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December 29, 2015

Pro-Israel Kuwaiti Journalist Calls a Spade a Spade

Abdullah al-Hadlaq.jpg

Kuwaiti journalist Abdullah al-Hadlaq, a columnist for the Al-Watan newspaper has come out vocally in support of Israel several times before. In October, he ignited a firestorm of condemnation on Arab social media when he defended Israel's right to defend itself against the "terrorism of [Palestinian] knives" in an Al Watan column.

Al-Hadlaq has now written a column criticizing the Arab media and defending Israel's position for the Israeli media, published today in Israel Hayom.

He notes that

The Arab media has become afflicted with stupidity and delusion and has lost its ability make true distinctions. The words "wisdom" and "reason" are no longer part of its lexicon. It has become debased and mentally challenged. It considers the victims of battles in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, etc. "casualties," whereas the Palestinian terrorists killed in the Gaza Strip or in the West Bank are dubbed "shahids" (martyrs). This same media, which is biased in favor of a group of people called "Palestinians," neglects every human, Arab, or Muslim issue and associates shahada (a martyr's death in the name of belief) with them only....

Why, when Palestinian terrorists and murderers holding knives and rocks are killed by Israeli soldiers, who are forced to open fire in cases of legitimate self-defense, do these debased Arab media outlets twist the truth and call the Palestinian terrorists "shahids"? By what right did they earn that exalted rank, while being murderous terrorists and criminals? The accursed Arab media outlets that warp and make things up, glorify the murderers and terrorists as well as Palestinian crimes, and give them, exclusively, the title "shahid."

Read the entire column here.

Posted by rh at December 29, 2015 01:26 PM


Re this article, "Pro-Israel Kuwaiti Journalist Calls a Spade a Spade" -- I think CAMERA does very good work, but suggest you revise the headline on this piece, as the expression "to call a spade a spade" is sometimes perceived as a racial slur.

(*According to wikipedia, he idiom originates in the classical Greek of Plutarch's Apophthegmata Laconica, e.g. it's orgins are not racially related, and it's uses are generally not intended as such; but it has nevertheless taken on certain meanings in American culture on account of hateful uses of the word "spade")

Posted by: Matt at December 31, 2015 12:39 PM

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