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January 12, 2006

Ha'aretz's Contribution to Jewish Anti-Zionism

Isi Leibler, chairman of the Diaspora-Israel relations committee of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, notes in the Jerusalem Post that Ha'aretz has contributed to Jewish hatred of Israel. He writes:

To make matters worse, elements on the Israeli Left initiated a drumbeat of unprecedented self-hatred in the media and universities. Outlandish views that had hitherto been restricted to inconsequential fringe groups filled the op-ed columns of Haaretz, the media flagship of the Israeli intelligentsia, and whose English-language edition began publication in recent years.

Within the Israeli polity, such post-Zionist propaganda only had marginal impact because being in the front lines of terror, Israelis were not unduly influenced. However when the English-language versions of these masochistic articles were globally disseminated on the Internet, they impacted negatively -- especially on Jews living in societies where application of double standards and demonization of Israel by the local media had already become daily fare.

Posted by TS at January 12, 2006 06:22 AM


So Ha'aretz prints some anti-Zionist stuff from time to time. Big deal. There is plenty of mainstream stuff too; the newspaper is not all Amira Haas and Gideon Levy.

We're not an Arab press; we don't need to start censoring ourselves.

Posted by: Michael Brenner at January 16, 2006 06:05 PM

Though it might be true that Haaretz is not all Amira Haas and Gideon Levy, and it's certainly true that the Israeli press shouldn't censor itself, I think the JCPA is pretty much right in saying that the likes of those two fan the flames of anti-zionism across the world.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 18, 2006 02:49 PM

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