Haaretz: Israel’s Anti-Semitic Rag

P. David Hornik is a freelance writer and translator living in Beersheva and author of the book Choosing Life in Israel. 


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Especially offensive, though, was Monday’s column by Merav Michaeli, who also focused on the poll that so upset Gideon Levy but found a different significance in it:

The issue that should have sparked panic in the survey is the total consensus among Israeli Jews…that the “guiding principle” for the country and for Judaism itself is “to remember the Holocaust.” Ninety-eight percent of the respondents consider it either fairly important or very important to remember the Holocaust, attributing to it even more weight than to living in Israel, the Sabbath, the Passover seder and the feeling of belonging to the Jewish people.

…That’s the way it is with traumas…. Trauma leads to belligerence and a strong tendency to wreak havoc on one’s surroundings….

A very high societal awareness of the Holocaust—cause for “panic”! From a non-Haaretz perspective, this might be seen as an educational success and a welcome phenomenon. Holocaust survivors, it can be assumed, regard it that way, and so would the victims. But for columnist Michaeli, it’s something that drives Israelis to beat up on others—again, a familiar canard of the anti-Semites.

On Tuesday Avirama Golan gave her take on Israeli secondary education:

from year to year, Israeli children will participate in experiential tours in Israel and abroad. First they will lift their heads in national pride in the City of David and shed a Jewish tear at the Western Wall…. Two years later they will march with a huge Israeli flag in the suburbs of Warsaw, will hate Poles and will swear to take revenge on the Palestinians…. Never mind. In any case these children will be drafted, will be welcomed to the army by the rabbi of the base, who will blow the shofar in their honor. It’s better if they’re prepared.

It’s nasty, leering stuff, and it’s anti-Semitic by any reasonable definition.

It was more of the same on Wednesday. Bradley Burston heaped some more demonization on the Israeli leadership:

If we’re lucky, the threat (no more than the threat) of an Iran attack (Bibi and Barak’s Glory Days Redux fantasy) will be just one more dodge to keep settlers and their opponents at bay: long enough to make it to elections, long enough to get another fix of power…. Alternatively, they could do the bidding of the hard right. Shun the left, exploit the center, build like mad in the settlements and bomb Iran for good measure.

By now it should be emerging that—aside from portraying Israel as a country that touts a phony Iranian threat for its own nefarious purposes, or might start a Middle Eastern conflagration for its own sneaky reasons—Haaretz is not fond of “the settlers.” The fury toward Israelis who live in the West Bank—now numbering well over 300,000 and covering the full sociological spectrum—clearly smacks of pathological obsession. Wednesday’s column by Zvi Barel directed still more abuse at these people, depicting them as taking over the country while perhaps being “willing to give Israel equal rights under conditions dictated by the invaders of the hills.”

Thursday was somewhat quieter, with the aforementioned column by right-winger Harel and a few “neutrals.” But Ari Shavit came through with:

Over the past three years, Netanyahu has succeeded in decimating the left’s belief in peace with the Palestinians, and he is en route to destroying the world’s hopes as well. He has managed to convince both the Americans and the Europeans that the main topic on the world’s agenda must be Iran….

And Haaretz was back in full force on Friday. Yoel Marcus:

…The most worrying survey showed that 80 percent of Israelis believe in God…. this number is another element in the weakening of the left, the strengthening of the right, the reinforcement of the rabbis’ rule and the sanctity of the territories—and the continuation of the Bibi regime.

Former Knesset member and cabinet minister Yossi Sarid offered an imaginary letter to his parents by an Israeli schoolchild taken on a school tour of Hebron:

They should stop telling us stories—we’re not children anymore. With our own eyes we saw the settlers acting like the bosses, telling the soldiers and the policemen what to do.… Once I saw a movie called “To Hell and Back,” and that’s a pretty good description of the day we had. We discovered a grave new world, in which an abomination becomes a righteous deed, as long as it’s performed by authority of the Torah, of course…. I’m going to have to rethink everything, after I found out…that God has more support than…Netanyahu here: at least 80 percent, and a majority is a majority. Just as murder is murder…. I trust our education minister will examine our memories to discover what Hebron did to us as a city that really stinks.

