly one year after Disney bashed Arabs in 'Aladdin,' ... its] studio executives promised they would in the future consult with Arab Americans so as not to repeat the mistakes. Soon after, in 'The Return of Jafar' (1996), they displayed gobs of hook-nosed Arabs referred to in the film as 'desert skunks.' That same year, Disney continued trouncing Arabs in ... 'In the Army Now' ... In 1995, Disney's Christmas feel-good family film 'Father of the Bride, Part II, writers inserted a foul, rich, Arab-American couple, the Habibs... Collectively, Disney's relentlessly ruthless images advance suspicion and hatred. Although other studios perpetuate injurious clichés ... only Disney violates Americans of Middle East heritage." [SHAHEEN, J., 8-12-96, p. F31]

"Specific themes [by Jewish lobbying organizations] were developed. One was connecting Arabs in general, and Palestinians in particular, with Nazism. In part this was just a matter of rhetorical flourishes. ('The checkered kaffiya of the PLO has replaced Hitler's blackshirt.') In part it was a trope of slock fiction. In Leon Uris's Exodus (both the novel and the film), Palestinian terrorism is masterminded by an escaped Nazi in the background. In dozens of thrillers (like Frederick Forsyth's The Odessa File), unrepentant Nazis collaborate with Arabs to destroy Israel. But serious arguments were also advanced about continuity between Nazism and the Palestinian movement. 'The Arabs cannot pretend they played no role in the Holocaust,' said I.L. Kenen, the head of AIPAC. 'The Palestinians, or many of them,' wrote Leon Wieseltier, 'were Hitler's little helpers in the Middle East.'"
Peter Novick,
The Holocaust in
American Life
Houghton Mifflin,
1999, p. 156

"The Middle East Research Institute (Memri) is a unique organization little known by American Jews. Established in 1998 in Israel, it translates Arabic and Farsi primary sources into Hebrew and English ... Then, its media center in Jerusalem provides journalists, diplomats, policy makers and academics with unbiased, comprehensive information regarding the Arab and Islamic worlds, particularly the Arab-Israeli conflict ... No other organization does this work ... Yigal Carmon [is the director of MEMRI] ... Arab antisemitism is alive and well and MEMRI brings it to us as no other publication does. From Carmon's point of view, Islam itself is an imminent threat to the U.S. today."
Aileen Kassen,
Cleveland Jewish News,
Learn What Is Being Said in Arabic,
11/16/01, p. 9

[Jewish authors below are Bold-typed]

Reel Bad Arabs. How Hollywood Vilifies a People,
(book review)
"Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People is a groundbreaking book that dissects a slanderous history dating from cinema's earliest days to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters that feature machine-gun wielding and bomb-blowing 'evil' Arabs. Award-winning film authority Jack G. Shaheen, noting that only Native Americans have been more relentlessly smeared on the silver screen, painstakingly makes his case that 'Arab' has remained Hollywood's shameless shorthand for 'bad guy,' long after the movie industry has shifted its portrayal of other minority groups. In this comprehensive study of nearly one thousand films, arranged alphabetically in such chapters as 'Villains,' 'Sheikhs,' 'Cameos,' and 'Cliffhangers,' Shaheen documents the tendency to portray Muslim Arabs as Public Enemy #1-brutal, heartless, uncivilized Others bent on terrorizing civilized Westerners.

A Call to Boycott All Advertises at CBS-TV and Radio,
(Council on American-Islamic Relations), June 8, 2001
"Dear Ms. [sic; Mr. Leslie] Moonves [the Jewish head of CBS TV]: On behalf of seven million Muslim-Americans and three million Arab-Americans, we must inform you that CBS-TV [a division of Viacom headed by Jewish mogul Sumner Redstone] leaves us no choice, but to start a boycott campaign ... Why this boycott? Because CBS Television is preparing two high-profile programs in which Muslims and Arabs will, yet again, be depicted as terrorist villains ... Dear Ms. Moonves, to refresh your memory here is a partial list of films starring Chuck Norris, which consistently vilified Arabs and Muslims: (1985) 'Invasion USA,' (1986) 'Firewalker,' (1986) 'Delta Force,' (1990) 'Delta Force II' and (1991) 'The Hitman' - These films were produced by the notorious Canon Films run by the Israeli producers Menachem Golan and Yoram Globus, who pioneered the stereotype of Muslim and Arab 'terrorist villains' in action films."

Hebron's Ugly Truth. Hints of a Second Shooter and Revelations of Official Laxity Raise the Specter of High-Level Resignations, Time, March 28, 1994
"Tragic but simple: that was Israel's official characterization of last month's massacre of [29] Muslim worshippers [during prayer in a mosque] in Hebron. The killer, a Jewish settler, was portrayed as a singular lunatic acting alone. The episode, it was said, could not have been foreseen or prevented, and Israeli security forces responded properly. But after two weeks of hearings by a state commission examining the slaughter, it does not look so elementary anymore. Baruch Goldstein, the Hebron triggerman, is no longer the sole subject of suspicion, now that witnesses say a second man may have been involved. More broadly, an entire national mind-set that enabled settlers to run amuck with shocking ease is on trial ... For many citizens, the most dismaying revelation came at the beginning of the hearings from Deputy Commander Meir Tayar, who heads the paramilitary border police unit in Hebron. Standing orders, he said, forbade security forces from firing on Jewish settlers under any circumstances. He explained that if a settler opened fire, instructions were to 'take cover and wait for the clip to finish, then stop him in some other way, not by shooting.'"

Who is Daniel Pipes? CAIR [Council on American-Islamic Relations]
(Pipes is a Jewish American scholar). "Throughout his career, Daniel Pipes has exhibited a troubling bigotry toward Muslims and Islam. As early as 1983, even an otherwise positive Washington Post book review noted that Pipes displays 'a disturbing hostility to contemporary Muslims...he professes respect for Muslims but is frequently contemptuous of them.' Pipes, said the reviewer, 'is swayed by the writings of anti-Muslim writers...[the book] is marred by exaggerations, inconsistencies, and evidence of hostility to the subject.' (The Washington Post, 12/11/83) In The Weekly Standard (1/22/96), Pipes offered a glowing review of the infamous anti-Muslim book 'Why I Am Not a Muslim.' The National Catholic Reporter (11/17/95) called that book 'the literary equivalent of hate radio...literary warfare against Islam,' useful only to those 'interested in returning to the polemical past to do battle with Islamic believers.' Pipes called the book 'quite brilliant' and 'startlingly novel.' 'This religion would seem to have nothing functional to offer,' remarked Pipes."

Worldwide News of Religious Intolerance and Conflict for 2000-FEB,
Religious Tolerance
, February 2000
"FEB-1: USA: Anti-Muslim speaker to address House subcommittee. According to Excite News: [Jewish reporter] Steve Emerson will testify before a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims on the topic of 'Terrorist threats to the United States.' He has been called a Muslim basher and an Islamophobe, partly because of his controversial TV program 'Jihad in America' (PBS, 1994). He allegedly claimed that Muslims were responsible for the Oklahoma bombing, that they caused the downing of TWA flight 800, and that Islam sanctions ' part of its religious doctrine.' He is allegedly involved in a multi-million dollar lawsuit against a Florida newspaper. The newspaper had reported that Emerson gave a document that he had written to two reporters, claiming that it was from the FBI files. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR), has expressed concern over Emerson's appearance."

What Islamism Shares with Nazism, [Jewish] Forward, November 9, 2001
"As Americans grapple with the new ideological 'evil' of radical Islamic fundamentalism, the old benchmark of ultimate evil, Nazism, has been invoked in the effort to understand the origins and implications of September 11. While President Bush has predicted that radical Islam will soon join Nazism among the 'discarded lies' of history, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has controversially compared U.S. coalition building efforts among Arab states to western appeasement of the Nazis in the 1930s. Journalists and pundits have made similar comparisons ... Both Nazism and Islamic fundamentalism emerged as ideologies opposed to the modern world ... Given the ideological similarities between Nazism and radical Islam, the historic response of the West toward the former may provide lessons for our current response to the latter. First, it is important to recognize the deep roots of both ideologies in the cultures from which they emanate. We should be just as suspicious of attempts to exonerate Islam for its fundamentalistic offshoots as we would be of attempts to portray German traditions as guiltless for Nazism."

Sacks Lambasts 'Anti-Semitic" Islamic Radicals, Jewish Chronicle, November 9, 2001, Chief [British] rabbi Dr. Jonathan Sacks warned this week that Islamic extremists were in danger of reawakening the sort of anti-Jewish hatred which led to the Holocaust."

North Salem Official: Close Border to Arabs
The Journal News, November 1, 2001
"Town Supervisor Sy Globerman wants America's borders closed to Arab immigrants and those from terrorist-supporting countries and said those individuals already in the United States on visas should be sent home. In an e-mail sent this week to three local representatives in Congress, Globerman, a retired pharmacist, asked that Congress 'lock down' the country's borders, saying the move was needed to protect Americans from smallpox, a deadly virus. Issa Eraifej, executive director of the Yonkers-based Arab American Foundation, denounced Globerman's assertions. 'We do condemn this kind of bigotry. This is terrorism itself,' Eraifej said, adding that Globerman's logic would lead one to believe that Jews in the 1950s should have been deported following the convictions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for passing atomic secrets to the Soviets ... Town Board member Cynthia Curtis, the panel's lone Democrat, also condemned Globerman's letter, calling it 'outrageous' and 'a racist statement' ... Globerman said his suggested ban should be lifted whenever 'terrorism ends,' but admitted that the struggle against terrorists could go on indefinitely."

