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Arabs Protest Airing of U.S. Tv Series ‘golda’ on French Tv

March 28, 1983
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The Arab League representative in Paris, Mohammed Yazid, has formally complained to the French Foreign Ministry against the scheduled airing by French television of the American TV series, “Golda,” which portrays the life of Israel’s late Premier Golda Meir.

Yazid, in a written note, said that broadcasting this program is tantamount to “glorifying Israel and its expansionist aims.” He asked Foreign Minister Claude Cheysson to try and prevent the state-controlled TV from going ahead with its program, scheduled to start this week.

Several pro-Arab organizations have also appealed to the “High Authority,” a state-appointed body responsible for the television’s political neutrality and ethics, to have the series, which stars the late Ingrid Bergman, banned.

One such organization, the Franco-Arab Solidarity Association, said in its letter to the High Authority’s President Michelle Cotta: “France, which is favorable to a just solution to the Middle East conflict, should not use television to present a biased view of the problem.”

The Association’s president, Lucien Bitterlin, also called for a program on the Palestinian question and said it should be followed by a debate between the representatives of all the concerned parties.

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