Well, Open Zion is a step up from the fledgling +972, I think. And the initial broadside from Lisa in her new post was nothing if not auspicious.
When the children of south Tel Aviv head back to school on Tuesday, kindergarteners will attend facilities that are segregated by race. The children of asylum seekers from sub-Saharan Africa will go to their kindergartens and all the other kids will go to their own. As of this year, the municipality of Israel's most liberal city decided that separate-but-equal for three-to-six year olds was the way to go—in 2013.Oh boy, oh boy: not a day on the job, and already such a juicy Zionist atrocity.
Only to be answered by a commenter JJ1987:
I think the main contention of the "racial segregation" argument runs into trouble here (in a paragraph conveniently buried 9 paragraphs in to a 12 paragraph article): "The non-Jewish children from other regions, like Southeast Asia and Europe, will continue to attend the "Jewish" municipal kindergartens. Presumably Ethiopian Jewish children have been attending the mixed schools all along, and will continue to do so."Nothing to add (and the emphasis mine).
If in most kindergartens the situation is that Jew, non-Jew, European, Asian and African all mix together (indeed, the author even refers to these kindergartens as "mixed schools"), then arguing that there is "racial segregation" in Tel Aviv kindergartens seems unnecessarily hysterical and actively misleading. There is, in fact, racial mixing in most kindergartens in Tel Aviv. At that point, there just isn't racial segregation - you can't call a racially mixed kindergarten "racially segregated", it's a contradiction in terms.
Indeed, the only distinction that does exist isn't based on race at all, it's based on whether the person is legally a citizen of the country or not. And whilst some people (and it's far from a majority) have an issue with making a distinction on that basis, distinguishing in provision of public services based on whether someone is in a country legally or not is something that basically every country on Earth does to a greater or lesser degree. Tel Aviv, and Israel, are not at all out of the ordinary in that regard. But I suppose a headline saying, "Tel Aviv/Israel does what basically every city/country does", doesn't make much of an impact.
Aside of expressing my confusion on one account: being a relatively newly minted anti-Zionist, Lisa is bent on presenting the Zionist Entity in the worst possible light. Being a reporter, she is time after time unable to avoid putting into a generally anti-Zionist article a passage or two that completely destroy the whole edifice. Like in the case described above, or this other recent case. Why is that?
But in the Open Zion she will be tutored by the best, I am sure, so the awkward cases like these will disappear eventually.
Update: and another comment (by Bar) to the same article, a real doozy that must be read in its entirety:
The article from which Goldman sourced this piece includes the following paragraph (translation via Google Translate):
"Yael Gewirtz, who founded the Association Elifelet - Citizens for refugee children, which helps kindergartens, welcomes the initiative of the municipality: "As someone who knows the needs in the field, I think it's a great idea if you really invest the necessary resources to meet the needs of these children and prepare them to their encounter in class a [First grade] with Israeli children are coming into a place of equal opportunities and capabilities."
Obviously, Goldman saw this but instead of respecting the opinion of the local expert whose life revolves around helping these foreign children, she buries it and molests the sentiment by claiming that this woman is somewhat "dubious" about the entire project.
So another way of having reported this piece would have been something along the lines of, "Israel's Most Liberal City Introduces a Program to Help New Asylum Seekers" and its content would elaborate on questions of special language and cultural needs, in light of the significant discrepancies these new arrivals face in coming to Israel and how Tel Aviv, cognizant of these concerns, is creating a program to alleviate the problems and hopefully ease their transition to school and Israeli society.
Don't you worry, dear Open Zion editors, about your professional credibility or is being anti-Israel so "in" these days that it doesn't matter how the truth is twisted as long as the attacked party is Israel?