Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Cash for Coverage: Deposed Dictator Bought Off Al-Manar

The LA Times picks up on reports that Tunisia’s deposed dictator, Zine el Abidine ben Ali, paid Arab news services — including Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV — large sums of money to burnish his image as a “promoter of human rights.” Lebanese television stations were reportedly even more voracious. One, parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri’s NBN, “demanded that

Bibi’s Speech: Soundbites From an Egged Bus

As luck would have it, I was on an Egged bus, en route to my son’s school for a parent-teacher evening, during Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress. Besides the rattling of the bus, and the din of peoples’ conversations, a woman’s voice on the radio was almost simultaneously translating the speech into Hebrew. Olim

How Legal The Guardian’s Soapbox for Hamas?

In The Guardian‘s print edition, Hamas spinmeister Musa Abu Marzook disses President Obama’s recent while plugging the Palestinian unity coalition. Hamas is on the UK list of proscribed terror organizations. While quoting such groups is necessary and relevant for news coverage, it’s worth reminding ourselves that elevating Hamas views to the op-ed section — with the

The Beeb’s Occupied by Gaza

Fact: Since the 2005 disengagement, there are no Israelis in Gaza — except for Gilad Shalit. Fact: Egypt’s new government isn’t cooperating with Israel on the Gaza blockade. Fact: Hamas, which rules Gaza, is an equal partner with Fatah in the running the Palestinian Authority. Fact: There is a  parallel world perversely called Planet BBC, which exists as a

Beirut Photojournalism Exhibit Closed Over Israeli Presence

I gotta hand it to World Press Photo for showing backbone in the face of Arab pressure. When Lebanese officials demanded that Israeli photographer Amit Sha’al’s work be removed from the Beirut exhibit, WPP chose instead to close it down early. The World Press Photo exhibit features prize-winning images from its 2010 contest. Sha’al’s photos

Pro-Israel Blog-Off: Second Semi-Final

Aussie Dave just introduced the second semi-final match of the 2011 Pro-Israel Blog-Off. This match pits against each other submissions by Israel Muse and Challah Hu Akbar. Check out their submissions and vote. And congrats to Elder of Ziyon for winning the first semi-final. HonestReporting’s a proud sponsor of the blog-off.

May 22 Links

• Video Shows Assad’s Uniformed Gunmen Opening Fire on Demonstrators Amateur cameraman in Hama comes under direct fire in the most damning Syrian video yet. • The Blowup With Israel I liked the Washington Post response to the Obama-Netanyahu summit. • Exposing Abbas Credit Benny Morris with the most authoritative fisking of that Mahmoud Abbas

Nattering Naqba Nabobs

HonestReporting’s Simon Plosker was on Rusty Mike Radio discussing Naqba coverage and new perspectives on Israel-advocacy. Listen to the podcast. One Palestinian who breached the border from Syria said he was shot while trying to kidnap an Israeli soldier. Will someone please notify The Economist? They think the border breach is new page in Palestinian Arab

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