On the Media Whitewash of Arafat

, | updated: 3:14 PM

Selections from the media:
* by Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe:

"In a better world, the PLO chief would have met his end on a gallows, hanged for mass murder much as the Nazi chiefs were hanged at Nuremberg. In a better world, the French president would not have paid a visit to the bedside of such a monster.  In a better world, George Bush would not have said, on hearing the first reports that Arafat had died, 'G-d bless his soul.'

"...Arafat always inspired flights of nonsense from Western journalists, and his last two weeks were no exception.

"Derek Brown wrote in The Guardian that Arafat's 'undisputed courage as a guerrilla leader' was exceeded only 'by his extraordinary courage' as a peace negotiator. But it is an odd kind of courage that expresses itself in shooting unarmed victims -- or in signing peace accords and then flagrantly violating their terms.

"Another commentator, columnist Gwynne Dyer, asked, 'So what did Arafat do right?' The answer: He drew worldwide attention to the Palestinian cause, 'for the most part by successful acts of terror.' In other words, butchering innocent human beings was "right" since it served an ulterior political motive. No doubt that thought brings daily comfort to all those who were forced to bury a child, parent, or spouse because of Arafat's 'successful' terrorism...

* Backspin Media Realignment Project:

"AP's timeline of Arafat's life was very widely reprinted, but it doesn't note any of the terror attacks he was responsible for..."

* CAMERA: Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America

"Please continue your efforts to promote responsible reporting about Arafat and his legacy. Protest whitewashed reports and commentaries that ignore or minimize his decades-long involvement in terror, his goal of destroying Israel, and his siphoning of hundreds of millions of dollars from donations to the Palestinian people that went instead into his own private accounts. Commend fair and objective reporting that provides adequate context.

"Below, we have listed a number of resources to help you write effectively about Arafat's legacy of terror, hatred and dashed hopes."