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The Ms. Magazine Controversy

The Ms. Magazine Controversy

Ms. Magazine blocks ad on Israeli women leaders. Tell them what you think.

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Ms. Magazine has turned down an understated AJCongress advertisement that did nothing more controversial than call attention to the fact that women currently occupy three of the most significant positions of power in all three branches of the Israeli government -- judicial, legislative and executive. The proposed ad included a text that merely said, "This is Israel," under photographs of President of the Supreme Court Dorit Beinish, Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni and Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik.

Ms. Magazine officials told AJCongress 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. Ms. Magazine publisher Eleanor Smeal failed to respond to numerous calls by AJCongress President Richard S. Gordon over a period of two months.

Ms. Magazine editors are now saying that they rejected the ad on the grounds that two of the three women are from the same political party. This is the lamest of excuses: in a parliamentary system, it is always likely that the foreign minister and the speaker of the Knesset will be from the same party.

By the same token, if America elects a woman as president and Ms. pairs the new president in a photograph with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to underscore just how profound a change it is that women dominate the executive and (half of the) legislative branches of government, would that betray a partisan political bias or a legitimate feminist bias?

Now Ms. Editors and publishers need to hear from you. Register your compliant at their anti-Israel bias reflected in this decision to bar our ad by writing a letter, calling or emailing them. Tell them that their decision not to allow publication of an ad stating that Israel now has women at or near the top of all three branches of government, the judicial, the legislative and the executive, can only mean that Ms. has a distorted, anti-Israel bias.

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Ms. Magazine
433 S. Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
T: (310) 556-2500
F: (310) 556-2509

Publisher, Eleanor Smeal
1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 801
Arlington, VA 22209
703-522-2219 (fax)

January 14, 2008

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Visitor Comments: 29

(29) Maxine H. Adler-Pou, January 23, 2008 9:13 AM

Publish an unbiased article about them instead.

It would be in keeping with the original mission of Ms Magazine to feature these accomplished Israeli women in an article - perhaps one in a series of articles dealing with accomplished women in other countries as well. I hope MS. will consider this option.

(28) Anonymous, January 19, 2008 11:14 PM

The politicization of the women's "Liberation" movement serves as conduit by design in support of alien interests toward influencing American foreign policy in the Middle East

Ms. Magazine posture against Israel is hardly an innocuous event as some posts on here suggest. Rather it demonstrates the influence wielding by alien interests on American soil through an infiltration, indoctrination and usurpation strategy for which Ms. Magazine as a seemingly self-established icon of the women's "liberation" movement is but one vehicle. Recall it was on the backs of women that the United Nations held a women's international conference in Mexico City in 1975. At this conference was passed the infamous Zionism Equals Racism resolution.

The infiltration and usurpation through seductive Communist Manifesto strategies in league with that of Islamic States mentored by the then Soviet Union targets all human rights interest groups, civil rights and women's rights leadership as well as American university campuses to install an agenda. Islamic hegemonic ambition over the Middle East, usurpation of American presence and influence on the part of the Soviets in Africa and the Middle East is partnered in the Marxist/Islamic axis. Ms. Magazine is part of its infrastructure edifice based in America.

That light is cast on the reality of the women's "liberation" movement and whom it has come to serve is a step - one hopes - to understanding the reality of our times. And the necessity of standing up to such manifestation with the strength that comes from knowing and acknowledging the truth.

(27) Chaim Feifel, January 18, 2008 10:44 AM

You have to straighten out your act.

I am amazed how organizations lose the original goals and aims of their establishment. I understand that one of the original goals of your magazine is to promote the success of women in all parts of the world. You want to project the notion that this is not just a man'world but women have an equal opportunity in making this world a better place to live in. What has happend in your refusal to discuss and publish the success of three Israeli women and there participation in their poliical life? I seems to me that your political views now supercede your original goals of promoting the success of women all over the world. What really matters is not where they live but to show how these women succeeded in their societies. These women could certainly be an inspiration to other women to reach important positions in life. Is there really a bias against Israel that your magazine refused to present these women in any way? Would the magazine also refuse the success of women in China or other places where women aren't allowed to express themselves in public life? I am sure that I will not get any response from you. Perhaps what I write will give you a moment to reflect on the original aims of your magazine Are you functioning towards those aims?

(26) Art Vandelay, January 17, 2008 8:34 PM

perspective needed

Israel has lots of enemies in the world--real enemies. I doubt Ms. magazine is not one of them. Its decision not to print this ad only hurts the magazine's cause, because the ad is benign. But it doesn't qualify as anti-Israel or, worse, anti-Semitic. Keep throwing around those phrases like they mean nothing, and pretty soon people will forget what they really mean.

This article is purely for reactionaries, not rational thinkers. Ms. magazine made a bad decision. But is this really that big a deal? I'm not writing. I'll save my energy for Israel's real enemies.

Notice how not one comment here was from someone who actually reads Ms. magazine and says the ad is perfectly in keeping with others in the magazine.

(25) sandy, January 16, 2008 8:57 PM

To Ruth Housman

Ruth, I appreciate your view, as this is sometimes true. However, in this case, the actions of Ms. are truly despicable, and there is more than a shade of political undertone that has no place in such a magazine.

Yes, the magazine was founded on worthy principles, and this rejection of Israeli women was truly contrary to their mission. What was inflammatory was a rejection of such an ad, not the shocked reaction to the rejection.

So you have a point, but I think in thic case, the anti Israel/political sentiment is all too well identified.

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