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DEC Gaza appeal

    There has been some controversy over the advert for the DEC Gaza appeal in this week’s paper.

    I understand why some people are angry and upset and I thought it important to respond.

    This is an advert, and not an expression of the JC's view. We keep editorial coverage entirely separate from our commercial operations.

    As editor, I am not responsible for any ads which appear in the paper. It is a critical part of our editorial independence that we do not allow advertisers to have any influence at all on the paper.

    The ad was approved by the chairman of the JC, who has no involvement in editorial decisions, as an ad for humanitarian aid which nowhere makes political or partisan points.

    Both I as editor and the JC are entirely supportive of Operation Protective Edge, as our coverage has demonstrated. Almost alone in the British media the JC has stressed Israel’s right to defend herself and sought to explain why Israel was faced with no choice but to take action in Gaza.

    There is, clearly, a humanitarian cost to that action. But I do not accept the figures touted around much of the media about the level of civilian casualties – many are, I am sure, terrorists.

    This is not a JC-backed appeal. We have no involvement in it beyond running an ad, which has appeared in most British newspapers.

    Even if you profoundly disagree with the ad appearing in the paper, I hope this will go some way to explaining its presence and that it is in no way part of our editorial stance.

    Feel free to email me at spollard@thejc.com or the JC chairman Stephen Grabiner at sgrabiner@thejc.com.

    Stephen Pollard, Editor

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