Malaysiakini: Are US News Agencies Biased Against Palestine?

My debut Malaysiakini piece. The Star, NST and The Sun decided not to print it – I already expected so, seeing as they have to watch out for their printer’s licences and my letter seems very pro-Israel (strict no-no around here!). Which is why I included Malaysiakini on the mailing list this time.

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From Malaysiakini Opinions/Features, Jun 8, 07 11:49am

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Are US news agencies biased against Palestine?

Alison Weir at her recent talk in Petaling Jaya organised by Just (International Movement for a Just World) with the theme ‘Deadly Distortion: American News Coverage of Israel-Palestine and its Effect on the Alleged Clash of Civilisations’ gives the impression that American news agencies are biased against Palestine and in favour of Israel in their coverage of the conflict.

Without expressing support for either side in the conflict, I would like to say that this issue is not as clear cut as it is made out to seem. My purpose in writing this letter is simply this: To point out that the American media is not always unflinchingly on the side of Israel.

In fact, a not-inconsequential number of columnists and bloggers, in America and worldwide, feel the exact opposite – that the American media is routinely biased against Israel, and simultaneously unfairly biased in favour of Palestine and whoever Israel’s opponents are.

For example, take the case of Tuvia Goldman. In this case, a photo taken during the Al-Aqsa Intifada of 2000 depicted a bloodied youth with a shouting, club-wielding Israeli policeman standing behind him.

This photo was published by at least seven American newspapers including the New York Times, with an accompanying caption stating that the unarmed youth was a Palestinian. The caption also gave the impression that the Israeli policeman was in the process of assaulting the youth. Thus the scenario fed to the public was that of uniformed Israeli brutality against an innocent Palestinian.

It was only when the youth’s father sent a letter to the New York Times that the truth behind the sensation was revealed: The injured youth was actually Jewish. While riding in a taxi, he and his friends had been mobbed, beaten and stabbed by Palestinian Arabs. The youth, Tuvia Grossman, managed to stagger to a petrol station where the Israeli policeman protected him from probable death.

American media bias?

A sincere error in reporting, perhaps. But when the New York Times published a correction, it omitted any mention of the youth having been beaten by Palestinians. Was that an example of American media bias in favour of Palestine?

Another example of alleged media inaccuracy not in favour of Israel is the well-known Red Cross Ambulance Incident. In this incident, photographs and television footage were released by the mainstream media depicting two damaged ambulances during the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. One of the ambulances had a hole piercing directly through the centre of the red cross painted on its roof.

The media all across America and elsewhere reported that these ambulances in Lebanon had been struck by Israeli military weapons. Eyewitnesses to the incident who were interviewed testified that an Israeli aircraft had aimed rockets at the ambulances, scoring a direct hit on them and creating a huge fireblast that injured the ambulance drivers and passersby.

All in all, the impression that was created was that the Israeli armed forces had deliberately targeted clearly-marked humanitarian aid vehicles, causing much bloodshed and death. In other words, a blatant and unquestionable war crime.

The enigmatic reporter Zombietime was, however, skeptical of this claim. Using media-released photos as reference material, he investigates on various inconsistencies in the media-published accounts.

For example, the ‘rocket hole’ punched through the Red Cross symbol was quite suspicious. What were the chances a rocket fired at range would hit the exact middle of the symbol? Why is the hole so small and neat, instead of large and ragged from a rocket ripping through the metal roof? Why are there already rust large marks around the ‘freshly made’ hole?

If the rocket supposedly tore into the ambulance from the outside, why are the edges of the hole bent outwards from the inside of the ambulance? And wait a second, isn’t the position of the hole exactly where these Red Cross ambulances usually have a round emergency light or siren? Perhaps all that happened was that the light had been removed, rather than a spectacular rocket impact having made the hole?

If the rocket struck the ambulance and exploded devastatingly – as the various eyewitnesses swear – why are the ambulances shown in the photographs so remarkably intact? Where are the blood and gore and burn marks from the fire? Even the inside of the ambulances look amazingly under-damaged for an explosion that purportedly happened inside the passenger compartment.

And the ambulance driver who was reported to have been seriously injured by the rocket, who was shown in photographs resting in hospital heavily bandaged… Why does he appear in photographs taken less than a week later walking about, unbandaged and completely uninjured?

Zombietime proposed several hypotheses as to why such slipshod reporting was so quickly accepted and aired by the American media. One hypothesis was that the American media was politically biased against Israel, rather than the other way around as Alison Weir believes.

The charges of reporting bias against Israel are not confined to American media either. Other Western media have occasionally been taken to task for their dubious news sources and alleged laziness in basic facts-checking.

For an example involving the BBC, a photo shows a Lebanese woman wailing in front of a demolished building. The caption reads that she is mourning her home, which was recently destroyed by Israeli weapons.

Yet in a photo claimed to have been taken two weeks later, the exact same woman in the exact same clothes is shown looking shocked in front of a completely different building…which is also claimed to be her home that was just destroyed by Israeli weapons! This strange coincidence was publicized by blogger Drinking From Home.

Censored and doctored

With it being so seemingly easy to manipulate the Western media, there even exists the term ‘Pallywood’ – a combination of the words Palestine and Hollywood. The term refers to news events that are allegedly staged by locals and cameramen to portray Israel in an unfavourable light as often as possible. Such events are quickly scooped up by foreign reporters eager for juicy news coverage, with nary a regard for its authenticity.

