Thank you, Bob Simon and 60 Minutes, for your segment on the Palestinian Christian exodus from Israel-controlled territory. Journalists who tell the painfully honest truth about Palestinian life under occupation deserve our thanks, not political attacks.
Before the broadcast aired, the Israeli Ambassador to the US pressured CBS not to air the segment (with the knowledge of the Israeli PrimeMinister)
 and the Jewish Federations of North America asked supporters to make sure CBS would be “flooded with responses” for daring to be “highly critical of Israel.”
 The Washington Post’s Jennifer Rubin reported that 60 Minutes received at least 29,000 messages, many of them from the far-right Christians United for Israel.
 Finally, the attacks were echoed by U.S. Jewish groups such as the Anti-Defamation
League  and Bnai Brith. 
(1) Ha’aretz, April 23, 2012: Netanyahu
was briefed on efforts to stop ’60 Minutes’ report on Israel’s
(2) Jewish Federations, April 22, 2012: “60
Minutes” Broadcast on Palestinian Christians
(3) Right Turn by Jennifer Rubin, April 24, 2012: Backlash
builds over ‘60 Minutes’ hatchet job on Israel
(4) ADL, April 23, 2012: Letter
to CBS News
(5) Bnai Brith, April 23, 2012: .
“60 Minutes” Report Gives Free Pass to Palestinian Polemic
as Methodists to Debate “Kairos,” Divestment
For more info about the treatment of Palestinian Christians by Israel, read +972′s piece by Yossi Gurwitz.
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