Black and his wife Barbara Amiel have been among the leading international jetsetters fanatically devoted to Israel, right or wrong. This from a Muslim group in the UK - The Islamic Society of Britain::
Breaking News: Pro-Israeli Proprietor Conrad Black Forced Out of Daily Telegraph!
The ISB Open Egroup is delighted to learn that Lord Conrad Black - CEO of Hollinger International (the company that owns the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph and the Jerusalem Post, among many other papers) has been forced out of office following reports of a financial scandal in which he allegedly pocketed millions of dollars without authorisation.
Conrad Black took over ownership of the Daily Telegraph - the UK's biggest selling daily broadsheet - at the beginning on 1986 and ensured that it followed a fierce pro-Israeli agenda. His second wife, Barbara Amiel (who happens to be Jewish) became a regular feature writer and prominent advocate of repressive Israeli policies. In one particularly memorable piece, Amiel excoriated foreign media correspondents in Israel for giving the Zionist entity a bad image and urged them to rely on the Israeli Army for information about the killing of Palestinians!
For more details about Conrad Black see the excellent new biography 'Editor' by Max Hastings. Hastings edited the Daily Telegraph from 1986 till 1995 and disagreed with Black's pro-Israeli agenda. Interestingly, Richard Perle, the influential American Neo-Con (also Jewish) also joined the Board at Hollinger Intl during Black's time.
It will be interesting to see who is appointed as the new CEO at Hollinger and how this will affect the Daily Telegraph's editorial policy in the coming weeks and months.