Monday, October 31, 2005

 

From Israel, Arlene Kushner, October 30, 2005

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October 30, 2005

[] An addendum: I had reason this evening to check the website for The Israel Project. This is how they describe themselves:

"...a new, international non-profit organization devoted to educating the press and the public about Israel while promoting security, freedom and peace. It was begun by three mothers concerned that negative images about Israel in the media were endangering the future of children who want to live in a world free of the anti-Semitism faced by generations before them. The Israel Project provides journalists, leaders and opinion-makers accurate information about Israel."

There is here a serious failure to do full disclosure. One would have no notion whatsoever from the above paragraph that the organization, according to a public statement by its Israeli office director, works directly with the Israeli government, representing its official position.

A signal lesson here -- regarding the way in which the current gov't of Israel works. Do not journalists, leaders and opinion-makers (as well as the rest of us) need to know, when information is offered as being "accurate," that it represents the official gov't position?

[] Friday's Jerusalem Post Magazine ran an article of mine, entitled "The First Word: Why does UNRWA exist?" A condensation of my larger article on UNRWA in Azure magazine, it can be found at:

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1129540611749&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

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