Ha’aretz’s Blunder Draws Thunder From Down Under
The leftwing Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz recently carried this highly tendentious article by Akiva Eldar about Australian Jewry and Israel. Its headline? “Israel is shaming Australian Jews”
I know for a fact that online ripostes, even by well-informed and well-respected Middle East analysts, failed to find their way onto the Comments section. Deliberate suppression on the part of a newspaper which prides itself on its own gift of free speech, no matter how critical it is of the policies of its beleaguered nation? It would seem so.
But unfortunately for the newspaper, and for Eldar, the leadership of Australian Jewry is made of sterner stuff than its lily-livered counterparts in the Mother Country. There are comparatively few “trembling Israelites” in Australian Jewish circles, perhaps because such a large proportion of the Jewish community Down Under is derived from Holocaust survivors and their descendants.