Emergency Committee for Israel attacks Media Matters, CAP in NYTimes ad

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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The Emergency Committee for Israel harshly attacked Media Matters and the Center for American Progress for their “anti-Israel extremism” in a full-page ad that appeared in the New York Times Thursday.

“The Center for American Progress and Media Matters claim to be in the Liberal Mainstream,” text at the top of the ad reads. “But is being anti-Israel a liberal value?”

The ad then quotes liberal writer Spencer Ackerman, liberal Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz, the American Jewish Committee, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League attacking the organization for its alleged anti-Israel vitriol and bigotry.

The ad goes on to list several foundations that donate to both CAP and Media Matters, with their phone numbers provided, before closing by urging readers to “Call these foundations and ask them: Why are you funding bigotry and anti-Israel extremism.”

“Since December the issue of Media Matters and CAP’s anti-Israel and sometimes anti-Semitic rhetoric has been a very hot story,” executive director of the Emergency Committee for Israel Noah Pollack said in an interview with The Daily Caller. “Why are these mainstream foundations like Goldman Sachs and Fidelity giving money?”

CAP and Media Matters have been under fire for their hostile rhetoric toward Israel. Media Matters’ senior foreign policy fellow MJ Rosenberg regularly refers to American supporters of Israel as “Israel-firsters.”  (SEE ALSO: TheDC’s Inside Media Matters series)

TheDC previously reported that both organizations are closely tied to the White House, participating regularly in strategy calls with the Obama administration.

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