شارع اللنبي 51 ، ص.ب. 9132 ، حيفا 31090
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51 Allenby St., P.O.Box 9132, Haifa 31090, Israel
The Jewish Chronicle
25 Furnival Street
November 17, 2009
On November 12, 2009, an article by Robyn Rosen was published in your newspaper
entitled: “Outrage over the ‘rape’ poster that demonises Israel." The article contained
false information and inaccuracies. We request that you print a retraction. The false
information is as follows:
1. Ms. Rosen stated, “the New Israel Fund (NIF) has defended a conference
sponsored by three Palestinian groups it funds, which allegedly “demonized”
Israel,” and that there was a poster publicising the conference. We would like to
note that there was no conference, and that the NIF has not funded any activities
of Mada al-Carmel for the past three years.
2. The three mentioned organizations – Mada Al-Carmel, the Arab Forum for
Sexuality, and Women Against Violence – are part of an international coalition
for bodily and reproductive rights, and Women for Women Health and Human
Rights. The coalition conducts training courses, transnational research, and
advocacy in over 20 countries. The campaign One Day One Struggle was part of
the coalition’s activism. It was an international effort coordinated among over 20
NGO's around the world. However, each organization decided upon the topic,
manner and strategies of implementing the campaign. Women Against Violence
produced a poster (not the one published in your article), conducted various field
actions, and screened a movie. Mada al-Carmel, published an article in a local
newspaper, and sent a press release together with the Arab Forum for Sexuality.
The Arab Forum for Sexuality alone produced and disseminated the poster
depicted in the report.
We would like to clarify that Mada al-Carmel supports the right to free expression,
including the right of NGO's and other civil society organizations to produce posters
and other artistic devices on this and other topics.
We would appreciate it if you make the required retraction to your published article.
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Ph.D.
Director, Gender Studies Program
Mada Al-Carmel, Arab Center for Applied Social Research
Aida Touma-Sliman, Women Against Violence
Safa Tamish, The Arab Forum for Sexuality
New Israel Fund