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Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and playwright who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971.
She has published seven internationally best-selling novels, and is the author of a hit play. Naomi also publishes a regular email column that deals with Jewish subjects, especially Israel,
by this author:
Then and Now
The Boulders in the River: A Thousand Years of Women’s Achievements
Egged and the Taliban
Ms. Magazine Blocks Ad on Israeli Women
The American Jewish Congress composed an ad which consisted of the pictures of three Israeli women: Dorit Beinish, head of the Supreme Court, Dalia Itzik, Speaker of the Knesset, and Tzipi Livni, Foreign Minister.
The ad said: “This is Israel.”
Now, considering that the country in which these women live is in the Middle East, where girls have no rights, are murdered by their fathers and brothers if they so much as look at a boy, have their bodies mutilated to deny them sexual pleasure, and cannot show their face, let alone hold office, I suppose this is noteworthy.
I can’t see anything controversial here, except, of course, if you hate Israel, Israelis, Jews, Jewish women, and find anything positive about these things offensive. Let’s say if you’re a member of Hamas, or a neo-Nazi, or maybe one of Bin Laden’s wives.
Well, they tried to place this ad in Ms. Magazine, and guess what? The magazine REFUSED TO RUN IT!
This same magazine which weeps over the rights of Afghan women and Iranian women, finds it too controversial to print this simple statement of fact about the state of women in another Middle Eastern country.
I find that offensive. If you agree, please contact:
Senior Editor Michele Kort [email protected]
The opinions and views articulated by the author do not necessarily reflect those of Israel e News.
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