Itamar Marcus

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Itamar Marcus, 2015

Itamar Marcus is an Israeli political activist, researcher and the founder and director of Palestinian Media Watch,[1] which studies Palestinian society by monitoring and analyzing the Palestinian Authority (PA) through its media and schoolbooks.

His work on textbooks led Benyamin Netanyahu to appoint Marcus to represent his country in the negotiations with the Palestinians on incitement in the Trilateral Anti-Incitement Committee (Israeli–Palestinian–American).[1]

As Director of Research for the Center for Monitoring the Impact of Peace (CMP) from 1998 to 2000, Marcus wrote reports on PA, Syrian and Jordanian schoolbooks.[2] In February 2007, together with then Senator Hillary Clinton he released a report on the newest PA schoolbooks at a press conference in Washington.

Marcus testified before the Education Subcommittee of the US Senate Committee on Allocations, documenting the Palestinian Authority's indoctrination of children to seek death as Shahids – Martyrs – for public relations purposes. He has also presented before members of Congress, and to members of Parliament in numerous countries including, the European Union, United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Australia, and has lectured in universities and conferences worldwide.

Marcus is a featured source for the documentary Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West.

Marcus is a former vice president of the Central Fund of Israel,[3] which won the Jerusalem Prize for Volunteerism. Originally from New York, he now lives in the Israeli settlement of Efrat in the West Bank.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Brown, 2003, p. 296.
  2. ^ Great Britain: Parliament: House of Lords: European Union Committee, 2007, p. 196.
  3. ^ Barak Ravid (31 January 2012). "Officials: Israel outsources monitoring of Palestinian media after IDF lapse". Haaretz. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Monheit & Cantor, 2004, p. 69.
  5. ^ MAxine Dovere (2012-05-19). "Exposing The Palestinian Media". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 


  • Brown, Nathan J. (2003). Palestinian politics after the Oslo accords: resuming Arab Palestine. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-24115-2
  • Great Britain: Parliament: House of Lords: European Union Committee (2007). The EU and the Middle East Peace process: 26th report of session 2006–07, Vol. 2: Evidence. HMSO. 9780104011225
  • Monheit, Alan C. & Cantor Joel C. (2004). State health insurance market reform: toward inclusive and sustainable health insurance markets. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-70035-1

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