December 08, 2003

SELECTIVE BROADCASTING STATION

Dawn Ali is the mother of Andez Ali, who was interviewed by SBS television for a program on Australian Muslims in the wake of September 11. She sends this note:

Your article titled Hail Television was interesting reading. Andez is a very mature 11-year-old who I am teaching to be his own person, with integrity and compassion. I believe his virtues truly showed when he was interviewed.

I didnít give permission for SBS to interview him, and they had quite a number of mistakes in that session. My son was baptized Catholic when he was three months old. He was never a Muslim. My ex married me in a Catholic church (we were married for 11 years).

I have been in Australia for 30 years, and love it from the bottom of my heart. I keep on telling my three children that we live in the best country on earth and it seems to be rubbing off. All those Muslims that are forming these support groups are nothing but a bunch of whingers.

Thank you for speaking out. The truth needs to be heard.

Sincerely,

Dawn Kosa (Ali)

Posted by Tim Blair at December 8, 2003 09:01 AM
Comments

Switching the Catholic boy for a Muslim boy on the propaganda TV program. Thats a good trick.

Posted by: papertiger at December 8, 2003 at 09:15 AM

Tim, I sincerely hope you are not trying to put facts in to a good story. The kid CAN'T be a Mick, it doesn't fit the line that they are trying to push in the "News Story".

Posted by: Todd at December 8, 2003 at 09:26 AM

SBS is one of those orgs that seems to have thrown any pretext of balance out the window. Every time they report on Iraq it's to say how badly everything is going. You can hear the anger in their voices.

Posted by: PK at December 8, 2003 at 10:04 AM

To a compassionate liberal champion of the brown and undertrodden, all the brown and undertrodden look pretty much the same.

Ragged clothes, big, doe-like eyes staring up at you puppydog-like through the chain link fence, they're just so adorable! Can we get one Mom, can we?

ADORABLE IMMIGRANT CHILD: Kill muslim terrorists!

SBS(brow furrowed in gentle concern): You seem confused, Andez.

Posted by: Amos at December 8, 2003 at 10:09 AM

SBS communist propaganda stopped.

Thankfully accusations of communist propaganda will be hyperbole rather than statement of fact.

Oh, and the ABC reckons settlers aren't civilians:

It is understood five of the 12 factions attending the Egyptian-sponsored talks had agreed to halt attacks only against Israeli civilians, but not soldiers or settlers.

Those were the ABC's words, not those of the terrorists.

Posted by: Andjam at December 8, 2003 at 02:29 PM

White man's burden, Amos. Got to teach the woggies what's good for 'em. Leave 'em to their own devices and the benighted darkies will stuff their starving bellies with GM food, or work for five times their previous income in a Nike factory.

Posted by: Dave S. at December 8, 2003 at 02:33 PM

Andjam,

I too heard that story with 'settlers' not included in 'civilians'. While superficially illogical, it morphs if you look at it from the point of view of international law.

A settler in the Occupied Territories is there illegally, and is actively engaged in the annexation of Palestinian land. They are the vanguard of an invading force. They ARE the invading force, essentially. Settlements have mostly military/strategic objectives in their placement and growth. They are staffed with Zionists, whose ideology demands the expulsion of Palestinians from Palestine and Arabs from Israel.

They are not innocent civilians in the normal sense of the phrase.

PS I in no way endorse the murder or harrassment of settlers in the Territories. I just don't think they have a right to be where they are.

Posted by: fatfingers at December 8, 2003 at 07:26 PM

Question for Fatfingers. who says:

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Almost every public statement made by Muslim leaders stresses that the ultimate aim is to destroy Israel completely and 'drive the Jews into the sea'. They give as their justification for terrorism, that there can be no peace while the state of Israel exists.

What should be the logical Israeli response to this statement? Do you honestly believe that there would be peace if the settlers were removed?

Posted by: dee at December 8, 2003 at 08:23 PM

>A settler in the Occupied Territories is there illegally, and is actively engaged in the
>annexation of Palestinian land. They are the vanguard of an invading force. They ARE the
>invading force, essentially. Settlements have mostly military/strategic objectives in their
>placement and growth.

International law and even Amnesty International regard people (families, children) living in the settlements as civilians.

>They are staffed with Zionists, whose ideology demands the expulsion of Palestinians from
>Palestine and Arabs from Israel.

That's correct if you get your information from Arabnews or Hizbullah TV. But not in the real world.

>They are not innocent civilians in the normal sense of the phrase.

And I've also heard that they're bloodsucking vampires.

Posted by: Ohad at December 8, 2003 at 09:59 PM

Fatfingers,

Do you even know what Zionism is? Noam Chomsky is a zionist, for crying out loud.

Posted by: Andjam at December 9, 2003 at 07:50 AM