BONN (Jul. 21)
The president of the German-Israeli Friendship Association, Erik Blumenfeld, has accused the West German media of “one-sided reporting” and “biased commentary” in its coverage of events in Lebanon.
In a protest addressed to Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Blumenfeld complained specifically about the comparisons in some of the media between the acts of Israeli troops in Lebanon and Nazi acts of genocide during World War II. He found “false and detestable” the media’s use of the term “final solution” to define Israel’s alleged intentions toward the Palestinians.
According to Blumenfeld, the Bonn government should use its diplomatic and political influence to help achieve the evacuation of west Beirut by the Palestine Liberation Organization, to persuade the Arab states to admit the PLO and to reestablish full Lebanese sovereignty in a Lebanon free of all foreign elements.