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dog governments," she said.
CAMERA members, how-
ever, scoff at the suggestion
that its efforts to keep Days
of Rage off the air amount to
a violation of the First
Amendment. The August is-
sue of Boston's CAMERA
newsletter turned the
argument on its ear by
challenging the right of
public-sponsored television to
present a one-sided documen-
tary. "We who protest govern-
ment-sponsored propaganda
are asking for enforcement of
the First Amendment which
protects the citizenry from
the government's power to
selectively limit the flow of
information," it reads.
CAMERA members say
that they do not support
boycotts against offending
publications and do not
engage in "media bashing?'
The organization prefers to
concentrate on promoting its
own informational ads,
workshops, speakers bureaus
and media review. It does,
however, send its documen-
tary evidence to advertisers
in hopes that they will volun-
tarily withdraw their support
from media markets which
fail to reach CAMERA's
standards of fairness.
Meiselman and other
CAMERA members are also
particularly sensitive about
claims that they are merely
marching hi step to the drum-
beats of neo-conservatives.
"The preservation of Israel is
our only ideology," Meisel-
man stated. "I worry that the
defense of Israel is considered
a conservative attribute. That
is suicidal for the Jewish com-
munity."

Survival Issue

Alan Keyes, a former U.S.
ambassador, staunchly de-
fended Israel during the tele-
vised "wraparound" after the
airing of Days of Raga Keyes,
the principal speaker at the
Boston gathering, fears that
many in the media may have
unwittingly "signed on to the
underlying agenda of Israel's
destruction?' He stresses that
issues of peace and war in the
Middle East have been sub-
sumed by a new paradigm
which focuses on human
rights. The same editors and
reporters who delve into
human rights violations in
Israel, he says, seem blinded
to more serious and frequent
violations throughout the
Arab world. "The media will
spend three months on Sabra
and Shatilla and one minute
on Hama," stated Keyes, in
reference to the Syrian town
where hundreds of citizens
were slaughtered by their own
government troops in 1983.
Other CAMERA speakers,
including Commentary editor
Norman Podhoretz and Pro-

fessor Ruth Wisse, also
decried what they see as a
trend in the media to invert
the Jews' role in history from
that of victim to villain.
University of Massachu-
setts historian David Wyman
sees even more ominous
trends. Wyman, a non-Jew
and author of a book on
America's passivity during
the Holocaust, believes as
many as one million Jews
could have been saved during
the Holocaust if the media
had aggressively reported the
story. Instead, he said, it was
relegated to the back pages
when reported at all.
"I have been reluctantly
forced to the conclusion that
a significant factor in the
media response then and now
is anti-Semitism," Wyman
said to an outburst of ap-
plause. "I challenge the
people of the mass media to
embark on a course of serious
self-examination concerning
their deeper feelings about
Jews."
The response of CAMERA
activists to Wyman's speech
seemed out of character. Most
strive to sound scientific
rather than emotive when it
comes to addressing the Mid-
dle East and the media. Dur-
ing a small gathering with
her lieutenants at the end of
the conference, Meiselman
had even warned them
against "the use of adjec-
tives."
But during a subsequent
interview, Meiselman ac-
knowledged the role which
anti-Semitism has played in
shaping her politics. She
recalled being victimized by
Jew haters on the streets of
her native Boston and taunts
of "Christ killer" leveled
against her five-year-old in
northern Virginia. They were
the kinds of experiences,
perhaps, that could make one
mad enough to measure every
inch of every article on the
Middle East published in
America.



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Jerusalem (JPFS) — A re-
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settler leader Rabbi Moshe
Levinger, said he saw him
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pistol into shops on both
sides of the street after his
car had been stoned in
Hebron.
The rabbi has been charg-
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killing of Kaid Salah, a shoe-
shop owner, and with ag-
assault in the
gravated
sooting of a client who was

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