Tag Archives: The Independent

Shades of Gray

Charlotte Proudman, a blogger at The Independent, addresses Israel’s handling of illegal African migrants after one stole her purse in Tel Aviv. Yes, it’s a hotly-debated issue among Israelis, but three things struck me about her righteous indignation: 1. Proudman never entertains the notion that the Israeli-Egyptian border fence doesn’t just keep out African asylum


Salam Fayyad and The Independent: Collective Amnesia

The Independent breaks out the violins in an interview with Salam Fayyad. Yes, the Arab Spring and Iranian nuclear threat are forcing the Palestinians to learn that the world really doesn’t revolve around them. And yes, Fayad’s nation-building campaign is undermined by the Palestinian economy’s hyper-dependence on foreign aid — an uncomfortable truth raised by the

Yitzhak Shamir and the Ghoul Pool

The news cycle goes into overdrive when famous personalities die, which is why smart editors make sure to have obituaries written ahead of time and periodically updated. The practice strikes some people — especially the biographical subjects — as eerie. One newsroom staffer I know wryly refers to his paper’s collection of obits on file as

“Racist” Quote Mistranslated by Ha’aretz

The issue of African immigrants in Israel is a sensitive one that hasn’t portrayed Israel in a positive light by any stretch. While some Israeli politicians have disgraced themselves with utterly inappropriate language, others appear to have been deliberately misquoted to exacerbate the overall negative effect. Take Interior Minister Eli Yishai, the subject of a