August 31, 2012 · 0 Comments
By Philip Weiss: Next week Ethan Bronner, a NY Times reporter who till recently was the Jerusalem bureau chief for the newspaper, is speaking about “My Israel” and his transformative experience with respect to the country, and the $75 donation goes to the New Israel Fund.
The New Israel Fund invites you to hear from master storytellers about a transformative moment in their relationships to Israel. Join us for an afternoon celebration of thought-provoking and engaging stories that will inspire hope and action. Featuring Ethan Bronner, former Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times, and an exciting line-up of storytellers, including Shira Ben-Sasson Furstenberg, Yohannes Bayu, Vanessa Hidary, and Lynn Harris.
I’m all for the New Israel Fund’s work on minority rights inside Israel, but it must be pointed out that it’s a Zionist organization:
The New Israel Fund is dedicated to the vision of the State of Israel as the sovereign expression of the right of self-determination of the Jewish people and as a democracy dedicated to the full equality of all its citizens and communities.
So now he tells us! I always sensed that Bronner was a Zionist, dedicated to religious nationalism. His son went into the Israeli army even as he was covering international efforts to hold Israel accountable for war crimes, and Bronner seemed to look at things from the Israeli point of view. A friend who’d met him told me that Bronner was an earnest liberal Zionist, who thought the settlements were bad but looked on Israel as a great achievement. Like Bronner and myself too, Jodi Rudoren, the new Times bureau chief in Jerusalem, comes out of the American Jewish community, which is strongly Zionist, but she told the Free Beacon that she is not a Zionist.
“I don’t know that I’ve ever described myself as a Zionist in the past. I certainly think that right now in my job, and where Zionism is a subject of discussion, I don’t have any interest in being one or not being one. I’m not a Zionist or anti-Zionist.”
Philip Weiss is Founder and Co-Editor of Mondoweiss.net.