US Plans TV Station to Rival Al-Jazeera,
Guardian [London], November 23, 2001
"An Arabic-language satellite television station financed by the US and aimed at winning hearts and minds in the Muslim world could shortly become a reality. President George Bush has been told of Initiative 911, which would put half a billion dollars into a channel that would compete in the region with al-Jazeera and would be aimed specifically at younger Muslims who are seen as anti-American ... Following the attacks in New York and Washington, Norman Pattiz, the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors' (BBG) Middle Eastern sub-committee, put the idea of the station to Mr Biden who was 'intrigued by it and said in the current context we need to think bigger,' according to the aide. The $500m (£350m) price tag was described as 'eye-popping' but is being seen as a worthwhile investment if it lessens the possibility of further attacks by starting to dry up the pool of recruits to al-Qaida and by convincing young Muslims that the US is not anti-Islam ... The BBG chairman, Marc Nathanson, said: 'It is our responsibility to serve as a firewall between the international broadcasters and the policy-making institutions in the foreign affairs community, both in Washington and overseas.'" [Both Pattiz and Nathanson are Jewish]

Reform Judaism's Leader Speaks of Modern 'Nazism,'
Boston Globe, December 9, 2001
"The top US official of Reform Judaism called Islamic radicalism 'the Nazism of our day' yesterday, saying that a strain of Islam 'rejects reason, worships death and abhors freedom.' 'Like German Nazism ... it, too, has a blazing belief in violence, and is consumed by hatred of Jews and Judaism,' Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie said in a sermon before the biennial convention of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, meeting in Boston. 'Islamic radicals and their allies are waging a battle against liberty, democracy and humanity.' Yoffie, a Worcester native, is president of the union, an umbrella organization of Reform Judaism and the largest and fastest-growing Jewish denomination in the United States. Yoffie's speech did not define ''Islamic radicalism,'' but in an interview Friday he tried to differentiate between Islam, which he said is peaceful, and what he called 'fanatic, politicized Islam.' 'Fascist terror with a radical Islamic face wants to erase Israel from the map, even if this is not its immediate goal,' Yoffie said. 'If the champions of terror survive intact, the jihad that they promise will be a mortal threat to the Jewish state.' Imam Talal Eid of the Islamic Center of New England said he was disappointed that Yoffie had highlighted radical Islam. 'There are radicals in every religion,' he said. 'To pinpoint it on Muslims is wrong. There are Jewish radicals and radicals of all faiths.'''

The Ghosts of Auschwitz
, by Suzanne Fields,
Washington Times, December 10, 2001
"Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian extremists who support him have escaped similar comparisons with the Nazis because, we're told, Mr. Arafat is a weak leader and his strength derives from his weakness. But anyone who follows the ruthless brutality of the Palestinian terrorists, who are certainly 'enabled' if not encouraged by Mr. Arafat, find the analogy to the Nazis credible. Mr. Arafat and his fanatics believe, as Hitler and the Nazis before them, that they are right and eager to kill infinite numbers of civilian innocents to make their point. While decent men and women everywhere are outraged because the targeted victims of the suicide bombers are civilians, the terrorists see them, as the Nazis did, as merely Jews."

Muslims Blast CNN's J.Lo Blow, New York Post, December 20, 2001
"Muslims are seething at CNN and MTV [owned by Sumner Redstone's Viacom] after the cable-TV giants teamed up to surprise sheltered Afghan kids with sexy, skin-baring photos of Jennifer Lopez and get their reactions on camera. In the segment aired on CNN last night, reporter Jason Bellini whipped out an American teen magazine featuring J.Lo, showed it to traditionally dressed Afghan teens and asked: 'What do you think?' The jolted youngsters told Bellini that while J.Lo was 'very beautiful,' she would 'never be allowed to dress like that here because her outfit exposes her belly.' Disgusted Muslim leaders said the interviews, produced and edited by MTV and aired on CNN's 'Newsnight with Aaron Brown,' were disrespectful. 'I'm surprised a CNN correspondent would not be sensitive to Muslim issues. He should have known better,' fumed Dr. Sayyid Syeed, general secretary of the Islamic Society of North America. 'You have to know what the limits are. That's why I think that all journalists should take courses in Islam - Islam 101.' A CNN spokeswoman said the newsman, formerly at MTV, had used the magazine with J.Lo's image as a prop to quiz the kids about their knowledge of American pop stars."

Arab League Alleges Illegal Eviction,
Yahoo! News (from Associated Press), December 24, 2001
"The 22-member Arab League filed suit Monday alleging that its landlord is illegally trying to evict it from its Manhattan offices in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. The league says in court papers that the landlord's managing agent, Sage Realty, asked the league to leave its midtown offices about a week after the attack. The agent said other tenants wanted the league out of the building because they were worried that the group would attract trouble, according to court papers. The Arab League, which has permanent observer status at the United Nations and diplomatic immunity, believes it has a valid lease and has no intention of leaving, according to the court papers. 'I told them that this was uncalled for,' said Ambassador Hussein Hassouna of Egypt, the league's permanent representative to the U.N. 'We feel like we are being discriminated against, and we informed the U.S. mission to the U.N.''' [Sage Realty is a subsidiary of the William Kaufman Organization]

Defensive Saudis Lash Out at 'Zionist' and U.S. Critics
[Jewish] Forward, December 28, 2001
"A roiling debate over the United States' ties with Saudi Arabia took an ugly turn last week when the powerful Saudi defense minister, Prince Sultan ibn Abdul Aziz, publicly accused the 'Zionist and Jewish lobby' of orchestrating a 'media blitz' against the desert kingdom ... In addition to blaming the 'Jewish lobby' for Saudi Arabia's negative characterization in the media, Prince Sultan, according to Saudi press reports, also claimed that the media 'campaign' was a result of Saudi Arabia's strong support for a Palestinian state. Prince Sultan added that he believed the campaign would be over in 24 hours if Saudi Arabia was to 'befriend Jews' ... Former American officials said this newfound media interest has spurred the Saudi leadership to go public with its long held belief that Jews control the Western media. Other observers, while rejecting the Saudi accusations of a Jewish-orchestrated slander campaign, nonetheless point to the re-emergence of an anti-Arab lobby in America. 'There are many people in and out of government who want to go after Iraq and other Arab states,' said Michael Sterner, former deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs and former representative of the Saudi national oil company. 'It is basically an anti-Arab lobby and its members are mostly pro-Israel. They have come out of the woodwork lately.' Mr. Sterner named Richard Perle, a former Reagan administration official and current chairman of the Defense Policy Board, as the most powerful advocate of this anti-Arab stance outside of government. Mr. Sterner pointed to Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz as the main proponent of this anti-Arab stance within the Bush administration. Both Mr. Perle and Mr. Wolfowitz are Jewish. 'Those folks see Saudi Arabia and its oil as the biggest challenge to America's strong alliance with Israel,' Mr. Sterner said."

A Mere Brush with Our Reality, Arab News, December 29, 2001
"To: New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman. Dear Mr. Friedman: I have read your 'memo' (The New York Times, Dec. 12) from President George W. Bush addressed to Sheikh Saleh Al-Shaikh, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs. I was pleased that you revealed your inner belief that for the United States, Saudi Arabia was 'a big gas station to be pumped and defended but never to be taken seriously as a society' ... I beg to differ with your assertion that Saudi Arabia’s schools, and the thousands of Islamic schools and charities financed by us, were responsible for depriving several thousand American children of their parents. By making that statement — and thus indirectly equating Saudi Arabia with terror — you are posing a veiled threat that Saudi Arabia will now be considered just as the Soviet Union was considered during the Cold War ... It is Congress that has prevented educational reforms, health service reforms and welfare reforms that would have helped the many millions of your citizens who live below the poverty line. It is Congress which provides the weapons that allow Israel to commit mass murder against Palestinians and the billions of dollars that help that country build settlements on stolen land, while, at the same time, allocating relatively little money for the renovation of the many decaying inner cities across the United States. Your armed forces are ever at the ready to bomb other countries and overthrow or install their leaders. At the same time, your internal security forces have proved themselves incapable of combating organized crime or defeating the drug lords who, in practical terms, control large parts of your major cities ... We grieve personally for the victims of the Sept. 11. We also grieve for the hundreds of innocent Palestinians who have been killed and the many thousands who have been left permanently disabled during the latest intifada alone. It is not our schools or madrassas that breed bitterness against the United States. It is the unqualified support your country gives to Israel. Unless you look at this fact impartially, you will never even come close to understanding why there is anger directed against your government."

Canadians Urged to Boycott CanWest Media,
Canadian Islamic Congress, December 7, 2001
"In the wake of veteran Halifax journalist and journalism professor Stephen Kimber's resignation, citing editorial interference from the newspaper's owner, the Canadian Islamic Congress today called on all Canadians to boycott CanWest-owned newspapers and TVstations, urging them instead to obtain their daily news and editorial views from competing newspapers, broadcast networks and the Internet. In a letter sent to the CIC last year, Lord Conrad Black, former publisher and still a 50% owner of the National Post, said that 'Readers who do not approve of our newspaper are free not to read it, to buy competing newspapers, or start their own, as I did in this case.' Kimber, who is Director of Journalism at the University of King's College, maintains that the [Israel] Asper family, owners of CanWest Global Communications, are imposing their personal views on all the media outlets controlled by their company. 'They're pro-Israel. They think rich people like themselves deserve tax breaks. They support privatizing health-care delivery. And they believe their newspapers, from Victoria, B.C., to St. John's, Nfld., should agree with them,' he said ... The latest (Fall 2001) edition of the Canadian Islamic Congress's annual report on anti-Islam usage in the media showed that during the past two years, the National Post, Montreal Gazette and Ottawa Citizen contained the highest occurrences of language and views that portray Muslims and Islam in a pejorative or misleading manner. All three newspapers are now owned by CanWest The Asper family, based in Winnipeg, now holds controlling interest in CanWest, which includes Global TV, the National Post, and the former Southam chain of newspapers across Canada. This means that more than half of Canada's newspapers are the property of CanWest."

