+972 Magazine

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+972 Magazine is a blog-based web magazine that was established independently in August 2010 by a group of writers based in Israel and the Palestinian territories.[citation needed]

+972 has 11 regular writers and editors. It also publishes contributions by guest contributors. The enterprise is jointly owned by the authors and editorial team and is non-profit.[citation needed] The content on +972 Magazine represents a point of view that is left wing and progressive. Writer Noam Sheizaf, +972 chief executive officer and site manager as of 2012, described the impetus for +972 as a "will to sound a new and mostly young voice which would take part in the international debate regarding Israel and Palestine."[1]

The name of the magazine is derived from the 972 international dialling code that is shared by Israel and the Palestinian territories. The plus sign indicates the international prefix; it also symbolizes the magazine’s guiding ethos of providing an additional perspective to the Israeli news scene, one that was missing from the discourse about Israel and Palestine.[citation needed]


In 2010, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, a German think-tank affiliated with the Green Party, provided 6,000 euros in funding.[2]

According to The Nation, +972 had received grants of $70,000 from the Social Justice Fund at the New Israel Fund.[3]


The pro-Israel organization NGO Monitor criticized +972 as being antisemitic "because it seeks to strip the Jewish state of its legitimacy" by using the apartheid analogy regarding Israel.[4]

Journalist Noam Sheizaf answered to NGO Monitor's criticism: "The attack on +972 is being carried out in the standard way NGO Monitor, Im Tirzu and similar organizations work these days: Not by debating the content of our reports and commentary pieces, but by trying to delegitimize and silence us".[5] In February 2012 Sheizaf said "Jewish American liberals are not on our side. [Most Americans] will only support my liberalism to a certain degree. When I fight for the right of an Arab woman to become a doctor, you will stand by and donate to the New Israel Fund. But if I say 'Jerusalem is an apartheid city,' which it is—Jerusalem is the worst place in the world in terms of citizenship laws—American liberals get goosebumps."[3]


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