NZZ Redaktion und Palaestinenser sind sich einig (link)

NZZ Redaktion und Palaestinenser sind sich einig:.

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NZZ: Kommentare und Lippenbekenntnisse (link)

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NZZ and the Middle East. Or is ignorance an excuse for poor argumentation?

Anti Semitic sentiments are known in Europe and can be fueled by one-sided Anti-Israel publications (see There are also stereotypes and a lot of negative comments on Old Testament mentioning Jews as selected people and Israel as a Promised Land.

NZZ Nr. 19, 24 Jan 2013 page 23, publishes an article of top NZZ reporter about election in Israel. First paragraph is presenting so called Israeli ‘rights’, who in the name of Zionism see land between Jordan and Mediterranean as a Promised Land.

Some people would see nothing wrong with this statement. Many people are religious including Christian Zionists and can believe in whatever they want.

But is this statement correct? I do not think so.

  1. Biblical Land of Israel (and Palestine geographically) includes East of Jordan River and some of South Lebanon. Why Israeli ‘rights’ not claiming all the Promised Land? How they can claim only part of it? Why Netanyahu is committed to 2 States Solution? Map of Biblical Israel can be easily found on Wikipedia and compared to map of Israel, Jordan and Lebanon, see
  2. Israeli right to a secure state is part of the International Law, which is, for example, resolution of 242. I do not remember an NZZ article that mentioned Israeli security needs (i seen many but not all, of course). i feel this is question is simply neglected in Western Media
  3. Israel has perfect rights and a legal grounds to claim Judea and Samaria (shamefully called West Bank) on the basis of the International law (see British Mandate or The Legal Case for Israel
  4. NZZ does not mention that whole land of Israel is often claimed as y Palestine, even by Arab parties in Israel parliament. Fatah/Palestine logo including whole territory of Israel can be found here: or here

Everyone, including NZZ writers, has right to believe in something or feel hatred to someone. I feel that publications on Middle East subjects are poor and shame for NZZ.

P.S. Some images

Topographical map of Palestinian state v Israelwestbank-e1britishmandate×11.html

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”Incomplete” reporting in NZZ about elections in Israel?

There are number of articles in NZZ on Israel election results during last 2 days (23-24 Jan 2013). Is there any mention on 3 Arab parties winning sits in the parliament?
Not at all, you may check here:

Israeli Arabs parties in the parliament are:

  • The United Arab List (4 sits) – supports the creation of a Palestinian State in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital; and equal rights for Arab citizens of Israel. Its constituency consists mostly of religious or nationalist Israeli Arabs, and enjoys particular popularity among the Bedouin – in the 2009 elections, 80% of residents of Bedouin communities voted for the party.[4] The Islamic Movement also operates in poor Arab towns and villages, as well as in Bedouin settlements, to mobilize voters. The southern faction of the Islamic Movement is now the dominant force in the party, whilst other factions include the Arab National
  •  Hadash (4 sits)- is a Jewish and Arab socialist front; supports evacuation of all Israeli settlements, a complete withdrawal by Israel from all territories occupied as a result of the Six-Day War, and the establishment of a Palestinian state in those territories. It also supports the right of return or compensation for Palestinian refugees. In addition to issues of peace and security, Hadash is also known for being active on social and environmental issues. Hadash shifted to a more Arab nationalist appeal after running on a joint list with Ta’al in 2003.[7] Avirama Golan of the leftist Haaretz wrote in 2007 that Hadash has “succumbed to the separatist-nationalist and populist stream … and chosen to turn its back on a social and civil agenda in favor of questions related to Palestinian nationalism…”[8]
  •  Balad (3 sits) – is an Israeli Arab political party in Israel The party supports creation of two states based on pre-1967 borders, with the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem to constitute a Palestinian state[5] and the implementation of UN Resolution 194 regarding the right of return to Palestinian refugees. Balad describes itself as a ‘democratic progressive national party for the Palestinian citizens of Israel.'[4],_2013

NZZ was writing several articles on Israeli Arabs using word ”Discrimination”.
Can NZZ readers in Switzerland get information about Arab parties in Israel parliament from NZZ pages?


