Reporter apologizes for Edelstein Russia gaffe (JERUSALEM POST) By LAHAV HARKOV 04/03/12)
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Journalist Amiram Cohen apologized to Public Diplomacy Minister Yuli
Edelstein on Tuesday, after an e-mail he wrote saying Edelstein
should "go back to Russia where he belongs" became public.
Edelstein was a prisoner of Zion, who spent 3.5 years in a Soviet
labor camp before being allowed to immigrate to Israel in 1987.
Last week, Edelstein´s spokesman Eran Sidis sent out a press release,
in which the minister criticized the High Court´s decision not to
delay the dismantling of the Migron outpost, calling it
an "unparalleled scandal."
Cohen, who writes for the Haaretz-owned business newspaper The
Marker, responded to Sidis, saying that Edelstein´s reaction is
an "unparalleled scandal," the High Court´s decision proves that
there is justice in Israel and Migron is on land that belongs to the
Soon after, Sidis e-mailed Cohen: "You got really annoyed, huh?"
Cohen´s response was that "it is not worth it to continue talking
about a small, marginal politician. He should go back to Russia,
where he belongs."
Sidis wrote a letter of complaint to The Marker editor Sammy Peretz
in which he called Cohen´s e-mail an insult to not just Edelstein,
but everyone who immigrated to Israel from the Former Soviet Union.
"Do you, as editor, agree with Mr. Cohen´s opinion that a prisoner of
Zion, who spent years in Soviet prison doing hard labor until he was
on the verge of death because he wanted to immigrate to Israel,
should ´go back to Russia´ because he supports settlers in Judea and
Samaria and opposes a High Court decision?" Sidis asked.
Cohen told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that that he apologized to
Edelstein through Sidis, and takes back his call for the minister to
return to Russia. The reporter said his words were inappropriate, and
written in the heat of an argument.
In addition, Cohen explained that he respects all immigrants to
Israel from anywhere in the world, and that he believes that the
immigration from Russia and the FSU contributed greatly to Israel, in
all areas of life.
However, the journalist lamented that a government minister should
use the expression "unparalleled scandal" to describe a High Court
decision, saying that such an expression is an example of "dangerous
incitement against judges in Israel, and is worthy of condemnation."
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