Apparently, Ms. Magazine has rejected a pro-Israel add by the American Jewish Congress Commission for Women’s Empowerment. The ad featured prominent Israeli women. Ms. Magazine said that it violated their ad policy. Having two women both from the same political party was the problem. In the same issue Ms. is running an article about Livni!

Perhaps this was AJC’s attempt also to use the pages of the venerable, feminist magazine, founded by Jews to undo some of the sexism unleashed by the Maxim – Israeli Women Soldiers in bikini feature. So why would the Ms. have a problem with that? There must be more to it than that.

More likely Ms. rejected it because being pro-Israel doesn’t mesh, jive, fit-in with the feminist agenda today. Bitterly ironic, because only in Israel do women have a modicum of rights in the middle east!

I hope that Ms. Magazine does an about-face when their predominantly Jewish readership gets wind of this story and the kugel hits the fan.

JTA reports:

The ad highlights successful women in Israel. It shows photographs of three prominent Israelis — Knesset Speaker Dalia Itzik, Foreign Affairs Minister Tzipi Livni and the president of the Supreme Court, Dorit Beinish — above the words “This is Israel.”

Harriet Kurlander, the director of the AJCongress Commission for Women’s Empowerment, said in a news release that she was told when she tried to place the ad that it “would set off a firestorm” and that “there are very strong opinions” on the subject, which she believed to mean Israel.

“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?” AJCongress President Richard Gordon asked.

Ms. magazine’s executive editor, Kathy Spillar, disputes that version, telling JTA the ad showed political support for one of Israel’s parties and thus violated magazine standards.

“We only take mission-driven ads,” Spillar said. “Because two of the women in this ad were from the same political party,” that showed favoritism, and the magazine’s policy is not to get involved in the domestic politics of another country.

Gordon noted that the magazine in its Fall 2003 issue ran a cover story on Jordan’s Queen Noor, and the Winter 2004 issue contained an article on the Ramallah Film Festival called “Images of Palestine.”

Spillar responded that “ironically” this month’s issue, just coming to newsstands now, has a two-page spread profiling Livni.

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