Why The Forward Accepted An Ad From Jewish Voice for Peace

Dear Forward Reader:

We recently published an advertisement from Jewish Voice for Peace in the June 2 print edition of the Forward.

The ad gave us pause. It quotes Marwan Barghouti as “Leader of the Palestinian Hunger Strike,” but doesn’t say why he’s in jail. Barghouti was convicted of the murders of five Israeli civilians.

Printing this ad was not an easy decision

In the end, despite our reservations, we felt that at this time, when mass media itself is on the firing line, and freedom of expression is under pressure from our own government, we should do what our role requires and allow JVP to present its point of view. We leave it to our readers to make their own judgments.

Rachel Fishman Feddersen is publisher and CEO of the Forward.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Forward.


Rachel Fishman Feddersen

Rachel Fishman Feddersen

The publisher and CEO of the Forward, Feddersen has been an innovator in digital media since the earliest days of Silicon Alley. She is passionate about creating and supporting the most engaging media properties, and exploring new ways of reaching readers, wherever they may be. She has worked with audiences of many millions, as Chief Content Officer of Patch, with its 900 sites across the country; Digital GM at MentalFloss.com and TheWeek.com, thought-leading brands for millennials and global citizens; and editor-in-chief of Parenting.com.

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