And even if the Israel-Palestine conflict is given pro-Israel selective coverage by the American media, what can be said of the media in other countries… Including our own? Is the media worldwide fair and unbiased, or is it heavily censored and doctored in favour of a certain side, depending on the country’s political leanings?

Once again, let me reiterate the disclaimer that I am in no way supporting Israel with my reporting and references. I am merely pointing out that even if there does exist significant media bias in favour of Israel, there also exists evidence of significant media bias against Israel. I sincerely and strongly ask that the editor keep these disclaimers of mine.

But there is also another lesson to be learned from the above stories. In many of those cases, it was independent bloggers who did the reasearch and pointed out the inconsistencies in the traditional media reporting. That is truly something worthy to be mentioned when bloggers today are accused by certain official channels of being incapable of anything except shallow reporting and spreading sensational rumours.

The ideal of reporting is to be truthful, accurate and unbiased. Unfortunately, it seems that in the harsh realities of this world, the tenets of free speech are often abused and exploited for ulterior motives. It’s enough to make skeptics and paranoid questioners of us all.

But with every netizen being capable of individually checking out the reports and facts for themselves, our questions will at least have a chance of receiving satisfactory answers.

SCOTT THONG YU YUEN, a Malaysian, believes that to sacrifice the truth for any cause is to sacrifice the integrity of that cause.


For more information on the topics I mentioned in my letter, browse thru the following:


2006 Lebanon War photographs controversies
Zombietime on Reuters photo fraud
Media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
If Americans Knew (founded by Alison Weir) 
Fauxtography Update (List of fake news pics)
Media Mythbusters Wiki(Dedicated to exposing media inaccuracies)

40 Responses to “Malaysiakini: Are US News Agencies Biased Against Palestine?”

  1. amde Says:

    Glancing through, in my view, the two scenarios were mistakes by the writers.Why such mistakes happened? Because it has formed in most people’s mind that it is always the Israelis who were brutal. Even if Palestinians did it, put ourselves in Palestinians’ shoes! leave the country? where to?

  2. Scott Thong Says:

    Note that I do not state which side is right or wrong or more brutal… I limit myself to the points raised above.

    Well, the danger in publishing stuff as news without checking the facts, or creating fake scenes as propaganda against Israel, is that at some point people will start to ask: Is any of this stuff real? Is there actually any Palestinian suffering at the hands of Israeli troops? Maybe it’s all an act or mis-resported. After all, the meida is wrong so often on this issue, isn’t it…

    And on the issue of where the Palestinian refugees will go, it’s a long and very drawn out debate – especially considering the fact that in the multiple generations since the 1950s, the population of Palestinians has grown and every one of them is given ‘refugee’ status.

    They obviously can’t go to the surrounding Arab nations, because their ‘brothers’ don’t want them as citizens. ( ) or even refugees now ( ). Egypt was even busy installing armed sentries, fences and land mines to keep from crossing into Egypt after the 1948 war.

    One would assume that with the 900,000 Jewish refugees having left or been forced out of their Arab-land homes and their property having been confiscated, there would have been ample room back then for refugees who preferred to settle in neighbouring countries. But of course, that would reduce a powerful political, demographic and guerilla-attack tool to use against the Israelis.

    And of course, if you wish to extend the Right of Return back another 2,000 years – There are around 12 to 14 million Jews who are descended from the Jewish inhabitants of the Promised Land. Their long-ago ancestors were made refugees by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Romans, Muslims, Crusaders… You name it.

    See for a quick overview.

  3. bhumika Says:

    give me a break!! there is a serious bias AGAINST Palestine in US media..i live in America and I see it everyday..

    don’t agree..? ok read this news: and now tell me why NO major US media outlets have covered this..?

    i invited u to come to the USA and see the bias for urself

  4. Scott Thong Says:

    Uh, dude… That news link you provided isn’t exactly headliner stuff. Maybe the US media didn’t report it because the Palestinian FM isn’t even visiting the US? Or maybe it was so un-spectacular that it got relegated to a small apragraph deep inside the back pages, and you missed it?

    What news rags, stations and sites do you follow anyway? There are hundreds in the US. Maybe you just watch the wrong places. I mean, if I were to read the New York Times as my only source of American reporting, I’d get the impression that liberalism will usher in a golden age of peace and giddy happiness for America.

    If you’ve even sampled a large percentage of the major news services over a moderate time period, and they show a very anti-Palestinian bias for several big or moderately important stories, then what you say would carry more weight… Or at least quote some study on the subject.

    Anyway, you are invited over to the Middle East, China or Russia where you will find MUCH LESS media bias. Heck, Palestine even invites reporters over for long, long, looooong stay-overs at their hostels.

    I don’t discount the fact that there is significant bias in the media – in the US and elsewehere. As I had stated, my article merely serves to present evidence that the bias goes against the Israelis in at least some of the cases.

  5. Steven Says:

    Great article Scott. Nothing else to add. 🙂

  6. Mark Disney Says:

    A brave attempt at justifying the unjustifiable, but selecting 2 or 3 examples of erroneous reporting hardly makes a case. Can there be anyone out there with half a brain adn eyes to see who seriously believes the western press is pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel?

