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The Palestinians' Joyful 9/11 By: Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook
Palestinian Media Watch | Tuesday, September 18, 2007


The Palestinian Authority continues a long tradition of celebrating the 2001 World Trade Center terror attacks by publishing cartoons in its official daily that glorify Osama Bin Laden and the attacks, or mock the suffering of the U.S. This year's cartoon shows Bin Laden smiling while making the “V” for victory sign with two fingers in the shape of the burning Twin Towers. The PA daily that published the cartoon, Al Hayat Al Jadida, is owned by the PA and controlled by the office of Mahmoud Abbas. The only text on this cartoon is "Exclusive to Al Hayat Al Jadida," which means it was prepared specifically for the official Palestinian Authority daily.

(See below for past visual examples of the way the PA has used cartoon images of the 9-11 terror attacks, published around the anniversary of the event, to celebrate the attacks, mock the U.S., and portray Arabs and Muslims as the true victims of the attack.)

Text: “Exclusive to Al Hayat Al Jadida”
[Al Hayat Al Jadida, September 12, 2007]

The Palestinian Authority has a long history of celebrating the 9-11 terror. The world was shocked by televised scenes of Palestinians celebrating the attacks in the streets the day they took place. A December 2005 poll found that "65% of Palestinians support(ed) Al Qaeda actions in the USA and Europe.” (Fafo – Institute for Applied International Studies – Norway. Survey Dec. 22, 2005).

Earlier this year, a former Minister from Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah party wished Al Qaeda success in its attacks against the U.S., and in its targeting of President George W. Bush. The Fatah leader, Abu Ali Shahin, said in an interview on official PA TV: "Oh [Al-Qaeda] brother, leave us and focus on your business. You have Bush! Do to Bush what you want, and we wish you success with Bush, even more. I, Abu Ali Shahin, wish you success with Bush... We are fighting the Americans and hate the Americans more than you!" [PA TV, Jan. 1, 2007]

Text: "September" followed by legs that form "11"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, September 11, 2002, reprinted from Al-Wattan of Kuwait]

The official PA media's repeated glorification of Bin Laden is a reflection of the deep hatred of the U.S. by the Palestinian population. This hatred is the result of years of hate incitement against the U.S. by Palestinian political leaders (such as the hate promotion by Abu Ali Shahin cited above), by the PA media and even in official Western-funded schoolbooks. PMW has documented this anti-American hate promotion in many reports and bulletins.

(Palestinians see Twin Tower victims as Iraqis and Palestinians.)
Text on left tower: Palestine
Text on right tower: Iraq
[PA official daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept 12, 2003]

It should be noted that the U.S. continues to fund PA institutions and the Palestinian Authority itself, and to support it politically, while ignoring the continued Palestinian hate promotion against the U.S. While there has been repeated legislation in the U.S. to prevent US money from going to terrorists and their supporters, it seems that the U.S. Congress has not restricted the funding of institutions and governments who promote
anti-American hatred.

Text on wall: "September", Twin Towers form "11" over dead bodies
Text on left tower': "Rights of Nations"
Text on right tower': "American Hegemony"
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, September 11, 2002]

Text: "September 11 - the day of the greatest conspiracy against the Arabs and Muslims."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida September 13, 2002]

Text on left tower: Arabs
Text on right tower: Muslims
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, September 13, 2002]

Itamar Marcus is the founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch. He was appointed by the Israeli government to be the Israeli representative (communication specialist) to the Trilateral (Israeli-American-Palestinian) Anti-Incitement Committee established under the Wye Accords. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Marcus served as research director of the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace, writing reports on PA, Syrian, and Jordanian schoolbooks. He holds a BA in political science from City College of New York and an MA in Hebrew culture from New York University. Barbara Crook is associate director and North American representative of Palestinian Media Watch. She teaches at the School of Journalism and Communications at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She holds an Honors BA in English literature from Queen's University, an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, and is a Southam Fellow at the University of Toronto.

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