A letter from Amos Schocken

Ein Aufruf des Haaretz-Herausgebers Amos Schocken anläßlich des zwanzigjährigen Jubiläum der englischsprachigen Ausgabe zur Bedeutung von kritischem Journalismus in unserer heutigen Zeit.

On September 1, 1997, Haaretz English Edition was published for the first time, as part of a joint venture with the International Herald Tribune.

On the front page of the inaugural edition were two reports which encapsulated the very reasons that we, the publishers of Israel’s oldest daily newspaper, decided to venture into English-language publishing.

In the first article, the paper’s diplomatic correspondent reported that the United States was pressing Israel to accept a formula by which settlement expansion would be limited to existing communities. The second article reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been seeking a private donation to help him pay an outstanding debt to the lawyer who had represented him in court.

Two decades later, despite the best efforts of many courageous people and organizations, and notwithstanding spectacular advances in many fields, Israel is no nearer a solution to many of its most pressing problems.

One of the charges most often levelled against the voices of opposition in Israel is that they ‘air the country’s dirty laundry’ in public – and in English. They are told that to do so is treasonous and feeds the monster of anti-Semitism.

Haaretz is proud to be one of the few critical voices in Israel – and in English – speaking out against injustice. We believe that we are serving the best interests of our country, which we love, and that our reporting, our analysis and our commentary enrich the discussion and deepen our readers’ understanding of hugely complex issues. Our writers – in English and Hebrew – are Israel’s most thought-provoking and original and our digital platforms are updated around the clock by two news desks.

In today’s climate, the voice of Haaretz is more important than ever before, both here in Israel and in the United States, where recent events are of grave concern to Jews in both countries. That is why it is just as important for Haaretz’s voice to be heard in English.

With your continued support, we will continue to produce the kind of journalism that is vital in these perilous times. We will continue to create cutting-edge multimedia content on all our platforms and we will continue to invest in making our apps and websites even better.

Yours faithfully,

Amos Schocken
Publisher, Haaretz

Zum Jubiläum bietet die Zeitung das digitale Abo für Haaretz.com im Sonderangebot an.

 

Bernie Sanders und die friedenspolitische Alternative in den USA und Israel

Nach dem Wahlsieg Trumps jubelte die israelische Rechte in der Hoffnung auf Unterstützung durch den neuen Präsidenten. Doch die J Street – Konferenz in der vergangenen Woche hat gezeigt, dass sich auch die Gegenkräfte in beiden Ländern formieren und eine friedenspolitische Alternative präsentieren. Als prominenter Sprecher erläuterte Bernie Sanders, warum es notwendig ist, dass die USA sich aus der Verbundenheit mit Israel heraus um ein Ende der Besatzung und eine Friedensregelung bemühen. Am Rande der Konferenz traf Sanders zudem den Vorsitzenden der Gemeinsamen Liste und Knesset-Mitglied Ayman Odeh, der über die Situation der palästinensischen Minderheit in Israel und die Möglichkeiten einer gleichberechtigten, demokratischen und friedlichen Zukunft Israels sprach. Die Rede von Sanders finden Sie hier.

American Palestinian Women’s Association: Standing with Our Jewish Sisters

Standing with Our Jewish Sisters Against Anti-Semitism, Bigotry and Hate

Like other Americans of conscience, we are alarmed by the recent rise of unfiltered offensive rhetoric against fellow Americans that is threatening our core American values and the safety of our children.

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In the wake of the recent xenophobic wave that has been articulated and observed during and after the US presidential election, many of our Jewish sisters are legitimately anxious and worried about the recent rise in anti-Semitism. While Americans of Palestinian and Arab decent are Semites too, our community is concerned about the Jewish directed anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Our shared Semitic roots and values compel us to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our Jewish sisters to protect the dignity of our children and defend their right to live free of fear, anxiety, and stress. To that end, APWA denounces and rejects all forms and expressions of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Afrophobia, xenophobia, homophobia, misogyny, racism, and bigotry.

If you agree with the spirit of this statement, please download the attached APWA flier. Please feel free to share and post the flier on your community bulletins.

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Thank you,

Mai Abdul Rahman
President
American Palestinian Women’s Association

This statement is taken from:
https://americanpalestinianwomen.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/standing-with-our-jewish-sisters-against-anti-semitism-bigotry-and-hate/

Trumps radical message to Israel

Die Gespräche des israelischen Ministerpräsidenten in Washington und sein Treffen mit dem neugewählten US-Präsidenten verfestigen die Befürchtung, daß seitens der USA im überschaubaren Zeitraum keine produktiven Impulse für die Regelung des Nahostkonflikts zu erwarten sind. Die gemeinsame Pressekonferenz von Donald Trump und Benjamin Netanjahu in Washington am 16. Februar 2017 bestätigte – zu Recht – die Annahme, daß der neue US-Präsident im Unterschied zu seinen Vorgängern von der Idee bzw. vom Projekt einer Zwei-Staaten-Regelung abrückt und die Ambitionen der radikalen israelische Rechten bestärkt.
Haggai Matar weist in seinem Beitrag darauf hin, daß Trumps Erklärung jedoch auch eine andere Botschaft beinhalten könne: Trump zufolge sei eine vereinbarte Regelung zwischen Israel und Palästina erforderlich. Das bedeute, die israelische Regierung könne die Grenzen nicht so festlegen, wie sie es möchte, bzw. sie dürfe nicht einseitig Teile des Westjordangebiets annektieren. Die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt…

 

https://972mag.com/trumps-radical-message-to-israel/125250/

The day after. A mail by Jewish Voice for Peace

The email I expected to send would have talked about taking President-elect Hillary Clinton to task on human rights and human dignity in Israel/Palestine.

But today is a different day. It is a frightening time where our communities have only ourselves to hold onto. And even with President-elect Trump, propelled into office by a wave of racist, sexist, hateful, anti-Muslim, anti-Jewish, anti-immigrant sentiment, I am feeling more grateful than ever for the power and community of Jewish Voice for Peace.

I know that some of the wisest, most experienced, most determined people on earth are walking around today, feeling a similar way.

I know that in the next weeks and months we will link arms and build power and face this challenge here, while continuing our work alongside our Palestinian allies and friends facing death, detention, bombs, exile, apartheid, and demolition of their homes.

So, even though this is a bleak and uncertain time, you should know, as I do, that you aren’t alone and we haven’t lost because we are just starting to build and win.

With hope and determination,

Rebecca

(And all of us at Jewish Voice for Peace)

Rebecca Vilkomerson
Executive Director

https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/