PMW believes that the key to the future is peace education. Our research, however, shows that Palestinian children have not been given that key. More than two decades since the signing of the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority is still actively poisoning the minds of its children with hate.
Founded in 1996, Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) is a non-profit Israeli research institute known internationally for its in-depth research of Palestinian society from a broad range of perspectives. PMW’s findings are sought after by governments, legislators, media outlets, and decision-makers worldwide and have played a central role in correcting inaccurate narratives about the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
PMW's reports on the Palestinian Authority's promotion and glorification of terror -- which include paying salaries to terrorists; naming schools, sporting events, and public spaces after terrorists; promoting terror in children's TV programs and schoolbooks, and so much more -- have fundamentally changed the way the world sees the Palestinian Authority.
PMW's exceptional team of Arabic language researchers spends countless hours monitoring, translating, and analyzing PA-controlled newspapers, TV shows, radio programs, social media sites, and schoolbooks to understand the messages the Palestinian Authority and other Palestinian leaders send to their people.
Translated from the original Arabic source, PMW's findings document a decades-long pattern of the Palestinian Authority's indoctrination of adults and children to seek Shahada (Martyrdom), while denying Israel's right to exist and anticipating a world without Israel.
PMW is the organization that uncovered and notified donor countries that the Palestinian Authority rewards terrorism by paying salaries to terrorist prisoners and money to the families of terrorist “Martyrs” totaling hundreds of millions of dollars every year. PMW’s research led to the US Taylor Force Act and Israel’s “Anti-Pay-for-Slay” law and impacted funding policies in a multitude of countries.
PMW's yearly presentations to the Israeli government, US Congress, and many parliaments have led to numerous parliamentary debates, policy decisions, and legislation concerning the Palestinian Authority. PMW’s work has been instrumental in propelling Australia, Belgium, Britain, France, Holland, Norway, the US, and other countries to publicly condemn the PA for glorifying hate and terror and to cut funding to the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian projects promoting or glorifying terror as a means to pressure the Palestinian Authority to change.
PMW also reaches hundreds of thousands of people worldwide through its bulletins and special reports and millions more through international news outlets and social media sites covering PMW’s work. By demonstrating the direct link between the Palestinian Authority's messaging and Palestinian hate and terrorism, PMW has provided clear evidence that it is Palestinian Authority, not Israel, that is perpetuating the conflict by promoting hate and terror and denying Israel’s right to exist in any borders.
It is PMW’s intention that governments and key-decision makers worldwide will use PMW’s research to address the real obstacles to peace and develop effective solutions that focus on the fundamental changes the Palestinian Authority must make before there can be any chance of peace.
Who's Who at PMW
Itamar Marcus, Founder and Director
Itamar Marcus is one of the foremost authorities on Palestinian ideology and policy. He regularly testifies and lectures to members of US Congress and parliaments, senior security officials, and decision-makers around the world and is a sought-after speaker at international conferences and universities. He has also provided analysis on CNN, FOX News, BBC, and a full range of world news outlets.
Marcus founded PMW in 1996, to determine whether the Palestinian Authority was honoring its commitments to the 1993 Oslo Accords and leading its people towards peace. He was appointed by the Israel Government to represent Israel in negotiations with the Palestinian Authority on incitement in 1999. He also served as Director of Research at the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace from 1998 to 2001, where he wrote reports on Palestinian Authority, Syrian and Jordanian schoolbooks. In 2013 and 2015, the Israeli Foreign Ministry appointed Marcus to co-chair the section on the Muslim and Arab world at the Global Conferences on Antisemitism.
Marcus has published hundreds of reports and articles on Palestinian society, education, and media, with a special focus on the degree to which the Palestinian Authority is or is not preparing its people for peace. His book Deception: Betraying the Peace Process, co-authored with Nan Jacques Zilberdik, was acclaimed "one of the most important books you’ll handle in your lives” by Robert Bernstein (z'l), founder of Human Rights Watch and Chief Executive of Random House.
Marcus was recognized among the world’s "top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life or the State of Israel" by The Algemeiner newspaper, and was awarded the “Abramowitz Israeli Prize for Media Criticism” by Israel Media Watch "for outstanding coverage of the Palestinian Authority.” He was honored at the Endowment for Middle East Truth’s annual Rays of Light dinner, and awarded the Zionist Organization of America’s “Ben Hecht Award for Outstanding Journalism.”
Nan Jacques Zilberdik, Senior Analyst
Nan Jacques Zilberdik joined PMW in 2008, and as Senior Analyst has written hundreds of PMW bulletins, special reports, and op-eds. She co-authored Deception: Betraying the Peace Process with Itamar Marcus, which was acclaimed "one of the most important books you’ll handle in your lives” by Robert Bernstein (z'l), founder of Human Rights Watch and Chief Executive of Random House.
Nan has presented PMW findings, to members of US Congress and many European Parliaments, and has been interviewed by news outlets around the world.
Maurice Hirsch, Adv., Director of Legal Strategies
Maurice Hirsch is an International Law expert who specializes in the prosecution of terrorists, the Palestinian Authority, and International Law as applied in Judea and Samaria.
Prior to joining PMW in 2017, Hirsch served in a number of senior positions in the IDF’s Military Advocate General’s Corps., including Assistant to the Legal Advisor to Judea and Samaria; Head of Legal Advice to the Navy, Air Force, Ground Forces and Home Front; and ultimately as the Head of the Military Prosecution for Judea and Samaria. He retired from the IDF after 19 years of service at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
During his military service, Hirsch dealt extensively with different aspects of Palestinian terrorism and led a number of initiatives focused on battling terrorism. In 2013/14, he represented the Israeli army and the State of Israel in talks with a UN organization, leading to the UN rewriting a controversial report about Israel.
Ronit Ansbacher, Director of Press and Public Affairs
Ronit Ansbacher joined PMW in 2008, and runs PMW’s press relations and communications division, building bridges to media outlets worldwide.
Prior to PMW, Ansbacher served for nine years as International Relations Manager for The Israel Project in Jerusalem, where she established and ran a diplomatic outreach program for foreign diplomats based in Israel, among other duties. During her 20 year career, Ronit has specialized in political public relations, crisis communications, and strategic communications.
PMW Arabic-language Researchers
PMW’s outstanding team of 11 Arabic language researchers is the basis for PMW’s critical work and impact. They are experts in Arabic with many years of study and experience, including university degrees and working as Arabic translators in the Israeli army and as Arabic language news reporters. For those born in Arab countries, Arabic is their mother tongue. Most have been with PMW for five years or more, including some who have been with the organization since its founding.
Our Arabic language researchers spend hours a day researching, monitoring, and analyzing Palestinian Authority-controlled newspapers, TV shows, radio programs, social media sites, and schoolbooks to understand the messages the Palestinian Authority and other Palestinian leaders send to their people. Their findings, which are translated into English and Hebrew, form the basis of PMW's bulletins and reports exposing the Palestinian Authority"s messages and activities promoting hate and terror. PMW disseminates these findings to government officials, decision-makers, journalists, NGOs, and others all over the world.