    Almost without exception, the Palestinians are presented as terrorists and the Israelis as attempting to keep the peace, or at worst ‘retaliating’, against Palestinian aggression. Ask any average American (indeed the vast majority of westerners reared on western propaganda) about the relative death tolls among the two communities and you’ll find that they think it’s about equal.

    I’m not surprised the mainstream press here wouldn’t print this piece. I’m not doubting that they have an ideological bias but in this case the argument doesn’t stack up against overwhelming evidence that the reality is diammetrically opposite to your assertions. Black is not white. Wrong is not right.

  7. Noo nak Says:

    I can’t imagine ever that the western media is pro-palestine when most of the owners are zionists.

    Are US News Agency Biased Agaist Palestine? The answer is a definite YES! The tragedy there are real and not fabricated. Only that we are not aware of them due to massive cover up by these zionist owned western media.
    No need to go read US mainstream to know about what is happening. Try Haaretz, main Israeli daily:

    A NEW ISRAELI STUDY CONFIRMS OUR WORST FEARS : On the academic research of Psychologist Nofer Ishai-Karen and Psychology Prof. Joel Elitzur,
    Dalia Karpel
    shortened translation of article in Haaretz `Hamedovevet`

    `We – Israeli Soldiers – were put there to punish the Palestinians`, says Ilan Vilenda, an Israeli soldier who served in Rafah during the first Intifada.

    Ilan is the only soldier of 21 who agreed to have his name published, after he was interviewed by psychologist Nofer Ishai-Karen.

    The soldiers spoke freely to Nofer, who served with them in the same ASHBAL platoon 20 years ago; They disclosing their innermost emotions about the horrendous crimes, in which they took part: Murder, breaking bones of Palestinian children, actions of humiliation, destruction of property, robbery and theft.

    Soldier `A` testimony:
    `We decided to turn an old shower in our base to a make-shift detention cell. A Palestinian was brought there, handcuffed and mouth banded so he couldn`t talk, or move. We `forgot him there for three days`…

    Soldier `B` testimony:
    `I was on my first patrol. Others simply shot like mad. I started to shoot as they did. They `set my on`. I took my weapon and shot. Nobody was there to tell me otherwise`

    — Psychologist Ishai-Karen was shocked to find that the soldiers enjoyed the `intoxication of power`, and had pleasure from using violence. She said: `Most of my interviewees enjoyed their own instigated violence during their Occupation service“.

    Soldier `C` testimony:
    `The truth is that I love this mess – I enjoy it. It is like being on drugs.
    If I didn`t enter Rafah, to put down some rebellion -at least once a week-
    I`d go berserk.

    Soldier `D` testimony:
    What is great is that you don`t have to follow any law or rule. You feel that YOU ARE THE LAW; you decide. Once you go into the Occupied Territories YOU ARE GOD`.

    Emotional dumbness

    Soldier `E` testimony:
    We drove an APC through Rafah. A man of 25 walked nearby. He didn`t hurl a
    stone at us or anything. Then without any reason `X` shot him in the stomach. We left him lying on the sidewalk`.

    Soldier `F` testimony:
    Some `tough guys` developed it into `an ideology`, according to which we have to react brutally even for minor events. A woman threw a sandal at me. I kicked her with my foot at her crotch. I broke her. She can`t have children any longer. Next time she won`t throw sandals at me… and when another woman spat at me she got the butt of my gun in her face. She can`t spit now.

    Soldier `G` described his first forced entry to a home to detain a
    `He was real big, some 30 years old. He refused detention. We hit
    him but couldn`t force him down. Some people came hurling stones at us. We
    beat him and told him to lie down. Till he finally did. We drove to the base
    with him. By that time he had lost consciousness. He died some days later`.

    Nofer Ishai-Karen: `Some NCOs encouraged the soldiers to behave brutally, and provided their own example.

    Soldier `H` testimony:
    After two months in Rafah a new NCO commander arrived. The first patrol, which he commanded, was at 06 hours. Rafah was under curfew. Not a soul was on the street. Then he saw a young boy, of about 4, playing in the sand in the courtyard of his home. The kid was building a castle in the sand. Suddenly the NCO, a guy from the Engineers Corps, ran to chase the kid. We followed. He captured the kid and broke his elbow. Broke the kid`s elbow! Damn me if I`m not telling the truth! Then the NCO treaded on the kid`s stomach three times, before he moved on. We couldn`t believe our eyes… But the next day we went on patrol with that guy and the soldiers started to imitate him…
    What happened then?
    Some guys couldn`t stomach it. The case of severe abuse of three young
    adolescents, who were bounded hand and foot by a staff sergeant, got them to
    alert a senior officer. `When the medic arrived the boys were bleeding all
    over, their clothes were soaked with blood, and they were shivering from fear.
    They were made to kneel like dogs and were afraid to move`. The NCO was
    punished by 3 months detention. But the platoon commander backed the NCO and
    reprimanded the conscientious soldiers for `defaming the platoon`.`

    Nofer Ishai-Karen: The sacred value in the [Israeli] Army is `fighters`
    solidarity`, i.e., loyalty towards your fellow combatants. The platoons
    protected its secrets, as a family defends its `black sheep`. The fellows
    regard as `traitors` the conscientious soldiers, says Nofer Ishai-Karen. The
    cover-up was complete when our `good guy` was excommunicated and ostracized by the entire platoon. And the NCO? He left the country, and now lives in the U.S. of A. The majority of the soldiers of these platoons had left Israel. Only five or six remain in Israel.

