Shas campaign ad blasted as racistThis campaign ad by the Haredi Shas party is being blasted as racist in the media. For the Hebrew-impaired, the ad shows a very obviously Russian bride telling her groom that she converted by dialing *Giyur.
Let's go to the videotape.
In the 1990's, the Jewish Agency decided to fill immigrant 'quotas' by recruiting non-Jews to move to Israel to improve their economic lot. No, not all Russians are non-Jews. But a substantial number are, and this is not the first time that the chattering classes here have chosen to ignore the issue by branding anyone who raises it as 'racist.'
There's nothing wrong with Shas raising the issue.