Stop Blaming the Messenger
By Ari Bussel
Ten days ago, the Los Angeles Times published an Op-Ed by an Israeli Professor from Ben Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). The article called for a boycott of Israel. It was neither on the front page nor written by a known anti-Semite, but the community is up in arms.
Suddenly, the local Jewish community in Greater Los Angeles finds the message delivered daily by the Los Angeles Times unpleasant. I say suddenly, but over the past three decades, there have been repeated calls to cancel subscriptions and withdraw advertisement dollars, to very little or no avail. The Los Angeles Times main readership remains Jewish, as are many of its advertisers.
If most readers were enemies of Israel, they would be dancing in the streets -- like the Palestinians and other Arabs on the morning of September 11th, 2001. Their wholehearted support of the publication and general euphoria would have drowned out any opposing views. The uproar indicates the readership remains predominantly Jewish.