Ari Shavit (Hebrew: ארי שביט; born November 26, 1957) is an
Israeli reporter and writer. Shavit was a Senior Correspondent at the
left-of-center Israeli newspaper
Haaretz before he resigned when a
pattern of sexual misconduct came to public attention.
A self-described left-wing journalist and antioccupation
peacenik, Shavit is the author of the critically acclaimed 2013 New
York Times Best Seller My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of
3.2 Essays and reporting
3.3 Critical studies and reviews of Shavit's work
5 External links
Shavit was born in Rehovot, Israel, and studied at the Hebrew
University in Jerusalem. His father was a scientist and his mother was
an artist. Some of his ancestors were early leading Zionists.
Shavit was drafted into the IDF in 1975. He volunteered as a
paratrooper in the Paratroopers Brigade. He served as a squad
leader and took part in various raids against armed Palestinian
organizations and camps in Lebanon, including Operation Litani.
Known for his left-wing journalism, Shavit has been a columnist for
Haaretz since 1995. His work has also appeared in The New
Yorker, The New York Times, and Politico.
Shavit describes himself as an “antioccupation peacenik". He is
particularly critical of right-wing Israeli politicians, such as
Avigdor Lieberman, who he argues is only loyal to Russia and to
Putin. Shavit is also critical of Miri Regev, describing her as
'anti-culture', and of Ayelet Shaked, describing her as
He has for many years been a critic of Benjamin Netanyahu. Although
admitting that Netanyahu is highly intelligent, Shavit argues that
Netanyahu "scorns [US] Democrat politicians and liberal
intellectuals... as weaklings." Shavit also castigates Netanyahu for
not being "a civil leader who truly cares for the welfare of his
citizens. He [Netanyahu] is unconcerned by social justice."
In 2013, Shavit released My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of
Israel. It was a New York Times Best Seller and received
The New York Times
The New York Times listed My Promised Land in its
"100 Notable Books of 2013",
The Economist named it as one of the
best books of 2013, it received the Gerrard and Ella Berman
Memorial Award in History from the Jewish Book Council, and it won
the Natan Book Award. In September 2014, Shavit traveled to
Cleveland, Ohio to accept the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in
nonfiction for "My Promised Land," and delivered a talk at the
Cleveland City Club about the necessity of American leadership in
the Middle East. The book many positive reviews, as well as criticism,
including from Norman Finkelstein.
In 2016, charges of sexual misconduct involving groping of women in
the workplace surfaced, forcing Shavit to apologize and resign form
his positions at
Haaretz and Channel 10.
Shavit was temporarily suspended from the
Haaretz newspaper after he
was accused of sexual harassment by American-Jewish journalist
Danielle Berrin ('Hollywood Jew'), who wrote a cover story on the
subject in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal. Shavit, initially
claimed the incident was merely flirting, saying "I apologize from the
bottom of my heart for this misunderstanding. I did not mean to say
anything unwelcome to Berrin". In response, Shelly Yachimovich
wrote: “I don’t know if Berrin accepted his apology, but I
didn’t... It’s not like he accidentally stepped on somebody’s
toe.” In response to the allegations, Shavit announced that he
was taking time off from his journalism.
A member of the staff of the Jewish organization
J Street then stepped
forward to say that while she was arranging speaking engagements for
Shavit he had caressed her hand and propositioned her with the
suggestion that they go out for drinks. Shavit then
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Shavit, Ari (2013). My promised land : the triumph and tragedy of
Israel. Random House.
Essays and reporting
Shavit, Ari (October 21, 2013). "Lydda, 1948 : a city, a
massacre, and the Middle East today". Dept. of History. The New
Yorker. 89 (33): 40–46.
