I got fired by the Jerusalem Post

By Joseph Farah

Just about two years ago, I received an e-mail from an excited publisher of the Jerusalem Post.

With my permission, he had run a column I had written for WorldNetDaily a week or so earlier.

Here are his exact words, save for spelling corrections I made to save further embarrassment: “My name is Tom Rose. I am the publisher and CEO of the Jerusalem Post. We ran a piece of yours yesterday that has turned this country upside down. Our phones have been ringing all day. Hundreds of people. It is being discussed on Israeli talk radio shows. How do we get you to write for us? There is a huge market for a syndicated column for you. Huge. The Jerusalem Post is owned by Hollinger International, publishers of the Daily Telegraph (London), Chicago Sun-Times, National Post, and on and on. How can we help you? You say what we can’t. Just as only a Jew is free to criticize Israel without fear of being branded a racist, only an Arab can point out discrepancies and hypocrisies in the Arab world. You would be huge hit in our paper. Our U.S. weekly edition of the Post has 180,000 readers. It is very influential. You have the potential to be huge. To have incredible influence on American opinion and American policy. You must realize that. You and I need to talk. Tell me how and when. I am waiting to hear from you.”

So, I wrote to him. And we talked. Maybe I had waited too long. His enthusiasm had waned. Money had clearly become an object.
Within a few days I had agreed to write a weekly column for the International Edition of the Jerusalem Post for a very modest fee.
A couple months ago, my editor – a very amiable chap – told me I would be sending my column to a new editor. After that, I noticed my column stopped appearing with any regularity – even though no less than the publisher and CEO of the Jerusalem Post had committed to a weekly column.

I sent e-mails repeatedly to Rose, my new editor and my old editor. Rose never responded. Straight answers were not forthcoming for days. Finally, I was informed that I had been fired – without notice, without explanation.

The Arab-American who had turned the country upside-down just as suddenly had worn out his welcome.

What do I think happened?

I think the Jerusalem Post wimped out.

I think the paper caved.

I think the publisher, who obviously couldn’t even face communicating with me by e-mail any more, yielded to pressure.

I think the editors lost their nerve.

And that’s all OK with me. In fact, it was inevitable. And that’s the beauty of WorldNetDaily. WorldNetDaily doesn’t lose its nerve. WorldNetDaily doesn’t wimp out. WorldNetDaily doesn’t cave. WorldNetDaily doesn’t yield to pressure.

I knew it wouldn’t last at the Jerusalem Post because I’m not predictable. And the Jerusalem Post obviously wanted predictable. Sooner or later I was bound to rub someone the wrong way. Sooner or later I was going to skewer some sacred cow. Sooner or later the very same people who hired me on the basis of one commentary were going to fire me on the basis of one commentary.

Even though I know the Jerusalem Post is going to live to regret this decision, I write this column knowing there is no going back – at least not under the current management of the paper.

And that’s too bad – not for me, but for Israel. Because Israel desperately needs to hear my message. It needs to hear a voice of reason. It needs to be reminded that it has not outlived all the empires that sought to destroy it because it is so smart, or so well-armed. It needs to hear that it is still around because it is blessed – and because God has promised it a future.

Times are tough in Israel, these days. It has been a very rough two years. But it will survive – even without my voice.