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Russian Billionaire Plans ‘Jewish al-Jazeera’
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(JTA) -- A Russian Jewish billionaire plans to create an international news network that will present "real information" about Israel.

Alexander Mashkevich on Wednesday announced his intention to found a Jewish Al-Jazeera during an address at the Keren Hayasod – United Israel Appeal conference in Washington D.C.

Mashkevich told The Associated Press Wednesday that he had not yet decided what the for-profit venture would be called or where it would be based, but he ruled out Kazakhstan, the country where he made his billions.

"Every day and every hour people get negative information about Israel," Mashkevich told the conference. "Therefore, the most important thing is to represent Israel on an international level, with real information."

He said the station would not be a platform to distribute propaganda, but a professional, international news station, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Mashkevich, who is ranked 297 on Forbes magazine's billionaire list with an estimated fortune of $3.7 billion, is the head of the Eurasian Group, one of the largest financial and industrial groups in Kazakhstan, with interests in metallurgy, coal, mining and banking.

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04/14/2011 - 06:38
Alexander Mashkevich, Media, Russia, United Israel Appeal
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Also, what a wonderful way to put information about Judaism "out there" in the public domain, worldwide. When we keep our heads down, then non-Jews don't learn anything about our religion, and ignorance often leads to anti-Semitism.

As an American citizen that supports Israel 100%, I am thrilled to hear that Alexander Mashkevich has intentions to found a Jewish Al-Jazeera. It's about time someone (with money and courage), as come forward to supply an alternative view at the truth!!

Mazal tov!
May it be the Will of our Creator that the messages transmitted through this tool of public media be with openness and seeking out truth, without the burden of bias and interpretive design with which many may be accustomed to for ease of understanding and I imagine; broadcast ratings.
The "All-Jews-Hear" network (AKA "Shema Yisroel") can finally get started with blessings for success and clarity in all of its undertakings.

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