And Doron Rosenblum:

It has become difficult in this country to distinguish, at least on the visual level, between a ceremony to dedicate a new Torah scroll and a walk to the cabinet meeting by the prime minister (who is “good for the Jews”) and his entourage of skullcap- and kerchief-wearers.…

To sum up, then, the gleanings from one week of Haaretz’s opinion articles: the Jewish religion is primitive and benighted, and Israeli Jews exploit it to abuse others. Religious Jews are taking over Israel and the Israeli army and constitute a “disease” in that army. Israeli is solely and deliberately responsible for the failure of Israeli-Palestinian talks, and craftily uses the Iranian threat to deceive Americans and Europeans and advance its goals. Israel is an apartheid state. Israelis are driven by the Holocaust to wreak havoc on others. Israeli schoolchildren are inculcated with a ludicrous religion, Judaism, and learn to hate Poles and Palestinians. Israel may bomb Iran just so its prime minister and defense minister can please the “hard right.” The “settlers” are demons, entirely evil.

One of Israel’s main enemies? Haaretz’s English website is certainly that, as it spews this vile nonsense all over the world. Der Stürmer? With its hatred and defamation of the Israeli Jewish people and of Judaism in general, its volleys of anti-Semitic stereotypes, Haaretz is not far off.

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  • Jim

    news week article said most American Jews are atheists except for the orthodox.

    Some how I can't believe that is true.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      I am a far right wing spiritual Jew.
      Of course Haaretz is a RAG.
      There are 37 Chabad houses here in AZ.

  • JehudaBenIsrael

    Haaretz, nearly bankrupt, was able to secure a major "investment" of a non-Jewish German "investor" who has placed his money where his mouth was: intervening in the political affairs of a country, Israel in this case, eager to ensure the heralding of an anti-Israel/anti-Jewish approach worldwide while hiding behind the thin veil of an Israel brand name publication.

    Haaretz, in other words, has joined the league of the British Guardian in its hostility to everything Israel, the nation-state of the Jewish people.

    No wonder, therefore, that only 6% of Israelis even pay attention to this publication, among them many Arab Israelis…!!

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      HaShem willing they go completely bust.
      Nothing but ERAV RAV filth

      • WilliamJamesWard

        Haaretz finds funding from willing Islamists and of course
        the devil Soros……..I use to look for information in Haaretz articles but
        was shocked at it's anti-Israeli posturing and misinformation…I receive
        JWR on line for truth and follow Carolyn Glick……………William

  • Jonathan Jacobs

    Now everybody knows why I no longer read this biased rag although other subjects are reasonably well treated in The Marker etc. JJ

  • Rivkah F.

    I buy the English edition of Haaretz on Friday (Israel's equivalent of a Sunday paper). I must be a masochist. The magazine contains bizarre features about inconsequential artists or writers who lament the narrow mindedness of the Israeli public, etc. The op-eds give one a dose of lies, poison, snobbery & hostility towards anything Jewish, Zionist, Israeli or conservative. I can almost write those articles myself, they are so predictable. Thank you for going through it thoroughly. You have done a great service to the public.

  • Nathan Helfman

    How depressing that I find myself in an ever contracting, cumulative minority: I'm an American Jew, an academic, living on a kibbutz, vote for Meretz, left handed, partially colored blind, thrive on peanut butter and am of the 6% elite that avidly consumes Ha'aretz. Not much room left. I see the abyss.

    • Cynic

      Don’t Leftists consider themselves the elite?

    • Carl

      if only you were a woman, you could win a prize or teach at columbia.

    • ziontruth

      "…an ever contracting, cumulative minority…"

      You can thank Israel's Muslim enemies for that. From the bus bombings of 1994 through the October 2000 Intifada, the launching of Kassam rockets despite the evacuation of all Jewish presence in Gaza in August 2005, the Second Lebanon War of 2006, to this very day, they've been doing their darnedest to the decimate the Oslo Left. And od ha-yad netuyah with the crumbling of the peace treaty with Egypt.

  • Ian_D_T

    An excellent analysis of the contemptuous conduct by certain Haaretz reporters. Thank you. I terminated my subscription long ago and since then they’ve become much worse. It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that some of their journalists are being paid by hostile elements to publish traitorous lies and deliberate distortions.

  • Daniel Gavron

    How courageous Ian DT! Almost as brave as Rivkah F.
    You fearlessly disclose your name and initials, manifestly unafraid of what we violent leftists may do to you!
    At least we have some idea of the real identity of David Hornik, even if we cannot accept his assessment, so we can respect his point of view and disagree with it .
    On the other hand "Ian DT" may be an entirely fictitious entity.
    Come out from under your cowardly anonymity, Ian DT. (and Rivkah F for that matter) Then at least we can discuss matters with you.

    • ASG

      Afraid of limp wrist progressives? Funniest thing I have ever heard. Not all of us are "Current writer at Self employed (Sole Proprietorship) " we may have bosses. You wouldn't want us to loose our jobs would you? Who would supply the money for your SSI checks?

