New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is facing criticism from the pro-Israel community following a Tuesday article that incorrectly asserted that Israeli settlers had assassinated former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Jodi Rudoren, the New York Times’ Jerusalem bureau chief who caused a stir in the pro-Israel community when she cozied up to extremist critics of Israel on Twitter and would not say whether she considers herself a Zionist, incorrectly wrote that the nation’s largest pro-Israel lobby works directly for the Jewish state.
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.
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.