A7 pulls radio segment on Christian missionaries

This week, Israel National Radio (Arutz 7) aired Yehuda HaKohen's show "The Struggle".The point blank title of the segment was "Do NOT Trust the Chri$tians!!!"

JI staff member Ellen Horowitz was interviewed in the first half, followed by an interview with former Christian, Shmuel Amos Mann. The show was featured on the A7 Radio homepage for a very brief period before being taken down (see screen shot of feature page).

Jewish Israel asked A7 station manager Baruch Gordon why the show was removed. He responded as follows:

"The title of the show "Don't Trust Chri$tians" was completely out of taste and not fit for publication on our site. Arutz Sheva is leading a battle to strengthening Jewish identity on many fronts and in particular against the threat of Christian missionaries and such offensive language only hurts our cause."

Jewish Israel feels that the title was indeed provocative, but radio show host Yehuda HaKohen, who is also the director of the Zionist Freedom Alliance (ZFA), is a no-nonsense kind of guy and not one to mince words. Yehuda is also a member of the Jewish Israel online community and he told us that, "This is a serious issue that most activists aren't aware of and it's very important that we do everthing we can to expose this danger confronting the Jewish people"

Jewish Israel feels that the content of the show was good and well-worth listening too. So we have uploaded the first half of the program here, in MP3 format.

The Religious Zionist public views an online news service like INN (Arutz 7) as the last bastion of free and true press here in Israel. Indeed, Israel National News describes itself as "the only independent national radio station in Israel" . While Jewish Israel understands INN's difficult position in this matter, and while we appreciate their concern and sensitivity towards their non-Jewish visitors; we feel that this radio program was important and should be aired with an appropriate change in title.

Jewish Israel has a good working relationship with Arutz 7 and frequently links to their news items and has praised their coverage.

Listen to the show and judge for yourself as to whether or not it should have been pulled. JI members can comment below, other visitors can write to us at info@jewishisrael.com, and you can write to A7 radio at feedback@israelnationalnews.com

UPDATE (August 24): IsraelNationalRadio has now posted the show under the title: The Phantom Menace

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Comment by ellen on August 15, 2009 at 9:06pm
Thanks for great feedback, Rabbi Cohen.
I prefer the role of writer and researcher for Jewish Israel to that of speaking and doing radio interviews, and I managed to "struggle" through that show - only to have it taken down.
Glad you heard it and approved! Kol Hakavod to Jews for Judaism for all of your great work, too!
Together we should prevail!
With appreciation.
Ellen
Comment by ellen on August 15, 2009 at 8:52pm
Hi Batya,
I was disappointed that the interview was taken down, but A7 was in a tough spot. I remain fairly convinced (and I hope) that the title was the only problem and not the contents on the program.
And thanks, once again, for letting me and Jewish Israel post via Shiloh Musings
Comment by Rabbi Eli Cohen on August 15, 2009 at 2:56pm
Ellen,
Kol Hakovod! Great interview.
Keep up the Struggle. Hashem promises that we will prevail!
Hatzlacha,
Rabbi Eli Cohen
Jews for Judaism - Sydney Australia
Comment by Batya Medad on August 14, 2009 at 6:12pm
I blog on Arutz 7, in addition to Shiloh Musings and me-ander. Only on my own blog, where I'm not dependent on anyone else, nor need any funds do I have the freedom to blog whatever I want and invite people like Ellen to post.

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