Leading American news media have refused to sell Internet site ad space to the Jewish Agency for a campaign against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to Jewish Agency (JA) Spokesman Yarden Vatikay.
The JA and the World Zionist Organization (WZO) recently approached over 40 of the US’s leading news media through Network Solutions, an Internet ad company, said Vatikay. But none agreed to sell banner space.
“They claimed the ad was a political statement and, therefore, disqualified,” said Vatikay. “I find it unbelievable that a campaign against hatred and anti-Semitism could be considered political.”
Shlomo Molla, the head of the WZO’s Department for Zionist Institutions, who also heads the Jewish Agency’s campaign against anti-Semitism, said that he was “deeply disappointed” with America’s news media for refusing to sell the JA space on their Web sites.
“It seems as if history is repeating itself,” said Molla, 39. “People stood by passively when Hitler rose to power also.”