CONFLICTING VIEWS ON PALESTINE
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.