Abdul Bari Atwan
Abdel Bari Atwan is the editor-in chief of the London-based pan-Arab newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi. He is a regular guest of BBC Dateline London.
According to the President of the Libyan Transitional National Assembly, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Abdel Bari Atwan was paid $3,000 every month by Gaddafi. The new Libyan government has released documents which they say record the payments to Atwan, and to other Arab journalists.
Abdel Bari Atwan is an obnoxious and controversial figure. He is famous for having declared:
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 also supported the massacre of children at the Mercaz Harav yeshiva, and declared that it demonstrated the “courage of the Palestinian nation”.
He also supported the murder of civilians last month in the Eilat terrorist attack:
‘The Eilat operation, as I see it, corrected the course of the Arab revolutions and refocused them on the most dangerous disease, namely the Israeli tyranny. This disease is the cause of all the defects that have afflicted the region for the past 65 years…’