Rare Moral Clarity In Mainstream Media: Rowan Dean in Australia Condemns Aussie ABC For Its Viciously Anti-Israel Coverage of the Latest Wave of Muslim Attacks on Jews in Israel

This essay, shafting an episode of the ABC’s prime-time segment “The 7.30 Report”, was published in both the “Courier-Mail” (the main daily paper for Brisbane, state capital of Queensland, in Australia) and “The Australian”, which appears in newsagents Australia-wide.


‘Opinion: ABC’s Skewed Reporting of Palestinian Attacks on Israelis Is Sickening”.

Good; but could have been just a little better – to wit – “ABC’s Skewed Reporting of Arab Muslim Attacks on Jews in Israel is Sickening”. However; kudos to Mr Dean nevertheless for seeing the bias and being revolted by it. – CM

‘I’ve watched kids holding up decapitated heads; starving babies; and swollen corpses rotting in the sun.  All the while I’m having dinner – during the news.

‘But I have never seen anything quite as hard to stomach as the ABC’s 7.30 (for our non-Aussie readers, this is short for “The 7.30 Report” – CM) last week.

‘And I’m not talking about the content – which was horrible enough – but, rather, the way in which it was reported.

‘This was the ABC’s top current affairs program reporting on a terrifying spate of murders (and of attempted murders, failing of their object only because of the excellence of Israeli medical assistance to the terribly-wounded victims, and/ or because of the alertness of intended victims, of ordinary Israeli Jewish citizens, and of the Israeli Jewish police and IDF soldiers responding to the attacks – CM) taking place in a democratic country not dissimilar to our own.

‘In each case the murderers (the Muslim murderers – CM), many of whom are barely out of their teens (and some of whom are only in their early teens – CM), sneak up on the elderly, the vulnerable or the infirm and hack them to death with knives and other weapons.

‘Sometimes they just run them over.

And in a few cases they have shot them with guns. – CM

‘But that’s not why I had trouble keeping my dinner down.

‘No, what was truly repugnant was the way in which these murderers (you’re doing pretty well even to say this, Mr Dean, but next time you comment on events of this kind, cut right to the chase and say it out loud – “these allahu-akbaring Muslim murderers” – CM)  were portrayed: almost as heroes, engaged in some noble struggle.  How could that be?

‘Well, ,did I mention [that] the victims are all Jews and the murderers all Palestinians?

Correction: “the victims are all Jews and the murderers are all “Palestinian” Arab Muslims.” – CM

Even the segment’s title – “Meet the young generation of Palestinians behind the third intifada” – was a disgrace, sounding like some hip, funky show.

‘How would 7.30 have portrayed the Holocaust?  “Meet the blonde, blue-eyed generation behind Germany’s third and final solution?”, perhaps?

Good one, Mr Dean. – CM

“So far dozens of Israelis and Palestinains have been killed on buses, at bus stops, and at checkpoints.  Just hours ago, Israeli security forces shot two more Palestinians after they tried to board a school bus south of Jerusalem”, the presented said.

‘To the uninformed viewer, this surely sounds like whatever is happening, the Palestinians are clearly victims and the Israeli soldiers are doing all the killing.

‘Worse, the statement gives the impression that there is a moral equivalence to the actions of the murderers and [of] the security forces protecting lives.

‘Throughout eight turgid minutes the show failed to point the finger of blame where it belongs: at those political and religious predators (that is: “at the Jihad Gang Bosses” – CM) in the West Bank (sic: “in Arab-occupied Muslim-dominated Judea and Samaria” – CM) and Gaza, who for a generation have tutored and groomed young Palestinians (that is, “young Arab Muslims” – CM) to desire to murder Jews.

Muslims have, in fact,  been hating, mistreating and murdering Jews ever since the days of Mohammed; and in so doing they have obeyed the example and the teachings of Mohammed himself. For more, Mr Dean, see Martin Gilbert, “In Ishmael’s House” and Andrew Bostom’s encyclopaedic tome, “The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism”. At certain times and in certain places the hostility was more intense and the aggression more murderous than at others; but it was always there, for it is hardwired into the canonical foundation texts of Islam, the Quran, Sira and authoritative Hadiths. – CM

‘Muslim clerics in Palestinian mosques (that is: ‘in mosques in Gaza, Judea and Samaria’ – CM) have been urging their followers in recent weeks to go out and hack Jews to death in the name of Allah.

‘For the Islamist (sic: ‘for the obedient Muslim’ – CM) the “cause” of “liberating” Palestine (sic: “of “liberating” so-called “Palestine”” – CM) is just another facet of jihadist terrorism (sic: “of the global Jihad” – CM), the goal being the genocide (or if not the outright genocide, then certainly the reduction to near-slave Dhimmi status – CM) of all non-believers, particularly Jews.

‘This is cleric Muhammad Salah a fortnight ago in the Al Abrar mosque (in Gaza – CM): “Brothers, this is why we recall today what Allah did to the Jews.  (And note: ‘what Allah’ did to the Jews’ refers to events that took place in the time of Mohammed, in the 6th century, when Jews within the land of Israel were a large minority ruled by Byzantine Christians, and Jews elsewhere across Eurasia, in the Middle East and beyond, were powerless and stateless minority communities – CM) Allah has brought the Jews…the enemies of humanity.  Form stabbing squads…Oh young men of the West Bank, attack in threes and fours.  Some should restrain the victim, while others attack him with axes and butcher knives.  Next time, attack in groups of three, four and five.  Attack them in groups, cut them into body parts.”

