Jewish journalists plead with Israeli government not to treat them like PR operatives.
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The underlying tension between the Israeli government sponsors of last week’s Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem and many of the 140 attendees — Jewish journalists from 32 countries — rose to the surface at the very first panel of the four-day program.
But a disconnect loomed at first Jewish Media Summit in 14 years.
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Jerusalem — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed a group of 140 Jewish journalists from 32 countries to Israel on Sunday evening and charged them with the task of speaking out against “the rising tide” of anti-Semitism in Europe and the “dangerous” deal being negotiated between the U.S. and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program.
There was a time when Yehuda Lev, an outspoken Jewish journalist who died this past weekend at the age of 86, was the talk of the Los Angeles Jewish community. His weekly column, “A Majority Of One,” published in the local Jewish Journal was widely read and hotly debated each week in the 1980s. He often delighted in skewering local machers and people he considered to be religious and political extremists on the right.
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- It took about seven years for Daniel Schorr to tire of being a journalist for Jewish media.
The distaste of digesting for JTA's readers the news of the emerging Holocaust, combined with what he saw as the blinkered parochialism of Jewish news, led him to quit JTA in 1941 and search for work elsewhere.
But Schorr never stopped being a Jewish journalist: events and his conscience would not let him.
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