Author Archives: Alex Margolin

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Cartoon Implies Israel Targeting Civilians

Cartoon Implies Israel Targeting Civilians

Although casualty counts published in the media since the start of the conflict have relied heavily on reports from Hamas, some people look at the raw numbers and conclude that Israel is not being careful enough to avoid Palestinian civilians. But a cartoon by Gary Barker in the Times of London takes the point to

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Jon Snow to Hamas: You Endanger Your Civilians With Your Rockets

Having a Hamas spokesman as a guest on a talk show is a dangerous undertaking. A skilled media manipulator from Hamas could use the opportunity to spout lies and accusations against Israel without the counter-balance of an Israeli viewpoint. But Channel 4′s Jon Snow manages to keep Hamas member Osama Hamdan mostly on topic, asking

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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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