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Meet Mohammed El-Kurd, The Nation’s ‘Palestine’ Reporter and Resident Antisemite



There is a new star in the anti-Israel firmament: the unsavory Mohammed El-Kurd. A report on young master El-Kurd, and his sudden fame and fortune as a media darling spreading his message of murderous hatred, is here: “‘Palestine Correspondent’ Mohammed El-Kurd Shares ‘Nazi-Like’ Cartoon: Will The Nation Remain Silent?,” by Akiva Van Koningsveld, Algemeiner, July 25, 2022:

With more than a million followers across Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, Mohammed El-Kurd has become somewhat of a media darling. Over the past two years, the 24-year-old resident of eastern Jerusalem has appeared on virtually every major television network, including CNN, CBS, NBC, and MSNBC, and in the process exposed a global audience to his radical anti-Israel views.

In giving El-Kurd so much airtime, in respectfully and even adoringly reporting on him, do these major television networks realize that they are helping him to disseminate his message of hate? Do they care? Would they do the same for a KKK Grand Kleagle, spreading a similar message? Why is there so often special dispensation for those who are anti-Israel and anti-Jewish?

Journalists at The Financial Times, Le Monde, and other publications have penned fawning profiles of El-Kurd, with some describing the young Jerusalemite as the “next generation of Palestinian activists.”

El-Kurd has certainly reaped the financial rewards of his newfound prominence: researchers recently revealed that he collected tens of thousands of dollars in speaking fees, which have included giving lectures at college campuses throughout the United States and addressing the United Nations in New York.

How nice to know he is making a fortune from speaking fees, lectures given at colleges where Student Friends of Palestine and similar groups control the student government, and its funds, and choose the visiting speakers and the honoraria they will be paid. Of course, this must infuriate students, Jewish and non-Jewish, who support Israel, to see their student government fees used in such a way, but what can they do? That is one way the anti-Israel movement flourishes among students, by bringing anti-Israel speakers to speak on campus, keeping off campus any speakers who might offer a different, pro-Israel perspective.

Last September, El-Kurd and his sister, Muna, made TIME magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Just days before Time hailed his “grassroots organizing,” the activist announced that he would be joining The Nation as a writer. So far, the “Palestine correspondent” has produced eight articles for the progressive journal — all of which sought to justify violence perpetrated by Palestinians.

Honest Reporting provided last December the truth about one Murad Attieh, a “Palestinian teacher” whom El-Kurd supports unreservedly, here: “The Nation’s Mohammed El-Kurd Whitewashes Allegations His Jerusalem-based Neighbor Conspired With US-Designated Terror Groups,” by Akiva Van Koningsveld, Honest Reporting, December 29, 2021:

Since The Nation in September announced El-Kurd’s appointment, he has produced three essays for the progressive site, each one rife with falsehoods and justifications for violence perpetrated by Palestinians. His latest article, “My Neighbor Protested His Family’s Expulsion From Its Home—Now He’s in an Israeli Prison,” published on December 21, is no exception.

According to El-Kurd, Israeli forces this summer detained a Palestinian teacher by the name of Murad Attieh on “trumped-up charges” stemming from “protests” against possible evictions in the contested eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah/Shimon HaTzadik.

Murad Attieh has been in prison for 133 days for what many believe is an effort to criminalize our movement,” El-Kurd’s piece lamented.

Yet information obtained by HonestReporting from online and official sources casts serious doubt on the innocence of El-Kurd’s “kind and helpful neighbor.”

While the case is still making its way through the court system, the available evidence — none of which is discussed in El-Kurd’s article — indicates that The Nation’s correspondent is covering up terrorist activities.

Murad Attieh is alleged to be a member of a “neighborhood committee” that organizes violent riots with a view to thwarting legitimate and peaceful efforts by Jewish Israelis seeking to reclaim ownership of properties that were confiscated from them or their families between 1948 and 1967 when Jordan occupied the West Bank, including Jerusalem. The violence targets Jewish civilians living in Shimon HaTzadik [Sheikh Jarrah], as well as police forces.

“Over the summer, El-Kurd’s neighbor also apparently participated in riots near the West Bank town of Beita. As HonestReporting has repeatedly highlighted , the Palestinian Authority-backed violence has included ecoterrorism, the detonation of powerful explosive devices and the burning of swastikas. On social media, Attieh shared sermons by Mahmoud al-Hasanat, an Islamic preacher who is particularly popular among Hamas supporters in the Gaza Strip.

If El-Kurd, defender of terrorists and terrorism, were actually one of the 100 most influential people in the world, that would be horrifying. But of course it’s nonsense. These lists compiled by TIME, designed to sell the magazine to the credulous who love such lists, are less about what is, and more about what the TIME editors hope will be. They are doing everything they can to push El-Kurd and his sister Muna into our consciousnesses as splendid people, worthy of admiration. Did the TIME staff know that El-Kurd has praised terrorists who murder Israelis? Had they known, would they have left these sinister siblings off their list of the “100 Most Influential People”? Or if it is only now that they have been made aware of El-Kurd’s antisemitism, will they do the right thing and drop him and his sister from the list? More from Algemeiner:

Meanwhile, The Nation and other media organizations continue to turn a blind eye to El-Kurd’s brazen displays of antisemitism.

Last week, the StopAntisemitism NGO took to Twitter to draw attention to El-Kurd’s latest antisemitic social media post. In an Instagram story, he had shared a cartoon portraying Palestinian Authority (PA) Civil Affairs head Hussein al-Sheikh — considered a leading candidate to succeed Mahmoud Abbas as PA president — shaking hands with an Israeli soldier.

The sketch, drawn by Palestinian artist Azeez Azeez, depicted the Jewish serviceman as a devil-like figure. “The prototype Jew of old; an evil dehumanized demon with [a] long nose,” social media users commented, likening the Instagram entry to Nazi-era anti-Jewish propaganda.

The IDF soldier, who is portrayed shaking hands with Palestinian Authority Civil Affairs chief Hussein al-Sheikh, has a pointy chin, a long curved nose, is slightly bent, and would not be out of place as an illustration in a reprint of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, or an issue of Der Stürmer.

Azeez Azeez is the Palestinian illustrator whose antisemitic illustration Mohammed El-Kurd found so heartwarming that he insisted on sharing it with his 1.2 million followers.

Well done, all those in the Western world who have helped Mohammed Al-Kurd in his sudden resistible rise. Thanks are due to NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, for giving him the widest possible exposure, to The Financial Times and Le Monde for their fawning all over him, to The Nation for making him their unbiased Jerusalem correspondent, and of course special thanks must be given to TIME magazine, which did the most for this wunderkind, declaring him to be one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” a judgment that, I am sure, went over well in Ramallah and Gaza City.