Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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

UNRWA Report: Intentionally Painting a Bleak Picture

The issue with the UNRWA’s latest report on Gaza uemployment  is more about its timing — the fifth anniversary of Israel’s blockade after Hamas took over the Strip. UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness made that clear enough: It is hard to understand the logic of a man-made policy which deliberately impoverishes so many and condemns hundreds of thousands of potentially

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