The Algemeiner is a newspaper funded by American Jewish billionaires covering news related to Israel, Palestine and the Jewish community around the world. This organization, with the help of what it claims are 2000 bloggers, portrays any critique of Israel’s apartheid state as “antisemitism” and “hate speech”. CNBC has described The Algemeiner as “the fastest-growing Jewish newspaper in the United States”.1
Gershon Jacobson, a famous international journalist and Zionist, founded the organization in 1972 as a Yiddish journal called Der Algemeiner. Dovid Efune is currently the paper’s editor-in-chief and executive director. Gershon’s son, Simon Jacobson, now sits as chair of the Algemeiner’s board.
Algemeiner is a German word used in the Yiddish language signifying “universal”, symbolically reflecting the newspaper’s international commitment to the expansion of the Zionist perspective.
Elie Wiesel, a known Holocaust author, chaired the newspaper’s advisory board until his death in 2016. The paper’s advisory board is currently led by major and mainstream Jewish media and lobbyist figures such as former American magazine publisher Martin Peretz, former Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman and Malcolm Hoenlein, the former longtime director of the “Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations”.