The Pilot Who Lost His Cool,, January 11, 2002
"To Ms. [columnist Debbie] Schlussel, the matter is very simple: '[Secret Service bodyguard to the president of the United State Walied] Shatter was armed. He was visibly an Arab (as were the Sept. 11 hijackers). He was belligerent, appeared nervous, and flight attendants reported to the captain that his behavior 'appeared to be strange'" – as if some of those airline stewardesses should talk! Furthermore, 'there were doubts whether his Secret Service ID was legitimate. No terrorist ever used a fake ID before, right.' Nothing will satisfy Schlussel: after all, he's 'visibly Arab,' and that's all she needs to know. Gee, I didn't know they let Jews into the Ku Klux Klan. At any rate, she would look a lot better with a bedsheet over her head ... Did she apologize then [about her article about Schlussel]? Of course not. For this is precisely what Schlussel and the blindly pro-Israel faction of the conservative movement want: to import to our shores the tribal violence that makes life in Israel so miserable. Indeed, any ordinary decent human being would've dropped the Issa vendetta after the bombing attempt, but not Schlussel ... Oh, those dirty rotten Arabs, so 'self-important' – well, we know how to treat them in Israel, now don't we Debbie? The pure hate that emanates from Schlussel's poison pen is enough to send one reeling and choking, but I have the sinking feeling that the sheer brazenness of this kind of evil is deliberately meant to be shocking. The ugly racism of some sections of Israeli society is now being injected into American politics, and that kind of poison could be deadly."

In Reply to Scoot McDonnell, by David Horowitz,
, January 16, 2002
"Arafat and the PLO are the Nazis of the Middle East. They behave like Nazis, they think like Nazis and even though they are mercifully infinitely weaker than the Nazis, they are identical when it comes to negotiating a peace. You appear to think that the United States, if not Israel, would be better off appeasing Arafat and his Islamic terrorists. What on earth could possibly make you entertain this illusion at this particular point in time? ... I am not – as I said in the article – a Zionist. I see this issue through American eyes."

UK Chief Rabbi: Muslims Are the New Anti-Semites,
Ha'aretz, January 18, 2002
"Britain's Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks says Muslims are the archetypal anti-Semites of the new millennium, while the State of Israel plays the role of the classically persecuted Jew. 'It's moved,' Rabbi Sacks said in an interview with Ha'aretz, 'from Europe to the Middle East, from Christian culture to Islamic; from the individual Jew to the Jews as a sovereign nation. But essentially it remains the same: the inability, or at worst refusal, to grant Jews a space.' Sacks sees this as the backdrop to a current, two-track surge of anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom - among the country's two million Muslims and among the left-liberal media. Uninhibited disparagement of Jews has become rampant, and even acceptable, at London dinner parties; and Jewish community leaders are voicing concern. 'The anti-Israel media have taken the Arab propaganda line on board,' says Lord Greville Janner."

Dershowitz: Make Torture and Option, CBS News, January 17, 2002
"Is there a place in the U.S. justice system for torture? Alan Dershowitz, the civil libertarian defender of O.J Simpson, believes the law should sanction torture so it may be applied in certain cases, such as terrorist acts. In a report to be broadcast Sunday on 60 Minutes, Dershowitz tells Correspondent Mike Wallace that torture is inevitable. 'We can’t just close our eyes and pretend we live in a pure world,' he says. After the events of Sept. 11, with many al Qaida members in custody, Dershowitz says he wants to bring the debate to the forefront. He gave the 'ticking bomb' scenario - a person refusing to tell when and where a bomb will go off."

Iran Blocks UK Ambassador, BBC News, January 9, 2002
"Britain's new ambassador to Iran has had his appointment blocked by Iranian Government officials, according to reports. Iranian newspaper Jomhuri Islami said that the decision to appoint David Reddaway had angered Iran, who claimed he was not acceptable for the role as he was both Jewish and linked to Britain's MI6 secret service. Mr Reddaway was to replace Nicholas Browne, who left the post in December. Fluent in Farsi, the main Iranian language, 48 year-old Mr Reddaway previously served in Madrid, New Delhi and Buenos Aires. The British Foreign Office did not comment on the newspaper's report, but the newspaper said that Britain had threatened to downgrade the Tehran post in retaliation."

Talking to Saudi Arabia, (Editorial) Washington Post, February 3, 2002
"The Saudi government is convinced that it is the victim of an orchestrated campaign by the U.S. news media. Senior officials point to a stream of reports calling attention to the involvement of Saudis in the attacks of Sept. 11, questioning the government's cooperation in the subsequent investigation and worldwide crackdown on the al Qaeda network, and suggesting that the kingdom's deeply conservative religious institutions and international charities may be helping to foster Islamic extremism and terrorism. Such criticism is unprecedented in the 60-year alliance between the House of Saud and the White House, the Saudis protest; it can only be explained as a systematic effort by their enemies to disrupt the U.S.-Saudi relationship. Who are those enemies? That's easy: Israel and the American 'Jewish lobby.'"

Hebron Surprise, by Barbara Lerner, National Review, January 16, 2002
"The reality behind the myths is stark and simple, and is not a matter of Left/Right, as the elite media in America and Israel keep insisting, but of East/West. If the West will not fight to maintain its hold on its two birthright cities — the Hebron of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and the Jerusalem of Jesus — then, secular faith in diplo-speak aside, it will in the end cede the entire Middle East to an imperialist brand of Islam still seeking conquest, not coexistence, with the Judeo-Christian world and the Western civilization it gave rise to. If, on the other hand, Israel and America join together to insist, clearly and forcefully, that Jews and Christians will not be defeated and driven hence, then Islamist imperialism will suffer a major defeat, and peace and coexistence may yet have a chance."

Let America Take Its Cues from Israel Regarding Torture
by Alan Dershowitz, Jewish World Review, January 30, 2002
"If American law enforcement officers were ever to confront the law school hypothetical case of the captured terrorist who knew about an imminent attack but refused to provide the information necessary to prevent it, I have absolutely no doubt that they would try to torture the terrorists into providing the information... In my new book, 'Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age,'' I offer a controversial proposal designed to stimulate debate about this difficult issue. Under my proposal, no torture would be permitted without a 'torture warrant' being issued by a judge. An application for a torture warrant would have to be based on the absolute need to obtain immediate information in order to save lives coupled with probable cause that the suspect had such information and is unwilling to reveal it. The suspect would be given immunity from prosecution based on information elicited by the torture. The warrant would limit the torture to nonlethal means, such as sterile needles, being inserted beneath the nails to cause excruciating pain without endangering life."

Trouble in Holy Land. Arab Anti-American Rhetoric Rising,
World Net Daily, February 5, 2002
"Abd Al-Bari 'Atwan, editor of the London Arabic-language daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, compared President Bush to Hitler. In an article titled 'A Rash and Vulgar President,' 'Atwan wrote: 'The American President George Bush, whom all agree is reckless and inexperienced, presented himself in his 'State of the Union Address' ... as a leader thirsty for bloodshed and for declaring war on half the world to satisfy a sense of vengeance and in submission to the sick Israeli incitement that stems from the interests of the Hebrew state – even if [satisfying] these interests comes at the expense of the destruction of the entire world.' 'The triangle of evil of which the American president spoke poses no genuine threat to U.S. security and interests – yet this triangle, primarily the Iraqi and Iranian sides, jeopardize Israel's aspirations of expansion. ...' 'Atwan wrote. 'President Bush seeks to wage war against Iraq and Iran because they strive to obtain weapons of mass destruction. However, he does not see the weapons being stockpiled in the Israeli arsenal. ... He also does not see [the WMD] in Chinese, Russian, and Indian arsenals. ...'"

Israel Seeks to Turn Iran into Outcast, Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2002
"Emboldened by President Bush's 'axis of evil' speech, the Israeli government has launched an international campaign against Iran ahead of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's trip to the United States this week. Israel charges that Iran is arming the Palestinians and Hezbollah, the Shiite Muslim militia in Lebanon, to further destabilize a region rocked by more than 16 months of bloodshed. In New York on Monday, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres echoed Bush's State of the Union assertion that Iran is developing weapons of mass destruction."

Schools Remove Donated Books, Los Angeles Times, February 7, 2002
"Los Angeles city school officials have pulled nearly 300 translations of the Koran from school libraries after learning that commentary in the books was derogatory toward Jews. Copies of 'The Meaning of the Holy Quran' were donated in December to the Los Angeles Unified School District by a local Muslim foundation, said Jim Konantz, director of information technology for the district. Konantz said the books, offered as a goodwill gesture in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, were distributed to the schools last week without the usual content review. The reasons for skipping the review were unclear, but the donor was known as a supportive community member. On Monday, Konantz received a complaint from a history teacher who concluded some of the book's footnotes were anti-Semitic. After reviewing the book, Konantz instructed principals to secure all copies in their offices until the district determines what to do with them. 'It's not an issue of whether the Koran should be available in the library,' Konantz said. 'It's like any other research volume. But these interpretations are certainly in question.'"
[Conversely, note the way Arabs/Muslims are freely treated with abuse in American society, for example by the National Review with their cover entitled "Desert Rats."]

David Frum's 'Axis of Evil,', February 5, 2002
(David Frum is one of President George Bush's speechwriters. The notorious 'Axis of Evil' speech, condemned by many critics, impugned Iraq, Iran, and North Korea and implied a military threat to them). "One of the occupational frustrations for established writers who become speechwriters is the absence of a byline. Apparently it's a frustration for their wives, too. Today Chatterbox was forwarded an e-mail apparently sent to family and friends by Danielle Crittenden, wife to White House speechwriter David Frum. Like her husband, Crittenden is a reasonably well-known Washington writer. [Update, Feb. 6: Apparently a Toronto Sun editorial identified Frum as authoring 'axis of evil' on Feb. 1. Christopher Hitchens repeated this on MSNBC's Hardball on Feb. 4. In both instances, though, Frum's authorship was merely asserted, not attributed to any source, so it was hard to know whether it was true. The Feb. 11 Time attributes the phrase to both Frum and chief speechwriter Michael Gerson.]" [One author describes Frum as a 'conservative, pro-Israeli Jew,' American Prospect, 12-17-01]

Blunt Question, Blunt Answer, by Thomas L. Friedman,
New York Times
, February 10, 2002
"We were just finishing a lunch hosted by a U.S. diplomat for Arab editors in London when one of the editors turned to me and said: 'I hope you will not be insulted, but I have to ask you this question because it's around: Are Jews in the media behind the campaign to smear Saudi Arabia and Islam?' My first instinct was to ask a question back: When Jewish reporters in Beirut and Israel were at the forefront in covering such stories as the Sabra and Shatila massacre of Palestinians, why did no one in the Arab world ask whether they were part of a Jewish conspiracy? When Jewish congressmen and commentators led the campaign for U.S. intervention to save the Muslims of Bosnia and Kosovo and to roll back the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and protect Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf war, why did no one in the Muslim world complain about a Jewish conspiracy?"

