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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Dueling Mideast bus ads return after under-the-radar ruling

By Keith Ervin






War of words redux


JewishWorldReview.com |

BEATTLE — (MCT) Dueling ads over Israel and the Palestinian Authority reflect a decision quietly made by King County officials more than a year ago to reopen ad space on Metro Transit buses to political debate.

The latest ad, saying the government of the Palestinian West Bank is "calling for a Jew-free state," went on six Bellevue-based buses this week under a four-month contract with a New York-based right-wing group.

The ad, which ends with the words, "Equal rights for Jews," was a response to the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign's recent ad advocating "Equal rights for Palestinians."

Representatives of SeaMAC and the American Freedom Defense Initiative both said King County has unfairly favored the other side.

The new war of words comes after the county's return to an ad policy similar to what was in place in December 2010 when Metro accepted a SeaMAC ad alleging Israeli war crimes. Metro removed the ad after widespread public objections to it.

U.S. District Judge Richard Jones approved the decision to pull that ad, which county officials said was a response to threats of violence and disruption of bus service. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is reviewing Jones' ruling.

After an interim ban on all noncommercial advertising on buses, Metro in April 2011 approved a new policy that once again allowed public-service ads by nonprofit groups, but banned ads by political parties and candidates.

The 2011 policy, approved by County Executive Dow Constantine, also prohibited ads expressing views "on matters of public debate about economic, political, religious or social issues."

Metro cited that policy in refusing an ad urging shoppers to "Buy American" and shop locally. After a Seattle Times story about that decision, Metro reversed itself and accepted the ad, saying it promoted purchases as opposed to expressing an opinion on a public issue.

Then, in a little-noticed action, Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond in January 2012 signed a revised ad policy that lifted the ban on debating public issues in bus ads.

Metro spokesman Jeff Switzer said that policy was adopted "after we took a look at the legal parameters and we looked at the national best practices" for advertising. Allowing more noncommercial ads has helped Metro maximize ad revenues, which were about $5 million last year, Switzer said.

The updated policy bans false or misleading statements, demeaning or disparaging content, and material likely to lead to disruptions of bus service.

When the "Equal rights for Jews" ad showed up this week, SeaMAC said it was being treated unfairly because Metro had pulled its "fact-based, well-documented" 2010 war-crimes ad, but accepted the AFDI's "false, distorted, made-up accusation" against the Palestinian Authority.

SeaMAC spokesman Ed Mast called AFDI an anti-Muslim hate group and said it misrepresented the Palestinian Authority's position on allowing Jews to live in a future Palestinian state.

Mast said he didn't believe Metro's acceptance of the competing "equal rights" ads showed evenhanded treatment by the county.


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SeaMAC's "Equal rights for Palestinians" ad ran on the outside of up to 12 buses in Seattle and Bellevue for several months earlier this year, and is currently displayed in a modified form inside some Metro buses, Mast said.

AFDI President Pamela Geller said in an e-mail that King County treated her organization differently than other advertisers, including SeaMAC, because the county required "abundant documentation" of AFDI's claims and wouldn't accept the ad until the group threatened a lawsuit.

"They (SeaMAC) smear us as 'hateful' because they cannot refute what we say," Geller said. Her biography on the AFDI website says the group fights "the treason" of journalists and government officials "in their capitulation to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism" and the federal government's march toward socialism.

Metro's Switzer denied a claim by AFDI's lawyer that the transit agency refused the ad multiple times before accepting it.

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