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Fox’s Hannity abuses Yousef Munayyer, says he has a ‘thick head’

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On Thursday Yousef Munayyer of the Palestine Center went on Sean Hannity’s TV show and Hannity abused him for several minutes, refusing to allow Munayyer to answer a question about whether Hamas is a terrorist organization except by saying Yes or No. Some of the barrage was picked up by Politico, above, which said Hannity repeatedly shouted at Munayyer.

The entire exchange can be seen here. Munayyer conducted himself with dignity throughout. “Sir, you invited me on here as a guest… If you think we’re going to have any progress in this situation by simply yelling at me…”

Though Munayyer flushed when Hannity said that he couldn’t get an idea through his “thick head.”

Hannity: Is Hamas a terrorist organization?… What part of this can’t you get through your thick head? 

Munayyer: “Excuse me? Excuse me?”

A while back John Mearsheimer said that the Israel lobby has been reduced to smashmouth tactics. This is further evidence. As someone who thinks the mainstream is vital territory, I admire Munayyer for agreeing to speak in the Fox forum; and yes, I look forward to his answering that question, perhaps on his site, Permission to Narrate.

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  1. Krauss
    Krauss on July 26, 2014, 11:40 am

    Hannity is a meathead bigot and that’s all there is to say about him.

    I’m surprised Munayyer – who knows this full well – went on anyway. I guess he was aiming for the 10% liberal audience Fox has. After all, Norman Finkelstein has revealed he is a regular listener(non-ironic, apparently) of Rush Limbaugh.

    Nevertheless, this “interview” just shows why you shouldn’t bother.
    Heroic performance nontheless from Munayyer, who is a man of far greater dignity than that bottomdweller.

    • dbroncos
      dbroncos on July 26, 2014, 12:20 pm

      Not just Hannity the whole line up. Murdoch and Ailes have deliberately created a white supremist network.

    • Tzombo
      Tzombo on July 26, 2014, 1:06 pm

      Yeah, Munayyer sure has nerves of steel to go on Hannity. He must have know something like this would happen. I don’t think I could have done it. Respect.

    • In2u
      In2u on July 27, 2014, 1:31 am

      “Hannity is a meathead bigot and that’s all there is to say about him.”

      I thought he suffered from ADD (Attention deficit disorder).

    • SQ Debris
      SQ Debris on July 27, 2014, 2:27 pm

      To my shocked amazement, Friday night on Fox Geraldo actually said that the number of dead children was unacceptable, or something to that effect. The rest of the pundits looked at him like he was holding a turd.

  2. a blah chick
    a blah chick on July 26, 2014, 11:46 am

    Love how they put the logo “Sympathy for the Terrorists” underneath him.

    Stay classy, FOX.

    • just
      just on July 26, 2014, 12:12 pm

      remember when you learned about subliminal advertising?

      Not so necessary anymore wrt Islamophobia in the US– it’s OVERT.

  3. just
    just on July 26, 2014, 11:49 am

    It’s the club of lapel pin wearing Zionist supporters– Hannity and Jasser.

    Munayyer is a consummate Palestinian — always patient, dignified and informed.

  4. joer
    joer on July 26, 2014, 11:50 am

    I thought this interview technique looked familiar, now I know where I remember seeing it:

    • Sycamores
      Sycamores on July 26, 2014, 12:28 pm

      yes or no?
      give a direct answer!

      “you had you chance you didn’t say Hamas is a terrorist organization”

    • just
      just on July 26, 2014, 12:30 pm

      thanks, joer.

    • Ellen
      Ellen on July 26, 2014, 1:33 pm

      Same filthy tactic and tone used by Hannity. Send the video to his twitter feed. It will become a viral response to the treatment of Munayyer. Revealing.

      • In2u
        In2u on July 27, 2014, 1:20 am

        Splendid idea!

    • Sycamores
      Sycamores on July 26, 2014, 1:48 pm

      @ Joer,

      Ellen’s idea is brilliant.

    • Shingo
      Shingo on July 27, 2014, 2:51 am

      Great clip Joer.

      Looks moderate compared to Faux News

  5. Stephen Shenfield
    Stephen Shenfield on July 26, 2014, 12:13 pm

    By watching Fox you not only expose your mind to a stream of poison but also enhance their ratings. Boycott Fox.

  6. Sumud
    Sumud on July 26, 2014, 12:27 pm

    It’s the last stand on the old white men.

