ABC’s skewed reporting of Palestinian attacks on Israelis is sickening

Re-posted with permission of the author Rowan Dean.

I’VE watched kids holding up decapitated heads, starving babies and swollen corpses rotting in the sun. All while I’m having dinner – during the news.

But I have never seen anything quite as hard to stomach as the ABC’s 7.30 last week. And I’m not talking about the content – which was horrible enough – but, rather, the way in which it was reported.

This was the ABC’s top current affairs programme reporting on a terrifying spate of murders taking place in a democratic country not dissimilar to our own. In each case the murderers, many of whom are barely out of their teens, sneak up on the elderly, the vulnerable or the infirm and hack them to death with knives or other weapons.

Sometimes they just run them over.

But that’s not why I had trouble keeping my dinner down. No, what was truly repugnant was the way in which these murderers were portrayed: almost as heroes, engaged in some noble struggle. How could that be?

Well, did I mention the victims are all Jews and the murderers all Palestinians?

Even the segment’s title –

“Meet the young generation of Palestinians behind the third intifada”

– was a disgrace, sounding like some hip, funky show. How would 7.30 have portrayed the Holocaust?

“Meet the blond, blue-eyed generation behind Germany’s third and final solution”


“So far dozens of Israelis and Palestinians have been killed on buses, at bus stops and at checkpoints. Just hours ago, Israeli security forces shot two more Palestinians after they tried to board a school bus south of Jerusalem,”

the presenter said.

To the uninformed viewer, this surely sounds like whatever is happening, the Palestinians are clearly victims and the Israeli soldiers are doing all the killing. Worse, the statement gives the impression that there is a moral equivalence to the actions of the murderers and the security forces protecting lives.

Throughout eight turgid minutes, the show failed to point the finger of blame where it belongs: at those political and religious predators in the West Bank and Gaza who for a generation have tutored and groomed young Palestinians to desire to murder Jews. Muslim clerics in Palestinian mosques have been urging their followers in recent weeks to go out and hack Jews to death in the name of Allah. For the Islamist, the “cause” of “liberating” Palestine is just another facet of jihadist terrorism, the goal being the genocide of all nonbelievers, particularly Jews.

Palestinian students pray next to an empty chair of their former classmate Bayan al-Esseili, 16, who was allegedly killed by a female Israeli soldier after the teenager tried to stab her. Picture: AFP

This is cleric Muhammad Salah a fortnight ago in the Al Abrar mosque:

“Brothers, this is why we recall today what Allah did to the Jews. Allah has brought the Jews … the enemies of humanity. Form stabbing squads … Oh young men of the West Bank, attack in threes and fours. Some should restrain the victim, while others attack him with axes and butcher knives. Next time attack in groups of three, four or five. Attack them in groups, cut them into body parts.”

Yep, that’s a religious sermon, Palestinian style.

What is occurring in Israel at the moment is the result of decades of official antisemitism, including kids’ TV shows that tutor Palestinian children to murder Jews. Now these same kids are being inspired to get themselves killed trying to massacre innocent Israeli citizens.

This is planned, incited murder, a modern pogrom.

In reality, 16-year-old Bayan al-Esseili, one of the young Palestinians described glowingly on the ABC as “friendly”, “gifted”, “affectionate” and “talented” was no different to Farhad Jabar, the 15-year-old Islamist who snuck up and killed Curtis Cheng in Parramatta.

Yet through language, tone, and style the ABC appeared to be somehow glorifying these Palestinian jihadists. We had funky rap music, “cool” interviews, sentimental claptrap about an empty desk at a girl’s school and so on.

Of course the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a political and geographical nightmare. But the blame for the lack of any progress rests predominantly on the side of the Palestinian dictatorships of Fatah and Hamas who have spurned four separate peace offers. This is the same murderous ideology that is seeing “kafirs” butchered around the world.

Evil occurs when good men do nothing. Or when good people obfuscate the true reasons behind those evil deeds. Sickening.


Twitter: @rowandean

Editor The Spectator Australia, Financial Review & Courier Mail columnist, Sky commentator, author ‘Beyond Satire’, creative director, film director, copywriter.

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  1. Leon Poddebsky

    But those ABC people are not “good people.”
    The good people are those who expose the ABC hypocrites and antisemites.

  2. Leon Poddebsky

    The ABC and SBS are Australia’s taxpayer-funded IDEOLOGICALLY-driven media organisations.
    Although they continuously violate, abuse, pervert the trust which the people of Australia have placed in their hands, they feel omnipotent to continue on their warped warpath, knowing that any attempt to criticise them, let alone to reform them, immediately raises the cry of ” stifling freedom of expression.”
    They censor themselves constantly and deny freedom of expression to anyone who does not accept their totalitarian mindset.

    Another problem is that for some reason some people reflexively accept the fashionable fallacy that the ABC is “the thinking person’s network,” “the intelligent person’s” sancrosanct and infallible source of wisdom and correctness. (It is “Your ABC”- remember the slogan?)
    One reason for this might be that they are perceived not to be motivated by profits- you know, filthy capitalist lucre, the source of all those fat salaries that ABC employees do not earn, but are gifted.

    Israel, in their simplistic / simpleton perception, is a servant of the capitalist ogre, the USA, and Israel is easy prey for the heroes of the ABC. Their reasoning is: first we’ll do our bit to destroy Israel. That’ll do away with a US ally, and that will bring closer the socialist/communist/ Stalinist/ Trotskyist paradise (any virgins?)

    Thinking people might one day ponder this question: will your children and grandchildren’s brains and intellectual well-being benefit from a taxpayer-funded, deficit-making, ideologically-driven brainwashing machine?

  3. The abc will always be anti Israel because it follows an ideology that will always put Islam first. It’s a left wing group think organisation with a monopoly on how it editorialises. Complaining is pointless as the amount of red tape involved is ridiculous, plus they answer to no one, not even the minister. Our current PM was the Minister and instead of doing his job decided to align himself with the national broadcaster who bend over backwards to support him.
    I feel unless Jews in Australia are represented by intelligent advocacy, media savvy, focused strong individuals as opposed to weak droning meek fools this will never change.