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|DATE:||30 April, 2004|
|SUBJ:||Protest US Foundation Support of Al Manar TV|
The Knight Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation are funding the daily rebroadcast of news clips from Al Manar television over a program called Mosaic. Mosaic is a daily, 30-minute broadcast of news from Arab stations in English that can be seen on public-access cable in some cities and via satellite nationwide via a radical-left network called "Link TV." Knight and Hewlett do not send money to Hezbollah or to Al Manar, but they pay to subsidize the rebroadcast of Al Manar in the United Sates.
Al Manar is the televised voice of Hezbollah. Hezbollah, listed as a terrorist organization by the United States government, is one of the world's most deadly terror networks. Hezbollah is dedicated to the destruction of both Israel and the United States with the goal of achieving a worldwide reign for Islamism on the model of the Iran of the Ayatollah Khomeini. As Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has declared, "Death to America will remain our reverberating and powerful slogan." Al Manar is the voice of the Hezbollah jihad.
Write to the leaders of these foundations, asking them to reconsider their decision to fund the broadcast of Al Manar in the United States.
Paul Brest, President
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
2121 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
John Bare, Director of Planning and Evaluation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Wachovia Financial Center, Ste 3300
200 South Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131-2349
As always, try to write messages and letters in your own words. One approach would be to take individual parts of the sample letter.
NOTE: you must, at the very least, select the proper salutation at the beginning and the corresponding foundation name in the last paragraph.
Dear Mr. Brest,
Dear Mr. Bare,
I am writing to ask that you reconsider your decision to fund the broadcast of the program Mosaic on Link TV. Mosaic features daily rebroadcast of the news from Al Manar, the televised voice of Hezbollah, which is listed as a terror organization by the United States. The aim of Al Manar and of Hezbollah is to destroy both Israel and the United States with the goal of achieving a worldwide reign for Islamism on the model of the Iran of the Ayatollah Khomeini. While this goal is unrealistic, Hezbollah's willingness to murder Americans in pursuit of its objective is very real.
The tone of Al Manar is captured by this song from the Arabic Al Manar service: "With our steadfastness we threaten [America]. Throughout all time we chant: America is the mother of terrorism. Let the mother of terrorism fall. America is the army of evil: an invading, aggressive, occupying army. There is nothing left but the rifles. There is nothing left but the martyrs." (See www.meforum.org/article/583.)
As the leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, said over Al Manar on March 13, 2003, "Death to America is not a slogan. Death to America is a policy, a strategy and a vision. In the past, when the Marines were in Beirut and the fleets were in the Mediterranean, our mouths shouted in the suburb [i.e., southern suburb of Beirut] 'Death to America'."
Nor is this mere talk. Hezbollah bombed the United States Marine barracks in Beruit, murdering 241 and wounding 100 Americans.
Al Manar is the voice of terror, not a news organization. Jihadis do not distinguish among journalism, politics, and terrorism. As Hezbollah representative Hussein Haj Hassen argues, "Hezbollah is an organisation in which all the fighters are simultaneously politicians and fighters". Journalist and political activity, in the words of Hezbollah deputy secretary Sheikh Naim Qassem, "can serve as a prop and a means of support for jihad."
I do not believe that the Hewlett/Knight Foundation should be supporting Al Manar, a prop and means of support for jihad. I urge you to carefully reconsider this grant.