An Appeal to the Conscience of the Jewish Media (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS OP-ED) by David Bedein 05/29/05)
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The Jewish media has by and large refused to relate to the content of
Abbas´s new regime, which showed a consistent message of virulent
anti-semitism, anti-Americanism, advocacy of the absolute "right of
return" and the continued inculcation of the Palestinian Arab people
against the state and people of Israel.
Essentially,the Jewish media repeats the mistake of its initial
coverage of Arafat during the seven year period of 1993-2000.
As a direct result of the Jewish media not warning the Jewish
community of the diaspora of the real message of Abbas, twenty Jewish
organizations met with Abbas, not knowing of the virulent message of
hatred that emanates from the man who was and is the protege of
The Jewish media had a responsibility to prepare the leaders of
American Jewry for the nature of the man whom they were going to
meet, and the Jewish media blew the opportunity.
We can recall that the lack of Jewish media coverage of Arafat´s
message led to a decision of the UJC to provide the Isaiah Award for
Peace to Arafat in October 1999 - a decision which was rescinded
after our agency reported the decision.
On a personal and professional basis, it would give me great pleasure
to report expressions of peace, reconciliation and compromise that
emanate from the official Palestinian Arabic language media.
Unfortunately, I cannot do so, because it does not exist.
If the Jewish media had warned the world of Arafat´s message, perhaps
the US would not have nurtured that PLO terrorist, and perhaps some
of more than 1000 people murdered in cold blood by the PLO would not
have been murdered.
Now the Jewish media protects Arafat´s protege, which may result in
the US arming Abbas once again.
Please remember: Abbas is one of the authors of the PLO covenant
which has never been amended. That PLO charter is clear in its
intention and its program: To exterminate Israel, using the strategy
of phases that the PLO adopted in 1974, an amendment written by none
other than Abbas.
And please remember that the new school books of the Palestinian
National Authority are dedicated to the memory of Haj Amin Al
Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem who lived with Adolf Hitler and who
was the mentor of Arafat and Abbas.
The Jewish media has a choice: to report the reality of Abbas´s new
regime, or to report on all of those State Department cronies who
speak and relate to the fact that he wears a nice suit and says the
right things in English a the White House.
The question is whether the Jewish media will adopt a position of
integrity on the matter of Abbas.
(For the past four months, our news agency (Israel Resource News
Agency) hired credible Arabic-language journalists to translate and
provide the Jewish media with the content of the media of the new
regime of Abbas, and place it on an a website,
www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com. This was done at a time when JTA did not
have the budget to do so. Our agency has also provided this material
to members of the US Congress.) (IsraelNationalNews © 05/29/05)
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