Fox News Mentions CUFI -- '60 Minutes' Under Fire for Attacking Israel
Excerpt from Fox News
Christian leaders, Middle East experts, and observers on
Capitol Hill are crying foul on a CBS News report that they say erroneously
blamed Israel for the persecution and migration of Palestinian Christians.
The report by “60 Minutes” contributor Bob Simon blamed
Israeli security policies for the outflow of Christian Palestinians from
historically Christian areas such as Nazareth and Bethlehem.
In interviews with Palestinian Christian leaders and others,
Simon concluded that Israel, through its settlements and security measures, is
squeezing Middle Eastern Christians into obscurity.
The segment’s profound inaccuracies were startling,
Christian leaders and other experts argued. Simon’s report, they say,
whitewashed the extremist rhetoric of its various subjects and intentionally
failed to tell the real story behind the West Bank’s Christian exodus—and the
continuing growth in Israel’s Christian population.
“I find it incomprehensible for CBS to focus on one
Christian population that is not actually shrinking and blame its troubles on
the steps Israel is taking to protect itself from these same Islamic
terrorists” who target Arab Christians, said David Brog, executive director of
Christians United for Israel, one of the nation’s largest pro-Israel groups.