Creating people's geographies
It seems lots of freebies come as newspaper inserts these days, some innocuous like posters and memorabilia and music cds, others far more dangerous like the ‘terror’ dvd distributed in millions of copies of newspapers last year. Not quite on a par with the Clarion Fund’s smear-job film ‘Obsession‘ yet decidedly inappropriate is the news that the Jerusalem Post (New York edition) will now come as a free insert in thousands of copies of the tabloid New York Post.
If the extremist Obsession film represents the actions of pro-israel partisans, what is this free insert of the Jerusalem Post but much the same thing? And should this experiment in having New Yorkers imbibe the extremist Likudist strain of zionism be successful, it is intimated that a greater print run may be planned. Meanwhile, Al Jazeera continues to be blocked by most providers in the ‘land of the free’. Michael Miller, cited below, boasts that “Now New Yorkers, Jews and non-Jews alike, can tangibly hold a piece of Israel in their hands every Sunday.” I’m sorry, Mr Miller, I would not care to have blood and barbed wire on my hands.
From the J-Post online:
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Senator Charles Schumer, former mayor Ed Koch and a host of other leading politicians and top Jewish leaders have issued warm messages of welcome to The Jerusalem Post New York Edition, which hits the city’s streets Sunday.
[…] Among Jewish leaders, John Ruskay, Executive Vice President & CEO of the UJA-Federation of New York, said that the paper “adds a unique voice to our vibrant and uniquely diverse community, one that shares an abiding commitment with the people of Israel.”
“Having ready access to information about politics, culture and life in our Jewish homeland can only strengthen our relationship,” added Alan Solow, Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, called the new paper “a must-read for the New York Jewish community and friends of Israel.”
“Now New Yorkers, Jews and non-Jews alike, can tangibly hold a piece of Israel in their hands every Sunday,” wrote Michael Miller, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.
“Readers can look forward to new ideas and perspectives in the editorial coverage,” said Russell Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish National Fund.
And Yael Katsman, Director of Marketing and Communications for Nefesh B’Nefesh, said it welcomed “the opportunity to reach out to local New Yorkers and keep them informed of aliya-related events and developments.”
The Jerusalem Post New York Edition, the most ambitious foray by an Israeli newspaper into the American newspaper market, is the latest addition to the group’s growing range of publications, which include the bi-weekly independent newsmagazine The Jerusalem Report, the weekly Jerusalem Post International Edition, the Post‘s monthly Christian Edition, the weekly French Edition and an array of monthly magazines for younger readers in Israel and abroad.