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  • Richard Kuper
    http://www.jstreet.org/campaigns/60-minutes-under-attack This past Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a powerful and thoughtful report on the danger that Israeli
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 30, 2009
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      This past Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a powerful and thoughtful report on
      the danger that Israeli settlements pose to the chances for
      Israeli-Palestinian peace. Watch the segment here. [
      http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/2747/t/3251/campaign.jsp?
      campaign_KEY=2523 ]

      Since the airing of the segment, 60 Minutes' Bob Simon has been under
      attack for supposed "anti-Israel bias." CAMERA (the Orwellian-named
      Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) alerted
      their activist network - flooding the 60 Minutes' offices and their
      advertisers with angry phone calls charging media bias. Jewish
      community leader Abe Foxman fired off a letter calling the piece a
      "hatchet job on Israel." J Street members are writing letters of
      support to Bob Simon here. [
      http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/2747/t/3251/campaign.jsp?
      campaign_KEY=2523 ]

      plus this forwarded message ( no url)



      Begin forwarded message:

      From: "Isaac Luria, J Street" <info@...>
      Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 14:19:13 -0500 (EST)
      Subject: 60 Minutes under attack
       

      Bob Simon from 60 Minutes under attack.

      Fight back with a letter of support.

      All week, 60 Minutes' Bob Simon has been under attack for supposed
      "anti-Israel bias" for this past Sunday's accurate and thoughtful
      report on the danger that Israeli settlements pose to the chances for
      Israeli-Palestinian peace. If you haven't yet seen the segment, view it
      here.

      CAMERA (the Orwellian-named Committee for Accuracy in Middle East
      Reporting in America) alerted their activist network - flooding the 60
      Minutes' offices and their advertisers with angry phone calls charging
      media bias. [1] Jewish community leader Abe Foxman fired off a letter
      calling the piece "a hatchet job on Israel." [2]

      Journalists - as well as rabbis, professors and elected officials -
      know that if they raise questions about what Israel does - they'll
      often get attacked as anti-Israel. It's one way the forces of the
      status quo constrain debate and discussion on what's really best for
      Israel and the United States.

      It's time for a reporter like Bob Simon to know that those of us with
      balanced views value balanced reporting - and we know how to write
      letters too!  If he's getting an earful from CAMERA and others, then
      the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement should be showing him support.

      Click here to view the segment and send Bob Simon a note of support for
      his accurate and thoughtful report on Israeli settlements and the
      occupation.

      We hear plenty from American media about the threats that Israel faces
      from terrorism, rockets, and a nuclear Iran. 

      While those threats are real and should be covered, Americans also need
      to hear about another threat that is just as real: that time is running
      out for a two-state solution with the Palestinians in part due to
      Israeli settlements and the occupation of the West Bank. Without a
      two-state solution soon through assertive American diplomacy, Israel's
      future as a Jewish, democratic homeland is at risk.

      During Sunday's 60 Minutes segment, anchor Bob Simon interviewed
      pro-settlement activist Daniella Weiss who readily admitted that she
      thinks "settlements prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state in
      the land of Israel. This is the goal. And this is the reality."

      Simon also restated what Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been
      saying for years [3] about what would happen if the two-state solution
      peace process falls apart.

      "Demographers predict that within ten years Arabs will outnumber Jews
      in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Without a separate Palestinian state
      the Israelis would have three options, none of them good. They could
      try ethnic cleansing, drive the Palestinians out of the West Bank, or
      they could give the Palestinians the vote. That would be the democratic
      option but it would mean the end of the Jewish state. Or they could try
      apartheid - have the minority Israelis rule the majority Palestinians,
      but apartheid regimes don't have a very long life."

      Simon also interviewed Israeli Foreign Minister and Israel's chief
      negotiator with the Palestinians Tzipi Livni who said that evacuating
      the settlers in the West Bank is "not going to be easy. But this is the
      only solution."

      But groups like CAMERA are opposed to mainstream media reporting that
      Israeli extremists, in addition to Palestinian extremists, undermine
      efforts to achieve a two-state solution. CAMERA resorts to claims of
      anti-Israel bias - when the reality is that Israeli extremists on the
      West Bank make real peace and security for Israel and the Palestinians
      more difficult to achieve.

      We can't let fringe groups like CAMERA define what it means to be
      pro-Israel through intimidation and fear tactics.

      Bob Simon should receive support from the pro-Israel, pro-peace
      movement for his accurate and thoughtful assessment of the threat that
      Israeli settlements pose to the two-state solution peace process.

      Click here to write a note of support to 60 Minutes' Bob Simon.

      Thanks for all you do.

      - Isaac

      Isaac Luria
      Online Director
      J Street
      January 29, 2009


      [1] "CBS's 60 Minutes Scapegoats Israel," Committee for Accuracy in
      Middle East Reporting in America. January 26, 2009.

      [2] "ADL Letter to CBS News' 60 Minutes," Anti-Defamation League.
      January 26, 2009.

      [3] "Olmert to Haaretz: Two-state solution, of Israel is done for," by
      Aluf Benn, David Landau, Barak Ravid, Shmuel Rosner, Haaretz
      Correspondents and AP.  Haaretz.  November 29, 2007.
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