THE PALESTINIAN BROADCAST MEDIA:
A SURVEY REPORT
by Michael Widlanski
On the eve of PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas’s planned visit to
Washington, the broadcast media of the Palestinian Authority (PA)
maintained a generally tough anti-Israeli and sometimes even anti-
American posture, regarding talks with Israel and American actions in
the Arab world.
For example the Fatah newspaper Al-Hayat al-Jadida published a
cartoon on October 15 condemning America for actions in Iraq and
Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 15, p 15, reprinting cartoon from Qatari newspaper Al-
Watan, showing defiant Syrian flag being pulled down by balls and chains labeled
“America” and “Iraq.”
Although many Arab newspapers reported that Dr. Abbas (also known as Abu Mazen) was set to meet Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Washington, the official media reported (from late September) that such a summit was not a foregone conclusion, and that it depended on Israel meeting Palestinian demands.
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