Schools Sow Seeds of Hate, by Arnold Abrams, Newsday, 2002
"The most frightening thing about Syed is his normalcy. The 18-year-old Pakistani is one of several hundred students at the Rahatabad madrasa, a medium- sized Islamic religious school in Peshawar, a Pakistani city near the northern border with Afghanistan. He is an average student, and he has the same impoverished background as his classmates. But his response startled a visiting reporter from the Los Angeles Times who, after the murderous Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, asked the boy's class for its views on America. 'Everything you do is wrong,' Syed said. 'America's wealth, its resources are in the hands of Jews, and they are not using it for a noble cause' However hateful, distasteful or distorted they may be, those views are widely shared by students at this madrasa. Militant fundamentalist Islamic teaching is at the core of curriculums in schools like this. Students can spend eight to 10 years in them, studying the Quran, which is the Muslim holy book, and learning fundamentalist Islam."

Stephen Schwartz and the Wave of Anti-Saudi Hate. How a One-Time 'Libertarian Socialist' Crossed Over to the Zionist Dark Side,
Pravda (Russia), February 14, 2002
"'Terror – meaning the infliction of physical violence on the innocent, through such acts as suicide bombings in public places – is the quintessence of militant Islamic fundamentalism … [It] rejects any and all coexistence with Judaism and Christianity … like Nazism and Communism, [it] will be a threat to the peace of the world as long as it is allowed to flourish under Saudi patronage.' So wrote neo-conservative convert Stephen Schwartz in an October 25, 2001 article in National Review. Over the past four years, Schwartz has steadily been building a name for himself as a commentator on Islam, and is working on a book on the subject called the 'Two Faces Of Islam.' But many have been confused by his changing perceptions of the Muslim faith. After all, it was only a few years ago when Schwartz made his leap from obituary page writer at the San Francisco Chronicle to religious expert stressing the similarities between Islam and Judaism (a way of saying it is similar to being good), briefly converting to a Sufi Muslim, and calling himself 'Suleyman Ahmad' on the way ... Many are wondering how this cheerleader of US intervention in Kosovo and Islamic-Albanian rebellion, described by his friends fifteen years ago as being 'short, rotund … with grey and black hair,' converted so quickly to being the spearhead of the Zionist demand to destroy Saudi Arabia and the Wahhabi branch of the Muslim faith. But looking into his history – from his days as a reviled member of San Francisco’s far-left anarchist-punk community, to his conversion to Jewish conservatism in the mid-1980s while working on a CIA-funded report on Grenada, to his sudden reappearance on the modern political scene as a spouter of pro-war anti-Muslim hate – one can see that Schwartz has always been perceived as a blowhard making any ridiculous statements he thinks will impress his audience, without any real convictions or evidence to back them up."

The Sound of America, New Yorker, February 20, 2002
"[Jewish radio mogul] Norman Pattiz, the man in charge of delivering the American message over the radio waves to the Middle East,is not a policy wonk. To begin with, he lives in Beverly Hills, not Washington, and he likes to spend his time going to Laker games with Sylvester Stallone and Heather Locklear, and driving his 1984 Aston Martin. Until recently, he may not have known Dubai from the Doobie Brothers, but Pattiz has other qualifications. He is the founder and chairman of Westwood One, the $3.5-billion company that is the country's largest distributor of commercial radio programming. Starting next month, hewill oversee an innovative radio network aimed at bringing American values and pop culture to Arabs in the Middle East. The project, which has a budget of thirty million dollars, is being launched by the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees international government-sponsored broadcasting ... 'Will the religious extremists like it?' Pattiz asked himself the other day. 'Probably not. But you've got to go after the hearts and minds you can get."

A Dangerous Appointment, by James Zogby,
Saudia-online, April 16, 2001
"[Jewish lawyer] Douglas J. Feith has been appointed Undersecretary of Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). This is one of the Pentagon's four senior posts, charged with 'all matters concerning the formulation of national security and defense policy and the integration and oversight of DOD policy and plans' ... A prolific writer, Feith has left a long paper trail of anti-Arab tracts and diatribes against those who challenge or seek to compromise Israel's strength and as he defines it, 'moral superiority' over the Arabs. As was the case in the Cold War battle against Communism, in Feith's view, there can be no place for compromise between Israel and the Arabs. Since he defines the Middle East conflict in absolute terms, the only option for Israel is to confront its Arab enemies until they are defeated, which, in his worldview, means when they submit and accept Israel's legitimacy and sovereignty over all of mandatory Palestine. Since Israel represents the 'good' and 'our values,' in Feith's view, it is necessary for the United States to identify with Israel in its struggle against the forces of 'darkness,' the Arabs. This means providing Israel with superior military strength and political support." [In 1997, Feith received the Louis Brandeis award from the Zionist Organization of America. The ZOA noted that both Douglas Feith and his father Dalck were "noted Jewish philanthropists and pro-Israel activists."]

We're the Good Guys, by Jonah Goldberg,
National Review, March 6, 2002
"Muslims don't like us. We don't like Muslims. It must be our fault. That's pretty much the way the chatterers have been chattering about the two recent Gallup polls which reveal the stunning news that Arab countries don't like us and that we ain't exactly in a hurry to name our kids Osama or Waleed ... [W]ords we have very good reasons to have negative attitudes toward Arab countries. And, hell, even if Sept. 11 never happened and Osama bin Laden had followed his true calling and became a cross-dressing apple-bobber in Amsterdam, we would still have a legitimate reason to have 'negative views' toward Arab countries. You know why? Because they are undemocratic stagnating cultures led by tyrants who drink daily from a heady cocktail of brutality, corruption, and crapulence. I am so fed up with the criticism that it is 'arrogant' to express such opinions. Fine, it's arrogant. I plead guilty. That doesn't mean it's not true, does it? The same people who talk about the folderol in the Florida election recount as if George Bush executed his opponents and seized the White House at gunpoint, bat their eyelashes as if I emitted a foul and offensive odor when I say 'Saudi Arabia is a bad country.' In Saudi Arabia it's illegal for five guys to stand on a street corner and talk about politics, for Pete's sake. And yet, James Zogby, the head of the Arab-American Institute insists America has to work harder to persuade THESE COUNTRIES THAT WE HAVE A LOT IN COMMON WITH THEM. President Bush, he says, has a lot of work to do in explaining that we share their values. Hey Jim, we don't want to share too many values with these countries."

The Axis of Incitement, Asian Times, March 9, 2002
"White House speechwriter David Frum, who coined the incendiary 'axis of evil' moniker used by President George W Bush, is leaving Bush's employ for the neo-conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI). It seems the perfect fit. The phrase incited a diplomatic storm over Bush's next moves in his anti-terrorist campaign. Likewise, the AEI has long been a source of provocation, particularly for intelligence professionals at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The staunchly unilateralist AEI, and its foreign-policy honcho, Richard Perle, have never been so powerful. Much to the frustration of Secretary of State Colin Powell and Washington's European and Arab allies, the Bush administration has embraced virtually all of the AEI's policy positions on the Middle East, including the right-wing Likud Party's opposition to the Oslo peace process for Israel and Palestine. The 'axis of evil' - and the policy consequences of that designation, including the option of pre-emptive military attacks against Iraq, Iran and North Korea - represents a major triumph for the AEI, which for years has denounced as appeasement US and European efforts to engage any of those three countries. The AEI and especially Perle, who holds a unique position as both chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and as an independent commentator, have emerged as the keystone of an 'axis of incitement' - a small but potent network of like-minded, ultra-hawkish officials, analysts, and opinion-makers. Unlike the 'axis of evil,' members of the 'axis of incitement' share a passionate belief in the inherent goodness and redemptive mission of the United States; the moral cowardice of 'liberals' and 'European elites'; the existential necessity of supporting Israel in the shadow of the Holocaust and in the face of the 'implacable hatred,' as Frum has written, of Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims; and the primacy of military power. Their reach within the administration extends far. At the Pentagon, they include Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, whose relationship with Perle goes back 30 years, and Undersecretary for Policy Douglas Feith, whose pro-Likud sentiments led him to denounce the 1978 Camp David accords between Israel and Egypt as an Israeli sellout."

A Letter to My Fellow Jews,
World Net Daily, March 19, 2002
"These are difficult times for us. The most difficult since the Holocaust. As painful as it is for us to acknowledge – because we don't want to believe that so many people hate us – tens of millions of Muslims, primarily in the Arab world, believe in and promulgate a Jew-hatred unlike anything seen since the Nazi era. Whether we are liberal or conservative, Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, or secular, our being born a Jew is sufficient to mean, in the eyes of millions of Muslims, that we are worthy of death. That is why the ritual slaughter of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was so frightening. He was simply a Jew by birth – he was not religious, and he was married to a French woman. Just for being born a Jew (and an American), he was worthy of death to his Islamic murderers ... Israel lives in the midst of moral and religious primitivism ('kill Jews and Americans and be serviced by 72 young women in heaven') so frightening, that many of us (especially in academia and the media) do not want to acknowledge it, and some of us, perhaps suffering from the Stockholm syndrome, even think that somehow Israel is at fault."

