On the fourth day after the outbreak of fighting in Nahr al Bared refugee camp in northern Lebanon, ‘Al-Jazeera’ started its evening bulletin by stating that the report about to be aired included exclusive footage from inside the Palestinian camp, which conveyed the magnitude of the killing and revealed the extent of "human suffering" experienced by its inhabitants.Five paragraphs remain of the article. You have your orders.
The footage, which was aired after, showed images of Fatah al Islam fighters stationed in their positions and firing at targets that were clearly members of the Lebanese army.
The tape did not present any images that reflected the suffering of Palestinian civilians; instead, it showed the fighters hiding behind their arms while they chanted repeated phrases in overlapping voices, such as 'idols' and 'infidels'. They were also seen exchanging information about the location of their 'brothers', their fellow comrades.
Once again, 'Al-Jazeera' channel displays no hesitation in playing the same role that it mastered in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine, namely, the official spokesman of fundamentalist groups.
It soon became clear that the Fatah al Islam fighters were dealing with a 'friendly' camera, not one that represented a neutral press. Immediately an ambiguous line appeared concerning the relationship between takfiri [Muslims holding other Muslims to be infidels] groups who's profession is to engage in killing rampages, indiscriminate murder and blowing themselves up on the one hand, and a channel that has managed, ever since its inception, to ignite an Islamist following of growing influence. [...]
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