This is not surprising -- but revealing. Muslim journalists blacklisted and thrown out for meeting with Jewish journalists. It's in the koran. It's part of Islamic text. Totten has been covering the Middle east for how long and he still doesn't know it's about the annihilation and extermination of the Jews?
This is man bites dog story -- but revealing just the same, because it validates the unspeakable obvious.
Palestinian Journalists Blacklistsed Michael Totten
Those who believe peace in the Middle East may be just around the corner need to think long and hard about this. Palestinian journalists who last week met with their Israeli colleagues and an IDF spokesman in Tel Aviv have come under fire from both Hamas and Fatah. The trip was arranged by the non-profit Israel advocacy group The Israel Project, whose Web site described the group as "an international non-profit organization devoted to educating the press and the public about Israel while promoting security, freedom and peace."
The journalists met with Maj. Avichai Edri, head of the Arabic-language branch of the IDF Spokesman's Office.
Three of the journalists -- Lana Shaheen, Mueen al-Hilu and Abdel Salam Abu Askar -- are from the Gaza Strip, while another two are from the West Bank.
They now face expulsion from the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Journalists Syndicate on charges of promoting normalization with Israel.
One of the groups, the Democratic Press Association, called on the journalists to "repent" and express publicly apologize for visiting the "Zionist entity and meeting with Zionist reporters."
No one has ever demanded I "repent" or apologize for visiting an Arab country or meeting with Arab spokesman or colleagues. I even lived in an Arab country and would do so again, and not a single American has ever accused me of being a traitor. I haven't even been mildly criticized for it. I'm not Israeli, of course, but I know Israeli journalists who have worked in Arab countries and have Arab friends, and they don't face these kinds of problems at home.
If I were blacklisted out of my profession for visiting, say, Lebanon or Iraq, I wouldn't want to live in America anymore. Posted by Michael J. Totten at March 30, 2010 8:17 PM
And more Muslim taqiya for Western asshats from PMW:
The duplicity of Fayyad and Abbas: Preaching non-violence while supporting terror
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
Contrary to statements by both Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Chairman
Mahmoud Abbassupporting a "non-violent resistance," their actions continue to support violence and terror. As Palestinian Media Watch has reported, the PA leaders have repeatedly honored terrorists in well-publicized acts of support in recent months.
The PA leadership's most recent show of terror support was last week, when both Abbas and Fayyad honored one of the notorious terrorists of the first years of the Palestinian terror war (the "Intifada"). The terrorist Abdallah Daud headed the Palestinian intelligence service in Bethlehem, and was actively involved in the Palestinian terror against Israeli civilians. When Israel entered Bethlehem in 2002 in an attempt to eradicate the Palestinian terror, Abdallah Daud was one of the most wanted Palestinian terrorists who stormed into the Church of the Nativity.
For several weeks, Daud and his fellow terrorists continued fighting against Israel from inside the church, essentially using the monks and the religious site as their shields. The confrontation ended when Israel decided to let the terrorists leave without trial and they were deported to foreign countries and Gaza. Daud was sent to Cypress and later Mauritania, where he died last week of natural causes.
Ignoring the crimes and terror that led to Daud's deportation, the PA leaders last week chose to honor the terrorist Daud by giving him an "official" funeral. The official PA daily reported on the funeral with a large picture on its front page.
Abbas sent his personal emissary to the funeral. He spoke in Abbas's name:
"We must maintain the way of the Shahid (Martyr) Daud, who always believed in the struggle, in love of the homeland, and in the realization of national unity." [Al-Quds, March 28, 2010]
Palestinian PM Fayyad chose to honor the terrorist publicly and in person by paying a condolence visit to the home of his family. Fayyad "enumerated the Shahid's (Martyr's) virtues" and noted his "suffering from the injustice of his expulsion." The story of his honoring the terrorist was also reported on the front page of the official PA daily.
Other recent examples of Fayyad honoring terrorists:
On December 26, 2009, Fayyad paid condolence calls to the homes of each of the three terrorists who murdered Israeli Rabbi Meir Avshalom Hai in a drive-by shooting.
On February 14, 2010, Fayyad paid a condolence call to the family of a terrorist who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier.
Other recent examples of Abbas honoring terrorists:
On December 27, 2009, Abbas honored the three terrorists who murdered Israeli Rabbi Meir Avshalom Hai, in a drive-by shooting, calling them "Shahids [Martyrs] of the Palestinian revolution..."
On December 29, 2009, Abbas honored the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi with a birthday party.
On January 17, 2010 Abbas defended naming a square after the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi.
On March 6, 2010 Abbas promoted imprisoned terrorist Mahmoud Damra to major-general.
On March 9, 2010 Abbas's representative honored the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi by calling her the "bridge over which we pass on the way to our freedom."
The following is the report from the front page of the official PA daily about Fayyad's condolences last week:
"Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad yesterday expressed his condolences at the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, over the death of the Shahid (Martyr) Abdallah Daud. The Prime Minister enumerated the Shahid's virtues and said that his death far from the homeland and suffering from the injustice of his expulsion, bestows upon his Martyrdom a clear national and human character."[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, March 31, 2010]
The following is the report on Abbas's statement read by Mahmoud Al-Aloul, member of the Fatah Central Committee, at the funeral:"Mahmoud Al-Aloul, member of the Fatah Central Committee, delivered a speech on behalf of President
Mahmoud Abbas, during which he recounted the life story of the Shahid (Martyr), who sacrificed his life for his country and for his people. Al-Aloul said that we must maintain the way of the Shahid Daud, who always believed in the struggle, in love of the homeland, and in the realization of national unity."[Al-Quds, March 28, 2010]