November 25, 2011
Haaretz publisher discusses ‘apartheid’ of West Bank settlement ideology
Startling op-ed from Amos Schocken, owner and publisher of Haaretz, about Israeli settlements and the use of the term apartheid. Schocken takes particular aim at Gush Emunim, the religious and political ideology behind the movement to expand settlements in the West Bank. He writes:
Read the rest here, where Schocken goes on to claim that the “Jewish lobby” in the United States is “totally addicted” to the Gush Emunim ideology.
Agree or disagree, these are weighty words; they shouldn’t be thrown around lightly. I’d say that Schocken’s op-ed is likely to spur debate in Israel, but Israelis already debate and discuss these issues openly. In fact, this isn’t the first time that Schocken has said in Haaretz that Israel is practicing apartheid.
Haaretz is the liberal Israeli paper, and so these comments should be understood from that perspective. But it’s difficult to imagine any Jewish newspaper in the United States saying the same thing. Why?