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NPR Coverage Divorced From Reality

Friday morning (January 5) on National Public Radio, Linda Gradstein reported at length on the allegedly oppressive procedures Israeli women experience when they seek a divorce from their husbands. Although the segment blamed current Rabbinic practices, not actual Jewish law, the effect of the report was clearly to portray the nation and its treatment of women in a severely negative light. NPR’s focus on divorce questions when Israel is facing unprecedented violence in the form of bombings and shootings directed against civilians and when the country is torn by wrenching existential questions, underscores once more NPR’s skewed and distorted agenda. (In times of calm, an accurate and complete report on Israeli divorce matters would be a different issue.)

There is also the question of balance. NPR has never scrutinized Palestinian society with the ferocity it devotes to Israel. There has not been, for example, in the midst of the current crisis, a segment devoted to the phenomenon of “honor killings” of Palestinian women, the killing of women by male family members who claim the woman has dishonored them.

Nor has NPR covered the story of Palestinian women angered by the PA’s role in bringing their children to the front lines of anti-Israel rioting. A USA Today story (December 8) reported that the Tulkarem Women’s Union sent a letter to Yasir Arafat denouncing the Palestinian Authority for “sending innocent children to their death.” One Palestinian mother said, “Palestinian Authority security cars go around collecting children from the streets and sending them to the killing fields.”

Please protest NPR’s distorted and discriminatory coverage of Israel.

-- Federal law requires NPR to report with “objectivity and balance” as the price for receiving taxpayer support. Call and write your Congressman and Senators and ask them to make sure that the law is enforced.


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