Saturday, December 08, 2018

More "Palestinian privilege" in today's Daily Express

The notion of "Palestinian privilege" is one I have continually discussed. Another aspect of this privilege is that the main stream media now increasingly censors out any mention of 'Palestinian(s)' when a story relates to them behaving badly. This is, of course, in sharp contrast to the media's obsession of talking about 'Palestinians' if they can link them as being victims in any way.

Typical of this censorship is the double page article commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Lockerbie terrorist attack in Today's Daily Express. The article focuses on Jim Swire's campaign to bring the real culprits to justice. As anybody who has followed the story knows, the Libyan who was convicted was almost certainly a convenient patsy - it was inconvenient at the time to go after the real culprits who are believed to have been the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command (PFLP-GC) and their sponsors - the Iranian government - who hired them to 'retaliate' for the accidental shooting down of an Iranian plane by the US ship Vincennes.

It was partly due to 'Palestinian privilege' that the PFLP-GC were never charged with the crime. But, while the article is actually about the PFLP-GC involvement, the Express has decided - for reasons of  'Palestinian privilege' to censor out any mention of 'Palestinian' from the report. The article refers only to the acronym PFLP-GC without ever stating what it stands for to ensure readers have no idea that it is a Palestinian terrorist group. In fact, most readers would assume it was an Iranian group from the way the story is written:
Swire, like many informed Lockerbie watchers, believes the terror group, the PFLP-GC, the first suspects in the case, were the culprits, and that the bombing was ordered and paid for by Iran.
Moreover, whereas everyone else in the story is identified by their nationality, we get only the following reference to the Palestinian terrorist Mohammed Abo Talb**:
Five years ago, he travelled to Sweden to confront Mohammed Abo Talb, a convicted terrorist then recently released from a 20-year sentence in that country, hoping to question him over his suspected role in the bombing.
The Express clearly feels that readers must not be told that the terrorist is a Palestinian in case it might dampen their sympathy for the world's ultimate 'victims'.

**Mohammed Abo Talb was a member of two Palestinian terrorist groups although, like many 'Palestinians', he was actually born in Egypt.

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