Tag Archives: PressTV

Sharing a panel with #Iran PressTV correspondent in #Israel

9 Sep

Tonight I shared a panel with the Iranian regime’s PressTV channel correspondent in Israel. The panel was hosted by the Tel Aviv based I24 news.

Hamad Awidat who reports for the Iranian channel belongs to the Druze minority in Israel. He lives on the Golan Heights. I have my views regarding PressTV as an organization. Its nothing against Hamad as a person. He is a very nice guy and I enjoyed exchanging opinion with him. I look forward to many more and wish him the best.

And as usual I24 news channel proved yet again why they are a trendsetter in this country. They host people from all political views and groups. In fact they are one of the few, if not the only Israel based TV station to interview Hamas spokespersons, direct from Gaza. I know because I was in the studio and saw it live.

I must say that I found tonight’s experience quite strange. The Iranian regime calls for the destruction of Israel and refuses to compete with Israel in international sporting events, yet it sees no problem in having a reporter inside Israel. And there I was, sharing a panel with him, in Yafo port, just outside of Tel Aviv.

Would Iran allow an Israeli channel on its soil? Think again. It does not even allow BBC Persian to have an office. This is in addition to the fact that the Washington Post correspondent in Iran Jason Rezaian was recently arrested for unknown reasons.

Our free press in Israel is something to be tremendously proud of.

Here is an interesting report which Hamad prepared, not for PressTV. Its a message of support and love from Israel, from an Iranian in Israel who also seems to be leading a Christian Zionist group.

Here is one of the PressTV reports from the Golan

 

Let the antisemitic comedian Dieudonne speak

9 Jan

Dieudonné M’bala M’bala

The antisemitic show of the French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala has made the news recently after the French football star Nicholas Anelka copied his antisemitic salute.

The fact that Dieudonne believes that he is the victim when he is the one insulting the holocaust shows how deep his racism goes.

The fact that he does not see how this hurts others shows how ignorant he is. Can you imagine a comedian making fun of the death and suffering of tens thousands of African slaves? Can you imagine how disgusting a person would have to be not just to do such a thing, but to also be proud of it? Dieudonne is the equivalent of such a person.

I for one don’t think he should be banned. Let not hide the morally deformed face of racism, but show it to the world. Let the world see who he is, and who his antisemitic friends are (such as the Iranian regime’s PressTV).

Its also an important test to see who our friends in the battle against antisemitism are. I am tremendously proud to see that they include the president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) Dalil Boubakeur.

Dieudonne M’bala M’bala’s racism is also an important reminder to the world why the Jewish people have always of dreamed of having their own homeland: to have somewhere to escape from the racist antisemitism of people like Dieudonne.

Iran Regime: Champion At Isolating Itself

21 Dec

After the recent horrific massacre of children at Newport Connecticut, the Iranian regime mouthpiece PressTV published an interview with Michael Harris, a “former Republican candidate for governor of Arizona” who stated that Israel was responsible for the massacre.

The report is so totally absurd and devoid of value. So why publish it?

There are numerous explanations which can be offered. To my mind, more than anything, its a sign of utter desperation by a regime which is fast losing legitimacy at home, and abroad. Its losing Assad in Syria, while Hamas is clearly distancing itself from Iran, despite the fact that the Iranian government provided them with free weapons during the recent Gaza war.

There is also the fact that there are elections coming up in Iran which are going to be anything but democratic or fair. Add to that the fact that western sanctions have not rallied the people of Iran around the flag.

Naturally the regime will want to divert attention from developments at home, and what better way than to blame Israel for anything it can get its hands on.

But you could ask: don’t regime officials realize that these reports are damaging to the regime? don’t they realize that isolate it in the international community?

In my opinion, the short answer is: no.

Since the 2009 uprising, the people who seem to be advising Khamenei seem to be the least experienced in foreign policy issues. Bottom of the barrel stuff. Those who had a better understanding of foreign affairs and how the international system works have been sidelined because many were reformists.

This article is one of many counterproductive acts which the regime is undertaking. As I mentioned at the recent Front Line conference at the LSE, nobody does a better job of delegitimizing the Iranian regime abroad than the Iranian regime itself. If only Netanyahu would keep quiet and let Khamenei do the job for Israel. There is something to be said for subcontracting, even to your enemies.