      "Contact Daniel for:
      ●career opportunities
      ●consulting offers
      ●new ventures
      ●job inquiries
      ●expertise requests
      ●business deals
      ●reference requests
      ●getting back in touch'

      I here the American Nazi Party is looking for volunteers. You could be just like George Soros, betray your Jewish heritage and work for the Nazis.

      • PAthena

        George Soros (whose middle name should be "Moriarty," see Sherlock Holmes) is still at it, attacking democratic government with his OCCUPY Movement. He was the money behind the anti-Israel, anti-AIPAC organization JStreet. He organized a group "Jews for Justice," being a Jew of convenience, to take out a full-page ad in the Wall Street Journal attacking Glenn Beck and Fox News because they had attacked him, for his saying on an interview with 60 Minutes, that he did not regret helping the Nazi collaborators in Hungary by pointing out Jewish properties.

        • ASG

          Soros is the lowest form of filth. The only thing that makes me happy when I think of him is realizing Satan has a special spot picked out for him in Hell right next to Adolf.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      You are violent if you are a leftist.

      • ASG

        But just like the left always tells us, we are just a bunch of gun slinging bible thumping rednecks here on the right. They can be violent all they want and I will be more than happy to teach them all about the Second Amendment.

    • stern

      Well, if you disagree with Hornik's viewpoint, how about refuting it? After all, all he has done here is quote from actual columns in Haaretz. I would be fascinated to hear your counter-arguments.

  • ASG

    F***ing traitors is what they are. It's one thing to have a different opinion and practice free speach, but to lie and demonize the entirety of the Jewish people is idsgusting at best.

  • http://myrightword.blogspot.com Yisrael Medad

    good job.
    the Hebrew-language "presspectiva" adds material as do I in my Hebrew-language microscoop columns at Besheva.

  • Divrr1230

    These people have absolutely no fear of God.
    "I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse…" (Genesis 12:3)
    Nothing new for President Netanyahu…Moses too, had his fair share of rebels while leading Israel. Shall I enumerate what happened to these rebels? They are nothing but fools lead by very small rebellious minds in the eyes of the very God they hate.

    • Carl

      only problem is, now they have millions and millions of dollars and a worldwide 24/7 media blitzkrieg.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      Let HaShem bankrupt them, I look forward to it.

  • Boston

    Just put Am in front of the name of the newspaper and call it Am Haaretz which is Hebrew for ignoramous.

  • Wayneplus

    Israel's enemies base their articles on articles in Haaretz. Haaretz hurts the Jewish People. Vendors selling the paper should be told that by selling Haaretz they hurt the Jewish People. Tell the vendors you will not buy anything from them as long as they sell Haaretz. Companies that advertise in Haaretz should be contacted and told you would never, ever buy their products or services. Send emails to advertisers in the Haaretz online edition that you would never buy anything from them. The idea is to put Haaretz out of business. Why Haaretz continues in Israel is beyond belief. If you love Israel and the Jewish people, now you know what to do. Start today.

    • http://www.themadjewess.wordpress.com MAD JEWESS

      Wayne, you are 100% right.
      Every single Nazi, R. Paulan, Jew hater I encounter quotes directly from the Juden-rat Haaretz,.

  • frederick lee

    I submitt many Talkbacks to pieces that appear in web- Haaretz and mosy of them they print – many of them crritical I must add and for that I am greatful. The talkbacks are under my avatars; Friedrich de Goy, a levy, my own name and several lesser characters. Reading most of the blogs / articles and talkbacks published by Haaretz I can understand – and sympathize – why Haaretz is labeled as antisemitic by much of the Jewish community – both here and in Israel. What passes for political thinking by the editors is in fact a form of schizophrenia. The failure of the psychiatric establishment to identify this behavior is one of the central failings of the last century.

  • jacob

    Professor STEVEN PLAUT of Economics at Haifa U, defines this roll of used toilet
    paper HAARETZ is as the ARAB NEWSPAPER PRINTED IN HEBREW…

    In any Arab country, anything like HAARETZ and all his people would be long ago keeping company with the satelites orbiting the Earth but not in Israel, the Light to Nations

  • jacob

    Israeli lefties are the most "sui generis" specimens ever heard of , matching
    what HAARETZ and his people like this GIDEON LEVY stand for :

    How about that female accusing publicly the IDF of "RACISM" because they
    did not rape any Arab women in Gaza at Cast Lead operation ?????

  • Ghostwriter

    If someone in a foreign land said that Holocaust survivors in America and their descendants wanted to destroy their environment because of all the trauma they went through,I would condemn such a stupid article. Why would ANYONE in Israel of all places,defame their Holocaust survivors? It's just as dumb and stupid.

