Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Things That Make Me Go Hmmmmm

• Ahead of UN statehood bid, PA civil service union announces strike over late payment of salaries. According to Maan News, the open ended strike is due to begin on Tuesday. How can the world consider Palestinian statehood when the PA can’t pay its own bills? • Samir Quntar was injured in a Beirut explosion.

Rotten Headline of the Day

Ouch. Israel to bill Bedouins for razing their homes You have to read AFP’s article to learn that Israel is suing the Bedouins for the cost of repeatedly demolishing illegal structures in Al-Araqib, an unrecognized village built on state-owned land. Israeli authorities have razed the illegal structures more than 20 times, costing taxpayers $529,000 in manpower

Johann Hari to Be Stripped of Orwell Prize

Now the Orwell Prize people are piling on Johann Hari. The Independent’s columnist was stripped of his 2008 award in the wake of plagiarism accusations. According to the Daily Telegraph, the Orwell Prize Council is delaying its announcement till after the Indy’s own investigation is complete. The paper already suspended Hari pending the outcome of

Lessons From Norway’s Botched Casualty Count

Although Norwegian police continue combing Utoya island for bodies, authorities downsized the number of fatalities to 68. An unnecessary rush led to careless double-counting. According to AP: Police blamed the mix-up on the chaotic situation that erupted on Utoya island when police and rescue workers tried to sort the injured from the dead under mounting

The Sound of Music, Mideast Style

The BBC discovers that hip hop helps drive the Arab Spring. After all, Music and revolutions have a long history. With the Beeb on record that music has power to shape people’s views, how about a look at the incitement against Israel aired on Palestinian TV? Here’s but one example flagged by Palestinian Media Watch.

Divorced From Holy Land Reality

Here’s a new canard leveled against Israel: Many Christians living in the Holy Land have to convert to Islam or to a different Christian denomination in order to obtain a divorce. So claims Jill Hamilton in a shocking commentary published in The Guardian‘s print edition: In Israel, Christians come under 10 personal status codes: Latin Catholic,

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