    Nofer studied two platoons ESHBAL and ESHKHAR, the last was more extremely
    violent, she says.

    Finally back to Ilan Vilenda, the only soldier who allowed Nofer to use his
    full name and even be photographed. Vilenda was a staff sergeant in charge of `operations`.
    ILAN` VILENDA`S testimony:
    `Our job was to beat them… I personally hit a boy and another. I used my
    hands or the truncheon. We beat more severely [Palestinian] adults. We acted
    like policemen but we acted outside the law. There was this Palestinian who
    had a TV at home. The World Cup in Soccer was on, and we used to invade his
    privacy to watch the games. After a while he had enough, and asked us take the TV set and move.

    `I was born on a Kibbutz, to a family whose values were humane `Zionist left
    wing`. The Palestinians threw tons of stones at us. Whereas at the beginning
    my ideological commitment restrained my actions, my anger accumulated, and I
    released it violently. It was meant to be. We were there `to make them
    [Palestinians] pay. My political views changed too. I now support the extreme-right-religious National-Religious Party. After his release from the army, Vilenda and 5 other Israelis were arrested in Goa, India for possession of LSD. `I wanted to serve my country. This was my task… but the entire IDF is executing illegal-orders.

    Who is responsible?

    General Matan Vilna`i [now serving under Ehud Barak as vice Minister of
    Defense] was at the time [during the FIRST INTIFADA] Chief of the IDF Southern Command. He often visited our platoon and discussed with soldiers, says Nofer But… there you go… the `Instruments of DENIAL and CONCEALMENT` went to work…`

    Besides: The Israeli Army didn`t provide the unit with regular training, not
    were the soldiers given regular leaves, or provided with free time to
    recuperate and recover. The interviewed soldiers maintained that the longer
    they operated [against the Palestinians in Rafah] without leave, the more
    violent they became in imposing their kind of `Law and Order`. They claimed
    `Army [commanders] were aware of the erosion towards violence, and encouraged it in order to save manpower`.


    General Matan Vilna`i must have known what happened. High-ranking officers who served on the Occupied West Bank had voiced similar warnings against Israeli Army behavior. `The orders left a wide gap, a margin… of intentionally un-specified `grey zone`, which encouraged violent behavior of soldiers`, said Reserve Colonel Elisha Shapira, who served in the Nablus Area at the same time. Soldiers were told `don`t hit Palestinians – but bring them to interrogation `swell-headed` – blown-up`.

    The events, which Nofer Ishai-Karen researched, happened some 17 years ago.
    The situation has further deteriorated since that time. Now Israeli Army and
    Air Force General openly take pride in acts of revenge against Palestinian
    civilians. Maj-Gen Eliezer Shkeidi took pride in announcing that his pilots
    break the sound barrier over Gaza, producing sonic booms.

    These cause severe PTSD symptoms among young children; they have also caused
    miscarriages among pregnant women. The indiscriminate shelling of Palestinian homes had caused many deaths lately, including many children. Perhaps last but not least: The Israeli cabinet, backed by Washington, said it would disrupt power and fuel supply to Gaza.

    [1] This is an abbreviated translation of an article by Dalia Karpel titled
    HAMEDOVEVET [=the one who makes people talk]. The article appeared on the
    Hebrew Weekend Supplement, on 21 September 2007. It is based on academic
    research, which Nofer Ishai-Karen and Psychology Prof. Joel Elizur, of the
    Hebrew University published in ALPAYIM Magazine Vol. 31.

    [2] The article was not translated to English and thus did NOT appear in
    Haaretz English Language edition.

    [3] Psychology Prof. Joel Elizur, of the Hebrew University, who guided Nofer Ishai-Karen in her Master`s thesis, served in the reserves in the Mental Health Department of the Israeli Army. But the IDF wouldn`t allow him to research into Israeli Soldiers` violence. The researchers hold the interview raw audio material.

    [4] To my best knowledge the Israeli Army hasn`t either charged a single case of abuse or murder by soldiers of Palestinians in proper court.


  8. Olek Skilgannon Says:

    Methinks that Scott does not watch the Fox News channel – which blurbs itsself as the repository of “fair and balanced reporting”.

    The Fox channel has not run a single piece that is sympathetic to the Palestinians and their cause.

    U doubt me? Go watch Fox for a month and then come back and blog on what u saw!

  9. Scott Thong Says:

    Some of youse guys obviously skimmed through my post to see if it’s pro or anti Israel, then went straight to the comments to rail on me.

    To Mark Disney: Of course Malaysia’s government-controlled media won’t print it, they’d lose their license under the Printing Press Act! You hardly get any news about Palestinian attacks on Israelis, but plenty of Israeli ‘aggression’ against Palestinians. And that’s just the English dailies, never mind the Malay and Jawi papers!

    Point taken that Palestinians are portrayed as terrorists… Especially when they are carrying out acts of terror even during supposed ‘cease-fires’, thus breaking said period of peace.

    As for the high numbers of Palestinians – especially civilians – killed compared to Israelis… Quite frankly, the Israelis try and minimize casualties on both sides, while the Palestinian militants go out of their way to involve Palestinian civilians in the fighting and carnage. And then shoot at IDF soldiers to force them to fire back, run while the children and women die, and use the photos as propaganda showing how ‘evil’ the IDF is for shooting at civilians.

