Author Archives: Pesach Benson

A Dramatic Example of The Guardian’s Groupthink

Stephen Pollard explains a strange phone call revealing something about the mentality of The Guardian staff. Pollard, the top editor of the Jewish Chronicle, was harangued by The Guardian’s Israel correspondent, Harriet Sherwood over this over-the-top commentary on the murder of Vittorio Arrigoni in Gaza. She doesn’t have to agree with it, but that wasn’t the issue Sherwood was stuck on.

Today’s 5 Biggest Smackdowns

Smackdown: 1. the act of knocking down or bringing down an opponent; 2. a contest in entertainment wrestling; 3. a decisive defeat; 4. a confrontation between rivals or competitors Here are today’s five biggest smackdowns. 1. Bashar Assad smacks down Syrian lawyers, doctors, intellectuals, and other educated professionals. 2. The International Criminal Court smacks down

Daily Telegraph’s Journalistic Naqba

Heads up from a sharp reader who spotted a deeper problem with the Daily Telegraph than the headline  which Simon Plosker blogged a short time ago. If your borders are being stormed, who should the headline identify as the attacker, Simon wondered. Commenting on that post just minutes ago, Mordechai Bendon points out another significant problem with the

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Pro-Israel Blog-Off: First Semi-Final

Aussie Dave just introduced the first semi-final match of the 2011 Pro-Israel Blog-Off. This match pits against each other submissions by Elder of Ziyon and CiF Watch. Check out their submissions and vote. And congrats to Challah Hu Akbar for winning the last quarter-final. HonestReporting’s a proud sponsor of the blog-off.

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Naqba Day Violence: What We Know

6:18 pm Here’s the video of the tweet I just posted. Throwing rocks from behind an ambulance is so macho. 6:08 pm: Credit Peter Lerner with the tweet of the day. 6:01 pm: The Druze residents of Majdal Shams have convinced the last Syrians to return home. According to the Jerusalem Post, the Golan village

NY Times Sinks Truth About Gaza Flotilla

One year after the Gaza flotilla, I fear Big Media is discarding the Israeli narrative of events leading up to, during and after the IDF intercepted the Mavi Marmara. An even more provocative Flotilla 2 is in the works, and the NY Times produced some absolutely shoddy journalism (paywall-challenged readers click via Twitter). Reporter Susanne Gusten fails to

4 Snippets You Might Have Missed

Khaled Abu Toameh on Hamas vs. Fatah: In the eyes of Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas and Salaam Fayyad are also “traitors” because they have agreed — at least in English and in public — to recognize Israel’s right to exist. If Abbas and Fayyad were to stand trail before a court on all what Hamas has

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