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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

July, 2008


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EDITORIAL: Choking The Coastal Post's Advertising And Distribution
By Don Deane, Publisher

The Coastal Post is under attack by Israeli advocates who describe the paper as Anti-Semitic, Anti-Israel and Anti-Zionist. Over the last few years advertisers and distributors have been contacted by letter and phone, urging them to stop advertising and to stop permitting distribution in stores and restaurants. One letter written to a West Marin advertiser claimed the Coastal Post's sole interest "seems to be the destruction of Israel."
For the last decade this newspaper has been proactive in its coverage of the Palestinian perspective and plight. We have been critical of the enormous influence the Israeli Lobby has on politics and politicians in America, influence that is often not in the best interests of the American people or American foreign policy. Few presidential candidates, congresspersons or state politicians are willing to cross or oppose the American-Israeli Lobby (AIPAC) agenda; few are willing to challenge the often-inappropriate and dangerous melding of American and Israeli interests.

AIPAC may well be the richest and most powerful lobby in the United States. Cross or antagonize the lobby and the money goes to your political opponent.

An opinion-piece written by Israel Shamir in the May Coastal Post brought about a firestorm-reaction from some readers and the Anti-Defamation League. The radical article was in defense of President Jimmy Carter's goodwill Middle East trip earlier this year where he met with Israelis, Palestinians, Syrians and Egyptians.

The trip was not "approved" by the Bush administration and in the words of Global Research's Mike Whitney, Carter's Peace Mission message was: "There's a way out of this mess that doesn't involve slaughtering each others children."

Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 and has devoted his life to spreading democracy, human rights, and ending poverty. He has no interest in upstaging President Bush or Prime Minister Olmert. His only interest is stopping the bloodshed and ensuring security for both Israelis and Palestinians.

The reaction to Carter's efforts resulted in virulent and slanderous criticism, particularly over a move to open a peace process with Hamas when the current administration's strategy is to say nothing, do nothing and negotiate nothing until "they (Hamas) tow the line."

And from those who would just as soon not read what the Coastal Post and its contributors have to say there is a campaign to silence the paper by claiming we are Anti-Semitic. They would silence the paper by destroying it's advertising.

When did the value and right for free speech and free press cease because of conflict or disagreement? Ten percent of our news and columns relate to the politics of the Middle East. Environmental issues, the war and local topics are 90 percent of our news.

The Palestinian story needs to be heard. Open dialogue, debate, and articulated disagreement needs to lead to a peaceful resolution of this bloody conflict which is now sixty years old. Removing papers from newsstands, choking off distribution and advertising, and killing the messenger will not resolve the conflict.


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