Bradley Burston

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Bradley Burston (Hebrew: בראדלי בורסטון‎‎) is an American-born Israeli journalist. Burston is an English-language columnist for Haaretz and senior editor of the English-language website[1] He writes a blog in English called "A Special Place in Hell".


Burston was born and raised in Los Angeles and was a member of the Labor Zionist youth movement Habonim. He graduated from University of California, Berkeley. In 1976, Burston immigrated to Israel and helped re-establish Kibbutz Gezer. He served as a combat medic in the Israel Defense Forces.[2] He studied medicine in Beersheba for two years before becoming a journalist.[3] He is married and has two children. He is a resident of Nataf.[4]

Journalism career[edit]

During the first Intifada, Burston served as Gaza correspondent for The Jerusalem Post. He was the Post's military correspondent during the Gulf War. Burston worked for Reuters in the 1990s, reporting on the Arab–Israeli peace process and Israeli politics. In 2000, he began working for Haaretz.[2]

Views and opinions[edit]

In a Haaretz op-ed, "What does 'Death to Israel' mean to you?", Burston is critical of "progressives" who claim to support the inalienable rights of human beings over nationalism, but fail to see Israelis as people who also deserve "the freedom to live in safety and sovereignty". Failure to "summon up the same compassion and concern for unarmed combatants on both sides of a battle front" reveals the holes in their ideology.[5] He has said that it is important to "criticize Israel when it deserves criticism ... and strongly defend Israel when it deserves to be defended."[6]

In a 2011 op-ed on the subject of boycotts against Israel, Burston writes: "As a supporter of the idea of a truly democratic Jewish state alongside an independent and sovereign Palestinian state, what I cannot accept is the idea that formally Muslim states are acceptable, where a Jewish state is not."[7] In 2015, however, Burston wrote that Israeli policy now amounts to apartheid, stating: "I used to be one of those people who took issue with the label of apartheid as applied to Israel... Not anymore... Our Israel is what it has become: Apartheid."[8]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2006, Search for Common Ground gave Burston its Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle East Journalism.[9][10]


  1. ^ People and Departments at Haaretz,; accessed September 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Bradley Burston profile,; accessed March 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "Bradley Burston's West Coast Tour",; accessed March 20, 2016.
  4. ^ Better to Mourn the Loss of Dreams,, March 22, 2002.
  5. ^ "What does 'Death to Israel' mean to you?",; accessed March 20, 2016.
  6. ^ Q&A with Israeli Journalist Bradley Burston,; accessed March 20, 2016.
  7. ^ "Rethinking Israel Boycotts, Thanks to the New York Mosque",, May 25, 2011; accessed March 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "It's Time to Admit It. Israeli Policy Is What It Is: Apartheid",, August 17, 2015.
  9. ^ Burston "Let their people go",; accessed September 17, 2016.
  10. ^ " senior editor Bradley Burston wins award for Mideast journalism", Haaretz, September 15, 2006.

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