Blonds Can Explain Israeli Foreign Policy
IslamOnline & News Agencies
Additional reporting by Khaled Mamdouh, IOL Staff
14 June 2002
The Israeli Foreign Ministry is adopting a new policy that depends
on appointing blond women in media posts so that they explain the
stands of the Israeli government concerning various issues. The
move was dubbed racist and abusive of women rights by
feminist activists in the Middle East.
Israeli daily newspaper Yedioth Ahranot said Friday, June 14, 2002,
that the media adviser to the Israeli Foreign Ministry, American,
recommended appointing women in media posts, especially those with
blond hair to explain the government stands to the international
The paper said that the Israeli Foreign Ministry received this
recommendation while it was discussing the problems facing the Israeli
media corps abroad.
The ministry has received many e-mails and phone calls from Israeli
women who want to apply for the job, while many others sent their
photos, the paper said.
The applicants for this job in the Foreign Ministry were not limited
to Israeli women, as many Russian and American immigrants have also
sent their photos and resumes to the ministry, the paper said.
Commenting on the issue, an Egyptian feminist activist accused
the Israeli government of abusing women rights and using racist
ways to mislead the world.
Dr. Sahar el-Mogy, writer and teacher at the Faculty of Arts, Cairo
University, told IslamOnline Friday that she was not actually
surprised, because Israel itself is an illegal entity in the first
To resort to cheap, racist means like that is nothing short
of political prostitution. Israel does not respect even the mentality
of the Israelis. They hire blond women to justify the ugly practices
of Israeli occupation in the Palestinian territory. That way, they
are trying to fool the world public opinion. However, they wont
be able to.
I think such move, if adopted, will only hurt them; Israels
image and even the blonds themselves, Dr. Mogy added.