Fatah has accused Israel of trying to capitalise on the killing of Osama Bin Laden by suggesting that the Palestinian struggle against the occupation is linked to al-Qaeda.
The accusation was made by Dimitri Dilyani, a member of Fatah's Revolutionary Council who added that "Israel's aim is to gain international sympathy before [the Palestinians] go to the United Nations to obtain recognition of an independent Palestinian state in September".
According to Dilyani, Israeli media outlets, especially in English, distort the news deliberately, falsify information, and select statements and interviews in order to serve Israeli objectives. "This," he said, "is nothing new for Israel, but there is a new sense of urgency." The Zionist state, claimed Dilyani, sees this as a key factor in the current diplomatic crisis and political isolation which arise out of Israel's oppressive policies.
The senior Fatah official said that Israel uses the media to distort reality in the media in order to counter Palestinian efforts to expose its inhumane policies and practices, and mobilise international support for the Palestine cause.