‘Yep, that’s a religious sermon, Palestinian style.’

Not just “Palestinian” style.  It’s a religious sermon, Muslim style, period.  And there’s plenty more of the same to be found, whether in English translation at MEMRI and Palestine Media Watch, or proudly and approvingly circulated on youtube or published in the media outlets of the Muslim world, by Muslims themselves.  – CM

‘What is occurring in Israel at the moment is the result of decades of official anti-Semitism, including kids’ TV shows that tutor Palestinian (sic: ‘”Palestinian” Arab Muslim” – CM) children to murder Jews.

And that antisemitism is itself instinct with and a direct continuation of the 1300 years of sacralised Islamic antisemitism that preceded it. In the 19th century William Lane, studying Muslim Arab language and society in overwhelmingly-Msulm Egypt, observed that the worst cuss-word or insult that any Muslim could hurl at another person, animal or object was to call him, her or it a “Yahood”, that is, a Jew.  – CM

‘Now these same kids are being inspired to get themselves killed trying to massacre innocent Israeli citizens (that is, “innocent Jewish citizens of Israel” – CM).

This is jihad fi sabil allah, “jihad in the cause of allah”.  The murder-‘martyrs’ see themselves as those who achieve the Islamic paradise when they “slay and are slain in the cause of allah”, as the Quran puts it in surah 9, verse 111 – “God [allah] has purchased of the believers their persons and their goods; for theirs (in return) is the Garden (of Paradise); they fight in His Cause, and slay and are slain…” (Yusuf Ali translation).  The N Dawood translation, published by Penguin books, reads, “Allah has purchased of the faithful their lives and worldly goods and in return has promised them the Garden.  They will fight for His cause, slay and be slain”. – CM

‘This is planned, incited murder, a modern pogrom.

In reality, 16 year old Bayan El-Esseili, one of the young Palestinians (sic: ‘young local Arab Muslims’ – CM) described glowingly on the ABC as “friendly”, “gifted”, “affectionate” and “talented”, was no different from Farhad Jabar, the 15 year old Islamist (sic: ’15 year old Muslim” – CM) who snuck up (sic: ‘sneaked up on’ – CM) and killed (sic – “murdered” – CM) Curtis Cheng in Parramatta.

Precisely. And  Bayan El-Esseili is also no different from those two Muslims – zealous converts to Islam – who first ran over a young British soldier called Lee Rigby with a car, in the streets of London, in broad daylight, and then leapt upon his defenceless and mortally-injured form and finished him off by hacking at him with machetes, beheading him.  This is what the media all over the western world, not just the ABC in Australia, are for the most part resolutely refusing to see and to point out. This is the jihad.  The Muslim ghazi, ambushing and murdering non-Muslims in order to spread terror, to demoralise and force communities, societies, whole nations to Submit…to Muslims, to Muslim temporal and political dominance, to Islam. The goal is  – as John Roy Carlson put it, in a chapter heading of his book “Cairo to Damascus” – is the global caliphate, “Islam, Islam Uber Alles”.  –  CM

‘Yet, through language, tone and style, the ABC appeared to be somehow glorifying these Palestinian (sic: ‘these “Palestinian” Arab Muslim – CM) jihadists.  We had funky rap music, “cool” interviews, sentimental claptrap about an empty desk at a girl’s school, and so on.

‘Of course the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a political and geographical nightmare.

Not so complicated as all that, really, Mr Dean, once you start realizing that this is a Jihad that the Arab Muslims – and other Muslims…remember Islamic Iran and its little nuke project?…are waging against the Jews, and that this jihad is merely a subset, or local front, of the grand Jihad that Islam has been waging in all directions unremittingly since the 7th century. –  CM

‘But the blame for the lack of any progress rests predominantly on the side of the Palestinian dictatorships of Fatah and Hamas who have spurned four separate peace offers.

No, the real problem is the zero-sum mentality inherent in the immutable conviction that Islam “is to dominate, and not be dominated” (see Hassan al-Banna, founding theorist of the Muslm Brotherhood).  The Muslims simply cannot conceive of a permanent peace ‘side-by-side’ with any sovereign infidel entity anywhere. – CM

This is the same murderous ideology that is seeing “kafirs” butchered around the world.

Keep on thinking along those lines, Mr Dean. You’re ‘getting’ it. You’re starting to understand.  Keep following that line of thought. Keep looking at those video clips in MEMRI. Crack open a Quran. Read Robert Spencer’s Onward Muslim Soldiers.  Read Conor Cruise O’Brien – “The Lesson of Algeria: Islam is Indivisible” (1995).


and his book on Israel, “The Siege”.  And share what you find, with others. Israel is on one of the front lines of the non-Muslim world, facing and defending itself against the same Muslim onslaught that is directed against all non-Muslim persons and societies everywhere. – CM

‘Evil occurs when good men do nothing.

‘Or when good people obfuscate the true reasons behind those evil deeds.  Sickening.”

Bravo, Mr Dean.  I give you 8 out of 10. – CM’


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