Madinat al-Muslimeen Islamic Message Board
|Action Alert 01|
|06/14/01 at 15:24:51|
|AMA Action Advisory|
On June 7, 2001, one of New Jersey major newspapers, STAR-LEDGER, had carried a story, “Schundler defends addressing Muslim group”, written by its staff member
Jeff Whelan. The fact that Bret Schunler, a Republican candidate for the governor’s office, had plainly refused to “shun” AMA because it “would be caving in to anti-Muslim bigotry”, amounts to good news for the Muslim community.
But the same news item also carried the following allegation made by “Shai Goldstein, director of the New Jersey chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, one of the main Jewish organization. He alleged that
"This group [AMA] has had its leadership make incredibly inflammatory, bigoted, anti-Semitic statements with regard to Israel," said Goldstein "We would hope that the mayor would attack those statements and views expressed by the leaders of those organizations. He has a clear responsibility to respond to those statements."
So far the Star-Ledger has not given us a chance to refute these outrageous and false accusations. We must get our response published by no later then this weekend.
Call editor of Star-Ledger Mr. Jim Willse, at 973-877-4127 or email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org and urge him to print AMA’s op-ed piece. (An op-ed piece is a short essay that allows a person or a group to argue its own case).
Talking Points: Be firm but polite:
1. Publishing both sides of the story is the first principle of fair journalism. So far he has not published our side of the story and that’s not fair.
2. News – and he should better than us – is a highly perishable commodity. If delayed too long our response will lose all relevance. As Dr. Martin Luther King had said: Justice delayed is justice denied.
3. Implicit exclusion of AMA gives legitimacy to ADL’s false charges. It makes general public think: ‘These charges must be accurate otherwise the AMA would refuted them.”
4. Refusal to publish AMA’s response effectively allows the pro-Israeli groups to monopolize the Middle. That is ETHNIC CENSORSHIP.
A sample letter that can be emailed or faxed is given below. You can get the fax number by calling the Star-Ledger switchboard at 973-392-4040.
Mr. Jim Willse
1 Star-Ledger Plaza, Newark, N.J., 07102-1200
Dear Mr. Willse,
On June 7, 2001, Star-Ledger had carried a story, “Schundler defends addressing Muslim group”, written by your staff member Jeff Whelan. This story contained a number of defamatory accusations by Shai Coldstein, director of the New Jersey chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, against the American Muslim Alliance (AMA) and its leadership.
You have published these accusations, which as a journalist, you should. But as a journalist you should also let the other side respond. So far you have not and that’s unfair.
Refusal to publish AMA’s response effectively allows the pro-Israeli groups to monopolize the debate about the Middle East. That is ETHNIC CENSORSHIP.
If delayed too long AMA’s response will lose all relevance: Justice delayed will be justice denied.
Finally, the American people have a right to know what is actually stated in the UN General Assembly Resolution 31/34 and how this legal document legitimates the Palestinian struggle for independence and statehood.
I strongly urge to be fair and publish AMA’s response by way of an op-ed piece.
I thank you in anticipation of your favorable response.
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