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June 15, 1990 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-06-15

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CONTENTS

Double Standard
Of U.S. And Media

BERL FALBAUM

T

he double-standard
morality play contin-
ues to be played out in
the media.
While Israel is flayed for its
action in the intifada and "in-
transigence" in not sur-
rendering security, the rest of
the world enjoys immunity
from the kind of moral stan-
dards applied to Israel.
Let us consider three ex-
amples of recent news stories
not involving Israel and how
the media treated each.

Panama

The United States invaded
a sovereign country to topple
a dictator it did not like, and
in the process wreaked havoc
which has escaped any
critical media examination,
not to mention moral outrage.
Whatever the sins of
General Noriega, the securi-
ty of the United States was

The secretary of
state
enthusiastically
supports the dual
standard of his
boss and Senator
Dole.

hardly at stake and yet the
U.S. conducted a massive in-
vasion killing hundreds,
wounding thousands, while
leaving additional thousands
homeless. None of this,
however, has been reported or
examined by the media.
Tom Wicker of the New
York Times expressed puzzle-
ment why "those of us in the
press have been so uncritical
about both the justification
and the consequences of this
egregious misuse of U.S.
military power."
As Wicker pointed out, on-
ly one newspaper, the Los
Angeles Times, finally ex-
amined the human toll and
then ran the story on Page 13.
Consider what would have
happened had Israel been
involved.
The military strike — il-
legal by any international
standard — was launched by
a president who seems to be
oblivious to the hypocrisy of
devastating Panama while
criticizing Israel for its
military actions in fulfilling
an obligation to maintain
control of an occupied ter-
ritory and pressuring Israel
to relent when its very sur-
vival may be threatened.

Red Squad Files

The secretary of state en-
thusiastically supports the
dual standard of his boss and
Senator Dole, who found it
very easy and politically op-
portunistic to applaud the
Panamanian mission.
And the media stand idly
by.

ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM
Jewish groups, individuals
were among those spied upon.

No Exit

ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM
Renaissance High's Jews
must confront other issues.

33

INSIGHT

Narrow Coalition

24

ZE'EV CHAFETS, HELEN DAVIS
and JAMES BESSER
Can Israel's government
speak in one voice?

39

TEENS

Coming Together

BRUCE D. AFT
The Kornwise Weekend
bridges factional differences.

69

ENTERTAINMENT

The Ticket
To Success

STEVE HARTZ
The Diary of Anne Frank
led Tracy Aller to the stage.

89

FOR SENIORS

69

The Graduates

RICHARD PEARL
Commencement has dual
meaning for the Krokers.

99

LIFESTYLES

Author, Author

Jimmy Carter

The former president con-
ducts a press conference after
meeting with one of the
world's most brutal tyrants —
Syrian President Assad —
and blasts Israel for its
policies. He discusses his
"fruitful" session with Assad
but none of those tough, in-
quiring reporters asks him
how he justifies criticizing
Israel while, in effect, com-
mending a killer who
slaughtered 20,000 civilians
at Haman and who sponsors
terrorism and taking
hostages.
One would think that
Carter's explanation of his
Continued on Page 10

24

CLOSE-UP

Lebanon

One would think in review-
ing the media's scant atten-
tion to this country, that it
must be enjoying a peaceful
existence. Little appears
about the tragic bloodshed
which is ten-fold worse than
even at the height of the
Israeli invasion.
The country is a battlefield
with Arab factions slaughter-
ing each other, including in-
nocent civilians, and the
media utter hardly a peep.
NBC commentator John
Chancellor, who during the
Israeli strikes stood amidst
the Israeli targets and com-
pared the bombing emotional-
ly to the worst of World War
II, has nothing to say about
Lebanon now. TV reporters
and the rest of the media
ranted when Israel, protec-
ting itself against onslaughts
daily by the PLO, launched
its strategic strikes and made
no mention how Israel tried
to keep casualties to a
minimum with "surgical" air
bombings.
This spring, when 11 Israeli
schoolchildren and four
others were killed in a brutal
attack, the New York Times
ran a brief story on Page
Three (a picture on Page One)
and the local press hardly
mentioned it at all. The
Detroit Free Press, which has
been a frequent and vocal
critic of Israel, only publish-
ed a picture. Again, no moral
outrage at the slaughter of in-
nocent children.

15

DETROIT

CARLA JEAN SCHWARTZ
Detroiter Robert Fenton
has another bestseller.

DEPARTMENTS

29
42
48
50
54

Inside Washington
Synagogues
Education
Business
Sports

92
100
102
104
134

Engagements
Births
Single Life
Classified Ads
Obituaries

CANDLELIGHTING

89

8:54 p.m.
Friday, June 15, 1990
Sabbath ends June 16 10:06 p.m.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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