Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) is an Israeli media watchdog group located in Israel.1 Founded in 1996 by infamous Zionist lobbyist and settler, Itamar Marcus, the organization tries to portray Palestinians as being guilty of unjustified violence. To achieve its goals, the PMW monitors Palestinian media and literature and – relying on wrong and out-of-context translations – tries to portray Palestinians as terrorists.
PMW annually shows its findings to the Israeli parliament (Knesset) and the US congress to convince American congress members that the Palestinian Authority, which controls Palestinian media, is inciting terrorism. PMW has successfully convinced governments of Australia, Belgium, Britain, France, Holland, Norway, the US, and … to publicly accuse Palestinian authorities of promoting terrorism and hatred among the Palestinian people.
Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian activist and politician has claimed that the PMW is connected to the Israel Central Fund which supports radical Zionist settler activities in the West Bank, adding that the PMW is a “propaganda machine” which tries to paint any criticism of Israeli crimes as being related to anti-Semitic ideology.2 In an article for CounterPunch, Palestinian playwright and scholar Samah Sabawi called the PMW a right-wing propaganda site run by an “Israeli settler notorious for his jaundiced views of the Palestinians”.3
In February 2015, PMW director was given the Abramowitz Israeli Prize for Media Criticism.4 The Abramowitz Israeli Prize for Media Criticism was funded by Mrs. Nira and Mr. Kenneth Abramowitz. Mr. Kenneth Abramowitz is a New York businessman and a donor to the Netanyahu-linked “Israel’s Media Watch”.5