Free publicity?

Free publicity?

In the March 27 issue, an article appeared about a Princeton restaurant that featured a special dinner “pairing high-end wines from the Golan heights and Israel-inspired dishes.”  However, after mentioning in passing that the dinner was a great success and gained new fans for the restaurant,
the majority of the article was devoted to quotes from the local BDS movement whose supporters came uninvited with the intention of spoiling everyone’s enjoyment of dinner.

Why? Do we need the local Jewish newspaper to publicize the lies of a group that won’t rest unless and until Israel is destroyed? This we can get every day in news sources too numerous to mention. If you want to have an article on the BDS movement, along with refutation of their statements, go right ahead. But don’t provide free publicity to them in the context of an innocent, and Israel-favorable, event.

Sheldon R. Waxman

Editor’s note: The special menu at the Princeton restaurant came to our attention through other news reports about the protest by the boycotters.
Our reporter was assigned to find out what the effect of the protest would be. As the writer of the letter notes, we reported that despite — or perhaps, because of — the protest, the dinner was a “great success and gained new fans for the restaurant.” We believe our readers need to know about the methods of the boycott movement and its impact — in this case, a gesture of defiance by a restaurateur and a grateful response by pro-Israel diners.

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