Haaretz Hates Religious Jews

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5 Responses

  1. Netanel Livni says:

    Could it be that the fact that the editor of Haaretz is David Landau, a Kippa-wearing Jew, is part of the reason for the paper’s extreme leftism? Often those who leave a community are the most violent detractors of that which they rejected. This makes it worse for the community of the faithful. For one, we must now battle worst hatred than we would if the editor was born secular. Two, the Kippa on the editor’s head gives him legitimacy in the eyes of the secular that he would not normally have. (e.g. If a “religious” person allows such things to be printed, they must be true.)

  2. Yaakov Menken says:

    When Landau was the political correspondent for Ma’ariv, he wrote “Piety and Power: The World of Jewish Fundamentalism.” They never said to not judge a book by its title when the author’s agenda is quite so blatant. If he is the editor, I have little doubt that Dr. Schick’s statement that “I cannot think of a single issue of Haaretz that has not carried at least one rabidly anti-religious article or editorial” is not a symptom of an impaired memory.

  3. sarah elias says:

    My sentiments exactly, except for this: “It is extraordinary to see how this journalistic sewer that hates religious Jews is so much more favorable to those who hate Israel.” What’s so extraordinary about it? Our Sages explained it long ago…”Those who are merciful to the cruel will end by being cruel to the merciful.”

  4. Shira Schmidt says:

    Rosh Hodesh Ellul,
    Dr. Schick, you used many strong and colorful terms to describe Haaretz, such as “garbage heap”, “journalistic sewer”, etc. I think you would be more persuasive if you would omit these terms, and just cite Haaretz verbatim and state calmly your conclusions, disagreements, etc. I read Haaretz almost daily in order to know “how to answer” and to understand my fellow yidden. I am not going to defend Haaretz (I too noticed all those statements you cited), but I think it is fair to point out that Israel Harel, former head of YESHA council and ur-settler, has a weekly column in which he intelligently presents the religious,ZIonist, pro-settlement view; Moshe Arens also has a regular column presenting the secular rightist view; Rav Haim Sabato writes a weekly parashat Hashavua; and additional divergent views are given space. There have been many articles which are complimentary and fair on subjects such as the Brisk yeshiva in Jerusalem and Lakewood Yeshiva, etc. During the recent brouhaha involving the wife of CHief Rabbi Amar, Haaretz had several articles that were very positive and fair. Rav Bulman ztzl encouraged me to try to get articles in Haaretz after I succeeded in getting them to print an article of mine explaining Rav Ovadia Yosef. Rav Bulman said we should keep trying to get “inside enemy lines.” We can do that best by writing calmly and rationally, by eschewing pejoratives, and presenting our case intelligently.
    David Landau, who wears a black cloth kippah, sincerely thinks he is saving the Jewish people and the Jewish state. He is more open-minded than you would imagine. By chance, he once was stranded in Kiryat Sanz for a Shabbos. My husband took him to the tisch of the Admor of Sanz (son of the Klausenberger, ztzl). I took his wife to meet the Rebbetzin. David Landau came out of the tisch with unrestrained praise. Since he knows Yiddish from his religious upbringing in London, he understood the divrei Torah of the admor and told us he was stunned by the level of Torah and the total command of sources not only by the admor, but by a large number of hassidim who could complete talmudic passages that the admor cited.
    I learned from you Dr Schick how important it is not to distance the kerovim. People like Landau are kerovim and we should work harder to bring them even closer.

  5. Netanel Livni says:

    Shira Schmidt wrote:

    “David Landau came out of the tisch with unrestrained praise.”

    Too bad it wasn’t enough to stop him from publishing anti-semitic propaganda in his paper.

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