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Anti-israel Slurs Spark Protests

A commission set up to consider a Jewish protest against a German-language Swiss Radio broadcast which said Premier Menachem Begin and former Defense Minister Ariel Sharon found justification for Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in “Mein Kampf,” ruled this week that the radio had no mandate to broadcast such a comment.

The same commission, however, rejected a complaint by Jews in Zurich that a French-language television film on the war in Lebanon was biased because it showed only the destruction caused by Israel’s armed forces. The commission concluded in that case that the film only tried to show the reality in Lebanon.

The protest against the radio broadcast was filed by the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities with the director general of Swiss radio and television. The program in question was a satirical radio “magazine” on world events.