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May 13, 2003

Is Larry King Jewish?

Larry King may be alive, but he is not well...the man is clearly anti-Israel. Why else would he allow a manipulative individual like Queen Noor of Jordan onto the show in order to slander Israel. His actions represent unprofessional journalism and should not go unnoticed. Below is a letter from a woman in Pennsylvania who had something to say and said it well.....( Michael Diamond)

Dear Mr. Larry King:

I am so frequently insulted by your anti-Jewish, anti-Israel programming.

Tonight, April 15, 2003, you hosted Queen Naor once again, and once again allowed her to slander Israel with her half-truths and important omissions. The former Lisa Halaby is in trouble with her step-son and his wife, the current rulers of Jordan. In order to ingratiate herself with the Arab population, and retain her position, she seeks to be a spokesperson for the only cause that they all agree upon - their hatred of Israel. She so charmingly presents "facts" which are not factual. and they hang out there unchallenged. They stand as "truth" to your viewers, when in fact they just repeat the same Arab propaganda that constantly fills the airwaves.

You need a knowledgeable person to set the record straight for you and your viewers. For instance, the queen said that the Jordanians were not surprised at the tortures of the Iraqi regime. You could have asked her why they didn't denounce this behavior, act against it, join the coalition to fight it, stand with the coalition forces to oppose it, instead you let her off the hook.

She claimed the same old saw: the Palestinian people are "suffering."

You could have asked her if she felt so badly for them why doesn't Jordan let them in and let them become citizens? Instead, you let it stand as if this "suffering" could not be alleviated by other Arab nations helping them, resettling them, instead of 54 years of keeping them out. Why didn't you ask her what she thought about Forbes Magazine identifying Arafat as one of the richest men in the world? Where did he get almost one billion dollars? What did she think of this money being in his bank accounts while she says the people are suffering so? So much for Jordanian crocodile tears , but if not exposed, not known by your audience.

There are 22 Arab countries (all dictatorships) and whenever any representative from any of them get into the public eye they have one complaint ---"Israel is the problem" : if not for Israel , all problems would be solved. As the queen so simplistically put it "It is so simple." Once the Palestinian people are satisfied peace will prevail. What she didn't say, what she can't say, is that the Arab war against Israel, and now overtly the Jews , is now so thoroughly a part of Arab culture that it is only the peace of the grave for the Israelis that will satisfy much of the Arab world.

In the interests of fairness I feel that you should have AT LEAST ONE PROGRAM out of your many that will present the Israeli/Jewish point of view. I believe that you should invite Mort Klein, head of the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) as a guest on your program. Mr. Klein speaks in front of Congress, the Knesset, and lectures all over the world. A resident of suburban Philadelphia, he can be reached through his New York office as he frequently travels. The telephone number is 212-481-1500.

There is so much good and positive information about Israel that the world should know. You could fill 50 shows with the contributions that Israel is making to the world, from burn treatments to eliminate surgery, to periochips to heal gum disease, to hair caps to prevent hair loss from cancer treatments, to innovations in technologies in every field including military that the US employs. The world doesn't know that because of Israeli improvements for the Arabs, Arab life expectancy has improved markedly, infant mortality decreased significantly, Israel increased the number of Arab hospitals from 113 to 387 (since 1967), and Israel completely eradicated Malaria from the territories.

Israel is definitely not into a "cycle of violence" but when attacked tries to locate the killers and arrest them. They do not indiscriminately attack civilians, though the Arab world screams otherwise. There is so much more that I could quote, suffice it to say Israel is a benefit to the world, and if the Arabs would stop terrorizing them and negotiate in good faith, all could live in peace.

I hope you will help to undo some of the constant negative messages about Israel (and the Jewish People) by presenting a side of the coin not seen by American audiences. There is so much of interest to report. And so many lies to refute. I urge you to set the record straight.

Yours truly,
Roberta E. Dzubow