Author Archives: Pesach Benson

NY Times Finds Gaza Doesn’t Need a Flotilla

The NY Times is taking some wind out of the sails of the Free Gaza flotilla. Ethan Bronner reports that neediness isn’t so high. Here are some of his findings by the numbers — based on Palestinian sources, no less. 25 percent: Gaza jobless rate in first quarter of 2011 (which is much lower than

Knesset Committee Voting on Israeli Satellite News Station

A Knesset committee today will vote on launching an Israeli satellite TV station. The Ministerial Committee on Legislation will vote Sunday on a bill that would require the government to establish a 24-hour satellite television station in English and Arabic. The bill, submitted by former Israel Broadcasting Authority chairman and current MK Nachman Shai (Kadima),

State Dept. Fails to Protect Identity of “Senior Administration Official”

Your US tax dollars at work: The State Dept. recently set up June 21 background briefing to update journalists on efforts to restart Mideast peace talks. Although reporters knew who was giving the briefing, the typical rule for these events is that quotes are anonymously attributed — in this case, the speaker could only be identified as a

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Israel Muse Wins Pro-Israel Blog-Off

Aussie Dave just announced the final results of the 2011 Pro-Israel Blog-Off. Congratulations to the grand prize winner,  Israel Muse. I’ve enjoyed seeing Israel’s supporters show what they’re capable of doing as I blogged the competition. My fervent hope is that readers become inspired and empowered to take their Internet activism to a new level

Govt Spokesman Resigns In Protest Against Press Restrictions

You know freedom’s sliding when your country’s top government spokesman resigns to protest new restrictions on the press and free speech. Which is exactly what Jordan’s Information Minister, Taher Adwan, did. “I submitted my resignation today to Prime Minister Maaruf Bakhit in protest at a government decision” to debate new press and publication laws in

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