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April 24, 2012

by Shmuel Rosner

April 24, 2012 | 3:57 am

Sunday night’s report by 60 Minutes on the Christians in the Holy Land has sparked much debate among commentary and opinion writers. We have gathered some of the most interesting in one place. Here’s a sample:

CBS piece on Christians’ plight in Middle East — in Israel?
Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post:

On Sunday, “60 Minutes” aired a report on the plight of Christians in the Middle East. Was it on the Copts in Egypt? The destruction of Christian communities in Arab lands? Syrian Christians living in Bashar al-Assad’s slaughterhouse? Oh no. This was about Israel.

’60 Minutes’ vs. Israel On Palestinian Christians
Marc Tracy in Tablet:

Because here’s the thing: the story is kind of B.S. At one point, [host Bob] Simon notes the obstacles that West Bank checkpoints impose on Palestinian Christians, as though this were something Christians were specifically targeted for or uniquely suffer from. He thinks he is taking an original angle on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but he is really just rehashing it and unfairly narrowing it in such a way that ignorant viewers may get that incorrect impression.

Click here for the video and for more responses to the segment

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