CAMERA translates an April 2002 letter from Israeli author Irit Linor slamming Ha'aretz for its "vicious journalism" and "anti-Zionism." In April 2008, her criticism remains as valid as ever.
Joel Carillet's defense of his Disciples World article accusing Israeli soldiers of leaving a baby to die at an Israeli checkpoint raises more questions than it answers.
As the facts dramatically underscore that Israel's release of some 10,000 prisoners in the last two decades has yielded no "dizzying political change," Gideon Levy's claim in Ha'aretz that a prisoner release could yield "a breath of fresh air" is nothing more than stale hot air.
Nov. 28 update follows. In contrast to international and American media outlets, Ha'aretz apparently considers itself above criticism. Ha'aretz editors seem unaccustomed to responding to readers in a straightforward process and appear to believe readers have no right to fault them for shoddy, inaccurate coverage.
Just like the U.N.'s 2001 Durban Conference Against Racism itself became a racist anti-Israel hate fest, the U.N.'s media seminar this week supposedly promoting sober, factual journalism about the conflict turned into platform for anti-Israel distortions and incitement.
Ha'aretz, which describes itself as "an independent newspaper with a broadly liberal outlook," allows its writers to espouse extremist views unfettered by the facts. Editors have refused to correct the many errors in a column by Gideon Levy, including a fabricated Golda Meir quote.
A July article by the Israeli opinion writer, reprinted in the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, contained mutiple factual errors, including a fabricated quote allegedly by Golda Meir. Neither media outlet has corrected.