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The New York Times’ incoming Jerusalem bureau chief, Jodi Rudoren, won’t say if she is a Zionist. Rudoren, formerly the paper’s education editor, has come under fire in recent days for sending out a series of sympathetic tweets to some of Israel’s fiercest non-terrorist critics. Some pro-Israel observers are questioning Rudoren’s ability to remain neutral, as well as her qualifications, as she covers one of the Middle East’s most volatile and fraught conflicts.

New NYT Jerusalem Chief Cozies up to Israel Bashers

The New York Times’ newly appointed Jerusalem bureau chief played Twitter footsie on Tuesday with some of Israel’s most extreme non-terrorist critics. Jodi Rudoren, until recently the paper’s education editor, is set to take control of the Times’ Jerusalem bureau.