Palestinian affairs journalists working for the Israeli media decided Sunday not to cover the meeting between PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli politicians from Kadima and Labor in Ramallah. The decision was taken by the Association for Palestinian Affairs Correspondents after representatives of the Geneva Initiative, who initiated the meeting with Abbas, allowed only one journalist from Haaretz to accompany them.
All the other journalists who requested to cover the meeting had initially been told by the Israeli organizers that no reporter would be accompanying the delegation to Ramallah...Gal Berger, chairman of the association, said that Abbas was deliberately avoiding Palestinian affairs correspondents “because he does not want hard questions.”
Berger pointed out that not only did Abbas gave an interview to an anchor at an Israeli TV station three months ago, but had met on Sunday with the political correspondent of Haaretz and later with a female journalist from Yediot Aharonot whose beat is the Arab world.
“Undoubtedly, in Ramallah they find this more convenient than having to face questions from journalists who are experts in the inner workings and political reality of the Palestinians,” Berger said.
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