Israeli Government: Government uses PMW to gather information on Palestinian media
Itamar Marcus, according to his biography, is the founder of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), a media watchdog that purports as its goal to expose anti-Israel bias in the Palestinian news and educational system, and, in the past “was appointed by the Israel Government [in 1999] to represent Israel in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority on Incitement.” According to its website, “PMW’s major focus is on the messages that the Palestinian leaders, from the Palestinian Authority, Fatah and Hamas, send to the population through the broad range of institutions and infrastructures they control.” Writing in Electronic Intifada,Asa Winstanley states,“…Palestinian Media Watch’s claims about Palestinian media are highly selective, often exaggerated, misleading and downright deceitful.”
Marcus continues to try to construct overarching narratives about Palestinian people based on scant evidence. Links every media piece back to the PA.
According to Marcus, the PA is using crossword puzzles as a propaganda tool to erase the existence of Israel
“In the ancient world, there was widespread belief that the deity wanted humans to die as the ultimate form of worship. People gave their children to the deity of Molech and the Baal. This ancient belief has now returned to plague the world.”
“In order to create willingness among the population to confront Israel violently, the PA took advantage of the ancient tradition in Islam, Shahada or Death for Allah, which mandates Muslims to aspire to die in combat for Islam. The PA told their people that this ancient tradition also applies to them in confrontation with Israel today.”
Marcus makes broad (and racist) generalizations about Palestinian culture based on slim evidence.
“Marcus uses a video—supposedly created by the Palestinian Authority—and one dubious poll to claim that, “Under the PA Fatah leadership, Palestinian society is undergoing a major shift towards radical Islam.”
During a case which found the family of a murdered man suing the Palestinian Authority for damages, Marcus was brought on as an expert witness. Marcus was critiqued for cherry picking news articles and media clips by Judge Dalia Ganot.
“[Marcus’] expert-witness testimony totally ignores articles which do not support the desired conclusion, such as articles supporting a dialogue and peace. The testimony includes quotes from articles where there is no incitement, but expression of opinions, it ignores the citing of the Israeli press in Palestinian media.”
Judge Ganot continued to explain that Marcus selected 76 articles out of “tens of thousands” of articles. In her own words, it was “not possible to establish a claim of policy incitement on a handful of articles.”
Marcus, as an interviewee in the film Obsession, portrays Palestinians as bloodletting barbarians who, without provocation, want to “destroy the West.”
“There were numerous examples in American academia and media after 9/11 that placed the blame on American Imperialism around the world, the message was, these people must be suffering so much if they’re willing to blow up the World Trade Center… From the Western eyes that seems very logical, why would someone go blow up the world [trade] center. Now this message was given in academia, was given in a significant part of the media and it is unfortunate because, again, it is distracting the population from the real source of the problem which is an ideology which wants to destroy the West.”