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Globe & Mail’s Cracked Mirror Images

Globe & Mail’s Cracked Mirror Images

Doug Saunders, the Globe & Mail’s European bureau chief, thinks there’s no difference between Hamas and the Israeli parties that make up Prime Minister Netanyahu’s governing coalition. He’d be correct if Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu, Shas, United Torah Judaism, and Haatzmaut maintained their own armed groups, fired rockets at neighbors, restricted media freedom, brainwashed children, and tossed

Top 5 Reasons The Gaza Flotilla Will Go On Even Though Egypt’s Opening Rafah Crossing This Weekend

Egypt announced it will permanently open the Rafah border crossing this weekend. With Palestinians able to travel back and forth, and consumer goods already plentiful, you’d think the Free Gaza flotilla being organized in Turkey should be superfluous. Think again. Here are the top five reasons the flotilla will go on. 5. Too many misogynistic Arab

Announcing Our Lucky iPad 2 Winner

Congrats to the winner of iPad 2 give-away, Ami Maishlish. The Markham, Ontario resident’s thrilled. In his correspondence with us, Maishlish wrote: HonestReporting’s a valuable watchdog protecting public rights to honesty and fair factual representation of news and events in the media. HR deserves to be congratulated for a job well done! We’re flattered by

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.

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