Author Archives: Alex Margolin

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Media Coverage in the “Affirmation Age”

Media Coverage in the “Affirmation Age”

The war in Gaza has produced an unusually rich analysis of media coverage of the Middle East, including a landmark piece by former AP reporter Matti Friedman, who argues that coverage has been shaped by a “hostile obsession with Jews” on the part of the media. For former New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Ethan

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Academic: Gaza War Started When Israel Fired Back

UK-based Israeli academic and longtime Israel critic Avi Shlaim has weighed in on the Gaza war in the Guardian’s Comment is Free section, and predictably, he unleashed a scathing critique of Israel. To do so, however, Shlaim invokes a logic so twisted, it’s hard to believe he himself subscribes to it. For example, he insists

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BDS Buster of the Week: 14-Year Old Shelly Dvir

Never underestimate what can happen when you speak out against Israel haters. That’s the lesson we learned this week from Shelly Dvir, a 14-year old heavy metal fan from Ashkelon, who stopped a band she loved from cancelling an upcoming show in Israel with…a heartfelt comment on Facebook. According to Ynet, the BDS movement nearly

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Fighting BDS with Buycotts

In an effort to look at successful strategies currently being applied to the fight against BDS, HonestReporting interviewed Sara Saber-Freedman, Executive Vice President of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and one of the initial gro up of activists who founded BUYcott. 1. HonestReporting: Since the BDS is primarily a tool for turning hearts and

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SodaStream CEO: “We Won’t Give in to Terror”

If SodaStream moves from the West Bank to the Negev, it will be for business reasons, not “financial terrorism,” from the BDS movement, SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum said this week. Birnbaum, responding to media reports that the company may leave Mishor Adumim, stressed that neither BDS nor European boycotts against West Bank products will have

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