Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Screaming Headline Disconnect

Screaming Headline Disconnect

This screaming headine in The Independent is badly undermined by the very last sentence of its story. But the last sentence says: Many of the Bedouin lack land-ownership deeds. Methinks a more accurate screaming headline should say something like this: Illegal Bedouin construction picking up speed

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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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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