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October 03, 1980 - Image 38

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-10-03

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

38 Friday, October 3, 1980

Washington Post Coverage of Israel's West Bank Policy Criticized

year
last
written form crossing the published
of
cables
country
like
a
wave
one
or
classified
Near East Report
Almost everyone in the two days after their original Alexandra Johnson, docu-
ments accusing Israel of
news business will admit appearance.
Because of its influence, systematic torture of Arab
that two papers — The New
York Times and The Wash- therefore, it is unfortunate prisoners. Buried in the
ington Post — influence that in covering the Arab- lengthy story were the cru-
other newspapers' coverage. Israeli conflict The Wash- cial facts that Johnson was
Some observers even claim ington Post is so biased in a disgruntled foreign serv-
that editorials from these its reporting. ice officer who was engaged
The Post, it is recalled, to a convicted terrorist.
papers can be seen in re-
The Post, however,
struck again recently
with an extensive study
MODERN DELICATESSEN
of Israeli policy on the
West Bank written by
IS ALIVE & WELL
William Claiborne and
AND STILL LOCATED AT
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omissions and subtle
shadings of the truth.
The correspondents
charge, for instance, that Is-
Dick & George Gunsberg
rael has "bought, exprop-
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