April 26, 2006

by Reb Yudel
Meet the Philadelphia Jewish Voice

Meet the Philadelphia Jewish Voice -- a monthly webzine launched in response to Jonathan Tobin's right-wing editorial line at the Jewish Exponent.

Voice Vice President Charles Smolover explains:

n response to the election of Howard Dean
as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, the Republican Jewish
Coalition (RJC) ran an ad in the Exponent that implied a connection between Dean
and Palestinian suicide bombers. The Anti-Defamation League found the
ad to be offensive, as did many others in the Jewish community. The
Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reported on the controversy in a news
article that was balanced in its original, unedited form. The first
part discussed the RJC ad and the negative perception of Dean among
some in the Jewish community. The last third of the article reported on
Dean's support of Israel, Dean's Jewish family connections, AIPAC's
strong support of Dean, and the fact that an overwhelming majority of
Jews support the Democratic party. The Exponent ran the JTA article, but only after
editing out this last section, effectively censoring all references to
Dean's support among Jews as well as the ADL's condemnation of the RJC
suicide bomber ad. It was a blatant act of censorship
that came just a week after our meeting [with the Federation about our concerns], and a clear indication to us
that the Federation had no interest in responding to our concerns.

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