Author Archives: Alex Margolin

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Playing the Blame Game at Israel’s Expense

Playing the Blame Game at Israel’s Expense

Like all wars, the conflict in Gaza is being fought in two distinct battlefields. One is the military war taking place in Gaza. The other is the battle for hearts and minds, fought mostly in the media. So with polls showing that twice as many Americans blame Hamas for the violence, it’s no surprise that

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WSJ Columnist: ‘Palestine Effect’ Makes People Irrational

Why does the media continue to post Gaza casualty figures provided by Hamas – often without mentioning the source – as though the information is credible and useful to people trying to make sense of what’s happening in Gaza? And why do some people instinctively blame Israel for “starting” the Gaza war, even though it’s

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Stephen Walt: Still Blaming the Israel Lobby

At least he’s consistent, if nothing else. Stephen Walt, half of the duo that published The Israel Lobby in 2007 to blame groups like AIPAC for pushing the US to support Israel too much, to the detriment of both the US and Israel, is at it again. His latest anti-Israel screed in the Huffington Post

Hamas reveals media strategy

Hamas Reveals Media Strategy

With the ground war in Gaza growing in force each day, the battle for hearts and minds becomes a vital strategic battleground. The side that wins public support for its cause is better positioned to determine the length and intensity of the fighting. And thanks to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which translated

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New York Times Graphic Turns Conflict into Game of Numbers

For a while now, the New York Times has been running a daily tally of Hamas rocket attacks, Israeli airstrikes, and the resulting deaths. A cumulative scorecard is published online as an infographic inserted in the paper’s daily coverage of the region. Today’s looks like this:   While the daily articles that contain the graphics

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Chomsky: BDS Tactics Likely to Fail

The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement is “virtually guaranteed to fail” because of unreasonable demands and misleading claims, according to noted anti-Israel activist Noam Chomsky. “Those who are sincerely dedicated to the Palestinian cause should avoid illusion and myth, and think carefully about the tactics they choose and the course they follow,” Chomsky wrote

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Cartoonist’s Cynical Take on Murdered Teens’ Funerals

Guardian Cartoonist Steve Bell, winner of one of HR’s Dishonest Reporting Awards in 2012, is no stranger to anti-Israel bias. Even so, his latest “commentary” about the funeral of the three Israeli teens murdered by Hamas terrorists pushes the envelope on cynicism and a lack of compassion. The cartoon shows a giant scale with the

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