Sunday, February 17, 2013

Has Arutz 7 Gone "Reform?"

ח' לחודש השנים עשר תשע"ג

"Ah, Jerusalem!" animated banner ad on Arutz 7 (screen shot)
I received the following tip from blog commenter Shy Guy:
...I thought you [Esser Agaroth] might find it interesting but sad that INN/Arutz 7 has been running ads (shocking pink) for a musical, "Ah, Jerusalem", which is on stage at the Beit Shmuel Theater in Jerusalem.

Besides the Kol Isha aspect, the theater is run by the Reform movement's Hebrew Union College and they profit from ticket proceeds. Is Arutz 7 OK with all this? Did you [Arutz 7] get Rav Melamed's (or any other rav's) approval for such advertising income?
Apparently, Arutz 7/Israel National News was contacted at least twice, pointing out the problems with this ad.  To the best of my knowledge, replies to these attempted contacts have not been issued.

Was the acceptance of this ad just an honest mistake by Arutz 7, and did the station not actually mean to accept this ad, promoting a "Reform" movement-supporting event?

If it was not a mistake, then what will be the next line to be crossed by this alternative-gone mainstream internet radio station?

It is interesting to note that this is the same radio station which refuses even to put "rabbi" in quotation marks when referring to "Reform" spiritual leaders, claiming that "rabbi" [without quotes] is used in its reports for "clarity."

So, what are Arutz 7's listeners and readers supposed to infer from this?

Please contact Arutz 7 about this.  Perhaps if the station receives enough inquiries, it will have no choice but to respond,...or at least pull the ad, and pretend that never existed. (A-hem!)

Personally, though, I will not be holding my breath. 


Batya said...

It doesn't surprise me. They are a business.

Shy Guy said...

Batya, you mean like the Jewish jewelry stores selling crucifixes?


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