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Posted on Jun 7, 2013

Abdul Bari Atwan: “If you support the Palestinian resistance, you do not consider Bin Laden’s attacks terrorism”

Abdul Bari Atwan, a London-based journalist and editor of Al Quds Al Arabi, told Egypt’s ON TV, when asked if Bin Laden was a terrorist, that:

“If you support the Palestinian resistance, you do not consider [Bin Laden’s attacks] terrorism. But if you are with America, Europe, and Israel, you do consider it terrorism. It depends on your definition of terrorism … Whoever fights America and its enterprise in the region, and whoever fights Israel and the American occupation, is not considered a terrorist by me.”

Atwan is a regular contributor to BBC Dateline and has on written for The Guardian on a number of occasions.

In 2007, he told Lebanese television that, “If the Iranian missiles strike Israel – by Allah, I will go to Trafalgar Square, and dance with delight if the Iranian missiles strike Israel.”

Atwan’s expressed views depend upon his audience. Other Arab journalists have noted Atwan’s duplicity: Munir Al-Mawari, writing in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyassa, stated that:

“The Abd Al-Bari Atwan [appearing] on CNN is completely different from the Abd Al-Bari Atwan on the Al-Jazeera network or in his Al-Quds Al-Arabi daily. On CNN, Atwan speaks solemnly and with total composure, presenting rational and balanced views. This is in complete contrast with his fuming appearances on Al-Jazeera and in Al-Quds Al-Arabi“.

In 2008, Atwan defended the terrorist attack on a school in Jerusalem, in which eight students were killed.  Atwan claimed the attack was justified because the school was responsible for “hatching Israeli extremists and fundamentalists.”

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for documenting this. The bozo had a video on his site where he extolled the lying of Yasser Arafat. He actually verbalised praise for Arafat that his lies had convinced so many people. Many linked to it to show what a perverted personality Atwan is and how Arafat’s lying was no problem to hysterical popularity in the Arab Muslim world.

    The video has since been removed from Atwan’s site.

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