'Bush's Blunder' May Be Kristol's Inside Influence,
by Dana Milbank,
Washington Post, March 19, 2002
"Karl Rove's loyalty police should be on deep orange alert, if not hot pink. There is a sleeper cell operating in the White House ... . [The hiring of Joseph Shattan as a White House speechwriter] [s]ounds like the work of the Kristol cabal, a vast, neoconservative conspiracy centered on William Kristol, publisher of the Weekly Standard magazine. Kristol, who backed Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) in the GOP primaries, is persona non grata at the White House. But he has some operatives on the inside. Shattan, who worked for Kristol when he was Vice President Dan Quayle's chief of staff, will join Bush speechwriter Matthew Scully and Cheney speechwriter John McConnell, both of whom also worked under Kristol on the Quayle staff. Fellow Bush speechwriter Peter Wehner worked for Kristol when he was chief of staff to then-Education Secretary William Bennett, while National Security Council speechwriter Matthew Rees worked for Kristol at the Standard. Nor is it just the wordsmiths. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham is a Kristol acolyte from the Quayle days, while drug control policy chief John Walters worked under Kristol at the Education Department. Jay Lefkowitz, the new director of Bush's Domestic Policy Council, was Kristol's lawyer. Other Kristol pals include NSC Senior Director Elliott Abrams, Cheney Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, Undersecretary of State John Bolton and Leon Kass, the head of Bush's bioethics panel. The tentacles reach into the kitchen cabinet, too: Al Hubbard, a close Bush friend, was Kristol's deputy on the Quayle staff. 'An entire cell -- right under the nose of Rove!' exults Marshall Wittmann, a McCainiac and Kristol ally who works at the Hudson Institute ... For much of Bush's first year in office, Kristol was a steady critic. He criticized Bush's initial military budget as inadequate and then, in September, was one of those demanding a broader war that included Iraq. Since then, however, something curious has happened. Bush's 'compassionate conservatism' is morphing into Kristol's -- and McCain's -- 'national greatness' agenda ... His 'axis of evil' reference (coined by a Kristol acolyte) echoes McCain's and Kristol's calls for a broad assault on rogue states. Kristol's not talking, but the innocent explanation for all this is that Bush aides, though hostile to McCain, embrace the senator's neoconservative ideas. But could it be Kristolean mind control at work on his inside agents?"

Arabs Suffer in the Hands of Hollywood,
Seattle P. I., March 21, 2002
"Retired from the classroom and devoting his time now to writing and lecturing, Shaheen was in Seattle last weekend to speak at the fifth Arab Film Festival. It was a timely invitation. Shaheen's new book, 'Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People,' is an exhaustive survey of more than 900 movies, most of them American made, that contain portrayals of Arabs, from the briefest cameo appearances to relatively major roles (though you'll have a tough time finding an Arab or Arab-American character as hero or heroine). Of these, Shaheen says only a dozen portray Arabs positively, with about 50 more offering a measure of balance. The rise of television in the latter half of the 20th century mirrors the film industry's record, Shaheen says, and though his book 'The TV Arab' is now nearly 20 years old, he sees no reason to celebrate TV as being any more evolved than film. As he says in 'Reel Bad Arabs,' the people who control the entertainment industry are slow to change when they recognize a profitable opportunity. 'Seen through Hollywood's distorted lenses,' Shaheen writes, 'Arabs look different and threatening. Projected along racial and religious lines, the stereotypes are deeply ingrained in American cinema. From 1896 until today, filmmakers have collectively indicted all Arabs as Public Enemy No. 1 -- brutal, heartless, uncivilized religious fanatics and money-mad cultural 'others' bent on terrorizing civilized Westerners, especially Christians and Jews.' Same goes for TV, and these days Shaheen is particularly down on CBS, a network he once served as a consultant. Without much prompting, Shaheen will talk about how 'The Agency,' 'JAG,' 'The District' and 'Family Law' have treated Arabs this season. In a word: badly."

Israel and Brothers-in-Law, by Jackie Mason and Raoul Felder,
The American Prowler, March 21, 2002
"Morris, who was retired from being retired, said, 'But, things are different now. There is a new peace plan from Saudi Arabia: Israel should withdraw to the pre-1967 boundaries in exchange for the Arabs' recognition of Israel.' Irving, at this point, was in the conversation with both feet, and waving a pickle in Morris's face said to him, 'How stupid can you be? You better retire from your last retirement. Some peace plan! It's like my saying to my brother-in-law,' motioning with a nod of his head to Seymour, his brother-in-law, down at the other end of the store eating a knish, 'I'll make a deal with you. If you stop stealing from the cash register I will acknowledge to the whole world that you are my brother-in-law. The problem is, whether I like it or not, I am stuck with the fact that I'm his brother-in-law, and what I say to the world does not change this fact, and no matter what he now says, he will soon go back to stealing from the cash register.' The group nodded their heads in agreement, and said together, 'He's right.' Sammy whispered to no one, 'What the hell is he talking about?' Moishe began to worry that he might lose his position as resident philosopher. And 6,000 miles away there was laughter in Saudi Arabia."

New Response to Palestinian Terrorism, by Alan Dershowitz,
Jerusalem Post, March 11, 2002
"Here is my proposal. Israel should announce an immediate unilateral cessation in retaliation against terrorist attacks. This moratorium would be in effect for a short period, say four or five days, to give the Palestinian leadership an opportunity to respond to the new policy. It would also make it clear to the world that Israel is taking an important step in ending what has become a cycle of violence. Following the end of the moratorium, Israel would institute the following new policy if Palestinian terrorism were to resume. It will announce precisely what it will do in response to the next act of terrorism. For example, it could announce the first act of terrorism following the moratorium will result in the destruction of a small village which has been used as a base for terrorist operations. The residents would be given 24 hours to leave, and then troops will come in and bulldoze all of the buildings. The response will be automatic. The order will have been given in advance of the terrorist attacks and there will be no discretion. The point is to make the automatic destruction of the village the fault of the Palestinian terrorists who had advance warnings of the specific consequences of their action. The soldiers would simply be acting as the means for carrying out a previously announced policy of retaliation against a designated target. Further acts of terrorism would trigger further destruction of specifically named locations. The 'waiting list' targets would be made public and circulated throughout the Palestinian-controlled areas. If this automatic policy of destroying targets announced in advance is carried out with the full support of the entire government, including those who are committed to a resumption of the peace process, a clear message will be sent to the Palestinian people: Every time terrorists blow themselves up and kill civilians, they are also blowing up one of their own villages. Over time, the Palestinian residents of these villages will place the blame where it should be placed: directly on the Palestinian terrorists who engaged in terrorism against Israel with full knowledge the consequence would be the destruction of their homes. Those villagers whose homes were coming up on the list would have an incentive to pressure the terrorists to desist." [See also the Ukraine Archives' analysis of the moral bankruptcy and hypocrisy at root in this Dershowitz 'Final Solution']

The Prince of Darkness,
by Jude Wanniski, Polyeconomics, August 8, 2001
"Memo To: Henry Kissinger From: Jude Wanniski. Re: Richard Perle. [Both Kissinger and Perle are Jewish] I was surprised to see you on television last night making arguments I associate with the world’s No. 1 hawk, Richard Perle, who has been the chief architect of our policy toward the Arab/Islamic world. There is no single American more responsible for inciting outrage among Muslims globally than Richard, whose maniacal prescriptions led inexorably to last week’s cataclysm. It was no surprise to me to see Richard on CNN’s Evans & Novak, Hunt & Shields program on Sunday, calling for all-out war against the Arab world with a coalition entirely composed of western Europeans. If he were just an ordinary maniac, we could live with him, Henry, but he is chairman of the Defense Policy Board, which advises the Pentagon, and which gives him total access to all military secrets. Do you have any doubt that he is now in constant communication with Ariel Sharon and Binjamin Netanyahu, the leaders of the coo-coo wing of the Likud Party in Israel? Over the last four decades, since I first met both you and Richard in the first year of the Nixon administration in 1969, I always associated you with the moderates, like the late Sen. Jacob Javits of New York, who would look for diplomatic solutions to conflict. Richard, who was then a 25-year-old boy wonder who worked for Sen. Henry (Scoop) Jackson, Washington Democrat, was a protege of Albert Wohlstetter, who played hawk to your dove in our dealings with the Soviet Union. Back then, I was allied with Wohlstetter, a Cold War hawk, although I at least had an appreciation of your views. Now I see you practically in lockstep with Perle, who we have always known as the Prince of Darkness, a master of disinformation who helped us win the Cold War, and who now wants to bring the Muslim world to its knees."

Muslims Blame Pro-Israel Lobby for Raids,
Yahoo! News (from Inter Press Service, March 29, 2002
"Leaders of Arab and Muslim communities in the United States have blamed what they call the "pro-Israel industry" for last week's raids on Muslim homes and businesses. The accusations follow press reports that a celebrated U.S. Nazi hunter and staunch pro-Israel lobbyist was behind a new round of interrogations of Arab and Muslim individuals announced by Attorney General John Ashcroft. The Washington Post reported Sunday that John Loftus, a former federal prosecutor and current president of the St. Petersburg Holocaust Museum in Florida, filed a civil suit in Florida state court urging the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies to investigate Muslim institutions for possible links to terrorist groups. The suit said that some Muslim organizations conspired with the Saudi government against the United States and funneled money to terrorist groups under the guise of charity. Muslims leaders here say the newspaper report echoes their views that self-styled Middle East 'experts' like [Jewish pundits] Daniel Pipes and Steven Emerson were possibly behind the raids against some of the country's most respected Islamic institutions, including the Graduate School of Islamic Social Sciences, which trains Muslim imams for religious service."

