From a puff piece for an Australian TV report:
Subject: SBS Dateline Newsletter
Wednesday 23rd May 2007
The boot is on the other foot this week on Dateline. Sophie McNeill takes a look at the situation for Israelís 1.5 million Arabs living in the Jewish state. He shoots, he scores! Abas Suan knows only too well the highs and lows of being an Arab Israeli. In soccer terms, heís a national hero, scoring victory goals for his country. As an Israeli Arab, he receives racial taunts and threats from Israeli soccer fans in spite of his winning kicks. Sophie explores the rift between Arabs and Jews now that political relations have sunk to new depths with the charges against Israeli politician, Azmi Bishara.
It is Sophie McNeill who is shooting. But she is shooting wild. And the boot is off her foot, and the foot is in her mouth. Bishara is a member of the Israeli Knesset. He went to Syria to praise the Hezbollah during the Lebanon war, while the Hezbollah rockets were falling on Israeli Arabs as well as Jews. He is now charged with actual espionage, which he did for money allegedly, and refuses to face the charges. Even in England, Lord Haw Haw, who was broadcasting for the Nazis, could not get a seat in parliament. Perhaps in Australia they have different customs.
As for Suan, at least person who viewed the program got the impression that he lives in "abject poverty." A very effective kick by Suan and Sophie McNeill. They fight dirty and know where to kick. What a terrible country Israel is, forcing poor Suan to live in abject poverty - imagine! Perhaps he is not even getting the minimum wage, and has to support his aged relatives, working nights as a bus boy and kow-towing to his Jewish colonialist capitalist masters.
I looked up Mr. Suan, and found the following in Wikipedia:
On June 6, 2006, Suan signed a two year contract with Maccabi Haifa FC worth US $100,000 per annum. Aside from his club contract, he has many endorsement deals. Suan currently is the spokesperson for Subaru motor vehicles in Israel.
OK, not everything you read in Wikipedia is true, but I bet that is. Apparently not everything you see on SBS is true either. As an Israeli Arab, Suan receives taunts, and also a $100,000 a year annual salary, plus a bit of help from Subaru. Hey Sophie, keep kicking away there. Perhaps Sophie had better explore why Suan is selling hate instead of Subarus. He is paid to sell Subarus and play football according to Wikipedia.
Guess what, Sophie? The smallest book in the world is the book of Jewish football heroes in Arab countries. It is not because Jews lack any aptitude for the sport, either. Yet there is not one Jewish player in any Arab country football team! As an Egyptian Jew, what did Egyptian Jews receive? Not $100,000 a year, right? They received expulsion orders and had their property confiscated, that is what they received SBS and Sophie.
Perhaps someone should investigate why Sophie McNeill and SBS are peddling rubbish about Israel. Israeli media do not make heroes out of people caught spying for Australia, or lie about Australian sports heroes, why are they doing it to us?
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Interesting to read this. I live in Sydney, Australia. I saw this program listed in the local TV guide and, on reading the synopsis, chose not to watch it. The bias was evident in the synopsis.
Jo, Thursday, May 24th
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