ADL Voices Ongoing Concerns About Al Jazeera Following Pan-Arab Network’s Acquisition Of Current TV

New York, NY, January 4, 2013 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has ongoing concerns about the pan-Arab satellite network Al Jazeera, which it says has “a troubling record” of providing a platform to all manner of virulent anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic extremists and of serving as a propaganda tool against the State of Israel, particularly in its Arabic-language broadcasts.

While it is true that Al Jazeera has toned down its anti-Israel propaganda in the network’s English broadcasts, ADL said the Arabic-language channel’s content “continues to be of great concern.”  The League voiced those concerns following the Qatar-based network’s acquisition of Current TV in a deal which will provide unprecedented access for the network’s English-language programming to a potential audience of millions of viewers in the United States.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

Al Jazeera, whose major broadcast focus is in the Arab world, has a troubling record and history that is very disturbing, particularly in its Arabic language broadcasts. It has exploited and exaggerated the Arab-Israel conflict in a heavy-handed and propagandistic manner, and always at the expense of Israel, while giving all manner of virulent anti-Israel and even anti-Semitic extremists access to its airwaves.

However, in its English version lately Al Jazeera has toned down its anti-Israel propaganda. Yet it continues to be of great concern. We will be watching and monitoring the broadcasts as they become available to a much wider audience in the United States.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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