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January 26, 1990 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-01-26

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from individuals who quote
extensively from Palestinian
propaganda publications or
from Arabs themselves. Some
columns are anonymous.
These allegations are
published without any
response by an official of the
Israeli Ministry of Health.
Boaz Siegel
Human rights issues in the
Middle East are raised in this
medical journal only with
regards to Israel. In discuss-
ing international medical
And Media Abuse
relief to Armenia after the
Anti-Defamation League
earthquake, The Lancet omit-
Regional Director Richard
ted the major contribution by
Lobenthal's reflection that
Israel. Recently, it published
"Anytime a minority group is
a picture titled "Palestinian
in the news, you will see an
of a naked man.
increase of intimidation
The accompanying letter was
against it" is a point that the
devoted only to the Turkish
Arab-American community
torture of the Kurds.
can well attest to.
Between 1964 and 1986, on-
As a Semitic people, Arab-
ly three letters and columns
Americans have been on the
on the Palestinian conflict
receiving end of considerable
were published in The Lancet.
abuse directly influenced by
Since 1987 and the onset of
events reported in the media.
the intifida, there have been
More significant, though, is
21 publications. Unfortunate-
the fact that abuse is more
ly, this journal is not alone.
often precipitated by the
Medical and nursing journals
slanted and stereotypic man-
from New Zealand to Scan-
ner in which those reports are
dinavia have published
created and disseminated.
similar types of articles.
We must not only confront
Physicians for Human Rights
and challenge the small-
has published a highly
minded bigots in our society
critical report of Israel
who carry out the physical
medical services in the ter-
act, we also must hold accoun-
ritories and refused to include
table those individuals
in their report the Israeli
responsible for inciting this
Health Ministry's response.
despicable element by whip-
This same group has targeted
ping up emotions through the
Israel for investigation and
kind of character assassina-
has extensively publicized its
tion we so often see in subjec-
highly critical report on
tive reporting.
Israel, while ignoring Syria,
When someone pulls the
Egypt, Libya, Jordan,
trigger • of a gun, he is not
Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and
alone in his guilt when so-
Iran. Some journals engage in
meone else is there encourag-
geographical misinformation,
ing, in whatever form, the ac-
identifying in their titles that
tion undertaken.
the West Bank is part of Jor-
Joseph Borrajo
dan — despite King Hussein's
Chairman, Arab-American
official abandonment of that
Voter and Education Committee
territory. World Health, an of-
ficial magazine of the World
Health organization, recently
New Group Fights
published a map of Africa and
the Middle East where Israel
Medical Bias
was clearly labelled as
CAMERA (Committee for
Accuracy in Middle East
In response to these and
Reporting in America) has
other distortions published in
been involved in the monitor-
the medical and scientific
ing of print and electronic
press, I am forming a physi-
media for misinformation and
cians' group within
one-sided coverage of Middle
CAMERA's organization. Our
East politics. As a physician,
objectives are to monitor the
I have noticed that the
medical and scientific media
medical and scientific press
for false or misleading infor-
has not been immune from
mation, to point out to the ap-
similar journalistic practices.
propriate editors and readers
In particular, I wish to call to
the discrepancies and to cor-
the attention of the greater
rect the reporting. Our mis-
Detroit-Ann Arbor medical
sion is not to offer political
community the widely read
solutions or to advocate a par-
British journal The Lancet,
ticular policy.
which has engaged in misin-
Interested health profes-
formation and biased re-
sionals may write me in care
porting on the Arab-Israeli
of CAMERA, P.O. Box 428,
conflict. The journal's bias
Boston, MA 02258.
against Israel is evident in its
Dr. Seth Corey
frequent publication of letters

on the road could begin. The
Michigan Supreme Court
upheld the decision of the ar-
bitration board. Both
Lathrup Village and Pleasant
Ridge unsuccessfully then
sought reversal of the route
award in federal court.

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