Palestinian Press More Vocal in Anti-US, Israel Views

By Julie Stahl | July 7, 2008 | 8:17 PM EDT

Jerusalem ( - Hatred against the U.S. and Israel in the Palestinian press has been on the rise since the Hamas won Palestinian parliamentary elections at the end of January, according to an independent media analyst.

Recent editorials in an official Palestinian Authority daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, have compared the West to the Nazis and German dictator Adolph Hitler, while American policy is likened to fascism, according to a report released this week by the Palestinian Media Watch, an Israeli organization that monitors the Palestinian media.

"There is a steady rise in the levels of hate expression towards Israel and the U.S.," Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) Director Itamar Marcus told Cybercast News Service.

The anti-U.S. sentiment it has picked up in recent weeks, following a dropoff in U.S.-Palestinian contact, he added.

"There is a new ideological Nazism, which has started to dominate the West," wrote Hafez Barghouti, editor-in-chief of Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, in an editorial published last Saturday.

"I see in many minor and senior Western officials, copies of Hitler. Many of the western institutions are as if they are managed by the Gestapo and the S.S.," wrote Barghouti.

He said the U.S. "Nazism" is directed against the Third World and Latinos and would one day be turned against the Jewish people "because the neo-conservative idea is derived from the remnants of the Nazi idea and is an Aryan supremacy doctrine with new terminology."

Two days ago, Barghouti charged that American policy was responsible for "the extremism in Arab societies," and he accused the U.S. of being "democratic in the media and Fascist in its dealing with the affairs of people."

A cartoon that appeared two weeks ago in another Palestinian daily, Al-Quds, showed President Bush sitting on a pile of half-naked men - reminiscent of the alleged "torture" photo from the Abu Ghraib prison.

"We strongly condemn these violations and we will work for free, fair and democratic violations," Bush says in the caption.

Since winning an overwhelming victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections in January, Hamas has rejected U.S. and Western demands that it recognize Israel and abandon terrorism.

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