    To Olek Skilgannon: I said in my post, “Once again, let me reiterate the disclaimer that I am in no way supporting Israel with my reporting and references. I am merely pointing out that even if there does exist significant media bias in favour of Israel, there also exists evidence of significant media bias against Israel.

    If IDF soldiers shoot an 8-year old boy, by all means, report it! But if the boy was shot because a Hamas militant was using him as a human shield and taunting the IDF guards by throwing Molotov cocktails at them, then report THAT as well!

    To Noo Nak: Your assumptions are both correct and incorrect. Exactly how many and which big media owners are zionists? And even if some are and pump out pro-Israel news, those that are not are likely the ones pumping out anti-Israel news.

    Joel Elitzur is well known as a liberal-leaning anti-Zionist. Ha’aretz is a liberal-leaning newspaper. Who could possibly imagine them colluding to produce an anti-Israel piece?

    Quite frankly, if Scott Thomas Beauchamp can misguidedly lie about the EVILS OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS, how does one prove that the IDF soldiers ‘interviewed’ here are not similarly completely made up?

    Or perhaps, the existence of these soldiers or their ‘testimony’ is as fake as this non-real Israeli general who recorded Ariel Sharon’s ‘wish’ to burn all Palestinian children?

    And if you want to compare brutality, I suggest you look at , , and

    But as for more examples of erroneous reporting… Very well then, have a go at these!








    How many more dozens of citations will still constitute ‘a few examples’ of media bias, by your definition?

    The conclusion? Liberal media is overtly and covertly biased in favour of the Palestinians. Conservative media is similarly supportive of Israel. So it works out both ways.

    Btw, I had fun browsing for links among the COUNTLESS examples of outright pro-Palestine, anti-Israel media bigotry. It’s so enjoyable PWNING MSM-brainwashed libera-zombiesbot. (Not that you are an MSM-brainwashed libera-zombiebot, of course.)

    Now it’s your turn, have fun disproving each of my links as ‘honest mistakes’ (that are repeated regularly).


    And btw, if you want REAL and PROOF-SUPPORTED evidence of who does the real torturing around here:

    Yes, the Americans and Israelis are SO EVIL, that it is somehow ILLEGAL for their troops to engage in even mild forms of torture. Meanwhile, Islamo-Fascists can regularly behead and maim all who oppose them because IT’S RECOMMENDED PROCEDURE.

    No wonder it’s the West’s fault for everything – they break their own rules, while the jihadis HAVE NONE TO BREAK!

  10. hutchrun Says:

    No one`s talking about the Al Dura affair:

    The Mohammed Al Dura Case is considered by many the Father of all Fauxtography (fake journalism and photography). But unlike Reuters, the New York Times and others who have admitted their mistakes, France’s Channel 2 has never released the “rushes” on which this short video of Israeli troops “murdering” a Palestinian boy is based. Now a petition is being circulated to urge France II to do the right thing. (Compendium of Al Dura links at Read)

  11. hutchrun Says:

    `Palestinian` truth news:

    According to an Al-Hayat Al-Jadida front page report, the IDF has turned to using armed, female strippers in its war on upstanding Palestinian boys. The newspaper reports that when the Arab rock-throwing begins, IDF soldiers run for cover. Then, the story continues, after some time of hiding, an Israeli woman stands up on top of a barricade and begins to perform an alluring strip tease. Innocent Arab teenage boys, distracted from the business of rioting, are enticed to approach, when, according to the newspaper, the woman – an IDF soldier – shoots them with a pistol she had hidden in her underwear.

  12. hutchrun Says:

  13. hutchrun Says:

    Talking of Fox news here`s a funny even they just couldn`t resist:

    Wednesday, October 31, 2007

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s Muslim men are suffering sleepless nights and cannot pray properly because their thoughts are distracted by a growing number of women who wear sexy clothes in public, a prominent cleric said.

    Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, the spiritual leader of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, said he wanted to speak about the “emotional abuse” that men face because it is seldom discussed, the party reported on its Web site Wednesday.

    “We always [hear about] the abuse of children and wives in households, which is easily perceived by the eye, but the emotional abuse of men cannot be seen,” Nik Abdul Aziz said. “Our prayers become unfocused and our sleep is often disturbed.”,2933,306658,00.html

  14. wits0 Says:

    Nice elaboration Hutch, this blind antiAmericanism has been around M’sia for a very long time and has been slowly cultivated since the Vietnam War days by such widely available magazines like Time and Newsweek, eg. It’s one thing to dissent the US governance but another to become a LLL, local or exported.

    Since the rise of islamisation that followed that triumphalistic Khomeini’s Revolution, the embedded hate/disdain injection via the educational system quietly increased with the slow loss of the English capabilty in education. It has become synonymous with the M’sian mainstream outlook.

    Basically, Malaysian never distinguish much between normal America and the loony leftist America. And local people wants plenty to be mainstream “thinkers”.

    Even Steven Gan is of Malaysiakini is very wildly anti-American as seen by his past treatment in his editorial titled, “Enemies At The Gates”, on tthe eve of Desert Storm 2 in 2003. Very inane prediction about “quagmire”. So is Jeff Ooi and BeritaMalaysia eGroup rather bias too, as if to wanna stay acceptable by fashion’s dictate. Malaysiakini lost Oon Yeoh as a counerweight to Jeff Ooi’s anti US bias a very long time back before the later left for better pasture.

