For an Open, Democratic Debate Concerning Israel's Policies
Publication Date: July 2009
Author(s): David Kraemer
Series: CLAL Politics and Policy Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Israel Attachment; Public Policies; Media; Public Opinion
Coverage: United States
The author writes a reaction to an ad sponsored by The New Israel Fund entitled "Voice for Democracy." The ad asks for a more open debate in Jewish communities around the world regarding Israel's policies. The author asserts that in the U.S, much debate on Israel's policies is censored as many journalists are apprehensive of holding dissenting opinions due to a potential backlash. However, he proposes that because political debate is far more free-flowing in Israel, it would be beneficial for American news sources to publish translated articles from Israeli papers that represent diverse opinions on Israel's policies.