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February 12, 1988 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-02-12

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1988

I

been smart," says the Foreign
Ministry official. "The army,
like any bureaucracy, was
slow to provide us with infor-
mation to pass on to the jour-
nalists. We were simply not
equipped to provide a con-
stant, up-to-the-minute ac-
count of what was going on.
"The Palestinians filled the
gap — and they established
their credibility with the jour-
nalists by being accurate. We
really lost the initiative on
this one!"
The Foreign Ministry, en-
cumbered by its heavy bu-
reaucratic burden, never-
theless strove to provide a
broader perspective than the
story so many journalists had
come to get: "Israeli-soldiers-
clubbing-Palestinian-kids!'
In some cases, says the of-
ficial, it was an exercise in
futility.
He has respect for most of
the foreign correspondents
who are based in Israel —
even when they are critical of
Israeli policy — but he is
openly contemptuous of many
of the "firemen" who are
parachuted into the country
to cover emergencies, such as
the current wave of violence.
Most, he says, are abysmal-
ly ignorant of the historical
background and are unwill-
ing either to listen or learn.
Some express an open poli-
tical bias and make no pre-
tense at objectivity.
There was the Turkish re-
porter who simply ignored
everything he had seen and
heard and went home to write
about gas chambers on the
West Bank.
Then there was the Greek
woman who complained bit-
terly that she was not allowed
to cover the trials of Palestin-
ian detainees on the day she
wanted — a Friday — and re-
fused to accept that trials
were not held because it was
the Muslim Sabbath.
"One effective gauge is the
cartoons. In the past few
weeks we have been seeing
the sort of cartoons we've
never seen before," says the of-
ficial. "Blatant anti-Semitic
symbols, Holocaust imagery,
the lot. It's as if the world has
received permission to let
everything out of the wood-
work!'
Prof. Gadi Wolfsfeld, a spe-
cialist in the media at the
Hebrew University of Jerusa-
lem, believes that Israel could
and should have done more to
control the media damage.
He also believes it would be
preferable, in certain cases, to
restrict media access; to keep
the reporters and the televi-
sion cameras away from the
trouble spots where their pre-
sence might actually serve as
a catalyst for violence.

"Better to have snide corn-
ments about press freedom
than to have those pictures!"
he says. "Better to have the
journalists yelling about cen-
sorship than about the beat-
ings. But, as usual, Israel
reacts to crises on an ad hoc
basis. There is no long-range
planning!'

NEWS Immm"

Hospital Strike
Continues

Tel Aviv
The strike con-
tinued at Israeli government
hospitals as Finance Minister
Moshe Nissim and Health
Minister Shoshana Arbeli-
Almoslino blamed each other
for the situation.
At some hospitals, the strik-
ing maintenance and clean-
ing workers refused to allow
volunteers to clean the floors,
collect dirty laundry and
remove piles of garbage from
corridors.
Histadrut is conferring
with the Health Ministry to
end the strike. If a solution is
not found soon, hospital direc-
tors were considering
evacuating the hospitals of all
but those in most critical
need of a hospital bed and ad-
mitting only those who would
die without immediate treat-
ment.



Mazon Aids
26 Groups

New York — Mazon, a
Jewish response to hunger,
announced grants to 26
groups working in the U.S.
and abroad in behalf of the
hungry.
In reporting allocations
totalling $210,000, Theodore
R. Mann, chairman of Mazon,
said the funds would go both
to organizations that operate
feeding programs and those
that carry out advocacy pro-
grams in behalf of the
hungry. Since its founding a
little over two years ago,
Mazon has contributed to
more than 70 separate in-
stitutions and organizations
helping the hungry and
homeless.

Soviets To Use
Canadian Rules

Ottawa (JTA) — Moscow an-
nounced an agreement with
the Canadian government
Feb. 5 whereby evidence
against suspected Nazi war
criminals living in Canada
may be gathered in the Soviet
Union in strict compliance
with the rules of evidence
established by the Canadian
Criminal Code.

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