Ad on Anti- Hamas’ Child Sacrifice Tests Newspapers’ Stance on Hamas-Israel Conflict

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By Athena Yenko | August 12, 2014 11:56 AM EST

An advert on anti-Hamas' "child sacrifice" is testing the media's stand on Hamas-Israel conflict.

The advert is written by the Nobel-prize-winning author and Holocaust survivor, Elie Wiesel and an outspoken American-born Orthodox rabbi, Shmuley Boteach. It is calling for US President Barrack Obama and other world leaders to denounced Hamas' use of children as human shields.

REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
A Palestinian boy stands with his father as they look at the house of top Hamas political leader Mahmoud Zahar which police said was targeted by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City July 16, 2014.

"In my own lifetime, I have seen Jewish children thrown into the fire. And now I have seen Muslim children used as human shields, in both cases, by worshippers of death cults indistinguishable from that of the Molochites," Wiesel wrote in the newspaper advert.

"What we are suffering through today is not a battle of Jew versus Arab or Israeli versus Palestinian. Rather, it is a battle between those who celebrate life and those who champion death. It is a battle of civilization versus barbarism," the advert went on.

The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Observer had already run the advert.

However, The London Times had reportedly refused to run the advert saying that the "opinion being expressed is too strong and too forcefully made and will cause concern amongst a significant number of Times readers," according to a statement from a representative of the newspaper, the New York Observer reported.

The media buyer for the ad tried to negotiate with the The Times saying that it could be revised in accordance to the newspapers' standard.

However a spokesman responded that The Times' decision is final and "not open for a negotiation regarding the content of the ad. So, I don't want to waste your time with possible revisions. Many thanks for thinking of The Times to begin with."

The Guardian was the latest newspaper to run the advert.

According to unnamed sources who talked with the New York Observer, the ad run by The Guardian cost approximately $20,000 while the supposedly ad for The Times could have cost $30,000.

As for Boteach, The Times' refusal to run the ad reflects the British media's disapproval of Israel.

"At a time when Israel is fighting for its very existence against the genocidal terrorists of Hamas, the British media, already infamously skewed against Israel, refuses a paid ad that every major American outlet... was proud to run as a full page ad," Boteach said.

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A Palestinian boy stands with his father as they look at the house of top Hamas political leader Mahmoud Zahar which police said was targeted by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City July 16, 2014.
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