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September 06, 2007

Ha'aretz Editor to UN: Israel is Apartheid State

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The JTA reports that Danny Rubinstein of the Ha'aretz editorial board is unrepentant for his Aug. 30 comment at a UN Palestinian conference that Israeli is an "apartheid state." UN Watch describes the conference itself as "a wolf in sheep's clothing" which "excluded anyone representing Israel's position."

Speaking later in London under the sponsorship of the New Israel Fund, Rubinstein pointed out that "apartheid" is a term "he and his newspaper increasingly use." While Rubinstein maybe representative of Ha'aretz, it is becoming ever more clear that Ha'aretz is not representative of Israel.

In the conference's one-sided lineup, Rubinstein joined Raji Sourani, who justifies Hamas attacks as "resistance;" Jamal Juma, who describes Israel as a "colonial racist apartheid state;" Leila Shahid, Palestinian envoy to the EU and cousin to late PLO leader Yassir Arafat; several other Palestinian officials; and Middle Eastern or European representatives of pro-Palestinian lobby groups and campaigns for boycotts and sanctions against Israel.

Rubinstein has proven himself as a worthy member of the small group "of selected Israeli presenters who are ardent advocates for Palestinian claims," as described by UN Watch. According to UN Watch head Hillel Neuer, "by citizenship they may be Israeli, but only a scoundrel or a fool would imagine these token Israelis as representatives of their nation's point of view."

Posted by TS at September 6, 2007 07:21 AM


Israel is a country that exists in a continued, legally-declared state of war. Given that fact, what does it take for the actions of its citizens, which give aid and comfort to the enemy, to be declared treasonous, and for appropriate remedial steps to be taken?

Posted by: william bilek at September 20, 2007 09:12 AM

It's probably wise to cancel one's subscription to Ha'aretz if the newspaper's editors can present the truth and use alarmist terms.

Posted by: Anonymous at September 20, 2007 02:58 PM

With friends like Danny Rubinstein, Israel doesn't need enemies. Why do we not call for a boycott of Ha'aretz?

Posted by: Anonymous at September 20, 2007 11:26 PM

Why is Ha'aretz the most popular newspaper in Israel? Are we Jews the dumbest people on earth that in the face of unrelenting war we wage war on ourselves?

Unfortunately, Had I subscribed to Ha'aretz, I'd have the pleasure of cancellation.

Posted by: Milton Safren at September 21, 2007 02:40 PM

"only a scoundrel or a fool would imagine these token Israelis as representatives of their nation's point of view"
If Haaretz is the only Israeli newspaper ever quoted by National Public Radio (NPR), does that make NPR's producers "scoundrels" or "fools"? I vote "scoundrels"!

Posted by: Roddy at January 18, 2008 01:30 AM

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