In an extensive article about anything and everything to do with covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the western media, Jonathan Cook makes favorable mention of Tikun Olam:
The final battleground in Israel’s “spin war” is outside Israel—on internet sites and in overseas newsrooms, especially those in the U.S. and those with a global reach.
Increasingly important among the new media platforms are blogs—especially ones by dissident American Jews such as Philip Weiss at Mondoweiss and Richard Silverstein at Tikun Olam. Weiss has helped to establish and nurture an online community of mainly Jewish writers that speaks with a refreshing clarity about Israel’s occupation and the power of the Israel lobby in the U.S. Silverstein, meanwhile, has broken several important stories about Israel leaked to him by Israeli journalists who could not report the issues themselves because of the increasing use of gag orders and censorship.
The readership for these overseas blogs, including among Israelis, is steadily rising. The sites are also freeing Israeli bloggers to become more outspoken: they can relay back to Israeli audiences information from foreign websites without the risk of being first to break censorship rules.
On my worst days I sometimes do feel like a “dissident Jew.” But most of the time I consider myself a full fledged member of the tribe and don’t cotton to the apologists who try to paint me as a marginal (or dissident) figure. I’m sure Cook used this term for reasons of his own having nothing to do with these personal issues of mine. But I thought it important to make a note of this in case anyone sought to tar me with the brush of being a “dissident” and hence sidelined figure in the American Jewish political discourse.
Another interesting story included in this essay is Cook’s fraught relationship with The Guardian, an experience I’ve also had there. Though Cook had a much longer-term relationship with that paper than I managed.
H/t to reader Linda.