Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Things That Make Me Go Hmmmmm

• These Greek naval commandos who stopped the Audacity of Hope from illegally leaving port didn’t hold anything resembling paintball guns. • If you read between the lines, this PA spokesman says Abbas is clueless. Abbas’s preference is for negotiations. Palestinian Authority spokesman Ghassan Khatib told The Irish Times that he is committed to the September UN appeal but is

4 Hezbollah Figures Indicted for Hariri Assassination

Four Hezbollah figures are accused of assassinating Rafik Hariri as the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon issued its indictments. The Gulf News writes: While the names of the accused were not disclosed by Mirza or any other Lebanese officials, media quoted ‘reliable’ sources in the prosecutor’s office as saying the four are security and military members of

Are Johann Hari’s “Intellectual Portraits” Plagiarism or Lip-Synch Journalism?

Johann Hari’s accused of plagiarism, which has British bloggers poring over his interviews with a fine-tooth comb. The results so far ain’t good. Brian Whelan, for example,  randomly chose an interview with Gideon Levy. And Whelan found a pattern of thoughts attributed to Levy (but not in quote marks) matching word for word with thoughts Levy expressed

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BBC Trust Upholds Complaint About Settlement Moratorium Coverage

Last September, Israel ended a moratorium on building in already-existing settlements. Unfortunately, the BBC Today program inaccurately described moratorium in far broader terms, stating, “The moratorium on building Jewish settlements in the West Bank ended at midnight.” That language even remains on the Beeb’s web site: It’s clear that the BBC has an axe to grind

Israel Rethinking Ban on Flotilla Journos

UPDATE 5:25 pm: No sanctions for the journos, according to this statement from the Prime Minister’s office. * * * This just in from Reuters. Israel’s rethinking it’s ban on journalists sailing with the Gaza flotilla: “(Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu) heard about it on the news and asked to re-examine this issue because it’s problematic,” Deputy

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),

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