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Courageous Israeli newspaper is indicted as ‘childish’ ‘contrarian’ and ‘antagonistic’ by the yellowbellied New York Times

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This is unbelievable. Haaretz is surely one of the greatest newspapers in the world, because it insists on telling Israelis the truth about their society as the country loses the good opinion of the world. A newspaper that gets death threats for counting Palestinian journalists Israel killed in Gaza. A paper whose columnist Gideon Levy had to travel with a bodyguard during the last Israel war because he insisted on writing about all the children Israel was massacring. A paper whose most enterprising reporter Amira Hass has repeatedly broken government rules in order to document the occupation her society wants to turn a blind eye to.

And this is the newspaper that the New York Times is smearing as childish and contrarian?

Yep, you heard that right. Three days ago the Times ran an op-ed by the rightwing Zionist columnist Shmuel Rosner, titled “The People versus Haaretz,” offering a majoritarian argument against the newspaper that is reminiscent of fascist Europe– Haaretz is threatening the national will by hyping meaningless criticisms of Israel.

Here are some of the sniggering caricatures that the New York Times offered of Haaretz’s work and the people who read it:

the country’s far left is evolving from a political position into a mental state

[the] newspaper…. in recent years has come to rely on provocation….

Its provocations aim to serve its ideology…

giving voice to preposterous descriptions of what Israel is or does (“fascism,” “apartheid”)

It is a childish game

bitter and antagonistic

a platform for juvenile contrarianism….synonymous with needless antagonism… often pathetic, at times comical and occasionally worrying.

Needless antagonism on the part of a newspaper! Rosner cannot hide his own ideology. He speaks for a triumphant Jewish majority. They see Israeli society striding forward with great progress, culturally, economically and militarily, despite the snipings of the left– and criticisms from the world over apartheid conditions for the Palestinians who unfortunately have never accepted Zionism. There is not a direct word in Rosner’s article about the rightslessness of Palestinians– which one Haaretz writer has likened to slavery.

As for those “preposterous descriptions,” apartheid and fascism, Rosner fails to relate that they have been wielded by Israeli politicians themselves. No, Rosner is in the Jewish bunker:

Just recently, Jewish Israelis ranked “left wingers” as one of the groups contributing least to Israel’s success.

Success is the theme of the article. Rosner concludes:

“Israel does not listen [to Haaretz] and still succeeds.”

Can you imagine the Times running op-eds from a majoritarian viewpoint in the U.S.: what white Christians think U.S. policy should be on police shootings, or Confederate war statues? That’s the shocking thing here: that America’s leading newspaper would run such a miserable attack on a valiant newspaper that faces death threats when it should be giving its Israeli cousin props by any means at this desperate time.

This would be very much like the Times undermining the anti-segregation Delta Democrat Times in Mississippi during the height of Jim Crow.

But really it’s no surprise. The Times is home to a bloc of Israel supporters. That’s why neocon Bret Stephens just came on board, joining a bunch of other Zionist columnists. It’s why the paper has never had an anti-Zionist columnist in the last 50 years. The New York Times understands its importance as a bulwark of Israel support in the U.S., it will move mountains to refresh the springs of love for the Jewish state among liberal elites despite the growing dossier on human rights violations. You’d expect that someone at Haaretz would be offered equal time, but it almost doesn’t matter. Our leading paper is making itself irrelevant to the central ideological struggle of its own readers, the Jewish escape from religious nationalism. They will all have to read Haaretz.

Thanks to Scott Roth.

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  1. AddictionMyth on May 16, 2017, 3:28 pm

    Here’s his blog on Jewish Journal:

    “While we focus on the president’s colorful statements and mishaps and blunders”
    “objecting to Trump can lead to ugly clashes”
    “Some of them – like me – realize that they were fooled by a candidate whom they thought was a man of his word (I believed that the embassy will be moving).”

    Bottom line: “Everyone is crazy except me.”

    He’s completely crazy.

  2. Mooser on May 16, 2017, 5:54 pm

    “Can you imagine the Times running op-eds from a majoritarian viewpoint in the U.S.: what white Christians think U.S. policy should be on police shootings, or Confederate war statues?”

    Like something Ross Douthat or Bret Stephens might write?

