seek to blacklist Florida journalist for criticizing Israel
October 20 2001, IRNA
American sources in Florida have accused "influential Jewish
circles" of intimidating and bullying journalists daring to
criticize Israeli occupation and apartheid in Palestine.
The accusations came after influential Jews in Florida reportedly
bullied the Tallahassee Democrat, a local newspaper, to refuse to
publish articles by a Florida journalist who reportedly recently
wrote a article criticizing the "Israeli-American marriage."
The journalist, Jim Moore, said in an email message that he was
recently told by the newspaper's officials not to submit any more
In his article, Moore quoted a report that appeared in several
Middle-East related web-sites a few weeks ago, alleging that Ariel
Sharon, the extremist Israeli prime minister, told his foreign minister
Shimon Peres during a heated ministerial council meeting not to
worry about American pressure on Israel because "the Jewish
people control America."
Israeli officials refused to confirm or deny the report, but several
Israeli journalists and columnists confirmed that Sharon had bouts
of anger during a recent Knesset meeting and that he said "things
that shouldn't be said."
Most American and, to a lesser extent, British journalists feel
intimidated by Jewish pressure groups and generally avoid criticizing
Israel's rampage of murder and terror against Palestinians lest
they lose their jobs.
One journalist who did no wish to be named said :
"if I write something and THEY think it is Pro Palestinian
my editor gets hundreds of emails saying the paper is anti-semetic,
and that i should be sacked. It obviously has a demorilizing impact
on us all. The paper doesnt want its readers to be unhappy and thus
Unfortunatly Palestinians very rarely write in at all to congratualte.
It gets so bad that the phone is often ringing all day from unhappy
Jewish readers demanding to know why I have written this or that,
not to mention the large number of Jewish groups that demand a meeting
with the Paper to "discuss" the "error"
In the end a journalist has to think carefull about saying anything
that might offend Israel.
Sometimes you just want to get on with life, instead of having
a mini war on your hands"
Earlier this year, the Jewish publisher of "the Observer"
chastised and threatened to fire one of the paper's editors for
criticizing the use of excessive force by the Israeli army against
unarmed Palestinian civilians.