ABC’s TV show “Quantico” has a reported weekly viewership of eleven million.
Shame on the writers and producers of this show, for distorting events in a blatantly anti-Israel stance.
Morton A. Klein, president of The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) and Elizabeth Berney, Esq., Director of Special Projects released the following statement:
In the midst of a wave of Palestinian Arabs’ daily stabbing, shooting and car attacks against innocent Jewish civilians, American television network ABC has now added fuel to the fire. On October 18, 2015, in episode 4 of ABC’s new TV series, “Quantico,” the show’s Jewish character Simon Asher falsely proclaims: “I spent months with the UAWC rehabbing greenhouses bombed by the Israelis in the Gaza strip.” The show’s lie that Israel’s IDF bombed and destroyed the Gaza greenhouses, when it was the Palestinian Arabs themselves who looted and destroyed them, is false, deeply offensive, and dangerous….
Then, the following week, in Episode 5 (October 25, 2015), “Quantico” defamed the Israel Defense Forces (“IDF”) as doing unspeakable atrocities in Gaza. In “Quantico” Episode 5, character Simon Asher tearfully “confesses” to a classmate: “You were right about me. I am dangerous. . . . I was in the Israeli Defense Forces. They sent me into Gaza. I didn’t just see things. I did things. Things that haunt me every single day of my life. After I got back, living undercover was the only way I could cope with what I did, with myself. So I made myself a lie. I don’t wear glasses. I don’t even like coffee. And I’m not . . . I not. . . I’d understand if you hate me.”
This statement, including the line “I’d understand if you hate me,” is an outrageous, defamatory message that it is “understandable” to hate Israelis because they do terrible things in Gaza….
ZOA urged – and continues to urge ABC and Quantico’s producers to:
• Publicly apologize and correct Quantico’s falsehoods in a manner that will be seen by the same 11 million plus viewers who viewed “Quantico’s” defamatory episodes – including an episode and/or statement appended to an episode that discusses the same issues accurately;
• Delete the offending statements from all future replays and distribution of Quantico Episodes 4 and 5; and
• Assure that future episodes of Quantico avoid similar outrages. The Jewish Rapid Response Coalition (JRRC) also joined ZOA in urging ABC to correct “Quantico”’s defamation.
In response, ABC opened a friendly dialogue with the ZOA. However, as of now, ABC and “Quantico”’s producers have not made the necessary corrections. ZOA urges ABC’s audiences and advertisers to join ZOA in demanding that ABC promptly correct “Quantico”’s anti-Israel defamation.
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