At least twenty reporters were in the hearing room. However, their bureaus were "visited" that day by State Department people who "advised" them not to publicize anything about the hearing, which also featured twelve video clips from Arafat's American-funded Palestine Broadcasting Corporation, in which Arafat called for a continuing Jihad/holy war on the people and state of Israel.
With the exception of the Washington Jewish Week, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and a few other Jewish papers who were not present, not one reporter who covered the session reported the hearing. And, under pressure from the State Department, the House has never released the transcript of that hearing.
David S. Bedein, MSW
Media Research Analyst
ISRAEL RESOURCE NEWS AGENCY
Beit Agron International Press Center
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