The Core of Muslim Rage, by Thomas Friedman,
New York Times, March 6, 2002
"The latest death toll in the Indian violence between Hindus and Muslims is 544 people, many of them Muslims. Why is it that when Hindus kill hundreds of Muslims it elicits an emotionally muted headline in the Arab media, but when Israel kills a dozen Muslims, in a war in which Muslims are also killing Jews, it inflames the entire Muslim world? I raise this point not to make some idiot press critique or engage in cheap Arab-bashing. This is a serious issue. In recent weeks, whenever Arab Muslims told me of their pain at seeing Palestinians brutalized by Israelis on their TV screens every night, I asked back: Why are you so pained about Israelis brutalizing Palestinians, but don't say a word about the brutality with which Saddam Hussein has snuffed out two generations of Iraqis using murder, fear and poison gas? I got no good answers. Because the real answer is rooted in something very deep. It has to do with the contrast between Islam's self-perception as the most ideal and complete expression of the three great monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - and the conditions of poverty, repression and underdevelopment in which most Muslims live today. As a U.S. diplomat in the Middle East said to me, Israel - not Iraq, not India - is 'a constant reminder to Muslims of their own powerlessness.' How could a tiny Jewish state amass so much military and economic power if the Islamic way of life - not Christianity or Judaism - is God's most ideal religious path? ... The Muslim world needs to take an honest look at this rage. Look what it has done to Palestinian society - where the flower of Palestinian youth now celebrate suicide against Jews as a source of dignity. "

The Myth of the Suicide Bombers, by Jonah Goldberg,
National Review, April 5, 2002
"That's what I keep thinking about these suicide bombers, the most bizarre and evil propaganda tools of the last couple centuries. Constantly we are told that these young people do what they do because they 'have no hope.' We — and more to the point, Yasser Arafat — cannot stop the suicide bombers, the Hanan Ashrawis declare, because you cannot stop hopeless people from committing suicide. Well, first of all, they're not committing suicide. They're murdering lots of people in a manner that takes their own life too. Suicide as a political act is quite common in human history. The most recent effective instance seems to me to be that of the Buddhist monks in Vietnam. But today's terrorists aren't killing themselves to make a statement, they are killing other people to make a statement. Even Hamas concedes this. They've said over and over again that the suicide bombers are visiting terror on Jews because it is the Jews they want to terrorize. But the more important point is that it is a myth that these people are killing themselves because of their 'hopelessness,' at least in the way the propagandists frame it. They are hopeless because they've been told to believe they have no hope — much like that college kid was led to believe that corporations prevented him from speaking his mind or becoming a lawyer, doctor, whatever."

The Axis of Evil, by David Horowitz,
Front Page Magazine, April 3, 2002
"The seed of the Palestinians’ genocidal mania is rooted in Islam and began its metastasis more than 100 years ago when the first Zionist settlements signaled that an oppressed people, huddled on the fringes of the Ottoman Empire, was about to assert itself. Jews, in fact, had been living continuously in the region for 3,000 years but only as a stateless minority, easily and therefore frequently abused. Once the Jews began to assert and defend their presence in a world that regarded them as infidels and therefore damned, they immediately became the targets of an Islamic jihad – a permanent holy war whose goal was their destruction."

Israel's Righteous Fight, by Morton Zuckerman, (Zuckerman OWNS the US News and World Report, and is its chief editor),
U.S News (and World Report), April 5, 2002
"Israel has no choice but to root out the terrorists in their bases ... This is a policy of pre-emption because deterrence no longer works. Deterrence is based on the assumption that people are unwilling to die. Deterrence will not work when people have been so conditioned by a culture of hatred and religious fanaticism that they will commit suicide in order to kill innocent civilians. The only way to deal with this new phenomenon of suicide bombers, and make it clear this will not work, is to go after them before they get us. But this strategy of pre-emption against suicide and terrorism will have to replace a strategy of deterrence for the United States and for Israel. This war is also a media war. Many journalists are impervious to the carnage that defines daily life in Israel. And they are too often inclined to make a moral equivalent of the terror and the civilized response to it–as if there were no moral distinctions between the arsonist and the firefighter; between deliberately targeting innocent civilians and inadvertently killing innocents while pursuing terrorists; as if it weren't the purpose of the Palestinians to kill as many innocent civilians as possible; as if the Palestinians had not danced in the streets after the World Trade Center bombings, while Israel went into mourning; as if Israel hasn't proposed a real territorial withdrawal and compromise while Arafat's maps include all of Israel; as if Israel wasn't an open democracy and the PA wasn't a corrupt, authoritarian regime; as if Israel is not practicing restraint; as if it is possible to eliminate terrorism without going after the sanctuaries that are the root of the terrorist challenge; as if Israel, unlike America, is not permitted to engage in simple self-defense and thus gets the support of the press only when it is a passive victim."

Anti-Semitism Revived: The Impact of the Intifada on Muslim Immigrant Groups in Western Democracies, by Raphael Israel,
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, June 1, 2001
"Domestically, these new [Muslim] immigrants [in Western countries] are clamoring for equal rights and tapping the resources of the host countries to support their absorption in their new homes and to benefit from the high quality social services these nations offer their citizenry in general; but at the same time they import with them their own understanding, biases, and emotional approach to the Middle East dispute, and strive to align their new countries with those views. 5. As they grow in numbers and influence, they not only assiduously assert their views, but they also begin to erode the longer established and highly regarded local Jewish communities which usually wield a very visible influence in the economic and cultural domains and stand at the opposite political pole as regards the Middle East. The result is that, despite tremendous Jewish efforts at dialogue with their Muslim/Arab compatriots, antagonism between the two communities sets in. 6. Although much of the developing tensions between the two denominational communities can be traced to the wide gap existing between the usually more educated and prosperous Jews and the poorer and more frustrated new Muslim/Arab immigrants, a large part of it must be ascribed to their usually antagonistic positions regarding the Middle East. 7. While Jewish support for Israel is normally dignified and within the boundaries of law and legitimate dissent and demonstration in democratic societies, the Muslim newcomers, who are not versed in these niceties upon their arrival, tend to perpetuate the tradition of violence and open outrage that they bring with them from their countries of origin, resulting in clashes, eruptions of rage, and acts of force, intimidation, arson, beatings, and the entire gamut of fury and passion resorted to in the Middle East."

Is It 1938 Again for the Jews?, by Dennis Prager,
World Net Daily, April 9, 2002
"This is the scariest time for Jews since the Holocaust. The Jews are being abandoned. Again. From the Jews' perspective, the world can be divided into three groups – those that hate the Jews and want them dead, those that ignore this hatred and aid the haters, and Americans. The first group consists mostly of Muslim and Arab societies. If ever Arab hatred of Israel was purely political, that time has long passed ... . As long as America remains Judeo-Christian and continues to prefer the values of the Lone Ranger to those of the United Nations, Jews will never be entirely abandoned. But given the Europeanization of America's elite, the news media's constant moral equation of free Israel and its fascistic enemies, the increasing number of anti-Jewish, anti-Christian Muslims in America, and the continuing influence of the anti-America and anti-Israel left on academia and on liberal Christian denominations, one day the Jews and Israel may be entirely abandoned."

Israel. Dark Thoughts and Quiet Desperation, by David D. Perlmutter,
Los Angeles Times, April 7, 2002
"For the first time in my life, I see the shadows of Israel's destruction, if not by Arab armies all at once, then by suicide bombers, one Jewish child and mother at a time. I see an anti-Jewish European press sadistically attacking Israel's defensive measures. I see a clownishly hypocritical United Nations condemning Israel's bulldozing of a building while millions die in the Sudan or Tibet. I see my fellow academics musing and posturing in praise of demons who would cut their throats merely for being non-Muslims. Small items, too, prick hard. I find myself getting irritated at a Jewish social organization I belong to for raising its dues: Why don't we send all the money to buy Israeli war bonds instead? I am furious when I read that some Jewish media mogul just gave $7 million to the Democratic National Committee ... I daydream--if only! If in 1948, 1956, 1967 or 1973 Israel had acted just a bit like the Third Reich, then today Israelis would shop, eat pizza, marry and celebrate the holy days unmolested. And of course Jews, not sheiks, would have that Gulf oil. In contrast, if the Arabs had conquered Israel, does anyone think a single Jew would today be alive between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean? This is what I'm reduced to: thinking like a Nazi when an Arab accuses Jews of acting like Nazis. I'm unhappy as well--especially since I teach political communication--at Israel's unsophisticated, unplanned media policy ... Israel has been building nuclear weapons for 30 years. The Jews understand what passive and powerless acceptance of doom has meant for them in the past, and they have ensured against it. Masada was not an example to follow--it hurt the Romans not a whit, but Sampson in Gaza? With an H-bomb? What would serve the Jew-hating world better in repayment for thousands of years of massacres but a Nuclear Winter."

We Must Vanquish An Enemy Determined to Annihilate Us
, by Benjamin Netanyahu, Los Angeles Times, April 2, 2002
"An unremitting carnage that indiscriminately slaughters all who come within the murderous reach of Palestinian terrorists shows the depths of their hatred. Clearly, the only constraint on Arab terrorists is their capability to destroy. Given the power, they would kill all of us, down to the last infant. The primary objective of Yasser Arafat's terrorist regime is not to establish the 22nd Arab state but to destroy the only Jewish state ... With such a regime, whose ultimate objective is our destruction and which pursues this objective by the most barbaric means imaginable, there is no place for negotiations and no hope of reaching any sustainable peace agreement ... We must do what any nation in our position would do: stop bickering among ourselves, fight the war that has been forced upon us and vanquish an enemy who is determined to annihilate us."

