Israeli apartheid is never fit to print in the ‘Times’, only in ‘Haaretz’

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Ariel University Center
Ariel University Center (Photo: Wikipedia)

‘NYT’ Jerusalem bureau chief Ethan Bronner’s reassignment is unlikely to change the fundamental bias of the Paper of Record. When has the Times ever filed a serious report on Israeli apartheid policies, and will it ever? Meanwhile, Haaretz today runs an editorial page broadside against the colony/settlement Ariel’s University expansion plans that you will never see from the editors or reporters of the Paper of Record:

[The Israeli government] doesn’t miss an opportunity to sear the consciousness of Palestinians and Israelis alike with the idea that a diplomatic agreement on a two-state solution is no longer on the table…. 

Ariel is not just another “location.” It is situated in occupied territory that is a focus of controversy both within Israeli society and in the international community. The State of Israel has barred Palestinians from most of the territory of the West Bank. They are permitted to build Ariel’s houses, but not to live there. Ariel, like all the other settlements, is a closed military zone as far as they are concerned.

The editorial’s basic message: 1) yes, Virginia, there is an “occupation” (the NYT frequently elides that word from its coverage, 2) Israel’s policy of separation (Apartheid) in the West Bank is untenable, 3) Israel is willfully destroying, or has already destroyed, any viable possibility of a Palestinian state.

Until the NYT gets serious about reporting/critiquing these three and similar realities, a changing of the guard in its staff will matter not.

12 Responses

  1. seafoid
    February 15, 2012, 1:33 pm

    The more brutal and malign the institution the harder the fall.
    The NYT will eventually do what every newspaper living in fear does .

    “Can a powerful and profitable brand really morph in three days into something so toxic that it is worth more to its owners dead than alive? Rupert Murdoch appeared to think so this week as he euthanised the News of the World newspaper in an attempt to quell the phone-hacking scandal that has engulfed his media empire in the UK.

    It was probably the right business decision, but it has not contained the crisis. On Friday, Renault said it would not advertise in any News International newspapers. UK media regulator Ofcom, meanwhile, said it would talk to police and other investigators to determine whether News Corp was still “fit and proper” to own a broadcaster. ”

    link to ft.com

    This is the real world and it is the world Israel thinks it is above.

  2. Annie Robbins
    February 15, 2012, 1:38 pm

    whose fault is it that 2 states has disappeared? this stuff, more than anything makes me wonder why calling for equal rights makes us a cult.

    • Hostage
      February 17, 2012, 5:24 am

      whose fault is it that 2 states has disappeared?

      Oh they haven’t. 500 Israeli Arab students attended Ariel in 2010. It’s just a closed zone to Palestinians.

      • LeaNder
        February 17, 2012, 6:37 am

        that’s slightly mean hostage, no? What’s your point? To show that there is a basic truth to the hasbara line that “Arab Israelis” ultimately would prefer to stay in Israel? Since it’s much better there than in any other Arab state? Beside how many students has Ariel? And what does your argument mean for the Palestinian whose land is needed for the expansion?

        Personally I don’t see a big difference between our dear Richard Witty’s diverse collective labels e.g “right/left posse” and NF’s “cult”. I also noticed that Jerome Slater shows traces of this debating deficiency.

        Besides is this supposed to be a response? Or is this only adding insult to injury? Perfect idiom we unfortunately do not have a really good German equivalent for, I discovered from experience lately.

      • Hostage
        February 17, 2012, 7:56 am

        that’s slightly mean hostage, no? What’s your point? To show that there is a basic truth to the hasbara line that “Arab Israelis” ultimately would prefer to stay in Israel? Since it’s much better there than in any other Arab state?

        None of the above. My point was that the two states have not disappeared, or else Palestinian-Palestinians would have the same second class rights as Israeli-Palestinians. States as persons of international law are always composed of a government and a permanent population. So I usually roll my eyes when someone says there’s only one State between the Jordan and the Mediterranean because it simply isn’t true. There’s one state systematically dominating another state with the intent of maintaining that regime of domination.

        Earlier reports from Haaretz had explained this wasn’t a move that extended Israel’s normal municipal jurisdiction:

        The decision was vehemently opposed by the Council for Higher Education, which oversees all colleges and universities inside the Green Line. But because the Ariel University Center of Samaria is located in the West Bank, it is subordinate to a different, parallel, body, the Council for Higher Education in Judea and Samaria – which, like all Israeli institutions in the West Bank, is formally subordinate to the Israel Defense Forces’ GOC Central Command

        link to haaretz.com

      • LeaNder
        February 17, 2012, 9:08 am

        So I usually roll my eyes when someone says

        unfortunately I can’t see that ;) It may even have helped to get your point.
        Thanks Hostage, I have to return to my duties.

      • LeaNder
        February 17, 2012, 9:21 am

        I am sorry, I misunderstood. I hope you forgive.

      • Hostage
        February 17, 2012, 10:06 am

        I am sorry, I misunderstood. I hope you forgive.

        Your questions weren’t out of line given the context. So, no harm done in the first place. Internet chat is a second language for me too;-)

        P.S. Even if the university wasn’t a closed zone the government of Palestine has a boycott going on against the settlements. Israeli-Palestinians can’t support that boycott openly. So there are still two opposing jurisdictions.

      • Annie Robbins
        February 17, 2012, 12:28 pm

        ok, this flew completely over my head the first time hostage. i admit i was wrong, it hasn’t ‘disappeared’ it just looks increasing more impossible to me everytime i hear of more development. but i am completely on board and have not given up on all the UN efforts and not given up the idea there will and can be a solution that will work for everyone. i am an idealist and visualize success. what it will look like i do not know, but i’m not closing any doors. can’t a person ever have a bad day around here!

      • Hostage
        February 17, 2012, 7:16 pm

        can’t a person ever have a bad day around here!

        I wasn’t scolding you. I was commenting on the Kafkaesque situation. The government of Palestine is boycotting Israeli settlements, industrial zones, & etc. and the University is a closed zone to Palestinian-Palestinians, but not Israeli-Palestinians. There is an Israeli law against Israeli-Palestinians who would like to speak out about boycotting the university. Nations are spatial entities, because people and their domiciles are not abstractions. In this case we have two of them and two governments that still claim to be nation-states that exercise personal jurisdiction over all of their citizens.

        We’re still demanding equal rights, in part, because the two states haven’t disappeared.

  3. Cliff
    February 15, 2012, 2:53 pm

    I believe it was CNN that said it would refer to the Gilo settlement as an Israeli neighborhood. This was in an official memo.

  4. DICKERSON3870
    February 15, 2012, 5:28 pm

    RE: “Ariel is not just another ‘location.’ It is situated in occupied territory that is a focus of controversy both within Israeli society and in the international community.” ~ Haaretz

    MY SNARK: Glory Be to Pastor John Hagee of San Antonio, Texas, one of Ariel’s most generous benefactors!
    SEE: Worldwide Biblical Zionists, by Rachel Tabachnick, Talk To Action, 10/19/09
    LINK – link to talk2action.org

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