Terror on TV, Hezbollah's Al Manar TV, Hamas's Al Aqsa TV and the Iraqi channel Al-Rafidein, shut them down.
Satellite operators who provide service to Middle Eastern channels which knowingly allow anti-American incitement on their airwaves better watch out. A new bill which targets Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist run television stations was overwhelmingly passed by the U.S. House of Representatives this week.
Authored by Florida Republican Congressman Gus Bilirakis, the bill seeks to designate satellite operators who provide service to stations with terrorist links and make them "Specially Designated Global Terrorists". It also calls on the President to annually report to Congress on anti-U.S. incitement to violence in the region and create a list of nations where such anti-American incitement to violence exists.
Rep. Bilirakis, who was joined by fellow Florida Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and New York Democrat Joseph Crowley as co-sponsors of the bill. The three channels that the bill singles out are Hezbollah's Al Manar TV, Hamas's Al Aqsa TV and the Iraqi channel Al-Rafidein. According to Bilirakis Al Manar showed dozens of clips of insurgents bombing U.S. and coalition targets while Al Aqsa TV showed a child puppet stabbing former President George W. Bush to death. Al-Rafidein is accused of praising the actions of Iraqi insurgents while repeatedly preaching death to America.
Some of the satellite providers in question are the Egyptian government owned NileSat and Arabsat which is funded by the Arab League, neither responded to my questions as to whether or not they would take notice of the new bill. The bill's backers must now find a sponsor in the Senate and hope that a vote will occur sometime in 2010, more from this source..............
The clips below show examples of the three channels in question;
Al Manar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tXfIYxPGQs
Al Aqsa TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeFgeacFOAo
Al-Rafidein TV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvwEuyamYVg