Yesterday’s post featured the comments of a brave and clear thinking Arab journalist, Khaled Abu Toameh. Whenever I find an article like the one he wrote yesterday, I search the web for more of what he says, and where he can be found.
I didn’t find any site dedicated to him, but I did find a great post written about him on incontext.blogmosis.com. In her article titled “A Real Journalist”, Lynn B writes a great tribute to him here:
Here are a few excerpts fromÂ her article:Â
Khaled Abu Toameh knows all about “the Israeli occupation.” He was born in the West Bank city of Tulkarem in 1963, when it was still under Jordanian occupation. Four years later, Tulkarem, along with the rest of Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and the Sinai peninsula, changed hands. And much later, in 1994, Tulkarem fell under the quasi-jurisdiction of Yasser Arafat through the grace of the Oslo Accords.
But Abu Toameh hasn’t led a life of hopelessness and despair. He graduated from Hebrew University in 1986 with a B.A in English literature. Then, after spending some time working for a PLO “newspaper,” (pasting together canned announcements sent from Tunis) he became what he calls “a real journalist.” He’s now the Jerusalem Post’s correspondent for “the territories,” and he contributes as well to NBC News, US News & World Report and The Jerusalem Report. He lives in Jerusalem with his wife and three children.
As for the foreign press, Abu Toameh shrugs. They see no evil and hear no evil when it comes to the behavior of the PA. He describes an incredible scene back in 2002 when he was covering an event at the mukata, Arafat’s compound in Ramallah. With a crowd of international reporters standing around, two palestinian policemen brought a man out, threw him up against a wall and shot him — right under the window of Arafat’s office. When the reporters converged, the policeman seemed bewildered. It was just a simple execution, nothing to get excited about, he said. And no one did. In fact, according to Abu Toameh, no one else even mentioned it. But he did (the Jerusalem Post has now changed all its old links to paid-access pages but you can read the full article here*).
Abu Toameh isn’t gentle with many favored palestinian myths, either. Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount did not ignite the “intifada.” Rather, it was the coverage of the visit in the palestinian media, in which it was made to appear that Sharon arrived with guns and tanks to invade and destroy the mosque and rebuild . . .. He left that sentence hanging.
“Bush — the savior of the Arab masses.” That’s a quote, and it drew an audible gasp and a few chuckles from the crowd. Not something most of us were expecting to hear. But Abu Toameh seems to believe that Bush’s hard-line attitude is exactly the wake-up call the Arabs need to get their act together.
TheÂ bottom line?
Khaled Abu Toameh is a man to listen to. Read his articles. If he writes a book, buy it. Remember what he says and quote him toÂ everyone.
When a man like Khaled breaks free of his roots and speaks with clarity, listen. Remember.
I can only hope that his people are listening too.
GoÂ read the rest ofÂ Lynn’s article here:
And don’t stop there. Read the rest of her stuff.