by Martin Iqbal
Alhurra (also known as al-Hurra) is a US-based satellite television network established in 2004, and which broadcasts in over 22 countries worldwide. Referring to Alhurra as a ‘news network’ constitutes the most egregious misuse of language; funded by the US Congress, Alhurra is nothing more than an Arabic-language extension of the US State Department’s propaganda mill, the Voice of America. As is customary for such Orwellian propaganda mainstays, Alhurra is Arabic for “The Free One“.
Voice of America, the English language partner of Alhurra is operated by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an agency of the US government, which also finances Alhurra(1) via a US government grant:
“Alhurra is operated by the non-profit corporation “The Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc.” (MBN). MBN is financed by the U.S. Government through a grant from the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG),”
Responsible for all American propaganda broadcasted to foreign audiences(2), the BBG is a large umbrella organisation that,
“encompasses all U.S. civilian international broadcasting, including the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Radio Free Asia (RFA), Radio and TV Martí, and the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (MBN)—Radio Sawa and Alhurra Television.”
BBG programming is distributed in 59 languages worldwide, and reaches an audience of over 165 million every week, 26 million of which is attained by Alhurra.(3) Fawning Zionist Hillary Clinton, who praised Al Jazeera’s propaganda(4) relating to the ‘Arab Spring’, sits on the board(1) of the BBG. Alhurra is simply one of many branches of this global propaganda empire.
As with VoA, Alhurra broadcasts only outside of the US, reporting and distorting news in favour of the US government and the Zionist-globalist agenda that it serves. Countries to which Alhurra broadcasts include Libya, Occupied Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon, Somalia, Yemen, and Occupied Iraq.
Alhurra: the Zionist-founded Arabic news network
Alhurra was established in 2004 by Jewish Zionist Norman Pattiz(5), who used to sit on the board of the Broadcasting Board of Governors. From a family of Orthodox Jews, Pattiz has also been an active force in the Israel Policy Forum(6), a New York based American-Jewish organisation that lobbies for the solidification of Israel’s hold on Occupied Palestine, in pushing for a two-state solution.
The IPF, established in 1993 with the encouragement of Israeli PM Yitzhak Rabin, exists to(7) “serve as a strong American base of support for the kind of active and sustained U.S. diplomatic efforts needed to assist the State of Israel,” and to(8) “ensure Israel’s security and future as a Jewish, democratic state.”
In 1999, Pattiz was honoured by the IPF(6) at a tribute dinner where then Israeli Prime Minister and 9/11 architect Ehud Barak(9) presented an award and called Pattiz “an ever-increasingly important conduit of information and good will.”
The summer of 2002 saw Norman Pattiz being appointed for his second term on the Broadcasting Board of Governors by war criminal George W. Bush(10). Zionist Pattiz had been recognised for his achievements in founding Westwood One – America’s largest radio network – in 1976. Pattiz is essentially a godfather of global Zionist propaganda; he is known as the “driving force behind the Middle East Radio Network, also known as Radio Sawa (www.radiosawa.com). Launched on March 22, 2002 as a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week, Arabic language service aimed at listeners under 30.“(10)
The Zionist Alhurra has hired an ex AIPAC director(16) onto its staff, and it is thoroughly embedded within the American military-intelligence establishment. In addition to this, its regular guests include(1) policy writers from corporate and Zionist US think tanks (emphases added):
“Through correspondents at the State Department, White House, Congress and the Pentagon, Alhurra illuminates U.S. policies and domestic debates on those policies for Middle Eastern audiences. Guests from American think tanks and interviews with U.S. officials provide a comprehensive view of U.S. foreign policy as well as a better understanding of the American people and our system of governance. In 2009, Alhurra launched Al Youm (Arabic for Today), a live three-hour daily news magazine that originates simultaneously from five countries in three continents including Dubai, Beirut, Cairo, Jerusalem and Alhurra’s headquarters in Springfield, Va.”
It should be noted that Alhurra’s headquarters in Springfield, Virginia, are located a stone’s throw from Langley, Virginia – headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Lending further weight to Alhurra’s Zionist, neoconservative, corporatist and pro-war credentials is the profiles of the figures it has chosen to lend a platform. One particular format of Alhurra’s programming is its long one-on-one interviews. Within this framework the station has given a platform to persons qualifying as Zionists, neoconservatives, war criminals, unelected puppets, lackeys, and all of the above. The Zionist-founded network has hosted the following figures in this capacity: former US National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, unelected Palestinian Prime Ministers Salaam Fayyad and Ahmed Qurei, Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom, the rabidly racist Zionists and NYT columnists Thomas Friedman and David Brooks, ex assistant to George W. Bush, Mary Matalin, Iraqi occupation puppet Jalal Talabani, zealous neoconservative and Zionist John Bolton, and President George W. Bush himself (who was an avid supporter of the Alhurra project at its inception).
Alhurra and Libya
A mere two months after Alhurra’s founding in February 2004, Alhurra-Iraq was created. This second Arabic language channel was established for the purpose of propagandising to Iraqi audiences in the wake of the illegal US occupation. Libya has been no different; the Zionist monolith was operating out of Benghazi from the very outset.
The ‘February 17′ movement served as the springboard for the illegal war on Libya, and it’s been promoted and idealised by the Zionist media ever since its fraudulent birth. Libya Alhurra TV began broadcasting on February 19, 2011 – a mere two days after the supposedly spontaneous ‘uprising’.
One of the Zionist warmongers’ favourite poster children is our familiar Quisling ‘Khaled M‘, American of Libyan descent whose background this writer exposed(11) a number of weeks ago. ‘Khaled M’ was raised by a staunchly anti-Gaddafi family, his father, Mohamed Ahmed, colluding with the CIA and Mossad in the establishment of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL). Raised in Lexington, Kentucky (the location of NFSL headquarters), ‘Khaled M’ now cheerleads for the terrorists and thugs brutalising Libya under the auspices of NATO. As an aspiring rapper and no doubt desperate for attention, his servile fawning has been rewarded with a CNN profile(12) as well as coverage in the BBC(13). The Libya coverage(14) of these two news organisations has carried lies so brazen(15) that even the most seasoned observer would be astounded.
‘Khaled M’ has garnered attention from a handful of Zionist and pro-NATO media outlets small and large – something which he makes sure to tell his Twitter followers about at every opportunity. Most recently he boasts of being picked up by Alhurra, needless to say however, he neglects to tell his followers of Alhurra’s Zionist make-up and US government backing.