I was appalled to read the distortions in Scheer's reporting of the Friends of Peace Now rally in Beverly Hills held on March 13.
Scheer uses the rally and a speech by Abba Eban to illustrate a split in Jewish opinion. He tells of a near-riot, of a "line of policemen" that prevented the storming of the stage, and an audience of 1,000 that was unprepared for an angry band of hecklers.
As a Jew, I was there to observe and listen. I had formed no opinion as to how Israel should deal with the current problems in the occupied territories. I was there at least 30 minutes before the rally started and stayed to observe after it was over. These are the facts:
* There were various discussions and arguments between opposing viewpoints, some loud, some heated, as can be expected. When the rally started, people turned their attention to the speakers, and most of them left the park as the rally abruptly ended. This is hardly a near-riot.