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Wikileaks: Al-Manar TV Shareholders Targeted for Sanctions

The US embassy in Beirut recommended financial sanctions on 38 shareholders in Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV station. The Daily Star writes: “Designating them now will reinforce our efforts to discredit Hizbullah and its institutions and deny Hizbullah supporters access to financing that goes through US institutions,” the cable said. “Moreover, the publicity that will greet designation

PA Journalists Support Western Wall ‘Study': Why It Matters

The Jerusalem Post's Khaled Abu Toameh reports that the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate has expressed its support for the PA's "study" denying any Jewish ties to the Western Wall. The journalists’ syndicate, which is controlled by Fatah, rejected US and Israeli protests over the “scientific study.” . . . . The syndicate added that Israel’s position

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Into the Water

I thought Israeli policy was to neither confirm nor deny alleged Mossad shark attacks. I’m willing to make an exception here: Shark attacks not linked to Mossad says Israel Meanwhile, Dominic Waghorn of Sky News points out: Throwing up preposterous theories is not the only sign Egypt is panicking over the shark attacks. Authorities seem to

Sharks, The Mossad and The Scotsman Make for Sexy Headlines

UPDATE 1:55 pm: See HonestReporting UK's response to the Scotsman: Egyptian Shark Attack: Jews Not Jaws? * * * Newspapers are always treating wire articles as pulp content. It's accepted practice for editors to trim down stories and change headlines because of space limitations. But once in awhile, I compare the original story with what

The Observer Gets With The Program . . .

The Observer boggles the mind. Describing Iran's nuclear weapons drive as an "energy programme" is as myopic as calling the Wikileaks info dump a "crowdsourcing event." Spoiler alert: The people behind this increasingly sinister campaign most likely work for a secretive Israeli organization whose name begins with an M and rhymes with Possad.

2 Lessons from Hamas’s Facebook Fail

HonestReporting’s social media editor, Alex Margolin, contributes occasional posts on social media issues. He oversees HonestReporting on Facebook. Last week, Hamas (or someone claiming to speak for the terror group) launched an English language Facebook Page for the al Qassam Brigades – Hamas Military Wing. Within days, the group was spotted by Aussie Dave and

Helen’s Being Helen Again

Yes, she "apologized" for saying that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine" and to Go home . . . To Poland, Germany…and America and everywhere else." But Helen Thomas proved her apology was utterly worthless. Speaking in Dearborn, Thomas told the Detroit Free Press: The Free Press asked her about her comments, which

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