Times of London Rejects Ad Condemning Hamas

by Molly Wharton

The Times of London has refused to run an ad that features Elie Wiesel condemning Hamas’s use of human shields.

The paid advertising campaign, funded by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s Jewish Values Network, features Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel speaking out against Hamas’s practice of what the ad calls ”child sacrifice.” It has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Observer, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.

But the Times declined the ad because “the opinion being expressed is too strong and too forcefully made and will cause concern amongst a significant number of Times readers,” a representative of the paper said in a statement.

The ad:

Rabbi Boteach told the Observer that he is “appalled” at the Times’ refusal to run the ad.

“Elie Wiesel is one of the most respected human beings alive, a Nobel Peace Laureate, and is the living face of the Holocaust. No greater expert on genocide exists in the whole world,” Boteach said. “His call for the end of child sacrifice by Hamas who use children as human shields and a stop to their genocidal charter which calls for the murder of Jews everywhere could only offend the sensibilities of the most die-hard anti-Israel haters and anti-Semites. I am shocked that the Times would engage in censorship of the worst kind to cater to such bigotry.”

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