Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Could Hamas Win Municipal Elections?

Could Hamas Win Municipal Elections?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Could Hamas win West Bank municipal elections this October? Analysts explained to the Times of Israel why they expect Hamas to succeed — unless Fatah cancels the vote. 2. BDS, if you’re listening, here’s a by the numbers look at Turkey’s press crackdown based on the Poynter Institute‘s roundup and the

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Iranian Commander Makes Mysterious Visit to Israel-Syria Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iranian commander makes mysterious visit to Israel-Syria border. 2. Will the Nusra Front — the largest jihadist group in Syria fighting against the Assad regime and Hezbollah — cut ties with Al-Qaida? The impact of any imminent Al-Nusra split from Al-Qaeda will depend on how the move is carried out and

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PA to Sue Britain Over Balfour Declaration

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki announced that the PA is preparing legal action against Britain for issuing the Balfour declaration almost 100 years ago. Since the Mideast conflict is so messed up, why stop with Balfour? The PA should also sue Britain and France (for the the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement), Britain and

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University Curriculum Claims Israel Harvests Palestinian Organs

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinians are pushing for UN Security Council action over advancing Israeli plans to build 770 homes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo. The plans aren’t newThe project got initial approval in 2012 but was put on hold for political and bureaucratic reasons. 2. Yikes! A German university course curriculum claims

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Jihadists Urged to Attack Israeli Athletes, Spectators in Rio

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Foreign Desk reports that pro-Al Qaeda jihadis are being urged on social media forums to attack athletes and spectators at the upcoming Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro — especially Israelis. “Your chance to take part in the global Jihad is here! Your chance to be a martyr is here!”

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Columnist Who Called Israel a ‘Nazi State’ Loses Lawsuit

Today’s Top Stories 1. Brazilian Jews won a lawsuit against a columnist who called Israel a ‘Nazi state.’ The affair began in 2006, when Gilson Gondim, a columnist for the Jornal da Paraiba newspaper, used that term in a column about the IDF’s retaliation for Hezbollah kidnapping two soldiers. After Jornal da Paraiba shut down his

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Israel Approves Fence Along Northern Jordanian Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Defense officials approved a fence along the northern Jordan border to prevent jihadist infiltrations. Fear of scenarios in which booby-trapped cars speed towards the border or shootings occur prompted the plan, which was drawn up by the Defense Ministry and approved by senior ministry officials.   This stretch of the fence

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Send Me a Speaker From HonestReporting

HonestReporting’s USA Executive Director Gary Kenzer is available to speak and run media bias workshops in your community, synagogue, church, school or organization, and is now scheduling events across the US starting from September. Interested in bringing Gary to your area? Call him nationwide toll-free at (866) 508-7884, or send an email to gkenzer@honestreporting.com.  

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US, Iran At Odds Over Nuclear Deal ‘Add-On Document’

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to a document seen by the Associated Press, “key restrictions” imposed on Iran’s nuclear program by last year’s accord “will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires, advancing Tehran’s ability to build a bomb even before the end of the pact.” Israeli officials told the Times of Israel

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