Liberal media critics often insist that Al Jazeera is benign and certainly not in any way violent or hatefilled. L. Gordon Crovitz has a timely reminder of just what Al Jazeera stands for with two key moments from Al Jazeera’s programming.
In 2009, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, host of the network’s most popular Arabic-language show, “Shariah and Life,” said on air: “Oh, Allah, take this oppressive Jewish, Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them. Oh Allah, count their numbers and kill them, down to the very last one.”
In 2008, Al Jazeera threw an on-air party for Samir Kuntar when he was released from an Israeli prison. Kuntar led a Palestine Liberation Front terrorist team that kidnapped an Israeli family in 1979. He shot the father and killed the 4-year-old daughter by smashing her head against rocks along the beach. Al Jazeera’s Beirut bureau chief hands Kuntar a scimitar to cut the celebratory cake and says: “This is the sword of the Arabs, Samir.”
Both of these broadcasts occurred a mere few years ago. Al Jazeera has certainly not changed since then.
Liberal media critics will argue that Al Jazeera in English is different in terms of tone and content, but they should also ask themselves which is the real Al Jazeera? Is the real Al Jazeera the Arabic version or the English version?
Arafat had a history of saying one thing to his people and another to foreign diplomats. He told his people that he wanted war and told diplomats he wanted peace. History records that he told his people the truth and told the West a lie. It might be time to seriously consider which Al Jazeera is real, the one calling for a second Holocaust or the one that Al Gore made his deal with.