Friday, September 18, 2009


Geraldine Doogue speaks with Palestinian National Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who's optimistic about the future.

Immediately following is a conversation with Antony Lowenstein [sic], who pitches his usual Palestinians-are-innocent-victims-of evil-Jews crapola. Loewenstein starts off with a typically confused reference to Fayyad's efforts to establish a "civic" Palestinian society and it's all downhill from there. Toward the end Doogue asks Loewy about his failure to acknowledge that Israelis too are victims; he avoids the issue by going off on a tangent about his family having suffered in the Holocaust. As usual there's no substance whatever; it's all about selling books.

Update: the introduction to a Loewenstein interview on radio 2ser says he wrote My Israel Question to "document his experiences exploring Israel and the Palestinian territories in depth" adding that he has "continued to visit and report from Israel and the West Bank every year". He is described as "reporting the day-to-day happenings on the ground" thereby filling an "important void in the Western media landscape".

The interview is conducted by admiring "documentary" maker Daz Chandler who says Loewenstein has "spent so much of [his] life personally exploring and indeed reporting from that region". This is the cue for Loewenstein to attack the credibility of journalists actually reporting from the region for being based "in Israel proper" who "visit the West Bank or Gaza for a day or two and then they come back".

Loewenstein on the other hand has spent very little time in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, with almost all of his "reporting" originating from within Australia –– it would completely destroy his credibility as a Middle East reporter, such as it is, if he were to disclose the dates of his visits to the region.

A recent interview on SBS Arabic radio is much the same. Loewenstein predicts that within a few years an Israeli Jewish minority will rule over a Palestinian majority, which is "an apartheid situation by definition". The guy has no idea what he's talking about.

Late in the interview it's said that during his July visit to Gaza Loewenstein interviewed "Hamas leaders". As far as I know Loewenstein has never made this claim; in the interview he refers to having spoken to "Hamas people" rather than to "Hamas leaders".

In calling him "Anthony" the interviewer proves she knows as much about Loewenstein as he knows about the Middle East.


Anonymous Damian Lataan said...

Hamas leaders aren't Hamas people?

11:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hamas constitution is anti-rotary, masons and the lions and mentions the islamic version of judgement day where jews will be killed. They are clearly anti-semitic. Only a liar or someone with absolutely no cluew would deny that. Lattecat

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Damian Lataan said...

Zionism is anti-Palestinian and anti-Arab and there is no place for non-Jews in their dream of an apartheid Greater Israel.

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lataan, you're projecting again.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, that was me Lattecat

2:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anyone whos interested just google Lataan and fuckwit. Good for a laugh

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Damian Lataan said...

I guess the problems the Palestinians have among themselves is a good enough reason for the Zionazis to take over their lands and homes and to bomb and kill them. Most, if not all, of the friction that Palestinians expereience is as a direct result of Zionist aggression. Its a classic colonial ploy to divide and rule or simply wedge those whose lands and homes you are stealing.

As it happens Danny Boy, you'll find that more Israelis were killed by fellow Israelis than by Palestinians - in any year.

Metrawl, while the Zionazis continue getting their ordnance, aircraft and jet fuel etc., from the US, the Palestinians and Arabs resisting Zionazi aggression will get their arms from Iran and where-ever else they need to. While the Zionazis are putting their staranglehold on the Gazan people then their fighter will continue to launch missiles at Israel until the Gazan people are and have all of their lands back.

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Palestinians and Arabs'. There's a difference? That just shows how little Lataan knows. LC

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Mehaul said...

So Lataan, the Jews have no rights to Israel. The predecessor to your beloved United Nations gave them their lands. What's the problem? Obviously your personality issues and a stare at some 'higher intelligence' at Flinders have swayed your simplistic attitudes. You're the lowest of the lowest germs. Just a piece of flotsam floating with the daily rubbish. Your comments relate to the latest selective readings that have been put in front of you. You liar you. Even Lowenstein would be bored with you. Sad claim that.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Cookie said...

Antony Loewenstein is the "void in the Western media landscape."

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Damian Lataan said...

I take it then that you go along with the official story of 9/11, a story that hasn't changed since it was first told just hours after it happened, despite the overwhelming evidence that it could not possibly have happened the way the government said it did. Readers can check out the facts for themselves. Only the utterly dumb and gullible would believe anything the lying toe-rags Bush, Blair and Howard told them.

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Damian Lataan said...

The only 'bizarre 9/11 fairy tale' is the one the Bush administration came up with on the day and subsequently endorsed in 'The 9/11 Commission Report' and supported by the likes of Blair and Howard.

9:24 AM  
Anonymous Damian Lataan said...

whatever amuses you tiny little mind sock Puppet.

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great comeback mate. 15 grand of your inheritance well spent.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Damo dickhead are you chanelling Joe Viall's?

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Damian Lataan said...

It was money well spent. In return I got an APA grant of around 20 grand a year tax free for three and half years to do this PhD.

4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you live on 20 grand a year? LOL. Must be sensational. You get many hookers for that?

5:09 PM  
Anonymous J F Beck said...

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5:20 PM  

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