Haaretz is an Israeli daily that for years on end does irreparable damage to the Jewish State and that is exactly its aim.
Haaretz (Hebrew for: the land – this means nothing; we have a morning paper that’s called the Evening) makes no secret of its anti-Zionism. And as everyone but the leader of the British Labour Party by now can know, anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism.
Israel now stops BDS activists and sympathizers at its borders. They have no business entering the Jewish state. But why is Haaretz allowed to spew continually slander, lies and incitement about Jews in Israel? (Because lying they are. There are no honest big anti-Semites, I found.)
Because they are Jewish? Not so. No one cares if a BDSer is Jewish or not, when stopped at the border. What counts is their hatred.
Because they publish different versions in Hebrew and English? That may be of influence. Its Hebrew paper is reasonable, its English internet site is not. This way, they get a respectability inside the country that is undeserved. And outside of Israel, it gets respectability because it’s written from Israel, Jews themselves say so and outside, few know the real situation here. It turns respectable people into anti-Semites. Its anti-Israel Internet pieces in English can only be read by whom pays for it, so that they reach the motivated anti-Zionists, hidden from everyone else.
Because it presents itself as serious? That also could play a role. It has always lots of excellent archeological and scientific pieces, especially those that would make fundamentalist Bible-thumpers squirm.
Because of freedom of the press? That’s a tough one. Our laws make it hard to silence journalists — and they should. But agitation, hatred and libel should not fall under such protection. Just like anti-democrats should not be allowed to be on the ballot. Those who use democracy to fight democracy itself should not be entitled to democratic privileges.
Besides, Haaretz on Israel does not report the news but creates it.
Don’t confuse Haaretz with what I call Israel’s Loony Left. The latter are IMHO idealistic idiots, but the former are clearly self-hating Jews. There is a giant difference, though Israel’s far-right doesn’t think so.
Besides, Haaretz does not report the news on Israel but rather creates it.
Pity that Israel lacks an English left-wing daily. TOI, I see as mostly central.
Let me suggest that there is another reason, possibly more important than all of the above together. Same reason why hasbara has such poor government support. Haaretz generates and stirs up anti-Semitism in the whole world. This makes Jews outside of Israel feel unsafe and move to the Jewish State. That’s a clear motive for Israel. Haaretz bolsters aliyah.
I’m a Zionist but I’m not happy with the last point. I want publications like Haaretz to be shut down. It will then probably start publishing from London or Teheran but that’s OK. It will have lost much of its undeserved credit for being Israeli and become clearly a voice of the enemy – which it is. Like Chamas TV and any other form of hate speech. So please, outlaw Haaretz and any other anti-Semitic publication.
In my experience s relationship counselor, when I would be tough on a tough client, the timid partner would get afraid that I would be tough on both of them. I won’t. Same thing here for all Israeli news outlets. I’m not pleading to close down any other one, including those that I dislike, that manipulate the reader, print falsehoods without corrections, eject slurs against certain politicians, or Arab papers being anti-Zionistic, etc. I’m not railing here against unreasonableness, dishonesty, slander, etc. I don’t want a certain political view silenced. I only want an end to the daily unrestrained spreading of Jew hatred by one exceptional Israeli Jewish paper that frankly puts all other media and journalists to shame.
It’s not clear to me if many countries would do such a thing of closing down an anti-Jewish paper. But Israel takes the lead in many ways, so why not here? Listen to how antipathetic Europe is about people in public or at work wearing religious symbols while we Israelis don’t get excited about them at all. Look at how much trouble good-meaning people have with racial profiling while it works well for our security.
The same democracy that will not allow racist parties should also ban anti-Semitic publications. Particularly, when they stir up the whole world.