Previously I have defended The Maccabean when they refused to advertise certain events, being held by the New Israel Fund. The Maccabean’s decision to shy away from advertising revenue, from dubious sources should be commended, even if the entire debacle could have been handled in a better manner. The Maccabean management showed courage in making a decision, and defending it, within other media outlets, even in the face of considerable, and often extreme adversity.
Every section of the community was outraged, and many people I have been in touch with wrote to The Maccabean, for and against their decision, yet not a single letter to the editor was published. While everyone carried on complaining about the NIF and The Maccabean, the real underlying crisis was missed. The Maccabean is no longer the voice of the community. Community organisations, stakeholders and individuals need a forum, where all views can be expressed openly, and debated in a rational forum, free of bias. It is not a scary concept to let people express an opinion, even if it is contrary to the mainstream, because it can be challenged openly.
The Maccabean exists nowadays in an era where we rapidly watch the decline of print media. Print media globally is shrinking and will cease to exist within the next decade. The writing is on the wall, I mean the tablet or phone, so to speak. The modus operandi of The Maccabean is almost over. As the curtain comes down on an era, we as a community need to work out the next phase, because without a voice, without a melting pot of ideas, where are we going ?