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Left-wing Israeli Reporter Attacks Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors over Activism
LOS ANGELES, California (February 18, 2013) – Ha’aretz reporter Amira Hass blasts Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors Founder and President Doris Wise Montrose for Promoting Western civil liberties, notes that Montrose seemingly “can do everything on her own”
Amira Hass, a reporter for the leftwing Israeli newspaper Haaretz, has blasted Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors over the group’s opposition to the appointment of Chuck Hagel as U.S. Secretary of Defense. Describing CJHS’s website as an “ostensible Holocaust website,” the reporter criticized the CJHS logo for being too-heavy handed and then linked the group to among other things “Republicans’ apocalyptic war against Hagel.”
“While it might be considered unusual for a reporter caught publishing anti-Israel lies to lecture others on ethics,” said CJHS founder and president Doris Wise Montrose, referencing a May 2010 scandal in which Hass was forced to recant a report accusing Israel of expelling a Palestinian youth from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip, “and while the tone of Hass’s piece might be considered unprofessional and grating,” she continued, alluding to the use of sarcasm and feigned shock throughout the article, “it’s important to stay focused on the substance of this debate.”
“Hass didn’t actually address anything we wrote,” concluded Montrose.
Hass’s attack on Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors for its stance on Hagel comes within days of both the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League expressing renewed concerns regarding anti-Semitic rhetoric and ideas ascribed to the former Senator.
Hass also attacked CJHS for its explicit concerns regarding the spread of political Islam at the expense of Western civil liberties. The reporter’s stance is in line with previous reporting that she has conducted – including a much-criticized interview with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in which she badgered Haniyeh for taking an insufficiently dim view of the Palestinians’ situation – but is difficult to square with, for instance, increasingly widely-held skepticism regarding the potential for the Arab Spring to engender robust democracies.
Hass closes by snidely noting that appears Montrose seemingly “can do everything on her own, including searching the Web, organizing discussions, linking other articles, sending emails to tens of thousands of people (in her own words), writing press releases, keeping up on events and updating a Facebook page.”
“It’s always nice to see hard work recognized,” commented Montrose.
Doris Wise Montrose
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