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”He feels” like despite NZZ has no arguments against Israel, NZZ can also make wrong predictions.

It appears the main point of NZZ article about apathy of Arabs in Israel was also inaccurate.

I see 2 major lines of NZZ attacks over Israel:

  • Israel + Discrimination
  • Israel + Nationalists + Russians

Reality is as follows:

  • There are 3 Arab parties in Israel parliament (UAL – Taal received 5, Hadash 4, and Balad 3)
  • Left / Right split is around 50%/50%. This is amazing in conditions of war and constant terror and shows Israel is even more liberal considering many people do not trust in peace with Arabs and vote for right parties in current circumstances.

Will NZZ admit an inaccurate reporting about Israel? Will newspaper still keep its middle east reporters?


Israel’s Election: A Preliminary Analysis
Israeli Arab voters defy predictions of low turnout
US watchdog: Israel is Mideast’s only ‘free’ state

It’s a… tie!?!

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”He feels” NZZ has no arguments against Israel

Different article, same story. Desitegration of Israel Arab citizens….( “Desitegration von Israels arabischen Bürgern”). On-line header is different from printed version.

I love reading NZZ. NZZ professional journalists are not writing that Israel discriminates Israeli Arabs. They write

  • They FEEL themselves discriminated (‘Sie fühlen sich als Bürger zweiter Klasse‘(1),‘er fühle sich diskriminiert‘(2), ein Ende der Diskriminierung und Frieden‘(3)).

Can you feel the difference?

NZZ writes about city Umm al-Fahm and what people feel there. That roads are below Israels standards, unemployment is doubled etc.

I have googled wikipedia and here is the follow:

  • Umm al-Fahm is a city in the Haifa District of Israel with a population of 43,300, situated on the Umm al-Fahm mountain ridge
  • In the late 19th century, Umm al-Fahm was described as having around 500 inhabitants, of which some 80 people were Christians.
  • In 1948, there were 4,500 inhabitants, mostly farmers, in the Umm al-Fahm area.
  • On 20 May 1949, the city’s leader signed an oath of alliegiance to the State of Israel. Following its absorption into Israel, the town’s population grew rapidly.
  • According to CBS, there are a total of 17 schools and 9,106 students in the city: 15 elementary, 4 junior high-schools , 7 high schools. In 2001, 50.4% of 12th grade students received a Bagrut matriculation certificate.
  • The city has several football clubs; . Maccabi Umm al-Fahm currently play in Liga Leumit, the second tier of Israeli football, Hapoel Umm al-Fahm play in Liga Artzit (the third tier). Ironi Sayid Umm al-Fahm play in Liga Alef (the fourth tier), and Beitar Umm al-Fahm play in Liga Gimel (the sixth tier).
  • The Umm al-Fahm Art Gallery was established in 1996 as a venue for contemporary art exhibitions and a home for original Arab and Palestinian art.

I suppose State of Israel provides education, medicine, security to Umm al-Fahm. Does NZZ present this to readers in Switzerland? They, we, you, his and him are sometimes feeling – not at all.

He, she, it feels NZZ does not usually does not even really have an objective sort of view on a place located somewhere near North Bank.

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Kleines Wörterbuch für NZZ-Leser

another boring article in NZZ…

Kleines Wörterbuch für NZZ-Leser:

Westjordanland = Judäa + Samaria

Palästina = Heimatland des Jüdischen Volkes

Nächstes Jahr in Palästina = Nächstes Jahr in Jerusalem

Israels Russen = Jüden aus der ehemaligen Sowjetunion

Palästinenser = Arabischen Palästinenser

Israels Sicherheit = nicht diskutieren + kein interesse

Faschistoiden Rechts Nationalism = Jüdisch und demokratisch

Avigdor Lieberman = Ewige Liebe

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