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MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal won’t admit Hamas is winning the media war.


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Italian-Palestinian journalist and former MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal caused an uproar this week with comments about American media’s “disgusting” pro-Israel bias.

Ronan Farrow invited Jebreal and the Daily Beast’s Eli Lake to discuss to conflict in Israel. Farrow mentioned Secretary of State John Kerry’s hot-mic comment, in which Kerry sarcastically called Israel’s military policy “a hell of a pinpoint operation.” He asked his guests what they thought of this gap between “American officials’ public versus private thoughts when it comes to Israel.”

Jebreal responded with a rant about how American media is “disgustingly biased” against Palestinians.

“We’re ridiculous,” she said. “We’re disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue.” She referenced the bias of “Andrea Mitchell and others,” and claimed, “I never see one Palestinian being interviewed on these same issues.”

Farrow weakly pushed back, noting that Palestinians have indeed been on the show, to which Jebreal said that a Palestinian is interviewed for 30 seconds at most, “and then you have 25 minutes with Netanyahu.”

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“One-tenth is given to the Palestinian voice, and 99 percent to the Israeli voice,” she continued, not pausing to calculate the 109 percent total. “That’s why the public opinion is pro-Israeli, which is the opposite of the rest of the world.”

After the segment, Jebreal took to Twitter with a daring claim:

But this claim quickly proved untrue, as she was back on MSNBC the next night for an interview with Chris Hayes.

Hayes first addressed Jebreal’s tweet regarding the cancellation of her TV appearances.

“If you appear on a cable news network, you trash that network and one of its hosts by name on any issue . . . the folks of the network will not take kindly to it,” he explained. “Not some grand conspiracy at work — a fairly predictable case of cause and effect.”

He then turned to Jebreal to discuss MSNBC’s alleged pro-Israel bias.

Jebreal immediately returned to her spiel about the imbalance of air time granted to Palestinian officials and Israeli officials.

Hayes responded that he always strives to speak with officials on both sides. “It is, as it turns out, extremely difficult to get a Hamas official on your TV show,” he told Jebreal.

“Palestinians are not only Hamas,” Jebreal shot back.

Hayes pointed out that Hamas and Israel are the two entities fighting, and so it follows that Hamas officials would logically be the people to talk to about the conflict.

Jebreal then said public opinion on the conflict translates into policy. And currently, the U.S. is “actually supporting the Israeli policies that have been destructive, and will not guarantee securities, and undermining American interests in the world and in the region,” Jebreal said. “This is simple fact.”


Anti-Israel Protests
As Israeli’s campaign against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip continues, protests against Israel and in support of the Palestinians have broken out in cities around the world in recent days. Here’s a look. Pictured, flames on the streets of Paris in July 19.
While some demonstrations expressed a humanitarian wish to end the fighting, others descended into vituperative denunciations of Israel. Though few of the protests were large, some were marked by violence and demonstrations of anti-Semitism.
FRANCE: A pro-Palestinian demonstration near Paris turned violent as thousands of youths set fire to cars and garbage cans and looted shops in confrontations with police. Other protests were held in more than dozen French cities.
The protest in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles — known as “Little Jerusalem” because of its large Sephardic community — came amid a ban on rallies instituted after a tense clash at two synagogues there earlier in the week.
A rioter flashes a Nazi gesture at police during clashes in Sarcelles.
Some 38 protesters were arrested in the most recent round of clashes.
A more peaceful pro-Palestinian demonstration in Paris.
Rallying for Palestine in Lyon, France.
Lyon, France
ENGLAND: An estimated 15,000 anti-Israel demonstrators marched through London holding signs saying things such as, "Stop the Bombing; Free Palestine."
Police control a pro-Palestinian demonstation in London.
GERMANY: Authorities in Berlin ordered pro-Palestinian marchers to cease anti-Semitic chants such as “Gas the Jews.” According to IBT Times, some of the demonstrations were organized by Muslim immigrants and neo-Nazi groups.
Dieter Graumann, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, told IBT Times: "Jews are once again openly threatened in Germany and sometimes attacked, synagogues are being defaced and declared as targets." Pictured, a call to arms in Frankfurt.
The visage of Yassir Arafat in a Berlin crowd.
A young protester holds a sign in Frankfurt
ITALY: Reuters reports a crowd of around 11,000 marched in Vienna through the city streets and to the official presidential residence.
More views of Venice
NETHERLANDS: Approximately 3,000 people staged a peaceful protest calling for an end to the Gaza operation, according to NBC News. Retuers reports signs reading “Israel War Criminals” were seen among the crowds. This banner reads: "Sound the Alarm. Stop the War."
More protesters march in Amsterdam.
UNITED STATES: A line of protesters in Los Angeles, Calif.
Protest signs in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
CHILE: A sign labels Israel a terrorist state in Santiago.
CANADA: Hundreds of Palestinian-Canadians and their supporters demonstrated in front of the Israeli embassy in Ottawa. Elsewhere in Calgary, a rally of nearly 1,000 demonstrators broke down into violent clashes.
GREECE: Burning an Israeli flag in Athens.
SPAIN: Pro-Palestinian marchers display banners in Malaga.
ROMANIA: Showing support for Palestine in Sofia.
AUSTRALIA: A mock funeral in Sydney.
Waving Palestinian flags at town hall in Sydney.
SOUTH AFRICA: In Johannesburg, protesters demanded the explusion of the Israeli ambassador.
INDIA: Protesters in Srinagar, the capital of Indian Kashmir near Pakistan.
Ahmanababad, India
Mumbai, India
Pattani, Thailand
MUSLIM WORLD: No surprisingly, pro-Palestinian demonstrations were seen across the Muslim world, in the Middle East and elsewhere. Pictured, a young protester in Beirut, Lebanon.
Rabat, Morocco
Rabat, Morocco
Protesters burn an effigy of the Israeli flag in Amman, Jordan.
A protester mocks U.S. support for Israel outside the U.S. embassy near Beirut.
Jakarta, Indonesia
Tunis, Tunisia
Istanbul, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Updated: Jul. 23, 2014

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