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  • Mark of Shame: Pornographic Representations of Women in Israeli Advertisements

    By Jeremy Elster

    March 25, 2014 | 5:45 am

    For the last six years, the Women's International Zionist Organization has run a campaign named "Mark of Shame" that calls out TV and print advertisements that are sexist or derogatory towards women. The WIZO brings together a jury of Knesset members, professionals, feminists,...

  • James Franco paints ad for ‘This is The End’

    by Jana Banin, JTA

    May 20, 2013 | 11:40 am

    Proving once again that there isn’t anything he doesn’t do, James Franco has created marketing material for his upcoming film “This is The End.”

    The actor/artist/Ph.D. candidate was spotted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn over the weekend painting a mural of the movie’s cast on the...

  • Billboards calling for end to U.S. aid to Israel posted in N.Y., Conn.

    March 27, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Billboards calling for an end to U.S. aid to Israel were erected this week at 25 train stations in suburban New York and Connecticut.

    The billboards that went up Tuesday, on the first day of Passover, in Metro North train stations are sponsored by a group called American Muslims...

  • Ad featuring Bar Refaeli airs over IDF’s objections

    March 21, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    An ad showcasing Israeli innovations featuring Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli aired despite protests from the military.

    "Created in Israel," as the ad is titled, is part of an Internet campaign by Israel's Foreign Ministry that features products and technologies developed in...

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  • ‘Savage’ jihad ad debuts in New York City subway

    September 24, 2012 | 3:34 pm

    An inflammatory ad equating Islamic jihad with savagery was posted Monday in 10 New York City subway stations, even as much of the Muslim world was still seething over a California-made movie ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad.

    The ad, sponsored by the pro-Israel American Freedom...

  • Republican Jewish Coalition begins $5 million TV ad campaign

    September 19, 2012 | 9:57 am

    The Republican Jewish Coalition launched a $5 million television advertising campaign aimed at Jewish voters in swing states.

    The campaign started Wednesday and runs through Nov. 5 in cable and broadcast TV markets with sizable Jewish populations in Florida, Nevada, Ohio and...

  • Thou shall not have images ... on buses ... neither men nor women

    August 28, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    Fearing costly vandalism aimed at buses carrying advertisements that include images of women; to avoid legal issues of discrimination if only images of men appear; and to side-step head-on collisions with Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox community; Egged, Israel’s public bus...

  • Romney ad raps Obama for not visiting Israel [VIDEO]

    August 6, 2012 | 11:31 am

    A Mitt Romney campaign ad criticizes President Obama for not visiting Israel during his presidency and refusing to call Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

    The 30-second television ad rolled out Aug. 5, which features American and Israeli flags and Romney at the Western Wall, is titled...

  • Emergency Committee for Israel raps Obama, J Street hits Romney in ads

    July 26, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    Liberal and conservative pro-Israel advocacy groups released ads targeting the presidential candidates.

    An ad released Thursday by the Emergency Committee for Israel that will appear in 23 Jewish newspapers includes quotes from Israeli, Palestinian and Jewish American officials...

  • Turkish Hitler ad pulled after Jewish community protests [VIDEO]

    March 27, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    A Turkish advertisement that uses Adolf Hitler to sell men’s shampoo has been pulled following protests by the Jewish community in Turkey.

    The advertisers said Tuesday that the commercial, which features a clip of Hitler delivering an impassioned speech with a voiceover urging men...

  • New Israeli bill seeks to widen ad ban to all underweight models

    March 5, 2012 | 11:24 am

    A bill seeking to ban the use of underweight models in Israeli advertising also aims to prevent Israel’s media from using ads produced overseas with too-thin models.

    The bill is an effort to discourage an idealization of overly thin bodies, out of concern that such advertising...

  • Girls’ faces blurred in toy store ad in Beit Shemesh

    February 7, 2012 | 10:45 am

    The faces of young girls modeling Purim costumes in a toy store ad were blurred in a haredi Orthodox newspaper in Beit Shemesh.

