Wednesday, March 28, 2012
American-Muslim Journalist Dismissed After Referring To Israel's Brutalities
A senior American-Muslim journalist, working for a public radio in Baltimore, has been dismissed after referring to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian and Syrian territories as “brutal,” according to media reports.
Sunni Khalid, managing news editor at “WYPR-FM”, was dropped by the station last week after more than nine years on the job, The Baltimore Sun reported over the weekend.
He had been on probation following criticism of comments he made on Facebook about Israel’s continued illegal occupation of Palestine. “I, for one, have had enough of this pandering before the Israeli regime,” he wrote. “The war-mongering toward Iran has, once again, distracted the world from Israel’s brutal military occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights.”
Khalid, who previously worked for National Public Radio, has also written for Time Magazine, The Washington Times, and USA Today.
Israel maintains a siege of Gaza and a military occupation in the West Bank, with devastating consequences for the indigenous Palestinian population.
Various Rights groups, including Amnesty International, and some United Nations experts have repeatedly condemned rights abuses against Palestinians.