Perfect match: Bob Bernstein uses settler sources for racist anti-Arab ‘WaPo’ Op-Ed
(Mondoweiss) -- by Adam Horowitz --
Robert Berstein has an Op-Ed in today's Washington Post that shows just how truly desperate Israel's cheerleaders have become. Bernstein, a founder of Human Rights Watch who now seems to hate human rights, responds to the push for Palestinian statehood by recycling the tired argument that it is Palestinian words that are driving the conflict, not the Israeli boot on their necks. Here's the nut:
The real obstacle to long-term peace is the endless and overwhelming words of hate and incitement to genocide effectively spread to Arabs and Palestinians. One example is the textbooks given to millions of children in Saudi Arabia, distributed in the Arab world and beyond, that label Jews “monkeys and pigs.” This continues to foment discord, radicalism and violence.The "monkeys and pigs" link goes to a 2008 article about a book used in the UK. It's unclear whether they are still being used today, or how exactly this is relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but it is too bad Bernstein doesn't mention that current Israeli school books do much the same thing.
Most notable in the piece is Bernstein's source. He commends the reader to "be aware of the work of Palestinian Media Watch," explaining, "the group, an Israeli research institute focused on monitoring the messages of all aspects of Palestinian media, has detailed some of the deception of the Palestinian Authority, even during moments of peace talks." What Bernstein doesn't mention is that Palestinian Media Watch is run by the Islamophobic settler Itamar Marcus.
Marcus has worked for years to present the Palestinian people as a homicidal death cult in an effort to derail a negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His work has been debunked multiple times, and he is quite open about his agenda...MORE...LINK