Author Archives: Pesach Benson

5 Reasons UNESCO’s Pique With Haaretz Cartoon is Hooey

You’d think UNESCO, an organization devoted to art and culture, would be savvy enough to respect satire and “get the joke,” even when UNESCO itself is part of the humor. Think again. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization leadership thinks this Haaretz cartoon incites violence and filed an official complaint with the Israeli delegation. 1. This


Media Cheat Sheet 11/10/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Iran’s  nuclear program continues to dominate the news. As for the peace process, the PA’s going to seek “observer nation status” in the UN. But is it really part of a “diplomatic intifada,” as one journalist says? Iranian Atomic Urgency • Daily Mail:

The Occupation Is a Disease. Meet the Cure

Physicians for Human Rights and The Lancet channeled their inner Stallone with a nasty little screed about health care and Palestinian statehood: Israel has used health and medicine as an instrument of control and oppression of the Palestinian people and leadership in the occupied Palestinian territory throughout the years since 1967. We at Physicians for Human Rights—Israel


Media Cheat Sheet 11/09/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. The IAEA’s report on Iran dominated the news, practically overshadowing the Palestinians conceding they can’t push statehood through the UN Security Council. Iranian Atomic Urgency • The NY Times posted on its web site a copy of the much-anticipated IAEA report (pdf)


“It Doesn’t Mean The Outrage Wasn’t Genuine”

Jennifer Rubin usually raises hackles with her blogging at the Washington Post. Now, her latest controversy about a Gilad Shalit-related tweet is raising questions about how journalists on Twitter reflect on the papers they work for. But more importantly, the ombudsman’s response raises a happy precedent for HonestReporting and web activists. It started with the


Media Cheat Sheet 11/08/2011

Welcome to everyone reading my cheat sheet for the first time. I used to write an in-house digest for the HonestReporting staff assessing the news, trends in coverage and other items of interest. We decided to share all that with you. You want to be well-informed but you have limited time to find the pearls in

Let Hamas Pay Israeli Court Fees

A breathless AP “exclusive” says the families of Palestinians killed by the IDF are being railroaded out of justice by steep Israeli court fees. Here’s how the bureaucratic tyranny works against Palestinian claims for wrongful death compensation: “The victim must pay for justice,” said Gaza resident Mohammed Abdel-Dayim, whose son and three nephews were killed during


Media Cheat Sheet 11/07/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Middle East. The MSM’s still looking ahead to an IAEA report on Iran’s nuclear activities. And thanks to a self-righteous “tribunal,” the buzz of the Israeli apartheid canard is growing buzz online. Last but not least, Javier Solana mistakenly tweeted an Israeli notable’s death


The Guardian’s Readers’ Editor On Anti-Semitism

Deborah Orr’s smarmy column on the Gilad Shalit deal continues to raise enough of a stink that even Chris Elliott, The Guardian’s Readers’ Editor, finally weighs in on the piece’s anti-Semitism. Three times in the last nine months I have upheld complaints against language within articles that I agreed could be read as antisemitic. The