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from the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)


CNN's Christiane Amanpour's Series Falsely Equates Jewish & Christian Actions With Islamist Terrorism

The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has condemned CNN's Christiane Amanpour for her three-part, prime-time series, 'God's Warriors,' which included a lengthy segment equating Jewish (and Christian) religious fervor with that of Muslims who endorse suicide bombing and support jihad. The series, purportedly intended to examine the growing role of religious fundamentalism in today's world, is riddled with falsehoods and actually distorts understanding of radical Islam by misrepresenting religious Christians and Jews as equally violence-prone and dangerous as Islamist terrorists.

ZOA National President Morton A. Klein:

"This is one of the worse pieces of television journalism we've ever seen. It is filled with falsehoods, distortions, omissions, and a clear, monstrously biased agenda against Israel while diminishing the real dangers Islamists pose to the Western world. If this piece was submitted at a university as a student documentary film, the student would probably receive a grade of 'F'. By attempting to equate Jewish and Christian extremism with Islamist extremism, Amanpour actually downplays the very real present massive threat posed by Islamist terrorists who have struck and are striking around the world -- in Indonesia, Thailand, India, Spain, Britain, the U.S. and a host of other countries."



Amanpour falsely claims that the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood is a moderate organization. The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, an admirer of and correspondent with Hitler, and modeled much of its program and youth movements on the fascist movements then arising in Europe. Its followers assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1981 because he signed a peace treaty with Israel. It also has produced extremist intellectuals, like Sayyed Qutb and others who were the precursors of Al-Qaeda. Its Palestinian branch, Hamas, is a terror movement committed in its Charter to the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews. Morton Klein concluded

"The ZOA condemns Christiane Amanpour and CNN's pervasively biased, distorted and false depiction of the Arab war on Israel in this series as some sort of clash of religious fanaticisms in which fanatic Jews, fanatic Christians and fanatic Muslims are equally liable. In this program, history and truth have been distorted to serve the politically correct lie that Muslim extremism is but one and perhaps not even the most important factor in the current problems of the world. Israel has been a stable, democratic state with freedom of religion and separation of powers from the first day of its independence and it is simply a lie to pretend that Jewish religious extremism poses any comparable threat to the world. This program is virtually a case of blaming the victim. We fully agree with MSNBC's Dan Abrams, who said of this program, 'CNN should have called this program what it was -- a defense of Islamic fundamentalism and the worse type of moral relativism.' With this series, Amanpour and CNN have hit a new low point. They owe all Christians and Jews an apology and further have an obligation to make amends by broadcasting a factual and truthful account of the history of this conflict and the special danger Islamist extremism poses at present to the world."



The ZOA urges all people of goodwill to call CNN (Jonathan Klein, President of CNN, at 212. 275. 7800) to demand that CNN undertake to correct the numerous errors of fact in this series before it is re-broadcast and to produce a program of equal length to rectify the imbalance inherent in the original program.

People can also call CNN to leave a message on the comment line (404. 827. 1500) or submit a comment to CNN at
and at

We also urge all to write to or call the advertisers, listed below, urging them to demand of CNN that it take similar action and expressing disappointment that their product/services have been associated with 'God's Jewish Warriors,' which unfairly smeared pro-Israel American Christians and Jews as disloyal Americans while diminishing the real Islamist threat to America. Express concern that they have tarnished their reputation for integrity by sponsoring such a show and encourage these companies to redirect their advertising dollars to more journalistic professional networks. Urge them to speak to CNN about the program's lack of standards. Always be polite.

August Busch IV, President & CEO

Brinks Home Security
Michael Dan, CEO for Brinks Company
Telephone: 804.289.9600

Centrum Silver (product of Wyeth Consumer Healthcare)
Douglas A. Rogers, President, Wyeth Consumer Healthcare
Phone (973) 660-5500
Fax (973) 660-7111

Circuit City
Philip Schoonover, CEO

Direct TV
Jon Gieselman, Senior Vice President, Advertising and Communications

HSBC Investor Relations

Pradman P. Kaul, President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 301-428-5500
Fax: 301-428-1868

Submit a comment on their Corporate Responsibility "Contact Us" form:
Or call (408) 765-8080 and ask to speak to CEO Paul Otellini

Nasonex (product of Schering-Plough)
Fred Hassan, Chairman and CEO
Schering Plough Headquarters
(908) 298-4000 (subsidiary of InfoUSA)
Vinod Gupta
InfoUSA Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
(402) 593-4500

Verizon Wireless
Lowell C. McAdam, President and CEO
(908) 696-2000

Volvo Cars of North America
Tel. 800-458-1552
Fax 800-992-3970

G. Kennedy Thompson, President & CEO
(704) 590-0000
Mary Eshet, Media relations
(704) 374-2138

The Zionist Organization of America, founded in 1897, is the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States. The ZOA works to strengthen U.S.-Israel relations, educates the American public and Congress about the dangers that Israel faces, and combats anti-Israel bias in the media and on college campuses. Its past presidents have included Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and Rabbi Dr. Abba Hillel Silver. Visit their website at

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