A Plea to the Palestinians for Help: 'There Is No One Else to Ask
by David Harris, San Francisco Chronicle, April 14, 2002
"Dear Palestinian people: We all need your help, though I know it is above and beyond what we have the right to expect from you ... I could have asked the Israelis, but you, of all people, know what that's like. They worship their own national experience but refuse to credit anyone else's. They are self-absorbed under the best of circumstances, but under attack and led by a man you quite properly consider a war criminal and terrorist for what he ordered done to the camps in Lebanon, Israel is now positively myopic. That the terror your suicide bombings has brought to their lives might bring them to recognize the terror their occupation inflicts on your own stands to reason, but reason is not working very well in either Israel or Palestine these days ... .The president of the United States has long since given up any pretense of evenhandedness. The Israelis, quite shrewdly, have spent the last six months repeating the word 'terrorism' in the president's presence and pointing in your direction. This incantation -- perhaps the only nine-letter word the president knows how to spell -- coupled with your own assault on Israeli territory, has stirred the president to, in effect, grant Israel American permission to do whatever it wants to you, whenever it wants to ... Now is the moment to transform your [Palestinian] national movement. Disarm yourselves and take to the street with your cause. Confront the Israelis as human beings, stripped of the instruments of war but armed with the righteousness of your right to govern yourselves and your own territory. It is not at all an unprecedented approach. Similar tactics were responsible for creating India and Pakistan and ending the British empire. They also finally chased the French from Algeria. More recently, unarmed political uprising overthrew the monarchy in Iran and established the world's first Islamic republic."

Iraqi Sanctions a Failure, Lecturer Says,
Rocky Mountain News, April 23, 2002
"U.S.-backed economic sanctions against Iraq continue to wreak havoc on that country's children, despite a massive oil-for-food exchange program, according to Peter Pellet, who monitors nutrition in that country. 'The major effect of the sanctions has been to induce nationwide poverty,' Pellet said. His speech at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Monday night is part of a six-part lecture series on the Middle East. The series has angered some members of Denver's Jewish community, who say it's dominated by pro-Arab views. In response, the museum added an additional lecture to the series on the history of Israel."

Arab Anti-Semitism and Incitement Kill Peace Prospects, Congress Told
JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency), April 19, 2002
"Congress got an earful about anti-Semitism in the Arab world this week, and members didn´t like what they heard. Lawmakers listened to experts at a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing Thursday speaking about increasing anti-Semitism and anti-American incitement in the Arab world, and how it threatens peace prospects in the Middle East as well as U.S. security. The Anti-Defamation League painted a grim picture of Arab anti-Semitism, and said hopes for regional cooperation in the Middle East have been shattered. Political leaders must promote tolerance and reject hatred, ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said. 'Arab anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism, if allowed to flourish, could become one of the most destructive forces unleashed in this new century,' Foxman testified. The ADL called on Congress to take steps against the incitement and hatred that fuels terrorism. 'Now that we are simultaneously witnessing the unraveling of hopes for peace and a spurt of Arab anti-Semitism, it forces us to take another look at the connection between anti-Semitism, efforts to dehumanize Jews or Americans, and the terrorism against Israel and America,' Foxman said. New satellite channels cater to the masses´ anti-American sentiments, according to Yigal Carmon, president of the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors Arab media."

AIPAC Mounts New Offensive to Display Support of Congress,
JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency), April 22, 2002
"The American pro-Israel lobby is mounting a new offensive to equate the U.S.-led war on terrorism with Israel´s own battle against terror. Timed to coincide with the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, U.S. lawmakers have introduced several pieces of legislation to display support for Israel in Congress and combat what is viewed as increasing pressure on the Bush administration´s Middle East policy from Europe, Arab states and the United Nations ... The conference drew 5,000 delegates from around the country, double last year´s attendance, in a sign that American Jews are revved up in the fight to ensure that the U.S. government stands behind Israel. The bills, all introduced last week at the urging of AIPAC, seek: • additional aid for Israel to combat its war on terrorism; • sanctions against the Palestinian Authority and its leader, Yasser Arafat; and • the inclusion of Syria in the president´s 'axis of evil.' AIPAC delegates were scheduled to lobby their members of Congress on the issues on Tuesday. The mere introduction of these bills in Congress, which Kohr called 'the firewall for Israel,' is expected to show the Arab world the possible consequences of continued support for terrorism. At the same time, even though the bills and initiatives may never be enacted, the aim is to pro-actively demonstrate the depth of congressional support for Israel as the Bush administration continues to reassess its policy in the Middle East. One of the more substantive initiatives is a complete overhaul by the Senate of the Middle East Peace Commitments Act, which has been introduced several times before, but has never gone anywhere. The new bill, introduced in the Senate and dubbed the 'Arafat Accountability Act,' denies visas to Arafat and other PLO officials, downgrades the PLO office in Washington, imposes travel restrictions on senior PLO officials at the United Nations, and seizes the American financial assets of PLO and Palestinian Authority officials, including Arafat."

Arab Schools Must Stop Teaching Hatred, by Steve Israel,
Newsday, April 26, 2002
"[A]t this moment a young generation of Palestinians and other Muslims in the Mideast are being taught every day to hate the United States and Israel. Maps and geography textbooks in Palestinian schools and all through the Muslim world deliberately eliminate any reference to the state of Israel, stamping the word 'Palestine' on the maps over Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Eilat, the Negev and the Galilee. In the text 'Modern Arab History and Contemporary Problems,' Zionism is defined as 'a political, aggressive and colonialist movement, which calls for judaization of Palestine by the expulsion of its Arab inhabitants.' In 'Our Country Palestine,' a banner on the title page of Volume I reads 'there is no alternative to destroying Israel.' And in the text, 'Our Arabic Language for 7th Grade,' one exercise for students reads: 'Subject for composition: How are we going to liberate our stolen land? Make use of the following ideas: Arab unity, genuine faith in Allah, most modern weapons ...' If one wishes to find the breeding ground of teenage suicide bombers, one need not look beyond the state-controlled curriculum of the Palestinian National Authority."

Khatami Says 'Radical Warmongers' Drive U.S. Policy
Yahoo! News (from AFP), April 27, 2002
"Iranian President Mohammad Khatami blasted US Middle East policy in an interview published here, saying it was driven by radical warmongers.' Khatami, whose nation was lumped with Iraq and North Korea in George W. Bush's 'axis of evil,' said the US president was acting against the best interests of the United States. 'After the tragic September 11 events the United States abused world sympathy, and Israel activated its lobby and took advantage of Bush's lack of experience,' he told the International Herald Tribune. He said the Bush administration 'fell victim to this trap, against US interests' ... But Khatami's comments reflected the outrage in the Muslim and Arab worlds over US backing for Israel's assault on the Palestinians, which Israel also calls a war on terrorism. The paper reported that he said a 'radical warmonger' group was willing to risk an escalating conflict in the Middle East in order to back Israel and install US military power in the region. He said Bush's hardline stance against Tehran had hardened 'national solidarity' in Iran, where Khatami has led a reform movement kept at heel by the regime's powerful conservatives."

Anti-Semitism is Deepening Among Muslims, by Susan Sachs,
New York Times, April 27, 2002
"Stay in a five-star hotel anywhere from Jordan to Iran, and you can buy the infamous forgery "Protocols of the Elders of Zion." Pick up a newspaper in any part of the Arab world and you regularly see a swastika superimposed on the Israeil flag. Such anti-Semitic imagery is now embedded in the mainstream discourse concerning Jews in much of the Islamic world, in the popular press and in academic journals. The depictions are not limited to countries that are at war with Israel but can be found in general-interest publications in Egypt and Jordan, the two countries that have signed peace agreements with Israel, as well as in independent religious schools in Pakistan and Southeast Asia. Arab leaders, for their part, have long rejected the accusation that their state-controlled press, universities and television stations promulgate anti-Semitic views. Islamic history, they say, contains nothing like the anti-Semitic horrors that occurred in Christian Europe, and Islam as a religion accepts many of the revelations embodied in Judaism. The use of Nazi imagery, the newspaper caricatures of Jews with fangs and exaggerated hook noses, even the Arab textbooks with their descriptions of Jews as evil world conspirators - all of that, Arab leaders often insist, reflect a dislike for Israelis and Zionism but not for Jews and Judaism. Yet in many Muslim countries the hatred of Jews as Jews, and not only as citizens of Israel, has been nurtured through popular culture for generations."

Sharon Is Insane - Friedman,
Gulf News, May 2, 2002
"Despite his unwavering criticism of Arabs and Muslims, The New York Times [Jewish] columnist Thomas L. Friedman was invited to address the 2002 Arab Media Summit held at the Emirates Towers in Dubai on April 28 and 29. Arab journalists were eager to meet the man whose writing is forever tainted with blatant bias towards Israel. It was, however, an ironic tour de force, that he who often criticises others showed himself incapable of accepting the criticism of others. When asked by a Saudi university professor why he persisted to criticise the kingdom even after he accepted the hospitality of the crown prince, Friedman refused to listen to his 'garbage', and stormed out of the hall in indignation. His dramatic walkout sent shockwaves through the audience, which included mostly Arab intellectuals, but also European and American journalists. His statement that 'I am biased and being paid to be biased' was also another shock to the audience, although it was a well-known fact. Gulf News met Friedman after the organisers of the summit managed to persuade him to return and address the forum. Below are excerpts from the 30-minute interview:"

Jenin: The Truth, by Charles Krauthammer,
Jewish World Review, May 3, 2002
"And yet for weeks the world has been seized with the question of the 'Jenin massacre.' The U.N. Security Council called emergency meetings. The secretary general appointed a special investigating committee (now disbanded). The European press published the most lurid allegations. ... For the "international community," as embodied by the United Nations, such inverted moral logic is the norm. This is what it must have been like living in the false consciousness of Soviet communism, where everyone had to publicly and constantly pretend to believe the official lies, all the while knowing they were lies. This is what it must have been like living in the 1930s, as the necessities of appeasement created a gradual inversion of right and wrong -- the Czechs, for example, pilloried by official opinion in Britain and France for selfishly standing in the way of peace at Munich. Churchill's great gift to civilization was not just that he rallied good against evil but also that he pierced a suffocating fog of self-deception by speaking truth to lies. Where is the Churchill of today, the official of any government, prepared to tell the United Nations that its frantic hunt for a phantom massacre by Jews -- while ignoring massacre after massacre of Jews -- is grotesque and perverse?

