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CNN Accused of Whitewashing Palestinian Soccer Star’s Terror Ties

June 7, 2013 8:02 pm 3 comments

Mahmoud Sarsak. Photo: Youtube.

Criticism is being leveled at CNN International following a feature it ran Thursday that whitewashed the terrorist activities of a Palestinian Arab soccer player.

The sympathetic profile downplayed Mahmoud Sarsak’s ties to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, critics say.

“The reporter makes a romantic figure out of someone with ties to Islamic Jihad and shows zero skepticism about Sarsak’s rendition of events,” Andrea Levin, director of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) told the Washington Free Beacon. “CNN shouldn’t be in the business of whitewashing. Viewers need the whole story.”

The story about Sarsak and his efforts to boycott the UEFA Under-21 tournament currently taking place in Israel was  prominently featured on the front page of CNN’s international website.

Sarsak became a cause celebre last year after his release from an Israeli detention facility, where he had been held for three years as a result of his connections to the PIJ.

While Israel has celebrated its diplomatic victory in being awarded the tournament, many of its foes have come out in protest.

“It’s a very, very big deal,”  Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a human rights group which combats anti-Semitism, told The Washington Free Beacon. “Israel’s enemies correctly understand this is a historic event, a huge achievement for Israel because it normalizes her relationship with her neighbors.”

3 Comments

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Chrstianne Amanpour no doubt will interview him with softball questions and quiet Jew hate.

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    There is nothing wrong with Muslim clerics visiting Auschwitz and praying for the persons who died there. But it is a distortion of reality to claim …

    To World Jewry:

    I hope you will consider my plea as one of the few Rabbis in Americas who speaks out for Israel, fights anti-Semitism throughout the world and one who speaks out vehemently against extremist Muslims. In addition I fight on behalf of Holocaust survivors and have been vocal regarding the Holocaust Claims Conference missing funds. I was also president of Rabbis for Romney. You are welcome to look me up on the internet.

    We are living in pre Holocaust times. European Jewry is facing major anti-Semitism and parts of Europe are Judenrein. Israel is facing a possible Holocaust from Iran and surrounding enemies. I was just banned from the Huffington Post for expressing my displeasure with Muslims praying at Auschwitz over my family ashes. Extremist Muslims want Israel and all Jews annihilated. My plea to all Jews: Speak out. Tell your Rabbis not to remain silent. We are running out of time.

    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

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