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March 15, 2011

Ha'aretz's Double Standard: JStreet V. Im Tirtzu

Natasha Mozgovya's report in Ha'aretz today on the visit of the Israeli activist organization Im Tirzu to Washington, D.C., is notable thanks to one word: controversial. She writes:

This week, the visitors were the leaders of Im Tirzu, the controversial Israeli grassroots movement whose proclaimed goal is to "strenghten the values of Zionism in Israel and to renew and reinstate Zionist discourse, thinking and ideology in order to secure the future of the Jewish people and the State of Israel."

This description isn't striking because it's wrong. In fact, it's accurate. Rather, it's striking because Mozgovya consistently neglects to apply the word "controversial" to JStreet, which has had no shortage of controversy.

As noted by Snapshots here and here, Ha'aretz's "reports" on JStreet avoid all of the difficult questions.

Indeed, another report by Mozgovya earlier this month about JStreet's annual conference keeps up the JStreet promotional beat, stating:

It seems there was no reason for the Israeli diplomats to skip the conference. The reaction to Dennis Ross' speech, void of any specifics, was a good indicator of the fact that the public was not anti-Israel.

The article is also accompanied by a YouTube video of a young Gazan woman confronting Israeli MK Nachman Shai.

But there is another YouTube video from the JStreet conference, one that Ha'aretz does not post, because it shows that some of the public, at least, was indeed anti-Israel. Judge for yourself:

To see an analysis of Ha'aretz's treatment of JStreet on Presspectiva, CAMERA's Hebrew site, click here.

UPDATE: And this just in -- more evidence that JStreet is not pro-Israel, as it claims: "JStreet: Maybe Israel really ain't a good idea"

Posted by TS at March 15, 2011 04:09 AM


They just don't get it..Arabs are revolting against Fascist governments all over the middle east as Israel remains a standard of Democracy and a light unto all those inculcated souls of anti-semitism.
They should support Israel against Assad,Iran,and other tyrants that just don't get it!!

Posted by: Alan Cahn at March 22, 2011 11:36 AM

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