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Egyptian Mob Attacked even Anti-Israel Reporters

Even those reporters critical of Israel and America were targeted by mobs in Egypt last week. Christine Amanpour among the victims.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 2/6/2011, 9:41 PM / Last Update: 2/6/2011, 9:54 PM

Protesters in Egypt targeted Western reporters last week – including those who have previously been critical of America and Israel. ABC's Christine Amanpour was turned back from the scene of a protest by a gang of Egyptian men who told her “We hate America.”

Amanpour left immediately, but the mob went on to attack her car, breaking the windshield.

Amanpour was targeted despite her history of supporting many of the Arab world's complaints against America and Israel. She has previously accused America and Israel of torturing Arab prisoners, and even compared United States interrogation techniques with those used by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

She has said that Arabs living in pre-state Israel “lost their land” when the state was created, and that Palestinian Authority Arabs have “a legitimate grievance” and “are trying to throw off occupation and... to win a state.”

Amanpour was accused of demonizing the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria with her CNN special “G-d's Warriors.” The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America termed the special the “most poisonously biased and factually shoddy feature to air on mainstream American television in recent memory.”