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  • Jarl Mohn, President and CEO
    I am writing to protest the biased, inaccurate piece, “7 Things to Know About Israeli Settlements” by International Editor Greg Myre and Middle East Editor Larry Kaplow, December 29, 2016.

    I e-mailed these authors (copy enclosed) but have not received a reply to date and so I wanted to send this to you, as NPR’s CEO because I felt it was important to inform you about their selective amnesia, always slanted against Israel, while never, ever, placing any responsibility for the lack of peace in this region on the Palestinian Arabs’ continued terrorism and refusals of peace offers. This reflects poorly on NPR’s reputation for fair, honest reporting and in-depth reporting, as outlined in your Mission Statement (below).

    The lack of inclusion of historical context and facts which are germane to these authors’ alleged goals in this article are far below even minimal standard of reporting, and smack of bias and shame NPR. I am hoping you will see fit to issue a mea culpa, specific retraction of false premises and conclusions, and an apology to your readers for this below standards, dangerous and biased article.

    This article fails to include contextual data and facts which are critical to a fair and accurate understanding of the complicated history of this area and its disputes. In my e-mail to them, for example, I attempted to rebut their bias as follows:

    They wrote “When Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Six-Day War, no Israeli citizens lived in the territory" yet somehow fails to state that the reason there were no Jews at all in the so called West Bank when Israel was forced into a defensive war and took the West Bank is because…Jordan in 1947-48 killed or deported all the Jews who resided there at the time.

    You go on to state "the Palestinians, along with the rest of the world, see their presence [i.e., Jews who live in the West Bank] as one of the key obstacles to a peace agreement and the creation of a Palestinian state."

    Really? How could you fail to mention the multiple, factual true "reasons" for the lack of peace between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs which include first and foremost the Palestinian Arabs' repeated rejections of fair, generous and very balanced peace offers in favor of jihad, as outlined below. The making of boundaries, final status of Jerusalem, refugees and other security issues, such as their terrorism are vital factors in determining a peace, all of which were supposed to be negotiated. Yet their repeated rejections to negotiate in fairness, walking out of and rejecting peace offers are somehow left out of your slanted against Israel piece. “

    Because this article was so obviously biased and so sloppily research (deliberately?), it made me wonder if perhaps NPR’s Mission Statement had somehow changed? Apparently it has not. It reads:

    “The mission of NPR is to work in partnership with Member Stations to create a more informed public — one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.

    To accomplish our mission, we produce, acquire, and distribute programming that meets the highest standards of public service in journalism and cultural expression; we represent our members in matters of their mutual interest; and we provide satellite interconnection for the entire public radio system.”

    And so as the CEO of NPR Mr. Mohn I am respectfully asking that you write back to me and tell me how this obviously biased and sloppily researched article, without proper context, adheres to your mission statement of “…deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas…distribute programming that meets the highest standards…in journalism…”??? Clearly this piece fails miserably to promote any deeper understanding of this region and its peoples and fails even minimum standards of journalism by its overt selective omission of historical context.

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