Israel pulls ads that upset US Jews

2011-12-04 23:17

Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister has suspended a television advertising campaign aimed at luring Israelis living abroad home because of the uproar it created among American Jews.

The government campaign tried to warn Israelis of the dangers of raising children in America, suggesting they will lose their identities if they don't return home.

The ads were broadcast on Israeli TV and in large American markets.

In one advertisement, Israeli grandparents seated before the traditional Hanukkah candelabra and speaking to their granddaughter on Skype.

When they ask the child to name the holiday they're celebrating, she says "Christmas".

American Jews complained that the commercials were demeaning to their Jewish identity.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesperson, Mark Regev, said on Sunday that the prime minister "suspended the program."

  • Fred - 2011-12-05 05:32

    The Zionists have lost the plot, and many, many Jews are disgusted with the behaviour of Israel in recent decades. And before the blind Israel (no matter what) supporters start frothing at the mouth may I point out that I have never wavered in my support for Israel's absolute right to exist but within the 1967 borders and the establishment of a separate democratic Palestinian state. I vehemently oppose the building of settlements on conquered territories (theft) and hence all attempts to import populations to occupy them.

      Lila - 2011-12-05 08:40

      Zechariah 8:7-8 Actually Fred, it's just biblical prophecy that is happening. This is what the Lord Almighty says: "I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God."

      Fred - 2011-12-05 08:56

      @LilaHearst What brain addled bollocks do you believe in? The a work of fiction; a book compiled from the plagiarised texts of ancient religions by bronze age sheep herders; translated from Aramaic, Hebrew and Greek texts to Latin and edited by the Catholic Church, translated into English and re-edited by the Church of England as instructed by King James to conform with his views, and interpreted to fit the preexisting values of anyone who quotes from it,. The buybull! Hahahahaha!

      Fred - 2011-12-05 08:58

      @SparklingEdwardCullen Say what? I believe that Israel has an absolute right to exist as a sovereign state withing the borders fixed prior to 1967. Explain your comment.

      Lila - 2011-12-05 09:10

      @Fred. Isaiah 43:5-6 "Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west. I will say to the north, `Give them up!' and to the south, `Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth… "Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”

      Fred - 2011-12-05 09:59

      @LilaHearst I think you have used up your quota of stupid for today.

      Lila - 2011-12-05 10:27

      1 Corinthians 1:18-31 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate."

      Fred - 2011-12-05 11:56

      @LilaHearst You can learn these too If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death. (Leviticus 20:10 NLT) Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. (Ephesians 5:22-24) Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. (Corinthians 14:34-36) "If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her." Deut. 22:28-29 "No wickedness comes anywhere near the wickedness of a woman..... Sin began with a woman and thanks to her we all must die"; (Ecclesiasticus 25:19,24)

      Fred - 2011-12-05 16:07

      Well that seems to have made LilaHearst run away

      Bloed - 2011-12-05 17:54

      Maybe you should rather join the guys commenting on the 24 hour porn channel and leave the Jews to their God - He will gather them and keep them as He promised.

  • Mhlonso - 2011-12-05 06:53

    How come Jews dont have the Jews surnames/Lastname??

      MiriamBawden - 2011-12-05 13:19

      During the holocaust many changed surnames to prevent the nazi's targeting their families. Also what do you consider a jewish surname?

      Adam - 2011-12-05 21:32

      alot of jews do have jewish surnames.... some just have a surname their family was given long ago ie:smith

  • malcolm - 2011-12-05 07:15

    Surely an Israeli is different to a Jew? Isn't a Jew a religious sect. Surely you can be an Israeli christian? Why would Israel want to discriminate against other Israelis who may happen to live in America, and happen to be christians celebrating Christmas, making them no longer Jews. By choice, I think that if a person has American resident, they have pretty much lost interest in their birth country in any effect.

