Monday, November 05, 2012

Abu Mazen's remark: and why you need to know Arabic to cover Arabs

Look at this in the Times:  "The remark set off angry protests across the Gaza Strip".  The writer does not know Arabic and clearly missed the international Arab reactions.  At a time when streets are tightly controlled by the police in West Bank and in Arab capitals, and the media are largely dominated by gas and oil interests, Facebook and Twitter are now free platforms for Arab citizens.  And I can report to you that this has been the biggest story for days.  Arabs from around the world have been heaping insults and even calling for trial and even executions of Abu Mazen for his remark about Safad.  But all this is missed with media that rely on foreign correspondents who rely in turn on "reliable" acceptable Arabs.