This Hanukkah Give the Gift of Truth

The Media Line led twenty years ago in pioneering the American independent news agency in the Middle East, arguably the first in the region. We have always stayed true to our mission: to provide you with contextual sourced and trustworthy news. In an age of fake news masquerading as journalism, The Media Line plays a crucial role in providing fact-based news that deserves your support.

We're proud of the dozens of young students we've trained in our Press and Policy Student Program who will form the vanguard of the next generation of journalists to the benefit of countless millions of news readers.

Non-profit news needs public support. Please support us with your generous contributions:
Donate
We thank our loyal readers and wish you all the happiest of holidays
The Media Line

Amid Charges of Hypocrisy, Jewish ‘Leaders’ on Hot Seat for Government-paid Qatar-boosting Trips

First stung by reports in the Israeli daily Haaretz exposing all-expenses-paid trips to Qatar being funded by the same government that was isolated by its Arab neighbors in the Gulf for its support of terrorism, Jewish organizational heads who accepted the freebies seem hard-pressed to explain their participation. While excuses of self-professed importance are left to the travelers’ constituents to judge, the government of Israel has firmly distanced itself from those who have suggested anything less than total rejection of the trip by Israeli officials. On Tuesday, spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington Itai Bar Dov told the newspaper that, “We oppose this outreach effort in the Jewish and pro-Israel community.” In an apparent indication that the Qatari leadership sees its acceptance by recognizable Jews as an important element in its image campaign, it hired a Jewish public relations expert with strong ties to both the Jewish and secular-conservative political communities to reach out to those willing to be used in its crusade. In a telling response, opponents of the Qatari incumbents hired a Jewish-owned P.R. firm with strong ties to Jewish organizations and the Democratic Party. But apparently driven by the publicity about the trips, Haaretz published comments from participants that suggested Israeli green-lights as well as the apparent belief that the participant’s own visit to Qatar would change the behavior of its leaders. Haaretz this week revealed a secret trip by a conservative Jewish organizational head who was arguably the most visible voice condemning Qatar’s funding of terror who presumably flew to Qatar at no cost on the airline he petitioned the Trump administration to ban from America’s air space. The paper also referred to another organization’s paid professional who claimed the purpose for his visit was to seek the assistance of Hamas patron-Qatari leaders in repatriating the bodies of Israeli soldiers being held by the Gaza-based terrorists. Upon checking further, Haaretz journalist Amir Tibon was told by an Israeli source that Israel has “its own channels” for such contacts and that the visits by American Jews are “about Washington” and not related to the Jewish state. [see Haaretz, 31January2018]

Give the Gift of Trusted News!

Dear friends,

The Media Line is always there to report to you the stories and issues of the Middle East – completely and in context: TML is the source you can trust.

Know The Media Line to Know The Middle East!

Please support our ad-free, nonprofit news agency. Our seasoned journalists reporting from the Middle East are working day and night during these challenging, yet defining times; and our student interns are honing their knowledge and skills, preparing to emerge as tomorrow’s journalists.

You rely on us and we’re relying on you! Make your online tax-deductible donation here and contact us regarding donations through appreciated stock, donor advised funds, qualifying IRA distributions and other charitable instruments.

Thank you for confidence in The Media Line.
 
Felice Friedson
Founder, President

Invest in the
Trusted Mideast
News source.
We are on the
front lines.

Personalize Your News
Upgrade your experience by choosing the categories that matter most to you.
Click on the icon to add the category to your Personalize news
Browse Categories and Topics
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.