    When they are gone zionist Israel is toast.

  7. Pixel
    Pixel on July 26, 2014, 12:28 pm

    The interesting thing is that BOTH sides of the issues were actually articulated by Hannity himself. Granted, in the form of shouted accusations and slurs but stated nonetheless.

    I see value in all seeds being scattered because even hate-filled viewer conversations that may follow are conversations, nonetheless.

    Zionism’s greatest power lay in complete silence.

    • Pixel
      Pixel on July 26, 2014, 12:38 pm

      Munayyar’s mere presence and dignity spoke louder than anything he might have been allowed to say.

      His professional appearance and intelligence must have been a shock to Hannity’s viewers who, until then, assumed that all Palestinians were dirty, stupid, and had horns.

      • seafoid
        seafoid on July 26, 2014, 1:48 pm

        I loved it when munayyer said “I already answered the question”.

      • bilal a
        bilal a on July 26, 2014, 1:54 pm

        why didn’t he lounge on an “Ottoman sofa next to dirty diapers” ?

      • SQ Debris
        SQ Debris on July 27, 2014, 2:32 pm

        Munayyar is absolute dynamite on camera. CNN had him on a couple of times but has since disappeared him. There also seems to be a trend at CNN and other cable news to disappear Gaza’s emergency rooms. They are showing the Godzilla style wreckage, but steering clear of the human carnage. It’s curious.

  8. Donald
    Donald on July 26, 2014, 12:32 pm

    The idea of Hannity calling someone thickheaded is priceless.

  9. Ellen
    Ellen on July 26, 2014, 12:41 pm

    They had no intention of allowing Munnayer to speak or to give explanation to anything. The whole purpose of that invite was to humiliate and destroy.

    It was awful to watch. A disgrace.

  10. just
    just on July 26, 2014, 12:43 pm

    holy moley– Congressman Yarmuth actually sounds semi- sane wrt Gaza. He dismisses the idea that innocent people are “being caught in a crossfire”…..he says it’s an onslaught by Israel.

  11. Marnie
    Marnie on July 26, 2014, 1:07 pm

    It would be a lot less painful to watch hannity if he was wearing his white hood.

  12. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby on July 26, 2014, 1:12 pm

    He should have realized that, anything that is outside conservative, zionist, righwting propaganda is demonized by this pathetic channel.

  13. seafoid
    seafoid on July 26, 2014, 1:17 pm

    The aim was to get YM to say yes and produce a clip for the bots. To be replayed endlessly like kardashian’s sex video. The other muslim was a joke. The so called occupation. Like Uncle Tom. Fox never does context.

    • Kay24
      Kay24 on July 26, 2014, 1:23 pm

      Yes really, who was that pathetic unknown, trying to become an Arab apologist?
      Is he hoping for a good break in the zionist media?

      • just
        just on July 26, 2014, 1:34 pm

        I wish Zuhdi Jasser was an ‘unknown’. He is mostly pathetic, though.

      • seafoid
        seafoid on July 26, 2014, 1:43 pm

        He reminded me of Kastner who sold the hungarian jews to the nazis in return for a few hundred exit permits for family and associates.

      • just
        just on July 26, 2014, 1:51 pm

        yep! there’s more than a few opportunists/parasites to be found.

        it’s lucrative.

      • seafoid
        seafoid on July 26, 2014, 1:55 pm

        He was also like the informer present beside the shin bet officer when they take in the palestinian for questioning.

      • just
        just on July 26, 2014, 1:56 pm


        you’re on a roll, seafoid.

      • bilal a
        bilal a on July 26, 2014, 2:17 pm

        DC: CAIR Director Attends Interfaith Passover Seder

        AIR Executive Director Nihad Awad yesterday attended an interfaith Passover Seder hosted by the group Washington Area Jews for Jewish-Muslim Understanding. The fifth annual event was designed to observe Passover and to promote mutual understanding between Jews, Arab-Americans and American Muslims.

        No confirmation if the angel of death passed over the first born of the Gazan families attending the seder.

        But CAIR officials confirmed that the seder after party was a blast.


    • Sumud
      Sumud on July 26, 2014, 2:45 pm

      Zuhdi Jasser is who Pamela Geller calls on when she needs a real live muslim to testify how terrible Islam is, no surprises to see him on Hannity.

      • just
        just on July 26, 2014, 3:02 pm

        wonder why Jasser didn’t bring up Syria… that’s where his roots are.

