Sunday, June 10, 2007

Thank Allah for Wafa Sultan

If an Arab has the courage to say this, why can't Jews and Christians be so open?


Brooke said...

You can believe in stones all you want, as long as you don't throw them at me!


WomanHonorThyself said...

shes amazing!

Der Baron von Bornstein said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Der Baron von Bornstein said...

MEMRI has been criticized primarily for its choice of the content it selects for translation. Brian Whitaker, the Middle East editor for the UK Guardian newspaper, has criticized MEMRI for having a pro-Israel bias and agenda, and not being explicit about this on its website. He has written, "My problem with Memri is that it poses as a research institute when it's basically a propaganda operation", that material selected by MEMRI for translation, "further the political agenda of Israel, and ",and that, "MEMRI's website does not mention you [Carmon] or your work for Israeli intelligence. Nor does it mention MEMRI's co-founder, Meyrav Wurmser, and her extreme brand of Zionism ... Given your political background, it's legitimate to ask whether MEMRI is a trustworthy vehicle"

More recently, on his blog for the The Guardian, Whitaker claims that MEMRI misrepresented a segment of Tomorrow's Pioneers, a children's' television program produced by Hamas which showed examples of child incitement.

Hussein Ibish, a spokesman for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee comments that "MEMRI performs a useful function but unfortunately they have a pro-Israel, right-wing agenda." He also says that: "There is of course some horrific stuff in the Arab press, but one tends to forget that the American press can also be very nasty.

Ken Livingstone, former British MP and the current Mayor of London, has stated of MEMRI that: "The translation and selection of quotes tend to portray Islam in a very negative light." He has accused MEMRI of "outright distortion".

Ibrahim Hooper, a director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, stated in the Washington Times that "MEMRI's intent is to find the worst possible quotes from the Muslim world and disseminate them as widely as possible."

William Rugh, former US ambassador to the United Arab Emirates and Yemen, describes MEMRI as a service which "does not present a balanced or complete picture of the Arab print media. ...Quotes are selected to portray Arabs as preaching hatred against Jews and westerners, praising violence and refusing any peaceful settlement of the Palestinian issue."

Leila Hudson writes in the journal Middle East Policy, "MEMRI simultaneously highlights stories emphasizing the most extreme stereotypes of clashing Arab and Islamic civilization, which would not otherwise come to light. In effect, it amplifies the noise that most effectively distracts from the projects of engagement and negotiation. This is compounded by the interlinked series of websites, blogs and forums on the right wing of the think-tank periphery. Like the Israeli disinformation site, MEMRI produces and amplifies noise, while buttressing the weak 'clash of civilizations' theory with selective extremist writing."

Bar Kochba said...

No Jew or Christian started the "Clash of Civilizatios". Muhammad did when he declared in his farewell address in March 632: I was ordered to fight all men until they say 'There is no god but Allah'. I don't think that land-for-peace will work here.

Der Baron von Bornstein said...

Lemme put this again more succinctly:

MEMRI is very particular in the information it translates. Many, many eminent and renowned scholars and journalists, editors and spokesmen have commented on MEMRI's pro-Israel bias, and it's nature as an agenda pushing propaganda machine.

You want quotes, facts, and more information? Check my last comment.

MEMRI is not a legitimate source for information in this debate.

Brooke said...

LOL! And I suppose al-Jazeera is?

Brooke said...

Of course, we could always hear it in English...




nanc said...

wafa is a true voice in the wilderness.

nanc said...

dear Lord, baron - once again i must aim my most famous nanc missive at you:

if you're going to use words, please do them justice - think succinct.

Pam said...

One brave woman! My hat is off to her!

Brooke said...

Like a politician... Plenty of words, but not much being said.

Amirk said...

The other side was completely edited out in the clip. The clip only proves the cowardice of anti-Muslim bigots. Why else would you edit out the other side in the debate? Here is the part that was edited out in the clip

Part 3