Lebanese authorities nix Wiesenthal center ad

The Lebanese government has apparently blocked the Beirut-based Daily Star from running the Simon Wiesenthal Center's advertisement, which calls for the United Nations General Assembly to convene a special session on suicide terror. The Editor-in-Chief of the Lebanese newspaper, Hanna Anbar, initially expressed his support for the ad but later indicated that the newspaper was barred by "security authorities" from running the full-page advertisement. Three other Arab publications, Saudi Arabia's Arab News, the London-based Al-Sharq al Awsat, and Lebanon's Dar Al-Hayat never responded to the Wiesenthal Center's repeated attempts to place the ad. The international campaign was launched last week with full-page ads in The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune and appeared yesterday in Haaretz and The Jerusalem Post, to coincide with US President George W. Bush's visit to Israel.