For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
Ricki Hollander CAMERA Media Analysis 07 September '10
As we approach the Jewish New Year 5771, the Jewish state is again under attack. Middle East figures call for the eradication of Israel while a global campaign is underway to delegitimize the nation, her leaders, army and society.
Unfortunately many in the mainstream media play a role in this alarming delegitimization, not least of all the mainstream media outlet, Time Magazine. In its Sept. 13 edition, Time shocked many readers with a cover image of a large Magen David (Jewish star) comprised of daisies with the title "Why Israel Doesn't Care About Peace." The article by newly appointed Jerusalem Bureau Chief Karl Vick, while not quite as slanderous as the cover, nevertheless contains fallacies and invokes anti-Semitic stereotypes of Israeli Jews for whom money is allegedly paramount, more important than concern for "the Arabs who used to live on this land." Accompanied by numerous photographs of Israelis lounging at the beach, in the park and in cafes, the piece suggests on the basis of a few interviews with Tel Aviv yuppies and left-wing academics and journalists, that Israel's current successful economy and previous failures in peace negotiations have made Israelis hestitant about embarking on new negotiations with the Palestinians. A very abbreviated version of the article is available online.
Why did Time choose to sensationalize a vapid article with such offensive imagery and such a defamatory headline?
I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"