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PBS airs anti-Israel films

August 22, 2013

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PBS, a recipient of federal funds through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is required to sustain "strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature." In addition, according to the PBS website, "PBS' mission is to create content that educates, informs and inspires."

I wonder why the PBS POV selected two anti-Israel films for its 2013 season. Neither stands on its own journalistically, both being one-sided, manipulative of the truth, and full of omissions of basic facts.

Both focus on Israel's "occupation" of disputed territories without providing any context or historical background so viewers can understand the situation. "The Law in These Parts" leaves out important facts about devastating terrorism challenging Israel. And "5 Broken Cameras" is obviously edited to misrepresent reality and entirely ignores the reasons why the security barrier had to be built.

No mention that these territories were won in a defensive war in 1967, after attacks from Egypt and Jordan. No discussion about the fact that Israel has been facing an existential threat, corrupt Palestinian leaders deprive their own citizens, and absence of human rights, women's rights, gay rights, and minority.

The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is certainly very controversial, and therefore must be presented with balance. I am troubled by this lack of balance and biased broadcasting toward the Palestinian perspective. Why didn't PBS allow all sides to present their points of view and select a movie that advocates for Israel as well?

Unfortunately, in this season of POV, PBS fails to educate, misinforms, and certainly inspires hatred of Israel.

Ziva Giliya, Timonium