While the demonisation of Palestinians, and Arabs in general, is the main staple of our mainstream media, a story flatly contradicting the notion that Arabs are barbarians who can not be trusted with democracy (well they don’t want it anyway!) has managed to surface despite the bigotry of the west.

Meanwhile in Australia, persecution of anti-Apartheid protesters has been taken up a notch by the Victorian government, with news that 4 protesters were arrested in dawn raids in Melbourne this week. The reaction of local politicians is as predictable as it is lame. According to our enlightened politicians,the motivation for protesting against Israel has no basis in a demand for justice and equality but is based purely in anti-Semitism. Surely these politicians understand that the Australian public in general is not stupid and will see through this sort of nonsense given time. The same arguments were made by western politicians when denouncing the opponents of the South African apartheid regime. The arguments made by supporters of Israel will share the same fate as those who stood up for apartheid in South Africa (and Israel was definitely one of them).

The following article was published on the Mondoweiss website on 7/08/2011

Feminist triumph in West Bank somehow escapes probing eye of western media

by Seham on August 7, 2011

The Western media rarely misses stories about honour killings in the Arab world because it’s an opportunity to make Arabs look like savages while pretending to care about Arab or Muslim women, but, they managed to ignore this one. Ma’an: West Bank murder smashed the lie of ‘honor killings’

As details of Aya’s murder became public, it sparked a wave of outrage that spread across the southern West Bank, with people taking to the streets to demand changes to the law.

Thousands turned out to mourn at her funeral, and the ceremony was covered live on Palestinian television, a first for such a crime.

It was during the broadcast that a top Palestinian official rang through to pledge that Abbas would change the law, in a move that won the backing of three-quarters of the Palestinian population, a poll taken in June showed.

“Because we spoke out and knocked on doors, people are showing solidarity in Aya’s case, which has now become a case for all girls,” said family member Yasser Al-Baradiya.

“If we hadn’t, this crime would have been ignored like all the others.”

It was a step women’s campaigners have been fighting to achieve for years.