A group of Israeli journalists recently announced the establishment of the Jewish Diaspora Journalists Association of Israel,
a new union of reporters in Israel who cover the Jewish Diaspora.
It is common in Israel for journalists who cover the same subject from different media outlets to come together under one umbrella union. As part of the new association, journalists will gather together to share knowledge and opinions on their common field of coverage, and to organize press briefings and conferences.
Many of the associations in Israel are very successful and vibrant, such as the IDF Correspondent Association and the Arab Correspondent Association.
"Coverage of Jewish Diaspora is lacking in the Israeli media and, unfortunately, it barely exists even though there is no shortage of news happening throughout the Diaspora," said Israel Radio's Jewish Diaspora Correspondent Benny Teitelbaum and Makor Rishon newspaper's International News Desk Editor Zvika Klein, who initiated the association’s establishment.
According to the organizers, the primary goal of the new association is to strengthen the relationship between the journalists and to initiate meetings with key figures in the Jewish World and Israeli politics in order to improve coverage in the Israeli media about the Jewish Diaspora.
“We want to enhance the Israeli public’s knowledge about what is going on with Jewish life outside of Israel,” Teitelbaum and Klein noted.
Following the establishment of the new association, Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon congratulated the organizers and added, “It’s a shame, and is not clear to me, why up until today there has been no association like this.”
Ayalon promised to help the new association in any way that he can.