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Did You Hear What Bob Schieffer Said on CBS?

by Josh Ruebner, Policy Director
July 29th, 2014

Take Action-Tell CBS: Blaming the Victims Is Not Acceptable

Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation.

Did you see CBS’s Face the Nation program on Sunday? If not, then you missed host Bob Schieffer go on an outrageous tirade against Palestinians

Not only did he blame Palestinians for Israel’s massacre of children in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip; he also would have viewers believe that Palestinians are deliberately encouraging these killings.  

Here’s part of what Schieffer said: “The Palestinian people find themselves in the grip of a terrorist group that has embarked on a strategy to get its own children killed in order to build sympathy for its cause.”

Take action! Write CBS and Bob Schieffer demanding the network fire him for these remarks.

With the death toll of Israel’s attacks on Gaza now nearing 1,100 people as of this writing, including at least 229 children, we've all seen innumerable heart-breaking pictures, videos and stories of Palestinians mourning the loss of their children, such as this picture of members of the Intez family mourning Israel’s killing of 2-year-old Muhammed Salem Intez and 12-year-old Muhammed Ibrabim Intez in Shajai'a.

Schieffer’s remarks are a deliberate attempt to shift the moral culpability from where it belongs—with Israel—to the victims, innocent Palestinian civilians. They attempt to dehumanize Palestinians in a vile and racist way by suggesting that they don’t love their children like other people and are thus undeserving of our sympathy and solidarity.

These comments are unacceptable from the anchor of a major network news program. Join me in taking action to protest Schieffer remarks.

The need to humanize the brutality that Palestinians face living under Israeli oppression has never been greater, which is why we are hosting a Capitol Hill briefing on Friday featuring Tariq Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian-American teenager savagely beaten by Israeli police on July 3. 

Tariq, along with his mother Suha and his attorney Hassan Shibly, will be sharing his story with a Congressional audience. And experts Laila El-Haddad, author of Gaza Mom, Brad Parker of Defence for Children International—Palestine, and Sunjeev Bery of Amnesty International USA will provide further testimony about the devastating impact of Israel’s arsenal of US weapons on Palestinian civilians. 

In the last month, people like you have already sent more than 48,000 letters to Members of Congress urging them to oppose Israel's violence against Palestinians, and constituents across the country are in the process of scheduling meetings with more than 34 lawmakers for the August Congressional recess.  

Today, we need you to call your Members of Congress to make sure they hear these testimonies on Friday.

Please take five minutes right now to call your Senators and Representative to invite them to attend. Here’s how.  

And if you’re looking for other ways to get involved in ending Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip, visit our web section www.endtheoccupation.org/gazaunderattack for resources, actions to take, and more. 

Thank you.


Josh Ruebner, 
Policy Director

PS. Please make a tax-deductible donation to help bring Tariq to Washington, DC to tell his story to our policy-makers.

PPS. This briefing is part of a series we and our coalition members have been organizing to educate Members of Congress. See our previous Hill briefings on Israel's eligibility for the visa waiver program and one we organized with Jewish Voice for Peace.