- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 17, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) — The American Jewish Congress is assailing Ms. magazine as hostile toward Israel for refusing to run an ad submitted by the group that heralds the fact that women now hold three of Israel’s most powerful positions.

“What other conclusion can we reach except that the publishers — and if the publishers are right, a significant number of Ms. magazine readers — are so hostile to Israel that they do not even want to see an ad that says something positive about Israel?” asked Richard Gordon, the group’s president.

The ad rejected by Ms. had a three-word message — “This is Israel” — accompanied by photographs of Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch, Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni, and Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik.

The executive editor of Ms., Katherine Spillar, said Tuesday that the accusation that the feminist magazine is anti-Israeli is “untrue and unfair.”

She said Ms. accepts only “mission-driven advertisements” primarily from nonprofit, nonpartisan organizations that promote women’s equality and social goals.



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