06 January '11
Here is today’s example of the abysmal ignorance that characterizes the local press in the USA, from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Shepherd Express. The story begins,
Can one billboard on Milwaukee’s North Side bring peace to the Middle East?
Not likely, but that’s not the sponsors’ intention. Sister Virgine Lawinger, a Racine Dominican nun and the chair of Friends of Palestine, said the group hopes that the billboard will raise awareness of the ongoing crisis in Palestine and its ripple effect on the Middle East.
And here’s the billboard:
Bear-witness.net is operated by “Friends of Palestine,” an amalgam of Arab and left-wing anti-Zionist groups. It calls for withdrawal from the territories and Jerusalem, opening the border with Gaza, elimination of Israel’s nuclear deterrent, end of US military aid and a boycott of Israeli products (“until Israel ends the occupation”), and a right of return for the descendants of 1948 Arab refugees.
“Bring peace?” The organization supports the Arab agenda to destroy the Jewish state. The “ongoing crisis” in ‘Palestine’? I’d say the Iranian-financed war against Israel. And the “ripple effect” of helping the anti-Zionist side can only be to bring war, not peace, closer.
This is not a middle-of-the-road ‘liberal’ position. It is a radical anti-Israel one. But the local reporter — and News Editor of the Shepherd Express — who wrote this article, Lisa Kaiser, apparently has no clue. She quotes the organizers without comment, as if they are involved in a charitable enterprise!
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