    The Red Pirate toy store chain said the ads in the Hadash BeBeit Shemeh newspaper were altered without its knowledge, Ynet reported. The faces of boys in...

  • ADL, Reform group rip Lowe’s for pulling ads from show on Muslims

    December 15, 2011 | 1:57 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League and a Reform movement group have expressed concern with a decision by Lowe’s to pull its ads from a show that depicted Muslims in a positive light.

    Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, and Rabbi David Saperstein, director of...

  • Opinion: Israel intended no offense with ad campaign

    December 13, 2011 | 11:49 am

    The State of Israel has always prided itself on being not only a home to its native citizens but a haven for Jews from across the globe. For years the Ministry of Immigration Absorption has successfully focused on attracting Jews from around the world to make aliyah and reconnect...

  • Israel-Diaspora crisis: Averted

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 7, 2011 | 1:03 pm

    This week, Shmuel Rosner joins The Journal’s regular contributors as senior political editor, writing weekly for the print edition and blogging daily, and exclusively, for jewishjournal.com from Israel on his newly re-created Rosner’s Domain. This blog, which he started in 2005...

  • Ad campaign flare-up obscures bigger challenge: Luring home Israeli expats

    December 6, 2011 | 5:13 pm

    A few different sparks led to last week’s flare-up over a two-month-old Israeli ad campaign to lure home expatriates in the United States.

    An ad suggesting that a child of Israelis living in America would mistake Chanukah for Christmas. The claim by an influential blogger that the...

  • Wodka vodka ads, called anti-Semitic, removed

    November 23, 2011 | 10:20 am

    An offensive billboard that the Anti-Defamation League said reinforces anti-Semitic stereotypes was removed.

    The Anti-Defamation League, which had criticized the New York ad campaign of Wodka vodka, welcomed the company’s apology and the removal of the billboards from locations...

  • ADL raps Wodka vodka ads for stereotyping

    November 22, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League criticized the New York ad campaign of Wodka vodka for reinforcing anti-Semitic stereotypes.

    The ads feature two dogs, one wearing a Santa cap and one wearing a yarmulke with the message “Christmas Quality, Hanukah Pricing.” According to the ADL, the...

  • Don’t run Republican Jewish Coalition ads, pro-Israel group J Street tells Jewish newspapers

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 13, 2008 | 3:19 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—A campaign by a new dovish pro-Israel group to get Jewish newspapers not to run Republican Jewish Coalition attack ads has raised questions about what’s kosher and what isn’t in this fraught political season.

    The new group, J Street, helped flood many Jewish...

  • French Israeli singer-songwriter Yael Naim infuses Apple Computers with ‘New Soul’

    By Elissa Strauss

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm


    Generating buzz for pop music was once the territory of MTV and radio, but television advertisements are quickly becoming musical tastemakers, and there is no hipper marketer on this front than Apple. No wonder, then, that Yael Naim's song, "New Soul," featured in the ubiquitous...

  • False Advertising

    By Julie Wiener

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    An advertisement that appeared in 80 American Jewish newspapers last week, including this one, looked fairly innocuous.

    The title of a film, "The Rabbi," appears in Hebrew-style lettering, above a close-up shot of a bearded, yarmulka-wearing man praying at the Western Wall in...

  • An Attitude Problem

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The personals sections in an Israeli newspaper contained the following ad:

    "Jewish man seeks partner who will attend shul with him, light Shabbat candles, celebrate holidays, build sukkah together, and go with him to brit milah and bar mitzvah celebrations. Religion not important."

    The...

  • Singles

    By Stephen A. Simon

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    So you've finally decided to place a personal ad.Can't believe you waited so long. Just describe yourself, the personyou want to meet and -- Shazam! Couple of phone calls, cafe, Italianrestaurant, and you'll be on your way.

    Easier than finding mustard at a hot dogconvention. Maybe you...

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