    Nah, the American MSM is much more madly pro Left than it is pro Right.

  15. BrightEyes Says:

    Well, if you’re accused by both sides of bias toward the other, doesn’t that say something about your neutrality?

  16. wits0 Says:

  17. wits0 Says:

    “The Left and the Term ‘Islamo-fascism'”

    “Students at most universities are almost brainwashed into being leftist — and the way they are taught to disagree with their political opponents is by using ad hominem attacks. Conservatives are described over and over as mean-spirited, war-loving, greedy, bigoted, racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, homophobic, sexist, intolerant and oblivious to human suffering.

    Such ad hominem labels are the left’s primary rhetorical weapons….” u/q

  18. Scott Thong Says:

    Thanks for the info and links all! Links related to the above 8 comments:

    On the al-Dura case:

    On who REALLY kills Palestinian children:

    On Liberal Leftist valuing of human life:

    On Islamo-fascist valuing of human life:

    On the Israeli stripper assassin:

    On Islamo-fascisms:

    On what the much-hated American military agressors ever did for South-East Asia:

    On the pro-left and anti-right bias of the MSM (mainstream media):

    On whether Iraq has turned into a ‘quagmire’ as Steven Gan warned:

    PWNAGE pics and videos of terrorists being giving their wish to be shaheed (jihadi martyrs):

    On the ongoing success in Iraq and the Left’s fanatical attempts to cover it up:

    On whether Nik Aziz has his head screwed on straight:

  19. Anonymous Says:

    Scott, you’re fighting an impossible uphill battle but please continue to keep the faith. TRUTH above all ! You’re on the right track. My best wishes & you have my e-mail.


    The shooting of Palestinian boy Mohammed al-Dura occurred on Sept 30, 2000 and the iconic image of the 12-year-old under fire cowering behind his father has since become a pieta for the Muslim world.

    Nonetheless the al-Dura Affair remains less than satisfactorily resolved because there was no post-mortem and no investigation of the ‘crime scene’ in the immediate aftermath.

    Stephane Juffa writes in Wall Street Journal Europe (Nov 29, 2004): “We have the testimonies of Dr. Joumaa Saka and Dr. Muhamad El-Tawil, two Palestinian doctors of the Gaza Shifa hospital who said Mohammed’s lifeless body was brought to them before 1pm.

    “The problem is that Charles Enderlin, the France 2 correspondent in Jerusalem, claimed in the disputed report that the shooting started at 3pm. How can someone be killed by bullets that were fired hours after he was already dead? This is only one of the many questions that the French state TV channel needs to answer.”

    Whatever the circumstantial evidence, it is unfortunately not conclusive enough for either sceptics or intifada supporters to claim a certainty as to what really occurred.

    Although the Israeli Defence Forces in October 2000 said the bullets which injured the al-Duras could not have come from its soldiers’ positions, the loose coalition of individuals and organisations casting doubt on the Palestinian narrative took time to gather momentum (much in the same way that a scandal like Watergate took years to unravel).

    The slow pace is only to be expected as France 2 is cloaked in the respectability and ‘protection’ of the French establishment. Furthermore, the mood of the world, then as now, was very much anti-Israel – so understandably, persuading public opinion is like trying to make Malaysians see rationality through their thick bias.

    One highly suspicious aspect of the al-Dura Affair is that the film clip of the shooting, which France 2 distributed free to international media and was immediately screened around the globe, is only 55 seconds. Enderlin explains the brevity by saying: “I cut the images of the child’s agony, they were unbearable.” There was no such ‘death throes’ footage and Enderlin has been unable to produce it to silence his critics.

    Yet France 2’s Palestinian cameraman Talal Abu Rahmeh and the father Jamal al-Dura claimed that Israeli soldiers shot at the al-Duras for 45 minutes. This claim has been echoed by various journalists and news agencies picking up the story, none of whom personally witnessed the shooting. France 2 was the sole media to have recorded the event although Reuters is said to have captured the father and son from a different angle.

    At the heart of the controversy is the allegation that Enderlin, France 2 Middle East bureau chief – who recorded the voiceover for his TV station’s clip – was not on scene at the relevant time! Enderlin authoritatively made these dramatic assertions (“gunshots have come from the Israeli position….”; “A new burst of gunfire, Mohammed is dead and his father seriously wounded”) about an incident which he could not in good conscience give a first person account.

    Despite sustained public pressure and demonstrations calling for transparency and full disclosure from France 2, it took a full four years before the station allowed three reputable French journalists and editors to independently view the rest of the al-Dura footage.

    Daniel Leconte, one of the three French journalists who in 2004 reviewed the 27-minute raw footage, said in interview with Cybercast News Service (Feb 15, 2005): “If they had been Israeli bullets, they would be very strange bullets because they would have needed to go around the corner.”

    James Fallows in an investigative report (Atlantic Monthly) says: “It seemed evident from the footage that at the crucial moments, the father and son had sheltered themselves behind the barrel, relative to the IDF position, and that the boy was further sheltered by the father. They were entirely unsheltered from gunfire coming from other directions, including the known location of Palestinian policemen.”

    Writes Nidra Poller in another investigative report: “When it became clear from ballistics tests that the al-Duras could not have been hit by direct fire from the Israeli position, it was claimed they were hit by ricochets. But the father says he was hit 9 times, and the boy 3 times. Twelve ricochets?” She notes: “From time to time France 2 retracts elements of the story, but never makes the retractions public.”

