Anti-Zionists rant that their opinions are quashed by the all powerful "Israel Lobby." They publish this message just about everywhere, yet the "all powerful" Israel lobby hasn't succeeded in stopping them.
What if the anti-'Zionists' could not even put a paid advertisement in a magazine? Wouldn't that be really awful? What if they wanted to show, for example, the great strides that have been made in women's rights and education in a forward looking and progresseive country like Saudi Arabia, but weren't allowed to do so even if they paid for it?
That's what happened to Israel advocates who tried to place an advertisement in MS Magazine. Here's the main part of the AJC advertisement:
According to the AJC:
A Ms. Magazine representative, Susie Gilligan, whom the Ms. Magazine masthead lists under the publisher’s office, told Ms. Kurlander that the magazine “would love to have an ad from you on women’s empowerment, or reproductive freedom, but not on this.” Ms. Gilligan failed to elaborate what “this” is.
If you don't like that excuse, MS Magazine has another:
The magazine’s executive editor, Kathy Spillar, offered a different reason in an interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. She said that because two of the women photographed belong to the same political party, the advertisement showed favoritism.
. But political favoritism never worries MS when it covers the United States:
Ms. is proud to be the first magazine to feature on its cover Nancy Pelosi, the first woman and first self-identified feminist Speaker of the House. This 2002 Ms. Woman of the Year gives Ms. an exclusive interview in our cover story, “This Is What A Speaker Looks Like,” by Marie Cocco, in which we focus on her substance, rather than her clothes and jewelry.
Indeed! The political party of Dorit Beinish, Supreme Court judge, is what? Nor is political favoritism an issue when MS is covering the Arab world:
Ms. has run a cover article in the Fall 2003 issue on Queen Noor of Jordan, has featured a number of articles on Muslim women...
Where is the opposition to Queen Noor?
The real issue is something else of course:
[MS] even ran an article in the Winter 2004 issue entitled, ‘Images of Palestine,’ which discussed the Ramallah Film Festival and gave sympathetic reviews to films concerning ‘the liberation of South Lebanon’ from Israel as well as numerous films which portrayed terrorism as legitimate ‘revolutionary’ activity against Israel and miscast Israel’s activities to counter terrorism as ‘oppressive...
MS seems to have decided on their allegiances and policy. That is their right. An MS editor had no comment, but I did get a sneak preview at their next cover.
Hat tip: Meryl YourishAmi Isseroff
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In light of the destructive consequences of Gender Feminist policies for the English-speaking world, Israelis male & female may just like to thank their lucky stars.
The fundamental problem with the image of the Israeli woman is that she fails to maintain her victim status - there is a very real danger that these successful women have served in IDF positions where they have had the opportunity to abuse people in the same way that men might & do. This is unacceptable to the GF paradigm as it violates the notion of powerless victim on one hand and the embodiment of morality and forbearance on the other.
As someone pointed out a decade ago, take a typical GF article and substitute "Jew" for "Man", and suddenly you're reading an uncomfortably offensive fascist text, horribly reminiscent of the things that were published in pre-1945 Germany.
Rod Davies, Tuesday, January 22nd
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