New York, NY (PRWEB) September 02, 2014
In a continuing advertising campaign organized by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s organization, This World: The Values Network, which seeks to disseminate universal Jewish values in politics, media, and culture as well as defend the State of Israel, another full page advertisement is being launched today in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post in the United States, with planned ads in The Guardian and The London Times in Great Britain, as well as many online news outlets.
The Los Angeles Times refused to run the ad, citing the graphic image of American journalist James Foley being held at knifepoint. The London Telegraph said it would run the ad without the images.
The ad equates ISIS and its execution of Foley and Hamas’ actions in Gaza, and calls on the United Nations to focus on what it calls “real genocides in the Middle East” in Iraq and Syria, and to “stop persecuting Israel” with its investigation of its actions during the conflict in Gaza.
A copy of the ad is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2uzuasy9wp6vzas/AABXF98dLoSuyPda54PPtJsoa?dl=0
“Ban Ki-moon criticizes the Middle East’s only democracy as it acts in self-defense and we reject repeated statements of moral equivalency between Hamas and Israel in the strongest way,” said Rabbi Shmuley. “A recent bipartisan letter from U.S. Senators to Secretary Ki-moon criticized his comparison of the “deliberate terrorist attack on civilians” by Hamas to the “measured response of a nation-state trying to defend its citizens.” If Ban Ki-moon wants to mobilize United Nations’ resources to investigate genocide, he should focus on where genocide is really taking place, not on Israel. Additionally, Americans – who pay one-fifth of the UN budget – should question whether their money is being well-spent."
The ad is the latest by This World and Rabbi Shmuley over the span of the weeks-long conflict in Gaza. Earlier ads condemned the appointment of Canadian Professor William Schabas to head a United Nations commission to investigate Israel’s operations in Gaza, and another featured Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel that called on Hamas to stop using children as human shields.
ABOUT RABBI SHMULEY
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is an American Orthodox Rabbi, author, TV host and public speaker. Rabbi Shmuley, “America’s Rabbi,” whom The Washington Post and Newsweek call “the most famous Rabbi in America,” whom The Jerusalem Post lists as one of the fifty most influential Jews in the world, and whom The New York Observer calls “the best-known Orthodox Jew in the world,” is one of the world’s leading values and spirituality exponents and relationship experts. His 30 books have been best sellers throughout the world and have been translated into 20 languages. Rabbi Shmuley is also the founder of the Jewish Values Network, educating mainstream America in traditional Jewish ideals, and regularly appears in global TV including guest appearances on the Oprah Winfrey show, radio, and print media including the Wall Street Journal and Jerusalem Post. Rabbi Shmuley is married to his Australian wife, Debbie, and they have nine children and two grandchildren.