Author Archives: Pesach Benson

BBC’s Bad News: 2 Scandals in 1 Day

Rupert Murdoch’s probably enjoying a day’s respite from the phone-hacking scorn being heaped upon him. Today is the BBC’s bad PR day. First this from The Independent: The BBC has admitted 15 breaches of its editorial guidelines and has bought documentaries for “nominal” fees as little as £1 from a company that was working to

AFP Joins Suha Arafat’s Charm Offensive

Suha Arafat’s charm offensive continued with an interview on Egyptian TV. Cue the violins: YNet News describes how Mrs. Arafat even trotted out her out her 16-year-old daughter, Zahwa. The interview also exposed Arafat’s only daughter, Zahwa, for the first time. Although she was present during one part of the interview, her mother made sure


Media Cheat Sheet 11/16/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Today features human shields gathering around one Iranian atomic facility, a political eulogy for Salam Fayyad, and Sheikh Nasrallah becoming stupid in the face of the Arab Spring. Don’t miss my daily Media Cheat Sheets — just visit Backspin each day. Iranian Atomic


Media Cheat Sheet 11/15/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. The Government Press Office is asked to look into the legality of Iran’s Press TV’s Jerusalem correspondent amid allegations that he is a foreign agent. And the PLO throws another monkey wrench into peace talks. Iranian Atomic Urgency • From the


Hamas Embeds Itself Among Diplomats?

Turns out the French consul in Gaza, his wife and 13-year-old daughter were hit by shrapnel during Sunday’s IAF air strike on a Hamas naval facility. Reuters says their residence was just 200 meters from the site. It’s bad enough Hamas training facilities, rocket factories, arms depots and Qassam launching sites are in civilian areas.


Media Cheat Sheet 11/14/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Why is Avigdor Lieberman weighing legal action against AP? Was the Mossad really behind a mysterious Iranian blast? And would Salam Fayyad’s possible resignation really mean anything for Palestinian unity? Iranian Atomic Urgency • Iran confirms for the first time it’s being


The Sorry State of the World Zionist Conspiracy

The Zionist conspiracy took a hit when Syria outed the Arab League as a Zionist tool. For damage control, I pulled a few strings with fellow co-conspirators at the Times of London with this staff-ed: The Syrian response was little short of deranged, with the country’s state news agency swiftly denouncing the league as a

Might Jerusalem Survive A Nuke?

I checked out Would I Survive A Nuke (via Gizmodo). You enter your location and choose size of closest population centers and bombs and hit enter. I chose a relatively conservative scenario — A single 50 megaton atomic bomb hitting Tel Aviv. It would indeed have an effect on nearby Jerusalem. What would such strike mean for Jerusalem, home of

Media Cheat Sheet 11/13/2011

Everything you need to know this weekend’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Will Israel give the US advance notice of a possible attack on Iran? And why does a Haaretz cartoon have UNESCO officials worried about incitement? Iranian Atomic Urgency • According to the Daily Telegraph, Israel refuses to seek an American green light or

5 Reasons UNESCO’s Pique With Haaretz Cartoon is Hooey

You’d think UNESCO, an organization devoted to art and culture, would be savvy enough to respect satire and “get the joke,” even when UNESCO itself is part of the humor. Think again. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization leadership thinks this Haaretz cartoon incites violence and filed an official complaint with the Israeli delegation. 1. This