The Duplicity of Abd Al-Bari Atwan

Abd Al-Bari Atwan, Editor-in-Chief, “Al-Quds Al-Arabi”: Bin Laden Was Only Half a Terrorist

MEMRI TV/TRANSCRIPT  below the fold

Thanks to Alan from the Biased BBC

The Today programme bring on a ‘ringer’ (Last 5 minutes) in the form of Abd Al Bari Atwan, editor of Al Quds Al Arabi  newspaper…from Gaza and who is pretty much an extremist where Israel is concerned….but the BBC don’t mention that when they usher him in to give us his take on the Israeli response to being bombarded by Palestinian rockets…….

He claims there is no military solution….in other words the Israelis must stop their ‘useless’ military measures….very convenient conclusion.

He said that the conclusion is that the only solution is a political settlement.   He claims the Israelis are the only barrier to this having ‘derailed’ the peace talks and have besieged a starving population in Gaza.

He finishes by saying that the Palestinians are right to attack Israel as they were kicked out of their land by the Israelis….which, if you read that correctly, means that there can be no peace until the Israelis are ‘gone’, one way or another.

Atwan is famous for saying this…..

Speaking about Iran’s nuclear capability in an interview on Lebanese television in June 2007, Atwan stated:

“If the Iranian missiles strike Israel, by Allah, I will go to Trafalgar Square and dance with delight.”  He further stated in the case of war, Iran would retaliate against its Arab neighbors, American bases in the Gulf and “Allah willing, it will attack Israel, as well.”

What do others have to say about his trustworthiness…..

‘ Yemenite journalist and columnist for the London Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Munir Al-Mawari, stated:

“The Abd Al Bari Atwan [appearing] on CNN is completely different from the Abdel 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 which he whips up the emotions of multitudes of viewers and readers.”

‘Lior Ben-Dor, a spokesman at the Israeli Embassy in London, said:

“The problem is that when addressing the British public, he tends to hide his true opinions and ideology – his support for terror and the murder of civilians. This article reveals Atwan’s real colors, a supporter of fundamentalism and terror, and hence he should be treated accordingly.”

Maybe it is legitimate to have a multitude of voices and opinions in any discussion (save climate change naturally)…but it is only fit and proper that the BBC informs us exactly the nature of those people giving us their ‘honest’ opinion.

Abd Al-Bari Atwan, Editor-in-Chief, “Al-Quds Al-Arabi”: Bin Laden Was Only Half a Terrorist

from an interview with Abd Al-Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi. The interview aired on ON TV on June 2, 2013:

Interviewer: You are the only Arab journalist who interviewed Bin Laden.

Abd Al-Bari Atwan: True.

Interviewer: Don’t you consider him a terrorist?

Abd Al-Bari Atwan: It depends on your definition of terrorism. If you support the Palestinian resistance, you do not consider it terrorism. But if you are with America, Europe, and Israel, you do consider it terrorism. When I met Bin Laden, he was not a terrorist in the current definition. Then, he was demanding the removal of the U.S. forces from the Arabian Peninsula. He would not say “Saudi Arabia,” but “the Arabian Peninsula.” He believed that the U.S. forces had come to drive Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.

Interviewer: That was back then, but now, in 2013, do you consider Bin Laden a terrorist?

Abd Al-Bari Atwan: As I’ve said, the Americans consider him a terrorist…

Interviewer: Do you, Abd Al-Bari Atwan, consider Bin Laden a terrorist?

Abd Al-Bari Atwan: He was half a terrorist. He was fighting for some causes…

Interviewer: But in general, do you consider him a terrorist?

Abd Al-Bari Atwan: When he was fighting the U.S., trying to drive its forces out of the Arabian Peninsula, he was not a terrorist. This is my view.


Whoever fights America and its enterprise in the region, and whoever fights Israel and the American occupation, is not considered a terrorist by me.

Are you trying to destroy me?

Interviewer: Absolutely not.

Abd Al-Bari Atwan: Isn’t it enough that they have prevented me from entering the U.S.?