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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Terrorist TV

There's a fascinating story at National Review Online that sets out all the reasons why Hezbullah's Al-Manar TV ought to be shut down. The story was written by Steven Stalinsky, who is the executive director of MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute (for those who have never seen MEMRI's web site, it's a must).

On March 23, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced pursuant to Executive Order 13224, that Al-Manar, a satellite television channel operated, owned, and controlled by the Iranian-funded Hezbollah terrorist network was designated as a global terrorist entity. The announcement cited earlier U.S. laws against Al-Manar which it called "the media arm of Hezbollah."

Hezbollah's brazen response to the U.S. decision was not surprising. A spokesman for Al-Manar was quoted by the Lebanese Daily Star on March 25 vowing to continue broadcasting despite having its assets frozen by the U.S. government. He insisted it was "nothing new" and added, "It doesn't change anything, and we will continue our work and will remain broadcasting everywhere in the world, including the U.S."

Al-Manar's general manager, Abdullah Qassir, was also quoted by the Daily Star stating: "We consider this an assault on an objective and professional media group. It is politically motivated and we have information that the Zionist lobby in the U.S. is behind it." Qassir went on to explain, "The channel is now watched in America and all over the world...Al-Manar is an honorable open station that abides by rules and regulations, and is far from encouraging terrorism or violence as it is constantly being accused of by the U.S."

The following highlights the story behind Al-Manar; its activity in the U.S.; its role propagating anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism in the Muslim world; and how it incites Muslims in the West to violence. Over a dozen links to translated segments from the channel are included.

Read it all.


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