  • maria

    There are many muslims working in our company. They love Haarez. They cited their favorite Jewish hatred newspapper. It is their ideological weapon to use "jewish media" agains Jews. Haaretz as Shalom Ahshav are on Islamic payroll, I bet. Leftists in general, cynical hypocrites. Plus they think that they will be exemption in next Holocaust.
    Useful idiots. Anyway they are Jews and what's happened with all others will happened with them. The same with tiny exeption already was in history, in Germany. They don't know history, useful idiots and live in delusion.

  • Brooklyn Albee

    Is Am Haaretz awaiting a Medal of Honor from Iran & the Arab League?

  • Secular Jew

    Criticizing the ideologies and behavior of the ulra-orthodox is not anti-semitism. There is a lot wrong with your articles regarding religion in Israel. If you want to know why the new left ISM left has any popularity in Israel, look at the ultra-orthodox. BTW the former head of the Mossad, Halevy, regards the ultra-orthodox as a threat as serious as Iran. Please see his comments. (Israel Hayom)
    Men who refuse to hear the singing of women do not belong in the Israel military..or in Israel.

    • Secular Jew
      • Dr. John

        The leftists quoted in the above article are referring very little to the ultra-Orthodox. Their venom, hatred, and false charges are directed at the army-serving (with distinction) national-religious Israelis and, even more so, at the general population for tending to have religious beliefs even if they aren't formally observant. Saying that Netanyahu and Barak are pretending there's an Iranian threat, so as to manipulate the Americans and Europeans, is not a charge against the ultra-Orthodox.

  • FRONTPAGESubscriber

    I never knew that about Haarez -good information!

    • Secular Jew

      Haaretz is actually a good newspaper. Diverse viewpoints are represented in it. The anti-left found on Front Page is itself a religious sect that blinds those who belong to it to the evils of the ultra-orthodox sects. It is not necessary for conservatives to be religious.

  • Chaim ben Moshe

    Jewish anti-semitism Haaretz-style is a trend-setter for Jew-hatred worldwide, but its most pernicious effects are to be seen in Haaretz's most ardent of overseas readers, American Jews, 78% of whose voters cast ballots for Barack Hussein Obama, whom the infamous "Judaism-is-a-gutter-religion" Louis Farrakhan has dubbed the Messiah.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Hatred of Jews is growing. Typical leftist logic requires that victims of crimes be blamed for the actions of their assailants. We need to stand up for each other in the face of hatred. These things will not change merely through wishful thinking.

  • Larry in Tel Aviv

    I forgot to add you get these NGO types (Israeli and foreigner) sitting in TA cafes, they are pro-Palestinian and anti-Israel and of course the only reason they can shoot the breeze in safety and nonchalance is because of policies they oppose! I know because I work often enough from a laptop in a restaurant, I overhear these people on occasion. Yes they all read Ha'Aretz.

    Yes they are mad. A big mistake to make is to consider these people remotely rational.

  • rachaelamb

    Haaretz should be called Jews for a second Holocaust.

  • freedemocracy

    [http://haaretzisnotreliable.wordpress.com]
    Unreliable Haaretz, also termed [http://www.ruthfullyyours.com/2010/04/09/about-al-haaretz-and-the-spy-case/]'al-Haaretz', and [http://frontpagemag.com/2012/davidhornik/israel%E2%80%99s-anti-semitic-rag/] 'Israel's anti-Semitic Rag', which [http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=55&x_article=171] fuels anti-Israel bias, campaigns for Arab [http://cifwatch.com/2012/10/28/haaretzs-apartheid-campaign-against-israel/] anti-Israel apartheid; [http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?ID=178843] aids the Arab terrorist enemy, and was even [http://test2.jpost.com/NationalNews/Article.aspx?id=283660] convicted of anti-Israel spy charges (and [http://biased-bbc.com] biased BBC, [http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/02/bbc_chief_admits_anti-christian_bias.html] admittedly anti-Christian biased – copies it), just like that drag queen/drama queen Ahmad Tibi ( [http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/6146] accused of being himslef the real racist, are so quick to falsely brand worried Israelis of racist Arab attacks ( [http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=49178] Israelis aren't 'racist' – they're worried) as "racism" but will never name the Goliath Arab racism / Islamic bigotry that seeks out to attack Jews – by Israeli-Arabs or Palestinian-Arabs. ( [http://www.wnd.com/2009/05/98947] It’s about the bigotry). Apparently, sick Haaretz also finds Arab regimes, including "Palestinian" who either succeeded in complete ethnic cleansing of Jews or seek its completion – more desirable than Jews who dare attempt to survive against it. Thus, a search for 'racism' in Haaretz, won't find it related to the racist attacker, but rather almost exclusively to the receiving end victim of the intolerance monster.