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CHICAGO Jan 26 Four hundred rabbis will
publish a letter on Thursday calling on Fox News to sanction
host Glenn Beck for repeated use of Nazi and Holocaust imagery
and for airing attacks on World War Two survivor George Soros.
In an open letter to Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News
Corp, which owns Fox, the rabbis also demand an apology from
Fox News chief Roger Ailes for characterizing Beck's Jewish
critics as nothing more than "left-wing rabbis."
The letter will appear as an advertisement in the News
Corp-owned Wall Street Journal on Thursday for which the rabbis
spent more than $100,000, a spokesman said.
"We haven't seen the ad," said Joel Cheatwood, Fox News
senior vice president of development, "but this group is a
George Soros backed left-wing political organization that has
been trying to engage Glenn Beck primarily for publicity
In the letter, the rabbis cited "unacceptable attacks" by
Beck against Soros, a billionaire financier who grew up in
Nazi-occupied Hungary and is a frequent target of conservative
"And George Soros used to go around with this anti-Semite
and deliver papers to the Jews and confiscate their property
and then ship them off," Beck said in November.
"Here's a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death
camps. And I am certainly not saying that George Soros enjoyed
that, even had a choice. I mean, he's 14 years old. He was
surviving. So I'm not making a judgment. That's between him and
Beck, according to the rabbis, has made "literally hundreds
of on-air references to the Holocaust and Nazis when
characterizing people with whom he disagrees," compares
American leaders he does not like to Nazis and has said putting
the "common good" first leads to "death camps."
"In the charged political climate in the current civic
debate, much is tolerated, and much is ignored or dismissed,"
the letter said.
"But you diminish the memory and meaning of the Holocaust
when you use it to discredit any individual or organization you
disagree with. That is what Fox News has done in recent weeks,
and it is not only 'left-wing rabbis' who think so."
(Reporting by Andrew Stern; Editing by John O'Callaghan and