The purpose of my last piece entitled, An Open Letter to Food & Wine Magazine Concerning Its Honoring of Racist Cafe Owner Reem Assil was to notify my friends in the Jewish community and the editors of Food & Wine that honoring an anti-Jewish racist like Reem Assil might not be such a good idea.
For obvious reasons, I think that it is an absolutely terrible idea, but we have recourse.
Food & Wine is owned by the Meredith Corporation which is home to all sorts of popular magazines from TIME to PEOPLE to Sports Illustrated.
The CEO of the Meredith Corporation is Tom Harty. Tom Harty’s personal assistant is Toni Crosby and her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I very much hope that each and every one of you send her a quick note objecting to Food & Wine's celebration of Reem Assil and, thereby, the terrorist Rasmea Odeh.
It must be noted that there is nothing to suggest that either Gail Simmons or Food & Wine or the Meredith Corporation in any way seek to promote hatred toward Jewish people or malice toward the State of Israel.
Gail Simmons IS Jewish, for chrissake.
Below is my letter to Ms. Crosby.
I hope that you write your own.
I am the writer of a recent piece published in the pro-Jewish / pro-Israel newspaper the Algemeiner published this last April 20th entitled, An Open Letter to Food & Wine Magazine Concerning Its Honoring of Racist Cafe Owner Reem Assil.
I am a PhD in American History out of Penn State University and a regular contributor to a variety of publications around Jewish life and politics.
It is important for me to let you know that I do not believe that either Meredith Corp or Food & Wine are intentionally promoting racism of any sort.
But it also must be understood that Reem Assil's cafe at the Oakland BART Station is racially toxic.
Assil features a floor-to-ceiling mural of a genocidal Jew murderer.
How good can her flatbread possibly be that it overrides admiration for an ideological killer of Jews?
In any case, you have my sincerest appreciation for listening to my concerns and those of all of us who stood vigil for Leon Kanner and Edward Joffe, the college student victims of Rasmea Odeh's genocidal impulses.