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Sunday, November 16, 2003

HonestReporting Communique

REUTERS BEYOND BELIEF

The U.S. and Israel have long held that the Palestinian Authority, in its present configuration with Yasser Arafat at the head, lacks the credibility necessary to move forward on any peace initiative.

The media, however, too often ignore overwhelming evidence of PA terror support and corruption, and grant the PA the peace-loving image it so desperately seeks.

Reuters, with nary a hint of skepticism, headlined its Nov. 12 article, "Arafat Happy with Israel as Neighbor," then began it with metaphorical flourish: "Palestinian President Yasser Arafat has held out an olive branch to Israel, saying it has a right to live in security alongside a future Palestinian state and calling for an end to bloodshed."

It is beyond belief that after volumes of Arafat speeches urging jihad, and the mountains of evidence linking Arafat to terror activities, a major news agency like Reuters can keep a straight face while promoting Arafat as a prince of peace.
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