Fatah [the party of Mahmoud Abbas] yesterday posted a list of Fatah’s achievements on behalf of Palestinians. Significantly, Fatah did not cite even one peace-seeking or peace-promoting achievement, but only listed Fatah acts of violence and terror. Fatah even boasted that its attacks have killed 11,000 Israelis.
Though, interestingly, the New York Times covered Fatah’s celebration, no major British media outlets have done so.
Though PMW notes that the number “is a gross exaggeration”, such celebrations over the murder of Jews is common for Fatah and the Palestinian Authority – representing an extremist political culture which the British media almost always ignores.
Let’s put it this way to provide perspective: If Likud held an official celebration to brag that Likud governments had killed thousands of Muslims/Palestinians, is there any question that it would be contextualized by the media as (at the very least) an indication of the dangerous Israeli drift towards the extreme right, ultra-nationalism or even fascism?
Yet, Abbas is still characterized by much of the British meida as a “moderate”.
Such egregious double standards continue to profoundly distort British news consumers’ understanding of the region.