Founded in 1996, Palestinian Media Watch is an Israeli NGO that studies Palestinian society from a broad range of perspectives by monitoring and analyzing the Palestinian Authority through its media and schoolbooks. PMW's major focus is on the messages that the Palestinian leaders from the Palestinian Authority, Fatah and Hamas send to the population through the broad range of institutions and infrastructures they control.
PMW's many reports and studies on Palestinian summer camps, poetry, schoolbooks, crossword puzzles, religious ideology, women and mothers, children's music videos and the PA's indoctrination of adults and children to seek Shahada (Martyrdom), have had significant impact on the way the world sees the Palestinians. PMW has presented its findings before members of US Congress and to members of Parliament in numerous countries, including the European Union, Britain, France, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada and Australia, and has lectured at universities and conferences world wide.
PMW material has been presented before the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US Congress and the US Senate Committee on Allocations. In addition, PMW reports regularly on how foreign aid is misused by the PA for terror promotion. These reports have led to changes in legislation and funding procedures. Through its bulletins and reports, PMW continues to give the world a precise understanding of the reality of the Palestinian Authority.
A native of Montreal, Barbara has degrees from Queen's University and the University of Western Ontario, and was a Southam Fellow at the University of Toronto. She was a writer and editor at The Ottawa Citizen and The Vancouver Sun, where she was nominated for a National Newspaper Award, and was a lecturer in the School of Journalism and Communications at Carleton University in Ottawa.
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