‘NYT’ publishes spiritual guidance from Ahava exec– without saying Ahava works in a settlement

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Every week The New York Times business page runs a “Frequent Flier” profile of a busy traveler. The latest first-person piece is by Elana Drell-Szyfer, who is the head of Ahava North America, and is pictured in Paris.

As many readers of this site know, Ahava produces cosmetics in an illegal settlement, from minerals stolen from Palestinians in the occupied territories. “Stolen Beauty,” in the words of Code Pink, which organizes boycotts of Ahava stores.

There was of course no reference in the article to the occupied territories, to the settlement where Ahava is based, or to Palestinians. No, the article culminated in a lesson imparted to Drell-Szyfer from an octogenarian Catholic seatmate– thus the headline, “Something Wise From a Talkative Seatmate” — to whom Drell-Szyfer in turn described the beauties of “Israel.” Surely these included the beauties of the occupied territories, too?

The spiritual takeaway:

I learned that this was her first time flying internationally, and that she was an 80-year-old Catholic nun. Traveling to Israel was at the top of her bucket list, and her sister-in-law donated her own frequent flier miles to her. Then her community pitched in and gave her some money so her dream could come true.

I wound up talking to her almost the entire trip. I realized how jaded I was becoming about travel. I’m so much younger than she was, but she was like a child, just so eager to see and experience new things. I gave her a lot of tips and advice about Israel, and she was very grateful.

But it was really me who was grateful.

Gag-producing. When is the Times going to be honest with its readers about these criminal activities, and of the international campaign against them? Thanks to Scott Roth.

3 Responses

  1. Cliff
    February 14, 2013, 11:38 am

    This has got to be a joke.

    At a time where we’re at war in the ME, with a threat of another. With the recent inquisition of Chuck Hagel and the Israel Lobby’s face exposed. With the recent hysteria over BDS at BC. Etc. etc.

    And they have a profile on a settlement company exec who gives travel tips to an 80 year old nun dying to see Israel? LOL

    Yea, and the exec says he’s JADED because the 80 year old nun is excited to see Israel and experience “new things”?

    Pure insanity.

    From the article:
    “But it was really me who was grateful. She made me realize that all the traveling I do really is a gift, and maybe all of us who travel a lot need to open up to our seatmates once in a while. Like me, you might learn something wonderful.”

    Learn something? She acts as if she witnessing a sit-in at a ‘Whites only’ restaurant during the 60s and “learned something”.

    But in actuality, the moving, so so inspiring act she witnessed on a plane was a nun who wanted to go to Israel. Her own country.

    And she ends by saying we should open ourselves to different views.

    This isn’t cognitive dissonance at work. It’s insanity. And the NYT gives a voice to these kinds of people because the NYT is staffed by these kinds of people.

  2. talknic
    February 14, 2013, 1:39 pm

    Have you ever seen so many “I”s in a single article …. link to nytimes.com self inflated ego in overdrive

    • Cliff
      February 14, 2013, 8:10 pm

      Shallow and vain.

      Ad the purpose of such a profile? God, I wonder how these people get to set the tone. Oh right, money and kin networks. Conformity. Jumping through appropriate social hoops. Etc.

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