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Thosands Rally for Israel; Hayden Petition In Circulation

Monday, July 24, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined forces at a rally in support of Israel in downtown Los Angeles yesterday.  Had the rally been better publicized (and the heat less record-setting) the crowd of 10,000+ would have been much larger.

The Los Angeles Times’ account find time to report on “a Christian petition” that circulated

which was written for the Los Angeles-based Progressive Christians Uniting by Tom Hayden, a peace activist and former state senator. The rabbi said he was concerned that backers did not consult their Jewish friends about the language.

But the Rev. Peter Laarman, the Christian group’s executive director, who edited the petition, defended the text and rejected the idea that the group should have reached consensus before circulating the petition.

Laarman is another aging lefty, with zero roots in the Los Angeles Christian community.  Does his anti-Israel petition, drafted by a Tom Hayden –off on an anti-Israel tear (see below)– really deserve paragraphs 11 through 15 in a story about a rally of thousands of Angelenos led by the two most prominent elected officials in California?

Of course not, but the Los Angeles Times is nothing if not relentlessly anti-Israel even when the state is under a constant barrage of terrorist rockets.  Finding a way to suggest a largr rally is not representative of public opinion is to be expected.  In 2002, the Times failed to even include a paragraph on a rally of more than 40,000 in support of Israel.

If, as many suspect, the fighting in south Lebanon has to get more intense before it ends, expect the Times to be in the forefront of one-sided, anti-Israel commentary and agenda driven news.

Look at today’s lead article on the war.  A reader has to get to paragraph 19 to discover that 90 rockets were fired into Israel on Sunday night!  The first paragraph includes the statement that “Hezbollah militants lobbed rockets at townspeople across northern Israel,” and then the story is off on as slanted a bit of reporting as can be passed off in a major paper.

This is the reason why supporters of Israel’s right to be free of terrorist threat on its borders have to redouble efforts to keep Congress informed of American public opinion.  Visit the main page and use the activism tool to contact your senator or congressman with an expression of support for Israel.

You can also call the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-225-3121 and ask for your representative’s office.

And don’t let MSM accounts of the battle go unchallenged when they fails, as the Times does daily, to call terrorists by their name or to present the facts of the conflict, not just its casualty totals. 

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