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Haviv Rettig Gur (Hebrew: חביב רטיג גור‎) (b. April 4, 1981) is an Israeli journalist who serves as the political correspondent and analyst for The Times of Israel.[1][2][3]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Media career 3 Views and opinions 4 Controversy 5 Articles 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Haviv Rettig (later Rettig Gur) was born in Jerusalem
Jerusalem
to American-born parents. He lived in the United States from 1989 to 1999, returning to Israel
Israel
in 1999 to serve in the Israel
Israel
Defense Forces as a combat medic. Upon completing military service, Gur studied history and Jewish
Jewish
thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Media career[edit] From 2010 to 2012, Rettig Gur served as the Director of Communications for the Jewish
Jewish
Agency. Before that, he was the Jewish
Jewish
world correspondent for the Israeli English-language
English-language
daily The Jerusalem Post between June 2005 and July 2010.[4] According to the website of the Limmud
Limmud
Conference, where he was a speaker in December 2007, Gur covered "organised Jewish
Jewish
communities worldwide on issues including demographics, identity, anti-Semitism, education and communal politics... He dealt with Israel's contentious education budget and Israel- NATO
NATO
relations. He was the Post's chief correspondent to the [annual Israeli security-related] Herzliya Conference." Gur's reporting focused on trends in Jewish
Jewish
identity, especially in the United States and Israel. Views and opinions[edit] He opines regularly on what he sees as the growing divide between Israeli Jewish
Jewish
identity and American Jewish
Jewish
identity. Together, these two communities constitute some 80% of world Jewry, he writes, and their basic identities as Jews are increasingly being constructed in radically different ways. He writes:

“ For the Jews, the 21st century is beginning to take shape as the century of confusion. may sum up " Jewish
Jewish
identity" in 333 words, but the reality is a complex and conflicted Jewish
Jewish
world in which identities are diverging in deep and sometimes mutually exclusive ways. Every study shows that Jews in Israel
Israel
and America are growing farther apart each year. Israeli youth, taught by an incompetent education system that, besides its financial and structural woes, is utterly unaware of the Diaspora's existence, know nothing about the Jewish communities of the world, and little about their own place in Jewish history. Across the Atlantic, the identity of American Jewish
Jewish
youth, in the words of Yeshiva University's Rabbi Jacob Schachter, is shifting away from being "Jews influenced by America," toward "the knowledge that they are America." There are some clear definitions out there for Jewish
Jewish
affiliation, but no hard and fast rules about Jewish
Jewish
identity. The internal Israeli religious-secular culture war has created a spectrum of Jewish identification centered on how and why one ignores Israel's official chief rabbinate - the haredim in favor of their own "Torah masters" and, increasingly, the secular in favor of pop-Buddhism and unrecognized marriages. It is, if you will, a spectrum of identities centered on the question of institutional and political affiliation, not spiritual choice. Meanwhile, American Jews are the quintessential Jews of choice, living in an America founded on the principle of individualistic spirituality. Many don't even accept that there can be objective criteria for Jewish
Jewish
identity.

In August, 2009, the Jewish
Jewish
Agency's Masa project produced an advertisement that claimed that one-half of Diaspora Jews are assimilating and becoming "lost to us." This drew a firestorm of criticism from overseas, and led Gur to comment that the disagreement reflected this different way of constructing Jewish
Jewish
identity.[5] Controversy[edit] In March, 2009, Gur was contacted by a man claiming to be "David Weiss, captain in the Norwegian military". Weiss was quoted in a news story written by Gur in which Norwegian Jews said[6] they experienced tensions related to their Jewishness, mostly from Muslim immigrants and anti- Israel
Israel
discourse in the media. Contrary to the claims of some Norwegian journalists, Gur did not accuse Norwegian Minister of Finance Kristin Halvorsen
Kristin Halvorsen
of chanting "Death to Jews" in a demonstration. His story was correcting a previous, inaccurate report written by another journalist that seemed to suggest this. In response to Norwegian journalists' inquiries, the Norwegian military claimed that no "Captain David Weiss" existed in its ranks, a claim that led the political editor of the major Norwegian daily Aftenposten, Harald Stanghelle, to accuse[7] the military of a cover-up of Weiss' identity. The next day, on April 5, 2009, the rival daily Dagbladet
Dagbladet
confirmed[8] that "David Weiss" was the faked identity of a 45-year-old Oslo resident who had never served in the military. According to Dagbladet, he had fooled The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Post, the BBC and several major Norwegian papers. Gur's version of the events is related here. Articles[edit]

"Ayalon: Israel
Israel
unaware of US deadline". The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Post. 2009-07-12.  Toameh, Khaled Abu; Gur, Haviv Rettig (2009-07-12). "Abbas says he won't meet Netanyahu". The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Post.  Gur, Haviv Rettig (2007-06-26). " Jewish Agency
Jewish Agency
to vote on conversions". The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Post.  Gur, Haviv Rettig (2007-06-26). "JAFI conversion resolution quashed". The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Post.  Gur, Haviv Rettig (2007-06-26). "Analysis: Vote highlights shift in power to Eastern European Jews". The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Post.  "'Anti-Zionist' Arab charter inconsistent with UN norms' - International news". Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Post. 2008-02-01.  Gur, Haviv Rettig (2008-02-01). "'Now we can see IDF's lack of readiness wasn't my fault'". The Jerusalem
Jerusalem
Post. 

See also[edit]

Journalism in Israel David Weiss (fictional person)

References[edit]

^ "HonestRporting_2016_Annual_Report-Web.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 25 March 2018.  ^ "AIPAC Bars Press from Panel on Press Freedom". Breitbart. 2018-03-04. Retrieved 2018-03-25.  ^ JNS.org, Ben Cohen / (2018-01-28). " Israel
Israel
Can't Deny the Reality That BDS Is in Decline". Algemeiner.com. Retrieved 2018-03-25.  ^ "Veteran journalist to speak on 'Kotel, conversion, conflict'".  ^ "Masa is clueless, but it isn't the only one".  ^ "Norway Jews still tell of tolerance".  ^ "Stanghelle tror Forsvaret bløffer om at David Weiss ikke finnes". 4 April 2009.  ^ "Her blir «agent David Weiss» avslørt". 5 April 2009. 

External links[edit]

Personal blog (Archived) Gur's writings at t

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