      Jaba - 2011-12-05 08:03

      This was an Israeli TV show in Hebrew where the advert was aired, the Channel caters for a specific target audience and so was this specific advert which the American Jews are up in arms about. (Ie “come back to Israel before your kids will lose their connection with Israel”) There are Christian & Muslim Israelis; however the target market for THIS specific TV channel was Israeli Jews - Cost of the station is around 70$ per month and I believe the vast majority - if not all the subscribers to this channel are Israeli Jews living in the United States – approximately a million of them. Useless and stupid news around the world usually makes headlines as any negative news in the international media is celebrated by so many haters… thus this (useless) news24 report… soon we will be getting the weather forecast in Israel every time it rains.

      MiriamBawden - 2011-12-05 13:22

      No Israel is Jewish. Also just because you live in another country does not mean you've lost interest in Israel! I do agree 100% with this article though. You will never celebrate one of our (Jewish) holidays like you do in Israel. In Israel you have the history and you are surrounded by your people.

      Bloed - 2011-12-05 18:04

      You see Malcolm - any scholar of history knows that Christmas has never been about Jesus - it is about the Sun God Mitra - the Jews know this too - but the Christians arent ready to accept that they have been lied to by the Catholic Church since 325 BC. Israeli Christians are called Messianic Jews and they dont celebrate Christmas - they take their God serious about not worshipping idols and they know He sees everything that happens - unlike Fred that thinks He cant read.

  • Ibhubesi - 2011-12-05 07:56

    Israel has every right to be concerned. Unless you live in a close knit Jewish community in New York it is so easy to loose your Jewish identity. I have many Jewish clients complaining about the same thing. Their kids bow under peer pressure because America have some very demeaning things to say about Jews.

  • Yashin - 2011-12-05 08:05

    Interesting read:

      Jaba - 2011-12-05 08:14

      Interesting read:

  • Fred - 2011-12-05 09:09

    Bibi made a decision to suspend an advertisement. Whats the big deal?

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-05 10:30

    American is run by the Jews, of course they don't want to go to Israel, Every single major news corporation in the world is owned by Jewish money as is almost every banking group. The current Jewish population who were moved from Europe to Israel by america are descendants of the Khazar and not the descendants of Abraham as stated, their homeland should have been set up in Germany not the middle east, but then again the Jewish people in collaboration with the US have done in the middle east what Hitler attempted in Europe

      MiriamBawden - 2011-12-05 13:24

      If we truely "ran" america and all news stations would there be SO much anti Israel news and so many attacks on Jews in america???? NO

  • Fred - 2011-12-05 11:26

    At the end of WW2 approximately 200 000 Jews moved from Europe to Israel, joining the existing 750 000 Jews living in Israel. These numbers were swelled by more than 1000 000 Jews fleeing persecution in arab states to Israel. As for the nonsense about Khazar, genetic studies have long ago proved the Jewish nation traces itself back to Israel for thousands of years. The Jewish population In Europe decreased by more than 90% during WW2, whereas by 2002 the arab population in Gaza and Judea and Samaria had increased by more than 300%. Another lie against Israel exposed.

      Jerhone - 2011-12-05 12:33

      i think that you have used your quota of not understanding the bible for tody, go on and enjoy your startrek books thats fine, it's people like you who want to ridicule GOD in every way and make out he does not exist so you can live your life and do whatever you want good or bad without any conscience at all, thats fine but don't insult those who have faith and want to live their lives accountable to the almighty, GOD has given us a choice, NEVER forced upon us, you can except it or you don't, live and let live man, it's what makes the world go round DON'T INSULT OTHERS BELIEFS

      Fred - 2011-12-05 15:13

      Jerhone target the right person above, not me.

      Malcolm - 2011-12-05 17:04

      @Fred. Jerhone is correctly directing his anger squarely at you for behaving in a most despicable manner on this blog. Furthermore, Mr Bumjee, you seem to think you have been given the right to insult those who do not align themselves precisely to your views on atheism. Your selfish attacks are indicative of an immature mindset.

  • Derek - 2011-12-06 08:47

    "aimed at luring them home?" More like luring them over to occupy more of the stolen land and make it even more difficult for the rightful owners to get it back!

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