Sharing a panel with #Iran PressTV correspondent in #Israel

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

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.