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Ms’ing in action

Posted by Ron Coleman on January 11, 2008

Instapundit knocks out Meryl Yourish’s server with this post:

NOT ALL WOMEN ARE ROLE MODELS, at Ms Magazine. Israeli women don’t count, apparently.UPDATE: More here.

As the second link (Powerline) explains:

The American Jewish Congress submitted this understated advertisement about the status of women in Israel to Ms. Magazine. Underneath the attractive photographs of Israel’s foreign minister (Tzipi Livni), Supreme Court president (Dorit Beinish), and speaker of the Knesset (Dalia Itzik), the ad reads: “This is Israel.” I think it is fair to say that in most parts of the United States it would be deemed an utterly innocuous ad.

Ms. rejected the ad.

Israel is just too controversial for the daring chicks at Ms. As the Powerline story says, the AJC claims, “When Director of AJCongress’ Commission for Women’s Empowerment Harriet Kurlander tried to place the ad, she was told that publishing the ad ‘will set off a firestorm’ and that ‘there are very strong opinions’ on the subject — the subject presumably being whether or not one can say anything positive about Israel.”

This is just such a nice piece of red meat for conservatives and, really, any kind of social critic. It doesn’t get much jucier — the lefty hypocrisy about free expression (yes, this is not a First Amendment issue; but it remains a free expression one), the fashionableness of antisemitism-veiled-as-anti-Zionism, even among a readership that must have a significant Jewish component, and the need the AJC obviously felt to try to buy this ad in the first place — too little, too late, it seems.

UPDATE:  More hereMs.‘s statement doesn’t move the needle, in my book — it’s preposterous.


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