Israeli Diplomat: All Arabs are Terrorists


Richard Moore

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Israeli Diplomat: All Arabs are Terrorists
Kurt Nimmo | July 17th 2006

Imagine a member of the KKK going on the Bill O¹Reilly show and declaring all 
African-Americans are shiftless crackheads. Imagine the outrage and calls for 
Fox News to be investigated for promoting racism and hatred. Now imagine an 
Israeli diplomat going on Bill O¹Reilly¹s show and declaring all Muslims are 
terrorists. In fact, this happened, and nobody is calling the diplomat, Dan 
Gillerman, Israeli Ambassador to the UN, a racist or are there demands Fox News 
be investigated for promoting racism and hatred. In Bushzarro world, it is fine 
and dandy to characterize all Muslims as terrorists.

³While it is politically incorrect to say that all Muslims are terrorists, 
unfortunately, it¹s true that all terrorists are Muslim,² Gillerman said on 
O¹Reilly¹s show yesterday, July 16.

I picked up this quote from a blog. It was not mentioned in the corporate media.
A Google News search returned no results. Either the people who post at the 
Truth Will Set You Free blog made the quote up or Israelis spewing racist hatred
is so common and acceptable nobody bothered to mention it.

Of course, when Iran¹s Ahmadinejad says anything about Israel, it is front page 
news. In fact, so eager is the corporate media to demonize Ahmadinejad, it 
reprints distortions of his comments (Ahmadinejad never said Israel should be 
³wiped off the map,² as widely reported), which are then used to further 
rationalize ³all Muslims are terrorists² comments.

As FAIR noted late last month, the starting point of all discussion in the 
corporate media about events in the Middle East begins with the assumption Arabs
and Muslims are terrorists. For instance, in regard to the Palestinians:

If anything, what ³hardly ever varies² is mainstream media¹s adherence to an 
attack-retaliation formula that overwhelmingly places the blame on the 
Palestinian side, though in the ongoing cycle of attacks both sides usually 
describe their actions as retaliatoryŠ. From the start of the Intifada in 
September 2000 through March 17, 2002, the three major networks¹ nightly news 
shows used some variation of the word ³retaliation² (²retaliated,² ³will 
retaliate,² etc.) 150 times to describe attacks in the Israeli/Palestinian 
conflict. About 79 percent of those references were to Israeli ³retaliation² 
against Palestinians. Only 9 percent referred to Palestinian ³retaliation² 
against Israelis. (Approximately 12 percent were ambiguous or referred to both 
sides simultaneously.)

A 2002 Glasgow University Media Group report revealed ³that television news on 
the Israel/Palestinian conflict [in Britain] confuses viewers and substantially 
features Israeli government viewsŠ. There is a preponderance of official 
ŒIsraeli perspectives¹, particularly on BBC 1, where Israelis were interviewed 
or reported over twice as much as Palestinians. On top of this, US politicians 
who support Israel were very strongly featuredŠ. TV news says almost nothing 
about the history or origins of the conflict.² In America, this bias even more 

Few television news viewers (or zombies) realize Israel invaded Lebanon in 1978 
and 1982, or that Israel occupied southern Lebanon for more than twenty years 
and this brutal occupation (as documented by human rights organizations) 
resulted in the formation of Hezbollah.

Few understand Israel has stolen Arab land, including the Golan Heights and 
Shebaa Farms, and common Israeli border provocations result in Hezbollah 
attacking Israel.

Few understand the magnitude of Israel¹s abduction of Lebanese, accused of 
resisting Israel¹s illegal occupation, or the fact many of them were tortured in
the Khiam torture dungeon. ³Lebanese detainees held without trial or after 
expiry of their sentences in Israeli prisons and in Khiam are Israel¹s forgotten
hostages,² notes Amnesty International. ³Amnesty International knows of 21 
Lebanese nationals who have been captured in Lebanon and transferred to Israeli 
prisons either without ever having been sentenced or held beyond the expiry of 
their sentences. These are just some of the detainees whom Amnesty International
believes Israel to be holding as hostages. Most of them were captured by the 
Israeli Defense Force (IDF) or by one of the pro-Israeli Christian militias in 
Lebanon, the Lebanese Forces or the SLA. Many of them were held in detention 
centers in Lebanon under Lebanese Forces¹ or SLA control before being 
transferred, usually secretly, to Israel.² No mention of this in the corporate 
media. Instead, we are told, without additional comment, all Muslims are 

No mention in the corporate media of Israel¹s continual and repeated violations 
of Lebanese airspace. ³Secretary-General Kofi Annan¹s Personal Representative 
for Southern Lebanon today called on Israel to cease its air violations over 
Lebanese territory,² the UN News Center reported on November 4, 2004. ³Staffan 
de Mistura issued his statement in Beirut in response to eight flights involving
11 aircraft and three drones across the Blue Line, as the line of withdrawal is 
known.² Israel has violated Lebanese sovereignty dozens of time, buzzing Beirut,
Tripoli, Tyre, and other cities, often using sonic booms to intimidate the 
population. Earlier this year Terje Roed-Larsen, the UN envoy to Middle East, 
complained of ³constant Israel violations against Lebanon,² but such stories 
seem to be of interest only to the Arab media.

No mention of Israel¹s violence around the illegally occupied Shebaa Farms. In 
response to Hezbollah attacking occupation forces at Shebaa Farms, Israel 
attacks civilians as a matter of course. ³News reports in Beirut said that the 
Israeli forces started artillery bombardment of Kafer Shouba village and the 
neighboring villages after Hizbullah fighters fired one missile at a site for 
the Israeli occupation army in Shebaa farms,² the Arabic News reported in 
February. ³The Israeli bombardment resulted in injuring one Lebanese woman and 
damages to several houses in al-Habareyah and al-Kheyam and in al-Habareyah 
elementary school. One house in Kafer Shouba was directly hit.² In November, 
2005, ³police explained that one Israeli military tank and artilleries bombarded
for 45 minutes several Lebanese villagesŠ. [and Hezbollah] retaliated the 
Israeli bombardment and fired mortars shelling at three Israeli positions in 
Shabaa Farms.² In October of the same year, the IOF attacked Burket al-Nakkar 
and Jabal Saddaneh with attack helicopters. Of course, all of this occurred on 
Lebanese soil, and yet Lebanon did not invade Israel or incinerate school kids 
on Israeli roads.

Instead, Fox News welcomes comments that all Muslims are terrorists and this 
feeds into the perception that killing innocent Lebanese civilians is justified 
because they allowed Hezbollah to capture Israeli prisoners of war. If we are to
use such a yardstick, then Hezbollah attacks on Israel are completely justified,
as Israel has taken Lebanese prisoners by the dozens, not because they have done
anything but rather because they are considered ³bargaining chips.²

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