Apology Urged Over CNN Fadlallah Comments

July 6, 2010 -- New York -- AJC urged that broadcaster CNN apologize for remarks made by its Senior Editor of Middle East Affairs, Octavia Nasr, who spoke of her “respect” for Ayatollah Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, a leading figure behind the Hezbollah terrorist movement, who died on July 4.

Nasr wrote on her twitter feed:  “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah.. One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot.”

“Americans will remember Fadlallah as an architect of the terrorist outrage in Beirut in October 1983 which took the lives of 241 of our servicemen,” sai AJC Executive Director David Harris. “ For Octavia Nasr to speak of Fadlallah with such misplaced sentiment is both a grave insult and a worrying display of the sympathies of a journalist whom the public expects to be impartial. Accordingly, we urge CNN to apologize for her remarks.”

A vociferous supporter of terrorism against Israel, Fadlallah notoriously praised the massacre of eight Israeli students at Mercaz Harav Yeshiva in Jerusalem in 2008. In the same year, he denied the Holocaust in an interview with Al Manar TV, Hezbollah’s broadcasting arm. 

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