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Danny Rubinstein

Danny Rubinstein (1937- ) is an Israeli journalist and author.



Daniel (Danny) Rubinstein was born in Jerusalem in 1937. He grew up in Neveh Bezalel, a small neighborhood between Nahlaot and the city center.[1]

In 1967, in Six-Day War, he was a reserve soldier in a Jerusalem reconnaissance unit led by Yossi Langotsky. This unit was the first to cross the cease-fire line into the Jordanian-controlled West Bank. [2]

From 1967 to 1990, Rubinstein worked as a columnist and Jerusalem bureau chief for the now-defunct newspaper Davar. Since 1990 he has worked for Haaretz, where he is a member of the editorial board. He writes regular columns on the Arab-Israeli conflict and Palestinian affairs. He has spoken Arabic from childhood.

Rubinstein teaches at the Department of Middle East history at Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba and has published several books. He lives in Jerusalem's Beit Hakerem neighborhood. [1]


On August 30, 2007, Rubinstein declared Israel to be an "apartheid state" at the UN-sponsored International Conference of Civil Society in Support of Israeli-Palestinian Peace. In response, the Zionist Federation of Great Britain condemned Rubinstein and canceled his scheduled appearance at a subsequent event sponsored by the Federation. Its chairman, Andrew Balcombe said: "Criticism of Israeli policy is acceptable. However, by using the word 'apartheid' in a UN conference held at the European Parliament, Danny Rubinstein encourages the demonisation of Israel and the Jewish people."[3]

"I am not apologising for what I said," Rubinstein told a crowd on September 3, 2007 at the New North London Synagogue ... "People do use the word 'apartheid' in my circles. My newspaper increasingly uses that word. This is nothing new." This speaking event was sponsored by the New Israel Fund.[4]

Published works

The Mystery of Arafat (1995) [5]




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