In response to a scathing letter published internationally by French commentator Dora Marrache and comments made by French contributors Guy Hadad and Eric Le Ray, the leadership of Radio Shalom Montreal has released an official statement.
Last week, Marrache and company, upset that their pro-Israel activities were not recognized by Israeli Consul General Joel Lion, in the form of an invite to his private Israeli Independance Day party, went on a blistering world wide attack against the Consul. In her missive, Marrache accused the Consul of not being as pro-Israel as her and her counterparts.
Her arguments were based on a debate the Consul took part in with National Post columnist Barbara Kay. In the debate, the Consul explained that he felt that Israel did not have to be defended, but rather promoted. He advised ignoring anti-Israel public remarks and working towards the promotion of the good things happening in Israel.
Marrache took exception. In a letter published across Europe, Marrache cited examples of media bias countered by her and her collegues. She condemned the Consul for his stand and even alluded to the fact that perhaps his religiosity got in the way of his viewing of Israeli public relations. Near the end of the letter, Marrache admitted that her motivation for criticising the Consul was that she wasn’t invited to his private party. Hadad and Le Ray picked up the cause and further distributed and condemned the Consul General, including accusing him of being influenced by some of his non-Zionist friends.
The Radio Shalom letter: