re: Fwd: Wow - on mainstream US telly no less!
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. [
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. [
plus this forwarded message ( no url)
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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
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." 
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
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  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
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.
January 29, 2009
 "CBS's 60 Minutes Scapegoats Israel," Committee for Accuracy in
Middle East Reporting in America. January 26, 2009.
 "ADL Letter to CBS News' 60 Minutes," Anti-Defamation League.
January 26, 2009.
 "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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