Haaretz editor cancels visit due to Gaza situation

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Due to the escalation of fighting between Israel and Hamas, Aluf Benn, editor-in-chief of the Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz, abruptly canceled an upcoming Bay Area visit, which included speaking engagements at several local institutions.

Benn had been scheduled to appear at the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federa-tion on Friday, Nov. 16, the JCC of the East Bay and Saratoga’s Congregation Beth David on Sunday, Nov. 18, and the JCC of San Francisco on Monday, Nov. 19.

Haaretz management wanted Benn to stay in Israel to report on developments in the Gaza Strip, according to Donny Inbar of the S.F.-based Israel Center, which was coordinating the talks.

Benn, who has been at Haaretz for 23 years, was scheduled to speak locally about the effect of the U.S. election on U.S.-Israel relations, Israel’s response to the Arab Spring and how journalism is changing in Israel. He was to be the keynote speaker at the Global Day of Learning at the JCC of the East Bay in Berkeley.