Letter to the Australian Jewish News in regards to its sensationalist headline

When right is wrong AJN 15May15 cover

Dear editors of The Australian Jewish News!

I refer to the front cover of The AJN from Friday 15th of May 2015 (When right is wrong) as your personal opinion. Please, Do Not Speak for the World Jewry or for the whole Jewish community of Melbourne and Australia for that matter.  Being the community newspaper, you are supposed to represent unbiased opinions and stick to the facts. It is my belief, that you presented such a controversial cover with the commercial purpose of selling more papers by enraging some community members and appeasing the others. However, such a headline played into hands of Israel-haters (read anti-Semites), and was also contradicting a number of your own editorials. Try to be consistent,

if you aim to continue being a reputable media. As far as the caption of that front cover is concerned, it is historically incorrect information. You claim that by securing a right-wing government, Netanyahu “dealt a blow to the peace process and hopes for improved relations with the US”. This is a ridiculous statement. One cannot deal a blow to something that doesn’t exist.  It is historical knowledge, that Israel extended the offer of peace to Palestinians many times by both right and left wing governments.

As you stated in a number of The AJN editorials, Israel does not have a partner who wishes to make peace with it, but only seeks its destruction. The partners, that EU and US would like to “impose” on Israel peace with, do not accept Israel’s right to exist and reject country’s claim as a Jewish national homeland. As for your fear induced line in regards to US – Israel relations, I would like to say the following: the only cause of worsened relationship between two friends in the last few years is a Jew-hater in the White House. The sooner he will leave the office, the sooner the friendship between two long-term allies will go on amend.

ellina zipman

a writer

2 June 2015

About the Author
Ellina Zipman is a published poet, writer and academic. Ellina completed a PhD on Positive ageing through music education. Ellina’s poetry collection “Through My Jewish Eyes” was published by PoeticaPublishing in 2021. Ellina’s poetry has been included in anthologies 28 People Write, Memory Weaving, Migrant Women Writers and performed on 3CR Spoken Word radio. Ellina’s poems featured in the 2015 Rosh Hashana edition of the Jewish Holocaust Centre News. Ellina’s poetry was published in Victorian Writer magazine. Her poems and articles appeared several times in the Australian Jewish News and featured in the Australian Jewish Museum online magazine.