Friday, May 13, 2016

JPOST is about to make a big mistake

By Ted Belman
There are worrying rumors of managerial dementia at the Jerusalem Post according to which the paper is about to discontinue the outstanding column, INTO THE FRAY by Dr. Martin Sherman. 
In my opinion his column was one of the most widely read and respected on the pages of the JPost or any where for that matter.  To discontinue it would show a blatant lack of respect for its readership and utter disdain for readers’ preferences.

Sherman has a large following and many of his avid readers, I would imagine, buy the JPost largely because of his column. I would not be surprised if many of them stop buying the paper in protest. 

His column provided penetrating insights into current events and creative policy prescriptions which generated lively and constructive debate in a large segment of the Anglo-Saxon Jewish community, both in Israel and the Diaspora, and with many non-Jewish readers with an interest in the developments. Martin Sherman is in a class by himself when it comes to his understanding of the problem Israel is faced with and his prescription for solving it.

There is little doubt that cutting of Sherman’s column will be a tremendous blow, not only to JPost, but also to pro-Israel advocates who put great stock in what he has to say. The editors and management should brace themselves for a considerable wave of protest anger and resentment from readers.

I call upon my readers to protest vigorously should the column be cancelled and to in turn cancel your subscriptions to the paper. 

In the meantime should anyone wish to make their dissatisfaction known these are the relevant contact details at the JPost  or message their Facebook pages.