Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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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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

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