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Leftists are pushing to make Al Jazeera’s English language channel widely available on college campuses and cable TV networks throughout America in order to undermine public support for Israel.
Radical activist Phyllis Bennis explained the importance of the TV channel at a recent “Campaign for Al Jazeera English” event in Washington, D.C., hosted by a group called Rethink Press.
“If there were Al Jazeera access in every city in this country, building a movement to challenge U.S. foreign policy, to make it something different than what it is, would be a whole hell of a lot easier than it is now,” according to Bennis.
And what aspect of U.S. foreign policy is Bennis most interested in? Israel.
She demands that U.S. aid to Israel be eliminated and accuses Israel of “crimes” and “apartheid.” Bennis condemned the Israeli navy’s interception of the pro-Palestinian flotilla last year that aimed to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip as a “pirate-style assault” and a “massacre at sea.”
This Noam Chomsky wannabe is also co-founder of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and works closely with the Communist-dominated anti-war coalition known as United for Peace and Justice. She is a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, probably the most virulently anti-American think tank of note in the nation.
And why is Bennis so enthused about Al Jazeera English in particular? Because its coverage is relentlessly critical of Israel.
The fact that the channel attacks America as well is an added bonus. Its website features commentary from a rogue’s gallery of subversives. Among them are Bennis, unhinged cartoonist Ted Rall, 1960s radical and media critic Danny Schechter, and Media Matters Action Network fellow M.J. Rosenberg.
In a recent Media Matters column Rosenberg deplores Americans’ “Islamophobia” and theorizes that there is “an orchestrated and well-financed effort to make Americans fear and hate Muslims and Arabs.”
The channel employs useful idiots such as Avi Lewis, a Jewish Canadian who hosts the show “Fault Lines.” Lewis is the son of Canadian socialist politician Stephen Lewis and husband of anti-American author Naomi Klein.
Al Jazeera is financed by the government of Qatar, which supports Israel’s enemies. On August 26, Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor reaffirmed his government’s concerns about Qatar. After being asked if Israel was planning to cut remaining ties with the emirate over its “widespread and ongoing anti-Israeli activity,” Palmor said bluntly, “We are angry with Qatar because it supports Hamas.”
The feeling is mutual. Qatar previously suspended diplomatic relations with Israel in protest over Operation Cast Lead, the IDF’s operation in Gaza that began in late 2008.
The “Campaign for Al Jazeera English” is being led by the mysterious group Rethink Press, which formed earlier this year.
Little is known about the group. The rethinkpress.org domain name is registered to Meredith Larson, a recently minted linguistics Ph.D. who studied at Northwestern University. The group’s allies are anti-Israel.
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