Wednesday, 01 February 2012

ISRAEL PEACE PARTNER UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

How do you make peace with people who glorify the murdering of an entire civilian family - husband, wife, three small children - in their beds, as if it were some great military triumph?

This transcript, which comes to us courtesy of Palestinian Media Watch (palwatch.org) is a segment from a show, straight from the Palestinian Authority's  government-run TV station, which aired on January 19th, and again on January 21st.  (You can also click here for the video footage):

PA TV host: "We have a call from the family of prisoner Hakim Awad."


Mother of Hakim Awad: "I thank you for connecting me with my son, because I and all of the family are prevented for security reasons [from visiting him].


Host: "Go ahead, sister, we can convey your voice."

Mother of Hakim Awad: "My greetings to dear Hakim, the apple of my eye, from the village of Awarta, 17 years old, who carried out the operation in Itamar (i.e., killing of 5 Fogel family members), sentenced to 5 life sentences and another 5 years, in prison."

Aunt of Hakim Awad: "I'm the sister of prisoner Hassan Awad and of Salah Awad; [I am] Um Habib, from the village of Awarta. My warm greetings to all the great heroic prisoners, to my brother Hassan Awad, head of the village council; to my brother Salah Awad, the heroic prisoner journalist; to the heroic, resolute prisoner, the lion, Yazid Awad, my nephew; and to my nephew Hakim Awad, the hero, the legend."

Host: "We [PA TV], for our part, also convey our greetings to them."

Aunt of Hakim Awad: "I dedicate this song to Hassan Awad, Yazid Awad, Hakim Awad, and Salah Awad, in prison:

'My brother, in solitary confinement, your voice calls to me
You dare not throw down the rifle
That is what the homeland asked of me
In your eyes, we are all self-sacrificing fighters.
I convey greetings to the sound of the bullets of Ahmad Sa'adat and Hakim Awad.'"

Host: "Thank you for being with us, the family of prisoners Hassan and Salah Awad of Awarta."

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Ahmad Sa'adat, mentioned in the song recited by Hakim Awad's aunt, is serving a 30-year sentence for heading the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror organization. He is also suspected of having planned the assassination of Israeli Minister of Tourism, Rehavam Ze'evi, in 2001, but was not tried.

The world demands that Israel make peace with Palestinian Arabs under their current governments - which provides this programming, and countless other programming just like it. 

How?


HOW ROMNEY SUCKERED GINGRICH

Ken Berwitz

I just read a genuinely insightful piece by veteran strategist, author and TV personality Dick Morris, on how Mitt Romney and his people suckered Newt Gingrich into losing Florida big-time.

Morris' central thesis is that Gingrich is at his best when he is positive - an idea man making bold new proposals - but at his worst when he is negative.  So Romney & Co. made sure to pull him negative.

You can read the entire piece by clicking here.  But I'll give you just one paragraph, which I think is especially good:

In Spanish bullfights, the picadors torment the bull by sticking darts into his shoulders. Enraged, bleeding, frustrated and in pain, he lowers his head, snorts, paws the ground and charges straight at the matador, oblivious to the sword awaiting him behind the red cape. Thats about what Romney did to Gingrich in the January primaries.

Yep. Exactly.


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