  3. JosephA on May 16, 2017, 10:45 pm

    When does the country decide that the New York Times has lost credibility when it comes to Palestine and the modern state of Israel?

  4. Peter in SF on May 17, 2017, 2:55 am

    And the Times is protecting him by disabling comments on his piece.

    • RobertHenryEller on May 17, 2017, 8:56 am

      Exactly what I was going to write just now. That’s what really is yellow bellied of the NYT. They don’t have the gonads to ever allow comments on Rosner’s propaganda. I wonder why they protect him, and the other Zionist Zombies. The NYT knows exactly what kind of respond Rosner would elicit from their more active readers. The little twerp would have his butt chewed to a pulp.

    • Boomer on May 17, 2017, 2:15 pm

      NYT is protecting itself, as well, not just him. And extending a middle finger to the millions of Americans who are distressed by U.S. policy that enables the dispossession and oppression of Palestinians.

      I subscribed to NYT for many years, and would like to now, but I feel that I can’t do so without endorsing its editorial campaigns (invading Iraq, expanding a greater Israel, etc.). If I at least had a chance to dispute crap like this (no matter how meaningless a reader’s comment may be), I might be willing to subscribe again, but NYT precludes that.

  5. RobertHenryEller on May 17, 2017, 8:59 am

    I love the snotty attitude radiating from the picture of Rosner the NYT’s uses.

    • Mooser on May 17, 2017, 12:38 pm

      “radiating from the picture of Rosner…”

      I’ve heard there is a word in German which expresses it well.

  6. Ossinev on May 17, 2017, 9:21 am

    ” It tends not to notice that Israel today is a country more powerful militarily, economically and culturally than it was when the newspaper and its circle of loyal readers began explaining how almost every choice that the country is making is wrong”

    Sounds like those tiresome critics of a far right country in Western Europe in the 1930`s. And we all know how that ended up.

  7. eljay on May 17, 2017, 9:56 am

    … Its provocations aim to serve its ideology. Haaretz and its core readership are fiercely opposed to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, to the government’s support for settlers there, to the government’s recalibration of the High Court, to Israel’s state-religion status quo and to other conservative trends. …

    Its ideology seems just and moral and quite unlike Mr. Rosner’s religion-supremacist Zionist ideology.

  8. Iris Keltz on May 17, 2017, 10:56 am

    I read Haaretz Newspaper all the time and find it a source of incredible information. This article has just convinced me it’s time to officially subscribe to this newspaper to support the kind of journalism that we (people on both sides of the Atlantic) deserve. This paper should not be considered “left wing” or “exceptional” but rather “just reporting the news.”

    • Boomer on May 17, 2017, 2:20 pm

      Iris, I feel much as you do about Haaretz. It is strange but true that today an American who wants to understand his own nation’s policies needs to read an Israeli newspaper. I think you use “incredible” in the informal sense of “outstanding.” A small point, but in this era of “fake news,” perhaps it is worth noting.

      • Citizen on May 20, 2017, 12:19 am


  9. Boomer on May 17, 2017, 2:10 pm

    It struck me as odd that this would even appear in an “American” newspaper, much less the would-be “paper of record.” There is, it is true, a small minority of Americans who have an intense emotional attachment to Israel, and who are interested in news about it, and U.S. policy toward it. NYT is publishing this for them. That is part of its core mission these days.

    • annie on May 17, 2017, 2:44 pm

      NYT is publishing this for them. That is part of its core mission these days.

      sometimes i think there’s some quid pro quo going on. it can’t just be a coincidence they keep publishing this radically zionist crap by rightwing extremists like shmuel rosner. they impose these freak views on the american public. why? does someone important at the times have a mother-in-law who is rosner’s auntie or something? or maybe someone got drunk at a wedding and promised someone a job. i don’t know. but this is total crap.

  10. amigo on May 17, 2017, 3:20 pm

    I get the impression that this is payback time for the NYT publishing the Marwan Barghouti article recently.

    The Zionists are milking the NYT for all they can get.

  11. Kay24 on May 17, 2017, 4:23 pm

    The Haaretz is the only Israeli publication that speaks the truth, and openly criticizes the government, and it’s policies. The NYT’s is mostly pro Israel and supported the zionist policies, and even defends it in it’s many article. Zionist influence can be long range when in the US.

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