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CNI to Publish a New York Times Ad (see inside)

Subject:        CNI to Publish a New York Times Ad (see inside)
Date:   Wed, 5 Apr 2006 11:04:54 -0400 (EDT)
From:   Council for the National Interest Foundation



<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=103659058&url_num=1&url=http://www.rescuemideastpolicy.com/>


Dear Amb. & Mrs. Keeley,

I write to you today to share some great news from the Council for the
National Interest Foundation. Several very generous donors to the CNI
Foundation have agreed to fund more than half the cost of placing a
full-page New York Times advertisement ($49,000), hopefully in the
Easter Sunday edition, on April 16th, 2006. If we can make up the rest
of the cost of the ad ($17,000) in the next week, the ad will be placed
in the "Week in Review" section, a prime location for our
always-controversial message to reach the most readers. The ad would
reach 1.8 million subscribers or 5 million putative readers. *This is a
tremendous offer, and we need your help now
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=103659058&url_num=2&url=https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=2836>
to make the ad a reality.*

The CNI Foundation broke through a major barrier -- censorship by the
nation's "newspaper of record" -- three years ago when the Times first
agreed to run one of our full-page ads. That ad ("Time to Tell the
Truth"
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=103659058&url_num=3&url=http://www.cnionline.org/pubs/ads/time-to-tell-the-truth.pdf>)
and another accepted for publication last year ("AIPAC's Agenda is Not
America's"
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=103659058&url_num=4&url=http://www.cnionline.org/pubs/ads/AIPACs-Agenda.pdf>)
have stirred the debate about the consistent bias in our Middle East
policy and have awakened Americans to the perils of our continued
funding of Israel's 39-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

Gaza is still occupied, with the Israelis closing off the Karni
commercial crossing point, leaving Palestinian produce intended for
markets in Israel to rot and denying Gazans the necessary food imports
that keep them alive. Dov Weissglas advised the Israeli cabinet after
the Hamas victory that the Sharon/Olmert government intended to put
Palestinians "on a diet." But in the nation's major media, including the
influential New York Times, such Israeli policies are never shown in
their true light, thanks in large part to the effectiveness of the
Israel lobby.

The current ad is being drafted to point out, with the help of a
professional graphic designer who has volunteered to help us, the facts
about the effects of the Israel lobby on U.S. policy in Iraq and
Palestine. It is tentatively titled "Hamas, America, and the Israel
Lobby." As the recent Harvard study demonstrates so well, the lobby must
be brought under control, and its activities made fully transparent,
before we can expect a real change towards a wiser and less costly
policy in the Middle East.

We thank you so much for your previous support of our work. Please help
us publish this ad by making your tax-deductible donation today. *Could
you make a donation of $1,000?* You can make a secure donation by credit
card to the Council for the National Interest Foundation online at the
following website:
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=103659058&url_num=5&url=https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=2836>https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=2836
. Be sure to mark the box that says "I want my donation to go to the
placement of a full-page ad in the New York Times" to specify your
donation for this effort. If you prefer, you can even give your donation
anonymously by checking the box that says "I prefer to make this
donation anonymously."

Sincerely yours,
Eugene Bird

PS: We think this is an opportunity to reach the readers of the New York
Times, most of whom are deeply interested in foreign affairs and in a
position to do something about the overwhelming influence of the lobby.



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Council for the National Interest Foundation
1250 4th Street SW, Suite WG-1
Washington, District of Columbia 20024
http://www.cnionline.org/



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