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Gay Girl in Damascus Hoax: Pinkwashing Israel and Sock Puppetry Extraordinaire

Gay Girl in Damascus Hoax: Pinkwashing Israel and Sock Puppetry Extraordinaire

By now, it’s all over the internet that Gay Girl in Damascus was outed. Amina Arraf — a Syrian lesbian and emerging voice for gay Arabs whose views on the Arab Spring gained prominence in the Western media – is really Tom MacMaster, a heterosexual male, co-director of Atlanta-Palestine Solidarity, now suspended from his Ph.D studies at

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Pro-Israel Blog-Off: The Final Round

The Pro-Israel Blog-Off’s down to two finalists. Elder of Ziyon and Israel Muse. They posted their final entries of the competition. You go to IsraellyCool to see their entries and choose the best post. Voting closes Sunday June 19th 11:59 PM Israel time. Your votes, and a panel of judges — including HonestReporting CEO Joe

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LA Times Odd Couple: Musa Abu Marzook and John Bolton?

Hamas spinmeister Musa Abu Marzook and John Bolton, the outspoken former US ambassador to the UN, make for the mother of all odd couples. What else can I say after seeing the LA Times publish their analyses of the Palestinian UN gambit together, on the same web page? As you’d expect, Marzook insists that a vote is unstoppable; Bolton argues the

2 Reader Reps Discuss Israel Coverage, Say Nothing New

When reader representatives talk about their papers’ Mideast coverage, I pay attention. They don’t touch on the Israel file often enough because it’s one of many issues they juggle. Unfortunately, the public editors of the NY Times and LA Times weighed in on Naksa day reports without saying anything really new. At the Gray Lady, Arthur Brisbane gives

Guns and Poses: Mavi Marmara Humanitarian Volunteers Were Armed

Israel’s Yediot Aharonot published photos of unidentified flotillistas aboard the Mavi Marmara holding guns. According to Nana 10 (Hebrew), the images came from cameras the IDF seized from the Mavi Marmara last year. Although the army had the damning images for a year, they were never released, nor were they seen by Israel’s Turkel Commission. So what

Assad’s Small Media Victory at the Times of London

I don’t understand how the Times of London chose a photo of a Palestinain funeral to illustrate an update about Syrian rebels reportedly killing 120 policemen. This AP photo has nothing to do with the story. Which is exactly what Bashar Assad’s counting on. You won’t find any reporters or photographers in ?Jisr al-Shughur, Hama,

Naksa Day: Plotted Paydirt, Not Popular Protest, Part 2

Bashar Assad wasn’t the only person paying protesters lately. A Lebanese man who rushed the border in last month’s Naqba Day incident told The Guardian: One demonstrator who was wounded that day told the Guardian the Lebanese militia Hezbollah had given him $50 to turn up at the border and $900 to have his gunshot

Naksa Day: Plotted Paydirt, Not Popular Palestinian Protest

If you think today’s protests along the Israeli-Syrian border represent a “Palestinian Spring,” think again. The Reform Party of Syria says says it has information that Assad regime paid off today’s Naksa protesters who tried breaching the Golan border: The Reform Party of Syria has learned today, from intelligence sources close to the Assad regime

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