“Time Out” magazine launched in Tel Aviv, & the shame of “Fortune” magazine

November 17, 2002

* UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan: “It was to prevent such things [like the destruction of Israel] from happening that the United Nations was founded”

* Speaker at a meeting in Washington co-hosted by “Fortune” magazine defends his newspaper’s description of the pro-Israel lobby as “subhuman”



[Note by Tom Gross]

I attach the following two press releases and four articles:

1. A sign of normality amidst the terror: Tel Aviv this week became the third city, after London and New York, to distribute a local edition of "Time Out" magazine (beating San Francisco where a "Time Out" is planned soon).

2. "Agreement for bilateral cooperation between Magen David Adom and American Red Cross to be signed today November 18." Tom Gross adds: This agreement comes as a result of the continued refusal of the International Red Cross to allow Israel – alone among the nations of the world – to have its local humanitarian organization, Magen David Adom (the Red Star of David) join the organization. This despite the fantastic efforts that Magen David Adom does on a daily basis to help Jewish, Christian and Moslem victims of terror in Israel. The American Red Cross, which virtually alone among national Red Cross/Red Crescent branches has pleaded with the international body to allow Israel to join, now signs a unilateral agreement with Magen David Adom.

3. "Annan: UN will never permit the destruction of Israel" (The Associated Press, November 13, 2002). The UN Secretary-General makes surprisingly reassuring remarks for those who care about Israel. "It was to prevent such things [like the destruction of Israel] from happening that the United Nations was founded," says Annan.

4. South Africa's Holocaust Center evacuated after bomb threat (By DPA, German Press Agency, November 12, 2002).

5. "White Supremacist Duke to lecture in Bahrain on 'Israelis and 9/11'" (Jerusalem Post, November 14, 2002)

6. "Speaker at Fortune conference insists Zionists are 'subhuman'". A speaker at a meeting in Washington co-hosted by Fortune magazine and a Saudi-backed foundation defends his newspaper's description of the pro-Israel lobby as "subhuman."



[Press release, November 14, 2002]

The first Hebrew edition of Time Out, the preeminent culture and entertainment magazine in the world, is available on newsstands in Tel Aviv today, Thursday, November 14. Tel Aviv will become the third city in the world to distribute Time Out in its full capacity, joining London (first edition came out in 1968) and New York (1995).

Time Out Tel Aviv will have the same logo and format of Time Out London and Time Out New York, and will cover all of the cultural and entertainment venues in Tel Aviv and its vicinities. The magazine editor in chief will be Ronit Haber, who will be in charge of 40 employees and tens of freelance writers and commentators. In the near future, Time Out Tel Aviv will also start publishing the popular Time Out guides in Hebrew, and will operate its web site: www.timeout.co.il.



Agreement for bilateral cooperation between Magen David Adom and American Red Cross
Press Release

(Communicated by the Magen David Adom Spokesman)

An historical agreement, the first of its kind, will be signed on Monday, 18.11.2002 between Magen David Adom and the American Red Cross, at MDA's central offices in Tel Aviv (60 Yigal Allon Street). Health Minister Nissim Dahan, US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Kurtzer, the Kazakhstan consul in Israel, MDA management, representatives from US Red Cross, representatives from the Foreign Ministry, and employees and volunteers have been invited to the ceremony.

The agreement will be signed against the background of the war against terror being fought by both the US and by Israel, and includes clauses of reciprocal aid in the event of large-scale attacks or the use of weapons of mass destruction. MDA and the American Red Cross will cooperate in the fields of international services; organizational development; health, safety and community services; quality control and information management; and medical services.

MDA Chairman Yohanan Gur has emphasized the great importance of the agreement, specifically at this time when that State of Israel is under threat of missile attacks from Iraq.



Annan: UN will never permit the destruction of Israel
The Associated Press
November 13, 2002

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan pledged on Wednesday that the United Nations never would permit the destruction of Israel.

"It was to prevent such things from happening that the United Nations was founded," Annan said in a speech at the University of Maryland that commemorated the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's peace overtures to Israel 25 years ago next week.

Terror attacks have caused Israelis to lose faith in the Palestinians' will to have peace, Annan said.

As a result, he said, Israelis support measures against the Palestinians that Annan said have pushed more than 1 million below the poverty line. For their part "the Palestinians are just as firmly attached to their land as Israelis are to theirs," he said.

