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Radical TV funded by Iran

March 3, 2011

Elder of Ziyon wrote on Feb. 25:

Islamic Jihad mouthpiece Palestine Today will introduce a 24-hour satellite channel tonight, after a successful trial run for the past three months.

It will be available on Nilesat and Arabsat…

I smell Iranian money.

EoZ may well be right that money from Iran is behind the launch of the new jihadi cable channel considering the precedence for the expansion of Iranian-backed media around the world.  In October last year, IsraelSeen.com detailed the international growth of Iranian-backed broadcasts (which follows below with internal citations omitted).  If Palestine Today will be anything like Hezbollah’s “news channel” Al-Manar, that suggests funding would come not just from the Iranian government, but from private zakat donors and from mindless corporate advertisers.  Read it all:

JERUSALEM, Oct. 2010 – Press TV, Iran’s first English-language media venture launched in 2007 by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), is stepping up its international operations with a round-the-clock Spanish-language channel and iFilm, which broadcasts Iranian movies and TV to about 300 million Arabic-speakers in the Arab world.

Whereas the government-backed Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) overtly supports Hezbollah,  Press TV’s content is more subtle. Programs are centered on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East, particularly Israel and the Palestinians. It also has a sister company, Atlantic Television News, based in Denmark and with an office in downtown Washington, D.C.

Al-Alam News, Iran’s Arabic-language media outfit, highlights direct statements from Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah. References to the U.S-Israel relationship are frequent, particularly those questioning the two countries’ ties.

Iran-backed Hezbollah’s News long-established channel, Al-Manar, stresses its ties to Iran and its support for attacks against Israel. Al-Manar was launched in 1991 and is a mass media outlet, calling itself the “station of resistance” against Israel.

Al-Manar is the preferred outlet for Palestinian groups claiming responsibility for terrorist attacks against Israelis. Read the rest of this entry ?