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“The Palestinians are fighting with human suicide bombers, that’s all they
|Occupied Jerusalem: In an exclusive interview with British daily newspaper, The Guardian, June 18, the billionaire founder of CNN accused Israel of engaging in “terrorism” against the Palestinian people.
“Aren’t the Israelis and the Palestinians both terrorizing each other?” Turner, vice-chairman of AOL Time Warner, which owns CNN, asked, in comments the Guardian described as threatening “to lead to a further decline in the news network’s already poor relations with the Jewish state.”
“It looks to me like they’re both doing it,” he added. “When the Brits retaliated for the… Nazis bombing London by bombing Berlin , weren’t you both terrorizing each other?”
“The rich and the powerful, they don’t need to resort to terrorism… The Palestinians are fighting with human suicide bombers, that’s all they have. The Israelis ... they’ve got one of the most powerful military machines in the world. The Palestinians have nothing. So who are the terrorists? I would make a case that both sides are involved in terrorism.”
Hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s government condemned Monday night, June 17, Turner’s remarks, calling them “stupid,” the Guardian reported.
The newspaper reported that Andrea Levin, director of the American pro-Israeli media watchdog Camera, called the comments a “reprehensible” attempt to “blur the line between perpetrator and victim.”
Spokesman for the Israeli government, Daniel Seaman, said: “My only advice to Ted Turner is if people assume you are stupid, it is just best to keep your mouth shut rather than open your mouth and confirm everyone in that view.”
The founder of CNN, Ted Turner is also one of the world’s richest men, and in 1997 became the world’s most magnanimous philanthropist when he donated $1 billion to the United Nations.
A senior minister in Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s cabinet said he welcomed Turner’s comments, the Guardian reported.
“I feel it reflects a more consistent approach,” said Ghassan Khatib, Arafat’s newly appointed labor minister and former director of the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center . “One of the problems in trying to reduce the violence has been the focus of so much international attention on Israeli rather than Palestinian civilian deaths, although four times as many Palestinians have been killed,” Khatib said.
The newspaper pointed out that many Palestinians complain just as bitterly of a pro-Israeli bias in CNN’s coverage - mocking it as the “Zionist News Network” - as Israel complains of a pro-Palestinian one. q
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