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CNN Yanks Reporter For Calling Israelis Scum

CNN Yanks Reporter For Calling Israelis Scum

CNN removed correspondent Diana Magnay after she called Israelis “scum” in a tweet (since removed). She was in Sderot, on a hill overlooking Gaza, watching Israeli airstrikes in the distance. Off camera, a crowd of Israelis watching the night-time action were cheering, which Magnay described. But Magnay got into trouble for posting a tweet calling

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Gaza Conflict Day 10: Rockets Found in UNRWA School

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UNRWA found 20 rockets in one of its Gaza schools. And they weren’t from the school’s science club either. Meanwhile, Patrick Martin of the Globe & Mail had a schoolyard lesson of his own  in Human Shields 101: Heading toward the exit, we were overwhelmed by the jet-like sound of two rockets

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Gaza Conflict Day 9: First Israeli Fatality Laid to Rest

Original image: CC BY-SA flickr/gerlos Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** As today’s Israel Daily News Stream went to press, four Palestinian children were killed in an Israeli airstrike witnessed by foreign journalists, including  The Guardian‘s Peter Beaumont and UK Channel 4′s Jonathan Miller, who tried to save the kids. More details at YNet. 1.

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Gaza Conflict Day 8: Hamas Rockets Wreck Ceasefire Initiative

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas rejected an Egyptian ceasefire initiative which Israel accepted this morning. A break in IDF air strikes to give peace a chance was met with continued Palestinian rocket fire, forcing Israel to resume operations. The truce was backed by the Arab League, the Palestinian Authority (with a twist), and the White House. According

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Gaza Conflict Day 7: Israel Downs Hamas Drone Over Ashdod

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel shot down a Palestinian drone flying over the coast near Ashdod. 2. Egypt’s offering Gaza aid, but not leverage, reports the Christian Science Monitor. And that has Smadar Perry commenting that Cairo’s Sisi regime is perfectly happy to let Gaza simmer while Israel pounds Hamas. The Egyptian media’s been vicious

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Gaza Conflict Day 6: Did Hamas Deliberately Attack Ramallah?

Today’s Top Stories 1. After a rocket a landed in Ramallah last night, the Globe & Mail‘s Patrick Martin suggests that Hamas deliberately fired at the PA. The notion that Palestinian militants in Gaza might fire on Palestinian authorities in Ramallah is certainly a new twist to the six-day rocket war being waged between Israel

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Gaza Conflict Day 3: Israel Calls on Palestinians to Evacuate Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Times of Israel: The Palestinian Authority took the first steps to formal membership in the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Abbas did this while denouncing Israel’s military operations as “genocide.” Former ambassador Michael Oren explains why he’s worried: Abbas’s actions, including his threats to seek ICC membership so that he

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Gaza Conflict Day 2: Hamas Escalates Rocket Fire

Today’s Top Stories 1. Escalation marked the second day of Operation Protective Edge. Hamas fired a Syrian-made M302 rocket at Hadera. Later in the day, rockets reached Zichron Yaakov, a coastal town about 120 km away from Gaza and just south of Haifa, representing the longest Palestinian rocket strike on Israel yet. According to Israeli

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Comments and the Roar of the Crowd: Lost in Translation?

The perils of multi-lingual media monitoring. From: …@gmail.com Date: Tue, Jul 8, 2014 Subject: Re: IDNS: IDF Launches Operations Against Gaza Rocket Fire IDF launches Operation Protective Edge   IN HEBREW IT IS CALLED “TZOK EITAN” — THAT REALLY MEANS “SOLID ROCK” AND NOT A LIGHT DEFENSIVE “PROTECTIVE EDGE” (SO WHY WATERDOWN THE NAME?) I

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Israel Under Fire: IDF Launches Operation Protective Edge

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF’s Operation Protective Edge began as the IDF hit Gaza rocket launchers, Hamas command and control facilities and other terror infrastructure. See all the details at the Haaretz, Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel and i24 live-blogs. Among the more notable developments, the IDF wants to call up another 40,000 reservists, and

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