Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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News Agency Fires Reporter for Collaborating With Hezbollah

News Agency Fires Reporter for Collaborating With Hezbollah

Today’s Top Stories 1. Terror Collaborating Journalist Gets the Boot: Italian news agency fires reporter Michele Monni, who interviewed Israelis for a Hezbollah documentary. 2. Palestinian court suspended municipal elections that were scheduled for next month. The High Court of Justice ruling gives Fatah a face-saving way to avoid an expected loss to Hamas. Anxious cadres

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Israel Now Bringing Sudan in From the Cold?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Maintaining that Sudan is no longer in Iran’s orbit, Israel is urging the US and Europe to begin improving relations with Khartoum, Haaretz reports. It’s a tricky proposition because the US has designated Sudan as a state sponsor of terror, and because the International Criminal Court indicted President Omar Bashir for

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Jordanian Lawmaker: BDS Endangering Kingdom and Mideast

Today’s Top Stories 1. It looks like Hamas’ next supreme leader will be Ismail Haniyeh. According to Asharq al-Awsat, Haniyeh — who currently runs Gaza — has the inside track to replace Khaled Mashaal. But there’s a catch: Haniyeh will have to move to Qatar in order to freely travel on behalf of Hamas. Several officials from

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Two Dead, More Missing in Tel Aviv Building Collapse

Today’s Top Stories 1. A Tel Aviv construction site collapsed, killing two people and injuring possibly as many as 27, with others still missing in the wreckage. Rescue efforts were complicated by the fact that the site was an underground parking garage. It’s believed the collapse was the result of a structural failure after a tractor

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Defining Bias #6: Using True Facts To Draw False Conclusions

Part six of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #6 Using True Facts To Draw False Conclusions Media reports frequently use true facts to draw erroneous conclusions. Even if all the facts are accurate, it’s still possible for journalists to draw illogical conclusions. To err is human, right? Watch Haviv

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MSNBC Host Deletes ‘Anti-Semitic’ Tweet

Today’s Top Stories 1. MSNBC host Chris Hayes raised a Twitter stink over the weekend, ultimately removing one of the stupidest tweets I’ve ever seen. The fuss began when Fusion‘s Collier Meyerson tweeted her displeasure with the behavior of a Hasidic man she was sitting next to on an airplane. Hayes, who hosts the political talk show,

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US Court Throws Out $655 Million Terror Judgment Against PA, PLO

Today’s Top Stories 1. A US appeals court threw out a $655 million judgment against the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization for their connection to terror attacks that killed a number of US citizens. A group of American victims of Palestinian terror sued under the US Anti-Terrorism Act. But no emotion was enough before

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Syrian Rebel Leader Quits After Interview With Israeli

Today’s Top Stories 1. Syrian rebel leader quits after interview with Israeli. YNet explains what happened when Elizabeth Tsurkov, a Research Fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking interviewed various Syrians in southern Turkey. “Over the years I’ve interviewed activists, fighters, civic leaders, and politicians – almost always on condition of anonymity,” she explained. “This

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UN Aid Money Going to Assad and Cronies

Today’s Top Stories 1. If you thought recent disclosures of NGO and UN aid benefiting Hamas was bad enough, you won’t believe the scope of the shenanigans going on in Syria. The Guardian reports that UN aid money is propping up the regime. Businessmen whose companies are under US and EU sanctions have been paid substantial sums by

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