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Letter to Haaretz on publishing misinformation about Iran


To the Editor, HAARETZ

Re:       IDF retrieves bodies of four tank soldiers killed in south Lebanon

            By Amos Harel and Jack Khourey – 14 July 2006



It is disturbing to see your site boldly, and in bold, propagate misinformation about Hezbollah’s intentions to transfer captured Israeli soldiers to Iran in an effort to broaden the conflict in the Middle East.  Haaretz has always enjoyed relative impartiality, but it seems that it may have undergone some changes.  Indeed, the world is witness to the brazen reality that words voiced in Israel are simultaneously expressed by the US President with the same intended result, to harm Iran, and in the process, Syria.


The same concrete intelligence that claimed thousands of innocent lives, will no doubt conjure up plans to transfer soldiers to Iran – giving Israel the pretext to attack Iran.   Having rendered the United Nations Security Council completely impotent with its veto yielding vote, the Bush Administration has given Israel a ‘Carte Blanche’ to attack, terrorize, and commit genocide at will.  The world is immobilized either in stupor, or they are bullied and or bribed into silence, including the Security Council itself.


It is unconscionable to involve yet another country in this conflict.  I urge you to reconsider giving a platform to the likes of Gideon Meir.  As the famous philanthropist George Soros stated in an interview with America’s National Public Radio, the media is a far more powerful vehicle for shaping the minds of the people.  The circulation which your paper enjoys can move your country towards peace in the Middle-East instead of yet another war.  Your country may enjoy the backing of the US, but each US veto will bring with it more hatred, condemnation, and eventually, as the US’s declining hegemony is no longer in a position to defend Israel, strong as it may be, it will face its enemies without a friend.


In reality, what I am asking is to refrain from publishing what is not true.  Iran, in its precarious position, would not embark on political suicide.  The Israeli government on the other hand, would embark on an attack that has been contemplated.  For the sake of peace and humanity, don’t be their war trumpet.


Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich

Salt Lake City, Utah



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