On August 16, the Forward published a story reporting that an Israeli lawmaker accused Students for Justice in Palestine, a pro-Palestinian campus group, of compiling lists of Jewish college students and their online addresses. The story also quoted numerous sources saying such lists did not exist.
Accusations about the story’s possible bias prompted us to remove it from our website out of an abundance of caution, while we examined the claims.
Laura Adkins, who wrote the story, was accused by a blogger of perpetuating a “hoax” when she first wrote about an incident with SJP for another publication as a college student in 2014. After undertaking our own internal review, we concluded that this accusation is inaccurate and unfair. Given the controversy around that earlier story, however, Laura was not the appropriate person to report on it for the Forward. Nor did we think the story newsworthy enough to repost.
Laura remains a valued member of our staff.
Jane Eisner, a pioneer in journalism, is writer-at-large at the Forward and the 2019 Koeppel Fellow in Journalism at Wesleyan University. For more than a decade, she was editor-in-chief of the Forward, the first woman to hold the position at the influential Jewish national news organization. Under her leadership, the Forward’s digital readership grew significantly, and won numerous regional and national awards for its original journalism, in print and online.