Author Archives: Pesach Benson


Media Cheat Sheet 01/18/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. An EU document suggests how to undermine Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, one newspaper breaks out the violins for Khaled Mashaal, Israel and the Palestinians •  EU delegates want to boost Palestinian claims on Jerusalem. Haaretz, YNet, The Guardian and The Independent — who all


Media Cheat Sheet 01/17/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Sources say Khaled Mashaal to step down as Hamas chief, Egypt’s military junta fights media bias, and BBC gives a thumbs-up to Israeli cyborg rats. Israel and the Palestinians • The oxymoronic cliche of “cautious optimism” means absolutely nothing — but that’s


Mark Perry: No Confirmation, But Sure Of Israeli Covert War in Iran

After accusing Israel of carrying out covert “false flag” operations, Mark Perry tells Australia’s ABC News he’s “sure” Israel also assassinated Mostafa Rashan. The evidence? Why, Perry’s own speculation: Mr Perry says while he does not have confirmation Israel is behind the attacks, he is sure it is responsible . . . He says while


Media Cheat Sheet 01/16/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Why was a Hamas intelligence document leaked online? What’s the big deal about Mahmoud Abbas’s travel permit? And was a battle in a Syrian village staged for reporters and monitors? Israel and the Palestinians • Nadav Shragai (Israel HaYom) explains how Palestinians

Board of Deputies Rejects Boycott of The Guardian

The Board of Deputies of British Jews rejected a proposed boycott of The Guardian. According to the Jewish Chronicle, the motion urged “all who oppose antisemitism to refrain from buying the Guardian or advertising in it”. I understand the frustration behind the idea. Al-Guardian won HonestReporting’s 2011 Dishonest Reporting Award for an entire year’s worth


Media Cheat Sheet 01/15/2012

Everything you need to know about the weekend coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Is killing Iranian nuclear scientists moral? Why did the Columbia Journalism Review’s look at “Israel and the NY Times” prompt an apology to Jewish readers? And what was one prominent UK publisher thinking when he visited Ismail Haniyeh? HonestReporting delivers the


A Dead Iranian Scientist and Israel’s “No Comment” Policy

A reader I’ll call A. in Australia wants to know about Israel and Mostafa Rashan, a Natanz uranium enrichment supervisor assassinated last week. She writes: Yesterday, we had reports that a scientist in Iran was killed by the Mossad . . . Israel hasn’t answered the media’s queries. What have you to say about this? While the US


Media Cheat Sheet 01/12/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Finger-pointing over the death of a French journalist in Syria, a high-ranking US official meets the Muslim Brotherhood, and a Dutch writer compares her experience with Israeli pre-natal care to Nazi eugenics. HonestReporting delivers the Media Cheat Sheet to your Facebook

“It’s Impossible to Reconcile The Evidence With the Accepted Narrative About Israel”

Greg Sheridan reminds me of why watchdogs like HonestReporting are battling against Big Media’s skewed views of Israel. The Australian‘s columnist — who is visiting Israel– writes: Spending time in Israel is dangerous because it is impossible to reconcile the evidence of your eyes with the accepted international narrative about Israel. In the international media, Israel