Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Criticising Our Criticism

This letter was published in the Jerusalem Post, responding to a Media Comment column Eli Pollak and I wrote:

An insult and untrue

Sir, – I would like to refer to “A Zionistic media – utopian?” (Media Comment, September 25) by Yisrael Medad and Eli Pollak.

These two gentlemen seem to claim that the Israeli media are dominated by post-Zionist journalists, and they mention Channel 2’s Amnon Abramowitz and Yonit Levy as examples of journalists who “have little contact with the Zionist ethos which led to the creation of the State of Israel.”

This statement is an insult and untrue.

Abramowitz was born at Kibbutz Nir Am, of which his parents were founders. He was awarded a citation by the chief of staff for bravery during the Yom Kippur War. He served in a tank, and at the end of a long fight that he conducted single-handedly he was very badly wounded, with burns all over his body.

Many of the pilots and paratroopers who fought in the Six Day War and Yom Kippur War were secular, left-leaning kibbutzniks.

All had very close contact with the Zionist ethos. For Medad and Pollak to claim otherwise is a distortion of history.

The Israeli media have to be balanced, but at the same time they must be vigilant and critical.

The existence of such media proves that this is a healthy, vibrant and democratic society.


I will not argue with Mr.?Mrs./Ms.? Remini about employing the use of such terms.  It is all subjective anyway.  Like calling right-wingers "extremists" or even "facists".

But I will note that the biographical facts Remini notes are 40 years old.  If he/she had proven Avramovitz's Zionism this past year or so, that would be a genuine criticism of our point and more germane.  Where's contemporary proof? And since he/she does not mention any biographical item in support of Yonit's Zionism, well, what can I say?

A better letter could have been written.

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