Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Rotten Headline of the Day

Ouch. Israel to bill Bedouins for razing their homes You have to read AFP’s article to learn that Israel is suing the Bedouins for the cost of repeatedly demolishing illegal structures in Al-Araqib, an unrecognized village built on state-owned land. Israeli authorities have razed the illegal structures more than 20 times, costing taxpayers $529,000 in manpower

Johann Hari to Be Stripped of Orwell Prize

Now the Orwell Prize people are piling on Johann Hari. The Independent’s columnist was stripped of his 2008 award in the wake of plagiarism accusations. According to the Daily Telegraph, the Orwell Prize Council is delaying its announcement till after the Indy’s own investigation is complete. The paper already suspended Hari pending the outcome of

Lessons From Norway’s Botched Casualty Count

Although Norwegian police continue combing Utoya island for bodies, authorities downsized the number of fatalities to 68. An unnecessary rush led to careless double-counting. According to AP: Police blamed the mix-up on the chaotic situation that erupted on Utoya island when police and rescue workers tried to sort the injured from the dead under mounting

Divorced From Holy Land Reality

Here’s a new canard leveled against Israel: Many Christians living in the Holy Land have to convert to Islam or to a different Christian denomination in order to obtain a divorce. So claims Jill Hamilton in a shocking commentary published in The Guardian‘s print edition: In Israel, Christians come under 10 personal status codes: Latin Catholic,

Reporters Strip Searched Again: Journos to Boycott Bibi?

The Foreign Press Association is rightly upset that three female reporters were strip searched by the Prime Minister’s security detail last week before a briefing by deputy prime minister Moshe Yaalon. AFP’s Sara Hussein described the experience as humiliating and also posted tweets one and two as well. Reporters already go through security checks before getting press

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