Andrea Levin

“Israel Lobby” Authors Find Friendly NPR Forum

Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer, authors of "The Israel Lobby and American Foreign Policy," the academic study widely faulted for shoddy scholarship and bias in its charge that supporters of Israel undermine American interests, repeated their false allegations on National Public Radio.

Kushner Charges McCarthyism

Playwright Tony Kushner has responded to questions about his many extreme comments regarding Israel with an outlandish claim in the New York Sun (April 25, 2006) that his "past statements have been taken out of context by groups using "˜McCarthyite' tactics to portray him as an extremist."

Ignoring Hamas Hate-Indoctrination

A familiar quality of unreality pervades much of the news and commentary about the ascendance of Hamas in recent Palestinian elections. Note is endlessly made of the fact that Hamas, with its clinics and other welfare operations, is less "corrupt" than the old-guard Fatah chieftains. But as to why Palestinians en masse are comfortable choosing a leadership engaged in the defamation and murder of innocent Jews -- including children, teenagers and the elderly -- very little is said.

Munich and the Kushner Connection

Word of playwright Tony Kushner's involvement in Steven Spielberg's Munich set off alarms among those familiar with his extreme anti-Israel positions and indifference to facts about the Arab-Israeli conflict. A glance at his statements and affiliations suggests why.

Munich (2005)

Directed by Steven Spielberg Written by Tony Kushner, Eric Roth English, German, Italian, French 163 minutes
Briefly, the movie presents, via pulse-pounding scenes of kidnaping, death, stalking and more death, the message that Israel was brutal, bungling and immoral in its reaction to the massacre. True, the hostage-takers were also brutal; but dispossessing Palestinians, we soon learn, lies at the root.

CAMERA Op-Ed: Redford’s Poison

Unlike American journalists who subscribe in principle, if not always practice, to a high-minded code of ethics calling for accuracy, balance and accountability in news coverage, documentary filmmakers of various nationalities often freely blend fact, distortion, ideology and even fiction and defamation without pretense of adherence to any such standards.

Responding to bias fight or flight?

Some argue there is an easy way to counter media shortcomings and make Israel's case, but there are profound strategic flaws in efforts to advance public understanding of Israel's circumstances that do not tackle and defeat false and damaging information about the Jewish state.

CAMERA Op-Ed: Hate Indoctrination and Media Blindness

The wish to see a resolution of the grueling Arab-Israeli conflict is both understandable and perilous for journalists. During the Oslo period, wishes all too often stood in for facts, with a constant blind eye turned to the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hate industry spawned by Arafat and the Palestinian Authority.