"If newsroom management considers the problem serious, the staff member may have to withdraw from certain coverage. Sometimes an assignment may have to be modified or a beat changed."
Kirshner's family ties automatically should have disqualified her from reporting on Israel/Palestine. She's more Israeli press agent than correspondent.
In February 2012, Jodi Rudoren became Times Jerusalem bureau chief. Like Bronner, Steven Erlanger, James Bennet, Deborah Sontag, and others before her, she's Jewish.
Critics ask why does The Times consistently post Jews in Israel. Ethnic nationals aren't assigned to other foreign correspondent positions.
Times Ochs and Sulzberger controlling families are Jewish. In 1992, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr. succeeded his father as publisher and board chairman. Whether or not Jews alone get Jerusalem assignments, expect pro-Israeli bias to continue. Perhaps it's easier for Jews.
Israeli critics hoped Rudoren's perspective might be fresh and less biased. Instead, it's same old, same old. In February 2012, Alison Weir asked "(w)ho is Jodi Rudoren?"
Previously she reported on domestic issues. Most recently, she headed The Times' education bureau. She speaks what she calls "functional Hebrew" but no Arabic.
It's unclear "how much time, if any, she spent in Israel, whether she has family there, or whether she has" relatives in Israel's government or military.
Since 1984, notes Weir, Times Jerusalem bureau chiefs lived in a house acquired for Thomas Friedman when he held the post. He now serves as lead foreign policy columnist. He's ethically challenged like other Times professionals.
The home is stolen property. It once belonged to a Palestinian family. In Israel's War of Independence, they were dispossessed and lost everything. They and descendants can't return.
Times management, editors, and correspondents express no second thoughts about living illegally in someone else's home. It's reflected in editorial policy.
Early in her tenure, Rudoren connected with David Ha'ivri. He's an extremist settler rabbi. He's involved with Jewish Defense League founder Meir Kahane's Kach group.
Kahanism is known for racist, ultranationalist, terrorist policies. Israel, America, EU nations and Canada declared Kach a terrorist organization. Kahanists call Arabs enemies of Jews and Israel.
In February 1994, Kananist Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 Palestinian worshippers. He died violently in the process. Before he could reload and keep shooting, he was overwhelmed and beaten to death. He was a Brooklyn born physician turned racist killer.
Weir said Rudoren's upbringing "appears to have included considerable immersion in Zionist mythology." Her pro-Israeli bias reflects it. Her children go to Israeli schools. Her contacts are largely Israelis.