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Were Photographers Right to Boycott Bibi’s Press Conference?

Were Photographers Right to Boycott Bibi’s Press Conference?

In a show of solidarity, press photographers boycotted yesterday’s joint press conference of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his visiting French counterpart, Manuel Valls. They were protesting the behavior of Netanyahu’s security detail, who demanded that pool photographer Atef Safadi take off his pants before entering the venue. The Ramallah-based Safadi, who works for European

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Hamas to Publicly Execute 13 Palestinians

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas announced that it’s planning a series of public executions. According to AFP, the 13 Palestinians on death row were convicted of criminal offenses, “mostly murder connected to robberies.” Of the more than 170 Palestinians sentenced to death since the creation of the Palestinian Authority in 1994, around 30 have been

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Gazans Admit Fearing Hamas Tunnels Too

Today’s Top Stories 1. Worth reading: Thumbs up to the New York Times for a heckuva dispatch about Gazans living in dread of Hamas’ tunnels. Palestinians told reporter Diaa Hadid they hear the sounds of digging and fret about the consequences of tunnels in their civilian areas, validating what Israelis in Netiv Ha-Asara are also hearing). A neighbor

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Netanyahu Engineers Political Shake-Up

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli coalition politics is a combination of Game of Thrones and musical chairs. In a bid to expand his one-seat parliamentary majority, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lured Avigdor Liberman back into the government by giving him the Defense Ministry. This happened as efforts to form a national unity coalition with Isaac

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Melania Trump: Reporter Provoked Death Threats and Anti-Semitic Trolls

Today’s Top Stories 1. Donald Trump’s wife, Melania discussed for the first time the anti-Semitic abuse supporters piled on reporter Julia Ioffe, who wrote a somewhat critical GQ profile about her. Mrs. Trump’s concluding comment isn’t going over well on Jewish social media. Here’s the key snippet in full, as Mickey Rapkin of Du Jour

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BDS ‘Down in Flames’ at Methodist Conference

Today’s Top Stories 1. At the United Methodist Church’s General Conference, a series of pro-BDS resolutions “went down in flames,” the Religion News Service reports. 2. The death of Mustafa Badreddine is exposing a rift between Hezbollah and Iran. Hezbollah followers believe he was killed by an ally, and not by Syrian rebels. And one

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Gazans Forced to Pay Thousands In Bribes at Egypt Border Crossing

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Arab reports picked up by i24 News, many Palestinians who last week left Gaza via the Rafah border crossing to Egypt were forced to pay the Egyptians bribes of up to $3,000. Al-Sawaf said that not only were people forced to pay bribes, but the amount differed between the authorities.

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Who Killed Hezbollah’s Mustafa Badreddine?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mustafa Badreddine, Hezbollah’s highest ranking commander, was killed in a mysterious explosion near Damascus International Airport. Whodunnit? Hezbollah blames Islamic State, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights disputes this. The New York Times notes the deafening silence on claims of responsibility while Anshel Pfeffer ranks the possible culprits. According to Le Figaro’s

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Radio Station: Happy Birthday Israel Message Too Toxic to Air

Today’s Top Stories 1. For sponsoring a day’s broadcast of Michigan Public Radio, Lisa Lis was told she was entitled to have a message broadcast on the air. She chose a four-word sentence, “Happy 68th birthday, Israel.” The station rejected that line as too radioactive, saying, “this message would compromise the station’s commitment to impartiality and

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Facebook Under Scrutiny for Manipulating Trending News

Today’s Top Stories 1. Former Facebook staffers told Gizmodo they routinely suppressed conservative news from the platform’s trending news section, “even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.” They also said they were instructed to sometimes add selected stories to trending news, “even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion at all.”

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