Israeli TV anchorman blasts ‘occupation’ and settlers

Wednesday, June 01, 2005 | 
Anchorman Haim Yavin has been the face of TV news in Israel for four decades, reporting the stories without taking sides. But now he's come out of the closet with a five-part documentary slamming the “occupation” and the settlers. "Since 1967, we have been brutal conquerors, occupiers, suppressing another people," Yavin said in the first segment of the program. "We simply don't view the Palestinians as human beings." Yavin works for state-run Israel Television, but the controversial documentary is being broadcast on the rival, private network Channel 2. The settlers were outraged and demanded that Yavin be dismissed. "It is unacceptable that Haim Yavin will continue to anchor the news of the national station that professes to be objective," said settlement leader Bentsi Lieberman. The Israel Broadcasting Authority says it won’t fire Yavin because he did not breach his contract.

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