PRSA-NY president Carmella Glover sent an email to members on Oct. 17 to offer a “heartfelt apology” on behalf of the chapter for her Oct. 14 message that “caused disappointment and hurt to some of our valued members.”
The earlier email was about how PRSA-NY is deeply saddened and troubled by the recent acts of terrorism in Israel and Gaza.
The subject line read: Statement and Pledge of Support for Israel, from PRSA-NY President Carmella Glover.
In the Oct. 17 email, Glover expressed regret about the “insensitivity in our subject line, which was thoughtless, partial and irresponsible.”
She knows it was “especially disheartening coming from a professional association that advocates for ethical behaviors and messaging.”
Her original intention was to convey a message of support and unity for all those who are affected by the violence in Israel and Gaza. “However, I acknowledge that we missed the mark (to say the least), and for this, I take full responsibility,” she wrote.
Glover noted that we are living in a time of rising hatred in the forms of Islamophobia and Antisemitism, both here in the U.S. and in the Middle East. I
In PRSA-NY’s haste to show solidarity, it failed to consider the broader implications of our message.
“We deeply mourn the loss of innocent lives and the distortion of information that has taken place,” Glover wrote. “We also understand and condemn the unchecked misinformation and disinformation that persists.”
PRSA-NY plans to donate a portion of ticket sales to its Big Apple Awards ceremony on Nov. 15 to ALLMEP (Alliance for Middle East Peace), which is a network of Palestinian and Israeli peace builders; Doctors Without Borders; and Project C.U.R.E., which delivers medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics in the under-resourced world.
Glover has not yet responded to an email from O’Dwyer’s about how many PRSA-NY members expressed disappointment over the subject line.