By Jack Saltzberg
If anyone was ever confused as to where Haaretz sits on the political spectrum, that debate is over. Haaretz, Israel’s longest running newspaper (since 1918), now promotes the boycott of Israel.
As of January 30, 2018, people who visited Haaretz.com saw a pop-up ad that took over the entire screen. The ten-second ad is sponsored by the regular scourge-fest of anti-Israel organizations: Jewish Voice for Peace, American Muslims for Palestine, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, National Students for Justice in Palestine, American Friends Service Committee, and CODEPINK.
The Haaretz ad pop-up
Those who click the ad are transported to none other than the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) website, an organization that the Anti-Defamation League calls “the largest and most influential Jewish anti-Zionist group in the United States.” JVP’s executive director, Rebecca Vilkomerson, was the presenter of the Gandhi Peace Award at Yale to Omar Barghouti, the co-founder of the global boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. The same JVP that successfully urged Oscar-nominated actors to boycott a free trip to Israel and brought a convicted Palestinian terrorist who murdered two Jewish students and wounded nine people in Jerusalem to speak at its national convention in Chicago.
While the other sponsoring organizations are more nefarious than JVP, they just don’t use the Jewish moniker to pass as legitimate. According to the ADL, the “American Muslims for Palestine has its organizational roots in the Islamic Association of Palestine (IAP), an anti-Semitic group that served as the main propaganda arm for Hamas in the United States until it was dissolved in 2004.” For those interested in the history of the Islamic Association of Palestine, it was established by the Muslim Brotherhood to “support Hamas from abroad.”
Far from shocking, this latest nail in the coffin is actually a good thing. The clarity could not be more defined. Virtually everything that Haaretz reports must now be seen through its anti-Israel/Palestinian nationalist lenses. The only thing missing is their name change. Haaretz should make its reassignment complete and finally come out as HaPalestine.
Jack Saltzberg is the president and founder of The Israel Group. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org