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Pro-arab Bias in News Media

November 6, 1973
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Coverage of the Middle East war was heavily biased in favor of the Arabs during the first days of the conflict, Dr. Nehemia Resnizky, secretary of the DAIA, reported at a special session last week of the Argentine Jewish representative body called to assess the situation in the wake of the war. Dr. Resnizky said that measures to counter the distorted presentation of the news were undertaken by the DAIA, the Buenos Aires Kehilla and the Argentine Zionist Federation.

He said Arab influence in the press was particularly strong in the provinces but less so in the capital. Arab infiltration into Peronist circles would be comical if the circumstances were not so tragic, he said. Dr. Resnizky referred to an article in the weekly “Prima Plana” which alleged that Jewish physicians in many hospitals were requesting un-needed blood samples from their patients and clandestinely sending the blood to Israel.

Dr. Isaac Goldenberg, president of the Latin American Jewish Congress, who returned here last week after spending five months in Israel, warned that the number one enemy of the Jewish State is not the Arabs but the Soviet Union. He said the Soviet-Arab objective is to isolate Israel diplomatically. They have succeeded to an alarming extent in Africa and are trying to do the same in Latin America, he warned.

Eliezer Doron, Israel’s Ambassador to Argentina, read a special message from Premier Golda Meir at a Solidarity With Israel special meeting convened by the Latin American WJC which was attended by representatives of Jewish communities from 10 Latin American countries.

Jewish Defense League members forced their way into the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to demand U.S. action for the return of Israeli POWs.

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