Some of the young Israeli journalists who started the vital web-based magazine 972mag.com are in the United States to promote their new venture, and I was lucky enough to meet them here in New York City, at the premises of The Nation. I was already familiar with some of their work from cross-posts here at this site, with exemplary reports from Joseph Dana, Noam Sheizaf, and others.
+972, which is entirely in English, is just over a year old, but they already have 20 members, all unpaid volunteers. (They take their name from the telephone dialing code for Israel and Occupied Palestine.) They may be young, but some of them have years of professional experience as reporters. They are energetic, committed and tough.
Ours was a background meeting, so I will not quote any of them directly. They warn that the new law that makes it illegal for Israelis to advocate for BDS or any form of boycott is only one sign that the range of permitted opinion in Israel is narrowing.
I explained that many us who are outsiders had started to learn truths about Israel through the English-language version of Haaretz. They cautioned that although Haaretz still uses work from brave journalists like Amira Hass and Gideon Levy, it has not escaped the growing pressure to tone down. They also point out that the average Israeli does not read Haaretz.
Their web site is professional and compelling. It also includes “a plethora of videos,” some of which document the brutality of the occupation on the West Bank. They are in America partly to look for funding, and there is a donate button on their site.