Critical studies and reviews of Shavit's work
Garner, Dwight (November 19, 2013). "Son of Israel, Caught in the
Middle". The New York Times. In the end, he plaintively says: "I
wonder how long we can maintain our miraculous survival story. One
more generation? Two? Three? Eventually the hand holding the sword
must loosen its grip. Eventually the sword itself will rust. No nation
can face the world surrounding it for over a hundred years with a
Wieseltier, Leon (November 21, 2013). "The State of Israel". The New
York Times. It is one of the achievements of Ari Shavit's important
and powerful book to recover the feeling of Israel's facticity and to
revel in it, to restore the grandeur of the simple fact in full view
of the complicated facts.
Tim, Holmes (May 29, 2014). "Ari Shavit's Resuscitation of Liberal
Zionism is Doomed". New Left Project. ...one of Shavit’s principal
tasks is to defend ethnic cleansing. So observes Israel-Palestine
scholar and serial debunker of fraudulent history Norman Finkelstein
in Old Wine, Broken Bottle: Ari Shavit’s Promised Land, a slim
volume that takes Shavit’s book apart. Inevitably failing to stake
out any serious ethical justification for the Palestinian Nakba [...],
Shavit instead relies on rhetorical puffery, resurrecting some of the
crudest tropes of colonial-era racism.
^ a b Politics and Prophecy By Elliott Abrams, Spring 2014, Jewish
Review Of Books
^ a b Promise – and potential – in Israel by David Whitford, Peter
Elkind, DECEMBER 12, 2013, Fortune
^ Shavit, Ari (2013-11-19). My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy
of Israel. Random House Publishing Group. p. xii.
ISBN 9780812984644. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
^ Ari Shavit, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel.
Random House Publishing Group. 19 November 2013, pp xi.
^ Shavit, My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel, p.
^ "The Old Peace Is Dead, but a New Peace Is Possible". The New York
Times. March 12, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
^ "Is Israel Losing Its Soul?". Politico. March 20, 2015. Retrieved
March 25, 2013.
^ Lieberman Can Feel at Home at the Kremlin
Ari Shavit Dec 30, 2010,
^ Israel's Center-left Must Seize the Day After the Awful 20153 Ari
Shavit Jan 01, 2016, Haaretz
^ Netanyahu’s Churchill Complex By ARI SHAVIT March 08, 2015,
^ "Best Sellers". The New York Times. December 8, 2013. Retrieved
March 25, 2013.
^ "100 Notable Books of 2013". The New York Times. November 27, 2013.
Retrieved March 25, 2013.
^ "Torrents of words". The Economist. December 7, 2013. Retrieved
March 25, 2013.
^ "2013 National Jewish Book Awards Announced". Jewish Book Council.
January 15, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2013.
^ Old Wine, Broken Bottle: Ari Shavit's Promised Land.
^ Unforgivable: Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land and Its Acclaim in the
United States, Jerome Slater
^ Beaumont, Peter (31 October 2016). "
Ari Shavit quits media roles
after sexual harassment accusations". The Guardian. Retrieved 2
^ ארי שביט הוא החשוד בהטרדה מינית של
Ari Shavit admits he’s accused of assault, apologizes
for ‘misunderstanding’ BY TIMES OF ISRAEL STAFF October 27, 2016
Ari Shavit ‘Sorry’ for Trump-Style Sex Assault. Many Israelis
Aren’t Buying It. Naomi Zeveloff, October 28, 2016Jerusalem SHARON
^ "Ari Shavit: I'm Taking Time Off From My Journalistic Work".
Haaretz. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
^ a b Mitnick, Joshua (30 October 2016). "After an L.A. reporter
accused him of sexual assault, a top Israeli newspaper columnist steps
down". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
J Street Staffer Is Second Woman to Accuse
Ari Shavit of Sexual
Harassment The Forward, Naomi Zeveloff, Oct 30, 2016 1:55 PM
Ari Shavit: Apocalypse now, apocalypse forever
"'Promised Land' Wrestles With Israel's Brutal Contradictions". NPR.
November 18, 2013.
"Tom Friedman tells Obama and Netanyahu: Read Ari Shavit's book".
Haaretz. November 17, 2013.
Saving the Promised Land, Fathom: For a deeper understanding of Israel
and the region, 2 June 2014
Ari Shavit: Triumph by treachery towards