        Another thing. He’s a doc. Why not go help the Palestinian civilian victims like Mads, etc.?

  14. Kay24
    Kay24 on July 26, 2014, 1:21 pm

    Faux News has real classy so called journalists. To speak this way, as a host, not give the guest any chance of responding, attacking for no reason (YM did not even argue) and then become a ranting lunatic, must be the standards for Faux news.
    Not professional at all.
    It must be the hallmark of Israeli shills to rant like lunatics, sometimes a sign that they are desperate they are losing. Joan “a thousand faces” Rivers should become a guess at the Hannity show, they will both be ranting and raving.

  15. seafoid
    seafoid on July 26, 2014, 1:46 pm

    Hannity is a lower class version of Isabel “Israeli military officials said errant Palestinian munitions may have been the source” Kershner. Whoring for Zionism is all the same. Keeping Americans in the dark.

  16. quercus
    quercus on July 26, 2014, 1:52 pm

    I have an Aunt who used to think Hannity was worth listening to, now she can’t stomach the creep. She called me the other night enraged after watching this interview.

    • Citizen
      Citizen on July 26, 2014, 5:33 pm

      I am about 62% Irish American, and I think Hannity is a conniving whore for Israel. Just for the record. Wonder how much $ he makes in his job? I think that explains him completely. Now, since we are dealing with Fox News channel, how about Imus? He’s a regular channel for hasbara. His crappy hair and honed befuddlement in behalf Israel is atrocious. Bernie plays along, another Irish man like Hannity who is smart–and totally knows his career paycheck is confined to hasbara for Israel. Disgusting.

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on July 27, 2014, 9:07 am

        They all suck up to the zionist hands that feed them, pay them, and give the lucrative jobs in the media. I doubt they will last long if they simply report the truth about Israel.

  17. concernedhuman
    concernedhuman on July 26, 2014, 2:47 pm

    Hannity is having a problem convincing people that hamas is a terrorist organization?
    Its not just Hannity, israel in its PR equates Hamas to Al Qaeda and ISIS when they have whole different ideologies and isreal has even said US and EU to brand hamas a terror org .
    They should stop shoving down people’s throat what is what because people too have brains to think .De legitimizing hamas and crushing the will of Palestinians is not going to work.There are more palestinians standing with hamas today than they were a month ago.

    Israel is busy blaming Hamas for the deaths of civilians by the bombs that israel is dropping on them, but gazans are blaming israel.

  18. oldgeezer
    oldgeezer on July 26, 2014, 3:06 pm

    Well I know there are likely some people who watch fox for news but no thinking person would accuse Hannity of having an iq even approaching normal. And that’s approach from the left hand side of the curve.

    I humbly confess I sometimes watch fox. :( I do it for the laugh value though.

    • Citizen
      Citizen on July 26, 2014, 5:41 pm

      I think it’s important to keep tabs on Hannity at Fox, as well as on Blitzer at CNN, and Hayes on MSNBC. Also, we need to follow PBS and CSPAN WJ. Why? It’s how to watch how concerned Americans get informed, especially those who don’t go to alternative media on the internet.

  19. nlovric
    nlovric on July 26, 2014, 4:47 pm

    I will never forgive you for making me watch this. (I had never before in my life watched Fox News, and was not prepared.)

    • Citizen
      Citizen on July 26, 2014, 5:43 pm

      I don’t think THAT’S anything to brag about, as U need to know your enemy.

  20. crypticvalentin
    crypticvalentin on July 27, 2014, 1:09 am

    Munayyer missed an opportunity here, he had to know what Hannity’s MO was, he never changes, when the Fox clown asked him if Hamas was a terrorist group, Munayyer should have said ‘yes’, and then added that deaths of Gaza civilians were totally justified, Israel’s assault was ‘proportional’, then taken off his mike and walked off set..this would have gone viral..instead, he walked into the ambush, played a conventional style and got beaten like a pinata..

  21. michelle
    michelle on July 27, 2014, 4:03 am

    good job this
    the uncouth interviewer
    and the gentleman
    all for the viewers to witness
    G-d Bless

  22. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870 on July 27, 2014, 2:30 pm

    RE: Fox’s Hannity abuses Yousef Munayyer, says he has a ‘thick head’”

    MY COMMENT: Mike Malloy often refers to Sean Hannity as “Olde Slanthead” .

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