"They too, have a right to their own state, supported by the United Nations and by public opinion worldwide," Annan said.

The only solution, he said, is for Israel to relinquish the land the Arabs lost in the 1967 Mideast War and to live side by side with a Palestinian state.

The precise location of the borders would be negotiated by the two sides, Annan said.

"On both sides, Palestinian and Israeli, only those who believe their enemy can be defeated by force and violence show a grim confidence in the ultimate success of their chosen path," Annan said.

But, he said, they should follow the example of Sadat, who agreed to peace with Israel in exchange for recovering the Sinai, which Egypt lost in 1967.

"Somehow, we have to restore hope to both peoples by patiently rebuilding their trust in each other," Annan said.



South Africa's Holocaust Center evacuated after bomb threat
By DPA (German Press Agency, Deutsche Presse-Agentur)
November 12, 2002

Police on Tuesday ordered the evacuation of South Africa's Holocaust Center after an anonymous caller said a bomb had been planted in the building.

Sniffer dogs were released on the premises near the buildings that house parliament in the southern city of Cape Town shortly after staff received the call at around 5:00 P.M., the Sapa news agency said.

Staff and visitors were allowed to return after the building was declared clear about an hour later, the report said.

A nationwide police probe following a spate of bomb blasts near the city of Johannesburg in which the perpetrators are alleged to be rightwing operatives was on Tuesday still underway.

A group comprised of far right white Afrikaners have claimed responsibility for the blasts that left one person dead and two others injured.



White Supremacist Duke to lecture in Bahrain on 'Israelis and 9/11'
By Michael Freund
The Jerusalem Post
November 14, 2002

At the invitation of a Muslim group, American white supremacist David Duke will speak on "Israelis and 9/11" in the Gulf state of Bahrain, The English-language Gulf Daily News reports.

Muhammad Zuhair, Duke's host, said his organization invited him because of "his analysis of Zionism. We are 100 percent with him. We have allowed him to come because of his views on Israel."

Duke has asserted that Israel was involved in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon which killed nearly 3,000 Americans.

When asked if he was familiar with Duke's racist and anti-Semitic views, Zuhair said, "We are aware of his background. We focused on the Zionist issue. Not many people are prepared to speak out against Zionism."



Speaker at Fortune magazine conference insists Zionists are 'subhuman'
By Adam Daifallah
The New York Sun
November 2002

A speaker at a meeting co-hosted by Fortune magazine and a Saudi-backed foundation yesterday defended his newspaper's description of the pro-Israel lobby as "subhuman."

Fortune, a New York-based magazine that is a subsidiary of AOL Time Warner, sponsored the symposium with the Arab Thought Foundation, a group funded with at least $17 million from Saudi royalty and prominent Arab businessmen, including $1.5 million from Bakr bin Laden, the estranged brother of Osama bin Laden. Yesterday's Arab symposium is part of the larger Fortune Global Forum, an annual business meeting taking place this week in Washington.

The Arab Thought Foundation's stated purpose is to promote "open dialogue among Arabs, and between Arabs and the West on pressing cultural, educational, economic, scientific and political issues." But for an organization purporting to promote dialogue, yesterday's conference appeared to be a continuation of the past, with plenty of criticism of Israel and American policy. Critics have argued that the Arab Thought Foundation is part of Saudi Arabia's attempt to rehabilitate its image in the wake of September 11 without carrying out genuine reforms. The kingdom has embarked on a multimillion-dollar public relations campaign in America.

Speakers at the symposium included America's ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Robert Jordan; a former Republican nominee for vice president, Jack Kemp, and prominent Arab business leaders. The event was opened by Geoff Colvin, Fortune magazine's editorial director, and by Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, the son of Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the governor of Saudi Arabia's Asir region.

The editor of the Saudi-based Arab News, a newspaper that has published a cartoon of President Bush morphing into Hitler and also published disparaging remarks about Jews, Khaled Al-Maeena, was a speaker. He defended his newspaper's publishing of a recent article that referred to the "subhuman Zionist lobby."

"The Zionist lobby is a lobby that is working against the interest of peace in the Middle East. It is working against the interests of Israel and against the interests of Palestinians," Mr. Al-Maeena told The New York Sun. "The Zionist lobby is negating all the good characteristics of the Israeli people."

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