    MENA’s frame-by-frame analysis of the video found that the “footage does not correspond to that of someone mortally wounded by high velocity bullets.”

    What the panel of the three French journalists who were allowed to see the channel’s rushes discovered was that “the overwhelming majority of the footage (24 out of the 27 minutes) is not of al-Dura, but of Palestinians staging re-enactments of injuries”, and “the scene of Mohammed al-Dura and his father were completely out of context with the rest of the film”.

    One of the panelists Denis Jeambar, in interview with RCJ radio (Feb 1, 2005) recounted: “…In the 24 minutes of film preceding the footage of al-Dura, young Palestinians are performing for the television cameras. They fall and when they think that no one is around, they get up. …it was interesting to realise that the narrator had this perspective.

    “This is a behind-the-scene that was never shown [on TV]. They completely fake their injuries, the comings and goings of an ambulance that evacuates people who do not actually have any injury. It is also an important element of the film and moreover one that establishes the first image. It was extraordinarily troubling. And the second troubling element was the scene itself, i.e. it needed to be verified, because the father wore a T-shirt without any trace of blood and this was one of the elements that also troubled us.”

    Jeambar’s fellow panelist Leconte told RCJ Radio: “[The report that Israel shot the boy] generally corresponded to what the global French opinion wanted to hear at that time, and that, I think, is what seems to me to be the most alarming as a whole. I have the feeling that one has a pre-patterned version of what happens in the Middle East and that, in the end, the facts are assembled to preserve that pattern.”

    On Sept 18, 2006, the French court heard the first of the defamation lawsuits brought by France 2 and Enderlin. The defendant was Philippe Karsenty, director of a media watch organisation who had in their website called for Enderlin to be sacked. Eight more civil suits are pending.

    Testifying at the trial was Prof Richard Landes of Boston University (, who viewed the France 2 video with Enderlin in 2003. Commenting on the few minutes of al-Dura footage that was cut, Landes writes: “the boy moves, holds his hand over his eyes, looks at the camera. With slow motion, the cameraman’s finger can be seen making a ‘take two’ sign, used by professionals to signal the repeat of a scene.”

    Reporting on the Karsenty trial, Poller writes (Sept 13, 2006): “A France 2 official acknowledged in the presence of news director Arlette Chabot, whose honour is allegedly sullied by Philippe Karsenty, that the Palestinians regularly enact fake battle scenes, some of which are reported as news in Western media.

    “All of these people freely admit that some, much, or even most of the material contained in the 27-minute video shot by Talal Abu Rahmeh at Netzarim Junction in the Gaza Strip on that fatal day are in fact staged scenes. (French journalists admit in private that the al-Dura scene, too, was staged; they say everyone knows it, no one will ever admit it publicly, this sort of revelation is totally and absolutely impossible in France, and besides it’s an old story and no one is interested.)”

    Poller’s summation of France’s mainstream journalism ethos is “… everyone knows it, no one will ever admit it publicly, this sort of revelation is totally and absolutely impossible …”.

    Scott, in Malaysia, other truths are NOT known because of — as you say — the very patent, very real institutional bias. It’s for bloggers to reveal the other side of the story as they have done in the West; as the brave people in Burma had tried to do during the crackdown. Some light of Truth will shine through the cracks if people like you value truth. Keep up your writing!

  20. wits0 Says:

    “Scott, in Malaysia, other truths are NOT known because of — as you say — the very patent, very real institutional bias.”

    Spot on! It’s that very metastasis that evolved from the hallowed official racism. The belief that the means justifies the ends(no end to that) – because it can and religiosity and elitism are the natural spawns.

  21. Scott Thong Says:

    If the ends justify the means…

    Who decides what the correct ends are?

    What if the ends are never met, how are the means then justified?

    What if the means become an end unto themselves?

    On what race means, past all the arbitrary definitions:

  22. wits0 Says:

    Mankind will have to work out what’s moral and the Golden Rule has always been there. We’ll see who and what worldviews get it which don’t:

    Without understanding Reciprocity but only clinging to supremacist bigotry some ppl will forever be stuck in characteristic Denial.

  23. Scott Thong Says:

    Interesting link above, wits0.

    But all readers and ISA sniffers, please note that the views promoted in any of the reader comments and links on this blog are not necessarily the views of the blog owner. They are nonetheless left in place as a testimony to the principle of freedom of speech, freedom of opinion and freedom of thought.

    The latest on media bias towards the Leftists.

    Take a look at the nxt link particularly, its complete with mentions and links of previous Left-brainwashed media bias that is always ready to immediately leap at the throats of conservatives.

    “What liberal media bias???”

  24. wits0 Says:

    Scott, for your collection(plethora of plenty within):

    Need a psychologist’s analysis/explanation? Anne, she’s good.

    Western Liberals generally are liberated of their commonsense as a rule. Turning Left then becomes just a thin red line.

  25. Scott Thong Says:

    You mean a thin BLUE line lolz!

    Thanks for the links again!

  26. hutchrun Says:

    The belief that the means justifies the ends(no end to that)..
    Yup, like foreign expert `peace loving` future PM of Oz:

    Australia’s opposition leader lamented his past behavior on Wednesday, as images of him picking his ear wax in Parliament reached a growing audience via the Internet.

