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Forbes Magazine Refuses ‘Peace Ad’ in Arabic Edition

Forbes magazine, a business weekly which has been soliciting ads for its fifth annual Arabic edition, has refused to carry a "peace ad" that the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith sought to place in the publication, the ADL said today.

"We are disappointed that the ad, in English, Arabic and Hebrew, which salutes the peoples of Egypt and Israel for their courageous, creative commitment to wage peace, is rejected because Forbes magazine considers peace to be ‘political’, "Abraham H. Foxman, ADL’s associate national director, declared. He added, "We even offered to remove the Hebrew wording from the ad if that would make it acceptable."

Foxman said he personally wrote Malcolm Forbes, owner of the magazine on May 31 and also tried to reach Forbes by phone but the publisher has neither responded to the phone calls nor the letter. Forbes is reported to have left yesterday for an extended stay in France.