A man walks into a bar one day and sees George Bush and Colin Powell sitting in the corner. The man asks the bartender, "Is that who I think it is?" "Yes it is," replies the bartender. The man walks over and says, "Sirs, it's a pleasure to see you here. What are you guys doing?" "We're planning World War III," says George Bush. "World War III, what's going to happen?" asks the man. "Well", says George Bush, "we're going to have to kill 140,000,000 Arabs and a bicycle repairman." "Why are you going to kill a bicycle repairman?" asks the man. Then Bush turns to Colin Powell, punches him in the arm and says, "See, I told you no one would care about 140,000,000 Arabs!"
One of the most vicious, racist anti-Arab web sites around: "Should the U.S. give the green light to Sharon to assasinate Yasser Arafat and his cronies?" Discussion Board: "Welcome to American Mans 'War on Terror BBS.' A Place for Patriotic Americans to vent how we feel about the War on Terror here in the USA and to show support for our Jewish Brothers and Sisters around the world."

Islamic Fundamentalism Wants World Hegemony, by Yair Sheleg,
Haaretz [Israel], May 8, 2002
"A report prepared at the request of the American Jewish Committee by Hebrew University History Professor Robert Wistrich is an anthology of anti-Semitic and anti-Western quotations from Arab and Muslim culture. Wistrich, who is presenting his report this week in Washington, claims, 'To make a significant change, the Muslim world will have to go through a Renaissance, a Reformation and an Enlightenment - all in one generation. But it's possible.' Wistrich's report on Islamic fundamentalism and its dangers to Israel, Jews and the West in general, opens with a quote from the memoirs of Albert Speer, Hitler's close friend and architect. 'I remember how he [Hitler] showed films in the chancellor's office of London burning, the sea of fire around Warsaw, the bombed-out convoys, and the great happiness that overcame him every time. But I never saw him so happy as the time when he described his vision of New York sinking into flames. He described how the skyline would turn into a burning torch, how the buildings would collapse in chaos, how the blasted city would be reflected in the black skies.' Hitler's fantasy, as is well known now, was actualized, at least to a certain degree, by Qaida. Wistrich seeks to make tangible his claim about the fascistic, neo-Nazi nature of Islamic fundamentalism."

Muslims Defend Jewish Woman Fired for Marrying Palestinian,
U.S. Newswire, April 9, 2002
"A prominent American Muslim group today called on a Jewish newspaper in Kansas to apologize to a Jewish employee who was allegedly fired for marrying a Palestinian Muslim. The employee told the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that she was terminated from her position as a staff writer at the Kansas City Jewish Chronicle one day after telling her supervisor who she had married. When informed of the marriage, the supervisor allegedly said: 'I am going to have to think about this.' When the employee returned to work following her announcement of the marriage, she said her supervisor's behavior became increasingly hostile. The supervisor allegedly commented to a friend over the phone that, 'There is no way Muslims can be friends with Jews, no way at all.' When the employee asked why she was fired, newspaper officials claimed she was an unreliable worker, despite receiving many positive reviews from readers and her supervisor during seven months of employment."

Crisis for American Jews, by Edward Said,
Counterpunch, May 19, 2002
"Two weeks ago the weekly magazine New York, which has a circulation of about a million copies, ran a dossier entitled "Crisis for American Jews," the theme being that "in New York, as in Israel, [it is] an issue of survival." I won't try to summarise the main points of this extraordinary claim except to say that it painted such a picture of anguish about "what is most precious in my life, the state of Israel," according to one of the prominent New Yorkers quoted in the magazine, that you would think that the existence of this most prosperous and powerful of all minorities in the United States was actually being threatened. One of the other people quoted even went as far as to suggest that American Jews are on the brink of a second holocaust. Certainly, as the author of one of the articles said, most American Jews support what Israel did on the West Bank, enthusiastically; one American Jew said, for instance, that his son is now in the Israeli army and that he is "armed, dangerous and killing as many Palestinians as possible." Guilt at being well-off in America plays a role in this kind of delusional thinking, but mostly it is the result of an extraordinary self-isolation in fantasy and myth that comes from education and unreflective nationalism of a kind unique in the world. Ever since the Intifada broke out almost two years ago, the American media and the major Jewish organisations have been running all kinds of attacks on Islamic education in the Arab world, Pakistan and even in the US. These have accused Islamic authorities, as well as Arafat's Palestinian Authority, of teaching youngsters hatred of America and Israel, the virtues of suicide bombing, unlimited praise for jihad. Little has been said, however, of the results of what American Jews have been taught about the conflict in Palestine: that it was given to Jews by God, that it was empty, that it was liberated from Britain, that the natives ran away because their leaders told them to, that in effect the Palestinians don't exist except recently as terrorists, that all Arabs are anti-Semitic and want to kill Jews. Nowhere in all this incitement to hatred does the reality of a Palestinian people exist, and more to the point, there is no connection made between Palestinian animosity and enmity towards Israel and what Israel has been doing to Palestinians since 1948. It's as if an entire history of dispossession, the destruction of a society, the 35 year old occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, to say nothing of massacres, bombardments, expulsions, land expropriations, killings, sieges, humiliations, years of collective punishment and assassinations that have gone on for decades were as nothing, since Israel has been victimised by Palestinian rage, hostility and gratuitous anti-semitism. It simply does not occur to most American supporters of Israel to see Israel as the actual author of specific actions done in the name of the Jewish people by the Jewish state, and to connect in consequence those actions to Palestinian feelings of anger and revenge."

Terrorism: Violence of the Weak. Defense: Violence of the Strong,
Counterpunch, April 9, 2002
"Pulitzer Prize winning author Thomas Friedman, 'one of America's leading interpreters of world affairs' columnist for the New York Times, is a master of this Orwellian mystification. In his March 31 column, 'Suicidal Lies,' Mr. Friedman warns us, with all his probity and prescience, that 'The Devil is . . . dancing our way.' He warns that a new type of warfare is threatening us-America, and the other "civilized" people-for its political gain. The isolated, clandestine suicide bomber. How dare he or she, that individual with no organized army, no F-16s, naval ships or tanks from Lockheed, Raytheon or GE, make a frontal assault (and for political gain, no less!)? It is war, Mr. Friedman says. But if one cannot match the military might of their enemy and, a fortiori, if their tactics become effective, the Orwellian framework so common to American hegemony easily places (subjectifies) them: terrorists (against civilization); or, as Mr. Friedman would have it, the Devil (against God). Practical import: terrorists are the ones who want nuclear and biological weapons; the armies of the civilized nations are the ones who have them. Indeed, casual but careful observation suggests a good prima facie case that there is a high negative correlation between military might and the likelihood of being labeled terrorist (weakness and/or non-authorized tactics=terrorist). Mr. Friedman pretends he can understand the daily fright, desperation and frustration in the Middle East (presumably of both sides, though he only acknowledges that the Israeli's are "terrified," since only Palestinians commit acts of terror)."

Jewish Islamophobia, the most virulent of all,
by Khalid Amayreh, Palestinian Times (undated)
"Since the 11 September terror attacks in New York and Washington, Zionist circles have been almost uncontrollably emitting their profound hatred of Islam in ways unseen since Hitler’s Nazi Germany. From Occupied Jerusalem, to London, to New York, to California, the Zionist, or the Zionist-controlled press has been propagating one and the same message: kill the Muslims, kill the Arabs, kill the terrorists! The equation of Muslims with terrorists was conspicuous throughout hundreds of editorials, commentaries, talk shows, interviews and even grossly opinionated hard news. So, all of a sudden, it seemed as if Zionist and pro-Israeli editors and anchormen, who have a long history of poisoning Western public opinion with concocted lies and myths about the Palestinian cause, finally seized their long-awaited opportunity to display their deep hatred for Islam and Muslims. As a result, hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world, already shocked by the infernal terrorism in the U.S. and struggling to ward off fast-spreading Islamophobia that is often accompanied by violent racism, had also to reckon with extremely virulent and rabid Zionist efforts to besmirch, vilify, demonize and even de-legitimize Muslims altogether. The seemingly coordinated campaign has been unprecedented in its maliciousness, unmatched in its nefariousness. This vindictive campaign, spearheaded by the Zionist media, but by no means confined to it, carried tacit and often explicit messages so horrifying that they can only be construed to mean or to imply condoning genocide against Muslims. One message, appearing on an Israeli-America web site (, urged the West to aim at the religious centre of Islam, the Ka’aba. The author, Reuven Koret, an Israeli-American Islam-hater applying Nazi ideas to Muslims, suggested that America should bomb Mecca and destroy the Ka’aba if American targets were attacked again by terrorists bearing Muslim names."

Arabs sue Jewish broker over losses,
National Post (Canada), August 24, 2002
"Two Arab brothers have filed a US$36-million claim against their Jewish stockbroker and his employers, alleging he deliberately squandered their money because they are Arabs. Youssef and Ali Fakih say Michael Cohen, a New York trader, lost almost US$487,000 of US$600,000 their family in Lebanon had asked them to invest in the United States. The brothers and two Jewish friends taped hours of telephone conversations with Mr. Cohen, in which he describes Arabs as 'stupid' and appears to acknowledge he knowingly let Arab clients lose money ... Charges of coercion and aggravated harassment have already been laid in New York State Court against Mr. Cohen in relation to alleged telephone messages on one of Youssef Fakih's phones ... Things Mr. Cohen said over the four months suggested he avoided doing business with Arabs, but had accepted the brothers as clients because he initially thought they were Jewish, according to the transcripts. In a Nov. 1 conversation with Isaac Markowitz, Mr. Cohen described Arabs as 'sand nigg--s,' and said they were 'too stupid' to work alongside him. In the same conversation, Mr. Cohen spoke of his refusal to take on an Arab client, and made a reference to the World Trade Center attack. 'I says, 'Where are you from?' And he says, '... EEE-Egypt.' I says, '... are you Christian?' He says, 'No, I'm Muslim.' 'Well listen,' I says. 'I don't desire to do business with you ... You pricks blew up my f----g building in front of me.' "

(in The Jewish Tribal Review)
[a chapter from the volume WHEN VICTIMS RULE. A CRITIQUE