    The embarrassing footage was captured by Parliament’s official television camera at least six years ago as Kevin Rudd, then a junior Labor Party lawmaker, sat in the House Representatives listening to a colleague question a government minister.

    Rudd, who is likely to become Australia’s prime minister next month, is seen in the background absent-mindedly probing his left ear before apparently placing the same finger in his mouth.

    The footage has found it way on to YouTube and has attracted increasing attention in recent weeks as Rudd, a Chinese-speaking former diplomat, leads Prime Minister John Howard in opinion polls ahead of Nov. 24 elections.

    Rudd was questioned by the media Wednesday about his behavior after the footage recently featured on U.S. national television on NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

  27. hutchrun Says:

    Well, not at all surprising. Even tomatoes have problems with muslims:

    American commanders cite al-Qaida’s severe brand of Islam, which is so extreme that in Baqouba, al-Qaida has warned street vendors not to place tomatoes beside cucumbers because the vegetables are different genders, Col. David Sutherland said.

  28. Scott Thong Says:

    The above case shows the difference between ordinary Muslims and Islamo-fascists.

    The Al Qaeda thugs want to impose their particular way of doing things on ordinary Iraqis by force, and as can be seen by the ordinary Iraqi’s response to the cucumber/tomato sexual segregation, they think it’s a pile of steaming turd that they want nothign to do with.

  29. Scott Thong Says:

    Hey guyz, remember what was Noo nak was so avidly citing about that Haaretz piece about ‘evil Israeli soldiers revealed by psychologist to like punishing Palestinians’?

    And how I replied that Haaretz is a flagrantly liberal publication?

    Which means that, just like in the US, they love to bash their own country and outright lie for their own anti-patriotic purposes?

    And that their so-called ‘real interviews with real people detailing real facts’ are highly likely to be completely made-up, false and imaginary?

    Such as in the cases of Ouze Merham and Scott Thomas Beauchamp?

    Check out the recent Israeli air strike on a Syrian facility and the way lie-beral Haaretz spinningly portrays it as unprovoked Israeli aggression when the Israeli government doesn’t give in to their whining to be given more info to print. Proof at 6th paragraph of Haaretz’s own site.

    Never mind that Syria made a lot of noise and bluster about the ‘intrusion into their territory’ yet refuses to give meaningful details about what actually happened – only hurriedly-concocted, self-contradictory red herrings.

    Or the fact that they hurriedly cleaned up all traces of whatever ‘innocent facility’ was the target of the Israeli air-strike before the UN inspectors could come take a look see for the purposes of condemning Israel. Which some would say is a tacit admission of Syrian guilt, perhaps even nuclear guilt.

    But no, according to Haaretz, the whole point of the Israeli gig was to provoke Syria into war. Because of course, the administration is corrupt and war-seeking above all else, therefore the only explanation is that Israel wants to start an all-out war with every neighbouring state simultaneously rather than live in peace.

    But don’t question their Liberal patriotism.

  30. hutchrun Says:

    Oooo how those liberal hearts do beat when they begin to trip over themselves on that love of peace n submission:

    Arab ‘collusion’ against Jews
    ‘Draft law’ points to conspiracy, scholars say

    UN is a mini state of the OIC.

  31. hutchrun Says:

    In the same link above:
    Brackets written into the draft law suggest it was intended as a template: “Beginning with (date), all Jewish citizens of (name of country) will be considered as members of the Jewish minority State of Palestine,” it begins.
    Those arabs never were, cannot be and are not palestinians. It is a liberal, islamic, communist conspiracy which the Left has been trying to promote since the demise of the communist nations.

  32. observer Says:

    This is bloody old news, why is it being regurgitated?

  33. Scott Thong Says:

    Because it’s a bloody old post but with bloody new comments?

    Seriously, it’s because Malaysiakini’s tracker just looks for the word strings in blog posts. In fact, yoru comment and mine here will probably set it off again.

  34. Sagaladoola Says:

    Dear Scott,

    Let me tell you a solution. Go to edit posts, edit this, remove the word “Malaysiakini from the title”. The pinging should stop.


  35. Scott Thong Says:

    Thanks for the tip, Sagaladoola. But that would affect the various posts (both mine and other blogs’) that link to that post, thought the html address wouldn’t change.

    Annnnnnnnnd……. Who doesn’t like the occasional several hundred extra hits from unwitting Malaysiakini readers? 🙂

  36. k.esu Says:

    They reap what they sow:

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  38. yara Says:

    i live in palestine and i watch news everywhere, all news channels are pretty much biased in a way, but american media is definitly pro-israeli, the whole american nation is mostly pro-israeli even if they dont know anything about whats going on, babies die in palestine, and people never hear about that… an american citizen got shot in the head a week ago in a peaceful demonstration and no american news even mentioned it?!?!? israel tested illegal weapons on one of the worlds most densely populated areas in the world, Gaza, and none of that was mentioned…??

  39. Scott Thong Says:

    Perhaps from your point of view… But from another point of view, American media gives too much leeway to the Palestinians – such as by always reporting on Palestinian civilians killed but not mentioning that they were being used as human shields by Hamas, or calling terrorists ‘freedom fighters’, or only telling Hamas’ side of the story and not telling the IDF’s side of the story.

    What illegal weapons do you mean? The UN has not filed any report on such a thing.

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