Author Archives: Pesach Benson


Sweden Funds NGO’s Anti-Israel Brochure

Sweden Funds NGO’s Anti-Israel Brochure

While the Israeli govt is bowing to foreign pressure and freezing legislation that would cap foreign donations to NGOs, it emerges that Sweden financed an ugly booklet, “Colonialism and Apartheid – the Israeli occupation in Palestine.” YNet News writes: According to the report, the Swedish government transferred NIS 390,000 (roughly $104,600), under the guise of

“The Call Which Ended My Relationship With Press TV”

Jody Sabral blows the lid on her former employers, Press TV, and their handling of the Syrian uprising. Press TV is an official Iranian news channel, and Sabral says her bosses are deliberately suppressing news from Syria and serving as nothing but the mullahs’ mouthpiece. Thumbs up to Sabral, who writes: My four-year relationship ended


Media Cheat Sheet 11/17/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Ehud Barak’s in hot water over Iranian nukes, Suha Arafat trots out her daughter for a charm offensive, and what’s with Benetton’s new ad campaign? Iranian Atomic Urgency • Wow. The Times of London reports that members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are


Puckering Up for Peace?

No, this isn’t some kiss-and-tell PaliLeaks photo. It’s part of a Benetton ad campaign featuring world leaders lip locked. According AdAge, The Economist, New York Magazine, and Newsweek, among others, will be publishing the ads later this month, though other publications have given a tight-lipped refusal. I’ll be tongue tied if Abbas just embraces peace instead of

BBC’s Bad News: 2 Scandals in 1 Day

Rupert Murdoch’s probably enjoying a day’s respite from the phone-hacking scorn being heaped upon him. Today is the BBC’s bad PR day. First this from The Independent: The BBC has admitted 15 breaches of its editorial guidelines and has bought documentaries for “nominal” fees as little as £1 from a company that was working to

AFP Joins Suha Arafat’s Charm Offensive

Suha Arafat’s charm offensive continued with an interview on Egyptian TV. Cue the violins: YNet News describes how Mrs. Arafat even trotted out her out her 16-year-old daughter, Zahwa. The interview also exposed Arafat’s only daughter, Zahwa, for the first time. Although she was present during one part of the interview, her mother made sure


Media Cheat Sheet 11/16/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Today features human shields gathering around one Iranian atomic facility, a political eulogy for Salam Fayyad, and Sheikh Nasrallah becoming stupid in the face of the Arab Spring. Don’t miss my daily Media Cheat Sheets — just visit Backspin each day. Iranian Atomic


Media Cheat Sheet 11/15/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. The Government Press Office is asked to look into the legality of Iran’s Press TV’s Jerusalem correspondent amid allegations that he is a foreign agent. And the PLO throws another monkey wrench into peace talks. Iranian Atomic Urgency • From the


Hamas Embeds Itself Among Diplomats?

Turns out the French consul in Gaza, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were hit by shrapnel during Sunday’s IAF air strike on a Hamas naval facility. Reuters says their residence was just 200 meters from the site. It’s bad enough Hamas training facilities, rocket factories, arms depots and Qassam launching sites are in civilian areas.


Media Cheat Sheet 11/14/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Why is Avigdor Lieberman weighing legal action against AP? Was the Mossad really behind a mysterious Iranian blast? And would Salam Fayyad’s possible resignation really mean anything for Palestinian unity? Iranian Atomic Urgency • Iran confirms for the first time it’s being