In August 2007, HonestReporting UK brought to its readers’ attention Abd Al-Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper. Bari Atwan had stated on Lebanese TV: “If the Iranian missiles strike Israel, by Allah, I will go to Trafalgar Square and dance with delight” and expressed his hope that Iran would attack Israel in the event of a confrontation between the US and Iran.
Now, as reported by the Jerusalem Post, Bari Atwan said that the terrorist attack on Jerusalem’s Mercaz Harav Yeshiva on March 6 was “justified” and that the religious seminary is responsible for “hatching Israeli extremists and fundamentalists.” In his lead article last Sunday, he chose not to condemn the shooting attack and said the celebrations in Gaza that followed symbolized the “courage of the Palestinian nation.” He added that the recent violence in Gaza might “mark the countdown to Israel’s destruction.”
Extremism and support for terror in an Arab publication is not shocking. What is shocking is that Bari Atwan continues to appear as a commentator and analyst on the BBC and Sky News, where he carefully disguises his real ideology from viewers.
Please write to the BBC and Sky News drawing their attention to Bari Atwan’s latest comments and request that he is no longer invited to appear on their stations.
Sky News viewer’s editor Paul Bromley – firstname.lastname@example.org