Rupert Murdoch's Statements on Jews and Israel

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For those who don't know, Rupert Murdoch is believed by some people to be Jewish, but it isn't clear if that is true or not. What cannot be denied is that he is a fairly ardent Zionist, perhaps an extremely ardent one. One who might be inclined to not only suppress certain news but also to poison the discourse among skeptics of his preferred narrative.

From the Forward:

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News Corp Chairman Rupert Murdoch Hails Israel at Museum of Jewish Heritage Dinner

By Masha Leon

Published May 17, 2012.

“If you’ve been reading the papers lately, you realize I am pretty happy to be anywhere, particularly amongst such great friends,” said News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, the honoree at the Museum of Jewish Heritage’s 16th annual Heritage Dinner, held on May 7. Roger Ailes, CEO of Fox News Channel and chairman of Fox Television Stations, presented Murdoch’s Award.

“I’m particularly touched to be honored by your Heritage Award in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty,” Murdoch said. “As your fabulous exhibit on Emma Lazarus demonstrates, you don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate what Lady Liberty stands for. But it helps.

“I believe these [museum] walls carry a lesson from history. The enemies of the Jews are the enemies of freedom — and in this fight America can never be neutral. [I have spoken] about the war against the Jews that continues even after the defeat of Nazi Germany. Much of this war is focused on Israel…. It is a war designed to make Jews feel unsafe wherever they call home… and to make the Jewish state an international target for haters…. I wish I could tell you that the fears of Jewish communities in Europe are exaggerated. They are not. We all want peace in the Middle East… so when the prime minister of a democratic Israel says he fears Iran means what it says and intends to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, I will not second-guess him from the safety of New York…. The Israelis know another uncomfortable truth: that Israel will stop Iran’s nuclear program if she determines no one and nothing else will…. To my mind, that is the grand promise of Zionism: that Israel exist so that Jews can protect themselves.”

Museum director David Marwell lauded Murdoch for his unwavering support for the State of Israel. “You have been a steadfast voice,” he said, adding, “There is one area where your severest critics and your most ardent friends are in agreement: They are both convinced you are Jewish.” Event participants included David Morgenthau, chairman of the museum’s board, and event co-chair Bruce Ratner, chairman and CEO of Forest City Ratner Companies.

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