June 19, 2012

Instead Say "Martyrdom-Seeking Operation"

Instead of "suicide bombing," say "Martyrdom-seeking operation," instructs a new book published by The Palestinian Authority Ministry of [Dis] Information in an effort to teach Palestinians which words to use to replace "the Israeli and American dissemination of poisoned terms" (see below).

In other words, if you can't confuse 'em, just lie to them, shamelessly and boldfacedly.

Saying one thing in English, and another in Arabic (aka lying) has always been common practice in the Arab/Islamic world, with Islamic law providing lots of justifications or doctrines for doing so. It's efficacy? Well, that depends on the ignorance of the other side. 

Abraham Lincoln once said “The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.” The Arab/Islamic world is inculcating their children with hate from cradle to grave, whereas the Western world is cultivating its upcoming generations to think in terms of 140 characters or less.

There is NOTHING more frightening than ignorance in action, especially in matters of national security....and survival.

Palestinian Media Watch Bulletin  |  June 19, 2012

Official PA Terminology Guide: Instead Of "Terror" Say "Resistance"

By Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

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The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Information has published a book instructing Palestinians which words to use and calling to replace "the Israeli and American dissemination of poisoned terms." The book, which is called Terminology in Media, Culture and Politics, includes a chart with the "poisoned terms" to be replaced by Palestinian terms.

This book and the chosen terms are significant as they officially and accurately reflect PA beliefs, policies and ideologies. As Palestinian Media Watch has documented for years, when speaking to its own people, the PA adamantly denies Israel's right to exist and glorifies the murder of Israelis and Jews, including civilians, as heroic "resistance" when speaking to own its people. This terminology guide issued by the PA reiterates the official PA positions that foreign governments and the international media often don't understand, deny, or ignore.

PA denies Israel's right to exist - reflected in terminology
The PA does not recognize Israel's right to exist. Accordingly, the introduction to the PA Ministry of Information's book stresses that correct Palestinian language must be chosen in order to avoid language that recognizes Israel's existence as "natural". Using the Israeli terminology:

"turns the essence of the Zionist endeavor (i.e., Israeli statehood) from a racist, colonialist endeavor into an endeavor of self-definition and independence for the Jewish People."

Palestinians are encouraged to use terms that indicate that Israel is the result of "a racist, colonialist endeavor," and the book instructs Palestinians never to use the name "Israel" alone but instead to use the term "Israeli colonialism." To use "Israel" by itself is damaging, according to the PA, because to do so "describes Israel as a natural state."

Killing Israeli civilians is not terrorism but "resistance"
A second fundamental of PA ideology is to refuse to accept that Palestinian attacks that kill Israelis, including suicide bombings against civilians, are terror. Therefore, the PA has chosen the following terms to replace all references to terror that Israel and the world use:

 Israeli term   Palestinian Arab term 
(Palestinian) Terror   Resistance
(Palestinian) Terrorist   Resistance member 
Suicide (bombing)
Palestinian violence    Legitimate resistance
Person who was killed 
  Martyr (Shahid)
reciprocal violence
  Resistance response

The PA refuses to recognize Israel's fight against Palestinian terror as self-defense. Through its terminology, it attempts to delegitimize Israeli security structures and defense measures by replacing the following terms:

 Israeli term  Palestinian Arab term  
Israeli Minister of Defense  
 Israeli Minister of War
IDF - Israeli Defense Forces   Israeli occupation forces
Separation fence  Racist separation fence

The PA refuses to refer to Israel's Arab citizens as... more here


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