AJC commercial rejected


David Harris of the American Jewish Committee writes on his Jerusalem Post blog about the refusal of a New York Times-owned radio station to air a commercial condemning Palestinian rocket attacks against the Israeli town of Sderot.

[According to the station’s] logic, the only way to broadcast the plight of Sderot’s residents over the airwaves is to equate Israel’s right of self-defense with Hamas’s and Islamic Jihad’s right to strike Israel at will. …

I can only imagine what would have been the response had we done a spot during the London blitz. Would it have been turned down as well, perhaps on the grounds that we failed to refer to reciprocal British military actions against Nazi Germany?

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