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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".[2]


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.[3][4] He studied medicine in Beersheba for two years before becoming a journalist.[5] He is married and has two children. He is a resident of Nataf.[6]

Journalism careerEdit

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.[3] On April 22, 2019, he announced his retirement in a farewell column.[7]

Views and opinionsEdit

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.[8]

In 2011, Burston drew issue with "the idea that formally Muslim states are acceptable, where a Jewish state is not."[9]

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."[10]

Awards and recognitionEdit

In 2006, Search for Common Ground gave Burston its Eliav-Sartawi Award for Middle East Journalism.[11][12]


  1. ^ People and Departments at Haaretz,; accessed September 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "A Special Place in Hell - Haaretz - Israel News". Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Bradley Burston profile Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine,; accessed March 20, 2016.
  4. ^ Burston speaking at a meeting of Ameinu (video)
  5. ^ "Bradley Burston's West Coast Tour" Archived August 29, 2011, at the Wayback Machine,; accessed March 20, 2016.
  6. ^ "Better to Mourn the Loss of Dreams". March 22, 2002. Retrieved April 25, 2019 – via LA Times.
  7. ^ "This Is My Farewell Column. I Salute My Brave Colleagues in Israel and Around the World". April 22, 2019. Retrieved April 25, 2019 – via Haaretz.
  8. ^ "What does 'Death to Israel' mean to you?",; accessed March 20, 2016.
  9. ^ Burston, Bradley; Editor, ContributorSenior; (August 3, 2010). "Rethinking Israel Boycotts, Thanks to the New York Mosque". HuffPost. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "It's Time to Admit It. Israeli Policy Is What It Is: Apartheid",, August 17, 2015.
  11. ^ Burston "Let their people go",; accessed September 17, 2016.
  12. ^ " senior editor Bradley Burston wins award for Mideast journalism", Haaretz, September 15, 2006.

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