Jeff McMullen, the program's host, replied to Danby's letter, which opined "that Mr Lowenstein did not represent Jewish Australians".
ABC managing director Mark Scott "has also sent a conciliatory email to Mr Danby". Scott furthermore agreed to meet with Danby to talk about the issue.
An ABC Corporate spokeswoman, Sandy Culkoff, told The Australian:
"Anthony Loewenstein was not included on the panel as a representative of the Australian Jewish community. He is a journalist and author who holds positions at Macquarie University relevant to the topics being discussed on this episode."
In March, Danby received an e-mail in response to another complaint he made, causing him to "file a complaint to ABC radio's editor of network news Gordon Lavery, who replied that Mr Danby's views did not warrant further coverage".
Ultimately, ABC director of corporate strategy and governance Murray Green apologised to Mr Danby. The matter is under investigation by ABC director of editorial policies Paul Chadwick.
Loewenstein is part of a recent push among concerned Australian Jews to ensure that moderate voices are heard in the ongoing Israel-Palestine debate. In his book, My Israel Question, Loewenstein tells of the "vitriolic response", "vicious comments", a "barrage of vitriol" that followed the publication of an article in July 2003 entitled 'Defiant Israel blind to what it has become', in which he wrote:
The ability of so many in the Jewish world to dismiss the obvious facts of the occupation is due, in no small part, to ignoring the facts of the Middle East. From the time Israel was established most Jews appeared unaware or unwilling to hear the stories of thousands of displaced Arabs, the violence against them by the early settlers and the lack of redress for their grievances.
The Sydney Morning Herald, where the piece was published, no longer holds it online.
Danby's pestering of the ABC will only alienate those Australians, like me, who believe that both sides deserve to be heard. I'll trust the ABC over the Zionist lobby that Danby represents any day to inform me of the truth about international affairs.