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AOL Time Warner & CNN
   Summary: AOL / Time Warner and CNN chief Ted Turner calls for moral equivalence between homicide bombers and military action to stop terrorism. The comment was made during an interview with the British Newspaper, The Guardian.
   The Israeli Yesha council of towns in Judea, Sumaria (west bank) and Gazza released a statement on June 20, 2002 announcing it will be ceasing all cooperating with CNN and its representatives in Israel, calling on the over 140 Yesha communities to follow. The statement released by council spokesman Yehoshua Mor-Yosef follows.

   "In light of CNN's repeated lack of objectivity and professionalism regarding the Israel-Arab conflict and especially the scandalous remarks made by Mr. Ted Turner yesterday, I must inform you that the Yesha Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gazza district has decided to cease cooperation with CNN and with its correspondents."

   The Ted Turner comment was "Aren't the Israelis and Palestinians both terrorizing each other?" The Turner comment suggested moral equivalence between homicide bombers going on Israeli busses and blowing up civilians and Israel's actions to arrest terrorists and stop the violence.

   Yehoshua Mor-Yosef continued: "I am sending this communique to the spokespersons of the 144 communities in Yesha as well. The Yesha Council will reevaluate its position should we discern a genuine change in your reporting which reflects an honest and fair perspective rather than one-sided reporting which directly or indirectly supports and justifies Palestinian terror."

Conclusion and opinion

   Boycott Watch reports that CNN shares media offices with Palestinian TV in at least one Palestinian held city, suggesting bias in reporting since Palestinian TV is directly controlled by Yasir Arafats Palestinian Authority, thus CNN is and has been directly influenced by one side in the conflict by choice, thus adding credibility to this boycott call. BW

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