Summary: Jewish groups have called for a boycott of the
Philadelphia Inquirer based upon an anti-Israel bias.
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The boycott of the Philadelphia Inquirer continues because of its
unrelenting anti-Israel bias. The inquirer....
* Distorts and omits critical facts from middle east history and news
events and often publishes baseless rumors as fact.
* Sanitizes Palestinian Arabs committing mass murder and terrorism while
denying Israel the right to self-defense.
* Virtually ignores the hatred espoused in Arab school textbooks,
official media and mosques.
* Promotes a moral equivalency between terrorism and the fight against
* Gives terrorists faces and names, while ignoring the Jewish victims.
* Continues to conceal Arafat's real cause: the destruction of Israel.
We are now broadening this boycott action to include the inquirer's
Even though the inquirer is the main Philadelphia paper, its continued
anti-Israel bias serves to erode support for the Jewish state while
increasing sympathy for its enemies. This affects us all and is the
reason we are asking for the support of people and organizations across
The following is a partial list of some of the Philadelphia inquirer's
major advertisers who, despite our request to withhold or significantly
decrease their advertising have not responded. They have until July 31st.
Please share this list with your family and friends and ask for their
cooperation in the boycott of the stores in your area.
Our intent is to bring pressure to bear on the inquirer, through their
advertisers, to begin reporting the news from the Middle-East in a fair
way, something the inquirer has not done for over twenty years!
Disseminate this information to your e-mail address book. Have those on
your list do the same thing.
If we join together in an unyielding commttent to see an end to the
inquirer's outrageous, scandalous "journalism", we will win. Israel will
win ... and other newspapers will assuredly take note.
The companies listed below are to be boycotted starting on august 1st
(for an undetermined period of time).
Department store(s): Macy's* and Boscov's
electronic specialty: Circuit City*
pharmacy chain: Eckerd Drugs*
auto groups: F.C Kerbeck, Sloan
telecommunications: Cingular Wireless*
travel: Liberty Travel
household: Home Depot*
auto supplies: Pep Boys*
builders: Realen Homes
* the companies followed by an asterisk are national concerns and have
stores throughout large portions of the country.
During this action if the companies agree to withhold their advertising or
at very least cut it back significantly, we will call off the boycott. We
will notify you of companies dropped from the list as well as those added
to the list.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this effort. Remember, we can
only reverse the inquirer's anti-Israel philosophy if we remain committed
to do so.
Here are the phone numbers of the companies listed:
(ask for marketing/advertising vice president or chief operating officer
and tell them why the boycott is happening). E-mail addresses are available
on the various national company websites.
Federated (owns Macy's) 513-579-7000
Macy's-east 212-494-1963; 212-695-4400
Circuit City 804-527-4000, 877-932-2225
JC Penney (owns Eckerd Drugs) 972-431-1000
Eckerd Drugs 727-395-6000, 800-325-3737
F.C Kerbeck 215-535-2100, 856-829-8200
Sloan Nissan 215-887-0700
Acme Markets 610-889-4000
Albertson's (owns Acme) 888-746-7252
Cingular Wireless 866-cingular
Liberty Travel 215-972-0200
Home Depot 770-433-8211
Pep Boys 800-pepboys
Realen Homes 800-realen-8
feel free to visit either of the websites below which closely review the
inquirer and post Information regarding the boycott effort:
Also, please keep in mind that the boycott is directed not only at the
inquirer but at the entire Knight-Ridder chain (the second largest
newspaper chain in the United States). Knight-Ridder calls the shots at
We would naturally appreciate having you be in touch with us to inform us
of any progress you may make. We, in turn, will do the same.
Thank you again for your anticpated cooperation.
Other groups participating in the boycott of the inquirer are:
*Zionist Organization of America,
(Greater Philadelphia District)
*American-Israel defense coalition
*American Zionist Movement, (Philadelphia
*Shomrom of Philadelphia
*Religious Zionists of America (Philadelphia)
Americans For a Safe Israel
Ron Kravitz (Philadelphia) chapter
P.O. box 459
Huntingdon Valley, PA. 19006
Ken Heller, chairman
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----- Response from the Philadelphia Inquirer ------
received via email 7-26-02
Here is a summary of our Page 1 and opinion page coverage of the Middle East
so far in July. You and your readers may judge whether you see a bias in our
Editor, Philadelphia Inquirer
Page One coverage in July:
1. July 16. "Youthful summer fun stifled by fear in Israel." In
the culture of anxiety that pervades Israel after months of suicide
bombings, this is shaping up as the longest, most frustrating summer that
today's children have ever known.
2. July 17. "Bus Ambush in West Bank kills 7 settlers."
Palestinian gunmen wearing Israeli army uniforms ambushed an armored bus,
killing seven Jewish settlers and wounding at least 20 near an
3. July 18. "Two Suicide Bombers Hit Tel Aviv." Two suicide
bombers working in tandem killed three people and injured 40 others in a
crowded downtown neighborhood.
4. July 23. "Israeli missile strike in Gaza leaves 11 dead." An
F-16 warplane fired a missile into a Gaza City neighborhood and killed at
least 11 people, including the wife and three daughters of a militant Hamas
leader who was the target. At least 150 people were injured in the blast.
5. July 24. "Gaza deaths stir rage, new fear." As the unseen
Israeli F-16 pilot zeroed in on his target, Rahmi Mohammed Matar bent down
to pray. Downstairs, his sister Maha studied for a religion test. Next door,
Taregh al Huwaiti, 14, and four of his younger siblings slumbered.
Editorials and Commentary Page:
1. July 5. One dozen letters to the editor commenting on President
Bush's statement that Yasir Arafat must be replaced in order for a
Palestinian state to be created. The breakdown; 6 pro-Israeli; 5
pro-Palestinian, 1 neutral.
2. July 8. Cartoon, Negative image of Yasir Arafat.
3. July 9. Cartoon. Negative image of Arab sheiks.
4. July 15. Listening Post column discusses charges of bias from both
sides against The Inquirer and details of pro-Israeli boycott and
5. July 20. Cartoon, pro-Israeli linking suicide bombings and World
Trade Center attack.
6. July 21. "What has to happen for Middle East Peace." Trudy Rubin.
Commentary undercutting moderate Palestinians such as Sari Nusseibeh will
not bring a long-term peace to the Mideast.
7. July 25. "The aftermath of the attack in Gaza." Two pieces, one
detailing the context under which Israel dispatched the missile, and the
second denouncing the attack.
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