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PA Arabs, State Dept. Mourn Fidel Castro, as Miami Exiles Dance in the Streets

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

The “Palestinian cause” was close to Fidel Castro’s heart throughout his political life, Al Jazeera reported on Saturday, in a lengthy account of the Cuban dictator’s anti-Israel and pro-Arab policies. According to the Arab channel, the diplomatic ties between Cuba and Arab refugees began as soon as Castro had become Prime Minister in 1959, following the Cuban revolution, when Raul Castro and Che Guevera visited the Gaza Strip, which at the time was under Egyptian occupation.

Incidentally, in 1959 Israel opened its first consulate in Havana, headed by Yoel Bar-Romi, who later described his excitement at the Castro revolution, which reminded him of Israel’s war of independence.

Al Jazeera claims that Yasser Arafat and Fidel Castro developed close diplomatic and personal ties, and Castro invited Arafat to Cuba “at least eight times,” each time welcoming the PLO terrorist “like he was a head of state.”

Cuba condemned Israel at the United Nations for the first time after the 1967 Six-Day War. Cuba also began to provide military support to the Fatah movement, and eventually extended its support to both the Palestinian popular and democratic fronts. In 1973, Castro, who was eager to become president of the organization of non-aligned nations, severed diplomatic relations with Israel. A little earlier, Cuba and Nicaragua were the only Latin American countries who granted the PLO full diplomatic status.

Castro was a co-sponsor of the 1975 UN resolution 3379 declaring that “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.” The resolution was repealed in 1991.

The Obama State Dept. on Saturday issued an announcement saying, “We extend our condolences to the Cuban people today as they mourn the passing of Fidel Castro. Over more than half a century, he played an outsized role in their lives, and he influenced the direction of regional, even global affairs.”

“As our two countries continue to move forward on the process of normalization – restoring the economic, diplomatic and cultural ties severed by a troubled past,” the announcement went on, “we do so in a spirit of friendship and with an earnest desire not to ignore history but to write a new and better future for our two peoples. The United States reaffirms its support for deepening our engagement with the Cuban people now and in coming years.”

Meanwhile, according to the NY Times, Miami’s Cuban-American community took to the streets of Little Havana in the middle of the night to celebrate. They banged pots and pans, sang the Cuban national anthem and waved the Cuban flag. “They danced and hugged, laughed and cried, shouted and rejoiced.”

“Him dying represents the end of something awful that happened to us,” one Cuban woman told the Times. “It’s actually him — not anybody else — who caused this. It’s because of him that we lost our opportunity to have a life in our country.”

President-elect Donald Trump described Castro as a “brutal dictator who oppressed his own people for nearly six decades,” and expressed his hope that Castro’s death would result in freedom for Cubans.

David Israel

Iranian PM Says Iran “being punished for no reason”

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaking at Havana University in Cuba on Thursday, told students that Iran is “being punished for no reason,” in a veiled reference to the recent assassination of another Iranian nuclear scientist.

According to Ahmadenijad, the West was persecuting Iran: “Have we ever attacked anyone? Have we sought more than we need? Never. We only want to pursue justice.”

Ahmadinejad is currently in the midst of an official tour of Latin America that has included stops in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and will take him to Ecuador next.

Jewish Press Staff

Former Colleague Drops Bomb On ‘Palestine Pete’ Jennings

Wednesday, June 4th, 2003
Cybercast News Service (CNSNews.com) reported this week that Peter Jennings actively shaped news coverage in the 1980’s so that a communist dictatorship could be portrayed
in a more flattering light.

“Having kept quiet for 14 years, a former ABC News correspondent has gone public for the first time with allegations that network anchorman Peter Jennings manipulated news scripts during the 1980’s in order to praise the Marxist-backed Sandinista government in Nicaragua,” began the bombshell story by CNSNews.com’s Marc Morano.

The former correspondent, Peter Collins, is a veteran journalist who over the course of three decades toiled for the BBC, CBS News, Voice of America and CNN, in addition to ABC News.

Collins told Morano that Jennings “took a piece that I had written about the 10th anniversary of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua [in 1989] and first asked his producer to correct it for me and then he himself called me up in Managua and essentially dictated to me what I should say.”

According to Collins, “Basically what Mr. Jennings wanted was for me to make a favorable pronouncement about the 10 years of the Sandinista revolution and he called me up, massaged my script in a way that I no longer recognized it.”

Asked by Morano why Jennings was so interested in portraying the Sandinistas in a positive light, Collins responded: “Because I presume that Peter Jennings felt that the Sandinista regime, which was a communist regime – no questions about it – were mere benign agra-rian reformers…[Jennings] was a believer, was and is.”

Collins said that he and Jennings clashed often during his tenure at ABC News. At one point in the mid-1980’s, Jennings, shortly after having signed a new multi-year contract, warned Collins that changes would be made in the newsroom. Within a couple of months, ABC News executive producer Bill Lord was replaced by Paul Friedman, who had worked with Jennings when the latter was ABC’s London correspondent.

“Bill Lord had supported me in my coverage of Central America, against the wishes of Peter Jennings,” Collins told Morano. “[Jennings] was unhappy with my coverage because I tried to tell both sides of the story.”

Collins, wrote Morano, “believes CNN’s recent admission [that the network censored itself in reporting on the atrocities committed by Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq] and his own experiences in Central America are merely “scratching at the surface” of what Collins regards
as a longstanding failure of the media to report accurately about despotic governments, particularly left-of-center authoritarian regimes.

” “We can go as far back as Walter Duranty in (1930’s) Moscow for The New York Times, Herbert Matthews in (1950’s) Cuba for The New York Times – [how] those two writers tilted their coverage in ways when compared with the historical record was outrageous,” Collins said.”

Jennings and ABC News have declined to comment on Collins’s charges, but the story certainly rings true to those of us who watch Jennings with a critical eye. One can only imagine the extent to which Jennings “massages up the script” of his newscast’s Middle East coverage, given his pronounced pro-Palestinian proclivities.

The Monitor has often cited the invaluable work of the Media Research Center (MRC) in tracking, recording and documenting liberal bias in the media. MRC has put together a damning dossier on Peter Jennings featuring example after example of his tireless efforts
to put an anti-U.S., anti-Israel spin on the news.

Readers are urged to visit the MRC website (www.mrc.org) and scroll down the left side of the screento the “Studies in Bias” section. Click on “Profiles in Bias,” scroll down a drop and click “Palestine Pete: Jennings and the Palestinians.” There you’ll find a comprehensive record of Jennings’s coverage of the war in Iraq. For his shameful record on Israel, go to the bottom of the “Palestine Pete” page and click the “MRC Spotlight Archives.”

Many of you will no doubt download much of what you find for future reference. While you’re at it, drop the people at MRC a thank-you note for a job well done.

Jason Maoz can be reached at jmaoz@jewishpress.com
Jason Maoz

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