After losing to Emmanuel Macron, the National Front faces a critical test in France’s parliamentary election. The grass roots want to focus on ‘Arabs out,’ but Le Pen’s star is waning either way
Dov Alfon is the former editor-in-chief of Haaretz Newspaper. He took up the post on May 1, 2008, becoming the fifth editor in the 90 years of the newspaper's existence, and resigned on August 1, 2011.
Born in Tunisia in 1961, Alfon was brought up in France and Israel, publishing his first articles at the age of 10 in comics weekly Spirou Magazine. After completing his military service in the IDF, Alfon began his studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1983, where he started writing in "Pi Ha'aton", the high-profile campus journal. Less than a year later, he was invited by Tom Segev and Nahum Barnea to join a new journalistic venture, the political weekly "Koteret Rashit."
Alfon joined Haaretz in 1989, writing a weekly column, "Kivun Harouah," about the relationship between culture and money. He was appointed editor of the cultural page in 1992, and turned it into the daily section "Galleria". He launched several new journalistic formats for Haaretz throughout the years, including "Captain Internet" (in 1994), a weekly column supposedly written by a fictive grandfather investigating the new medium; "The Marker Magazine", a business monthly (2001) and the re-designed Haaretz Weekend Magazine, of which he was editor from 1992 to 1998.
Alfon was chief editor of the Kinneret-Zmora Bitan publishing house from 2004-2008, and hosted "Nispah Tarbut", a weekly cultural show on Israel's Channel 2 television from 2002 to 2007. He is a regular guest at international forums about the Internet culture and his writings have appeared in various anthologies, including "75 years of Ha'aretz: The Very Best Writing," published by Schocken Press in 1999.
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