Monday, October 03, 2005

The world is watching

A perceptive article by columnist Diana Mukkaled of the London Arabic daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat on MEMRI. Her conclusion:

"However, the world is closely watching. There are western institutions that specialize in translating material that is used by all forms of Arab media. The majority of programs are recorded and later broadcasted, therefore when a Muslim cleric features on some broadcasting channel referring to Jews as "grandchildren of monkeys and pigs," it is inevitable that such words will reach millions of people around the world. Such a portrayal of these extremist attitudes causes the Muslim and Arab immigrants and their children in the west to pay the price for such words.

"The accusations that British Muslims have made against the BBC of having a Zionist agenda
[Heh. Ed. note] are easily refutable in comparison to the statements made by Muslim leaders themselves. The problem does not lie in what the BBC said, but rather in what we say."


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