Journalist Abdel Hamid Abdel Jaber Disgraces Himself Yet Again

Remember “journalist” Abdel Hamid Abdel Jaber, who last week showed a complete lack of objectivity while lying in addressing the UN Spokesperson at a daily press briefing?

He’s back at it, as evidenced from another “performance” of his at a press briefing a few days later.

What prompted it was Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, addressing the murder of Jewish Israeli Yehuda Dimentman, and retaliations by so-called “settlers”:

Tor Wennesland, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, said today that he is alarmed by the escalating violence in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, which is claiming the lives of Israelis and Palestinians.

Last night, he said, Palestinian assailants opened fire towards an Israeli vehicle near Nablus; one Israeli was killed and two others injured.  Since this morning, there have been several retaliatory attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians in villages near Nablus.

The Special Coordinator said that these tragic incidents, and numerous others in recent weeks, highlight the volatility of the current situation and the urgency for all political, religious and community leaders to speak up and reject violence.

Mr. Wennesland condemned all acts of violence and terrorism and appealed to all sides to de-escalate the situation.

Nothing too controversial here, or so you would think. Yet this was too much for Jaber, who objected to his mentioning the killing of the Jew!

Deputy Spokesman:  Thanks.  Abdelhamid, do you have a question?

Question:  In fact, Farhan, I have two, and I hope you are… you will be patient with me.  First a question about the statement you just read about… by Mr. Wennesland.  It is very strange that he issued a statement when an Israeli settler was killed.  However, I’ve been notifying you and Mr. [Stéphane] Dujarric almost every single day about Palestinians killed, including Mohammad Shawkat Salima, who was murdered, who was extrajudicially killed in front of everyone.  There was no statement…

Deputy Spokesman:  Abdelhamid, although I will be patient with the questions, again, this is a briefing for questions and not for speeches.

Correspondent:  Okay.

Deputy Spokesman:  I appreciate your opinion, but please let’s get to the question part.

Question:  Yeah.  My question is, why he issued a statement when one Israeli settler is killed, but he is absent completely when Palestinians are killed.  I need a clear-cut answer.  Does he have a justification to that?

Deputy Spokesman:  The clear-cut answer is he’s not absent when the Palestinians are being killed.  The statement that I read, as you may have noticed, refers to all of the violence, not to violence against one side but against all…

Question:  He said, killing Israelis and Palestinians.  He put Israeli first.  He put the word Israeli killed and Palestinian… [cross talk]

Deputy Spokesman:  I’m not going to bicker with you about the order in which the paragraphs are there, but our concern is for all of those who are suffering from the violence, whether Israeli or Palestinian, and Mr. Wennesland has been upholding that.

Mr. Wennesland, as you know, has also regularly briefed the Security Council, and in those briefings, you hear what he says about the violence perpetrated against Israelis and Palestinians alike.

We want to make sure that there’s peace throughout the area, that no one has to live in fear, and we have been pointing out all of the violations against all the individuals on either side of this.

By the way, Mohammad Shawkat Salima, the palestinian Arab he mentions as having been “murdered” and “extrajudicially killed,” was a terrorist who stabbed someone with intent to kill.

As for Jaber’s second question:

Question:  I have a second question, which is related.  Two days ago, Israeli settlers dressed like Arabs, like Muslims.  They infiltrated the Al-Aqsa Mosque, carrying praying carpets, having head covers like Palestinians, and they went into like praying into mosque.

But according to Maariv today, the Israeli paper, they have been training like that, looking like Arabs, praying, even learning some Arabic, learning the Fatiha, a surah from the Qur’an, and in preparation to invade Al-Aqsa Mosque.  Do you have any comment on that?

This is another lie, a dangerous one in fact. The men reportedly dressed as Arabs so they could move freely on the Temple Mount, and not to “infiltrate” the mosque. Any men dressed as Muslims who entered the mosque were actual Muslims! By inventing this lie, Jaber seems intent on spreading a falsehood designed to incite violence.

Some journalist he is!


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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