Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Humanitarian Aid Director Funneled Money to Hamas

Humanitarian Aid Director Funneled Money to Hamas

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel arrested the Gaza director of a humanitarian organization, accusing him of funneling millions of dollars to Hamas. World Vision — a Christian aid group based in the Seattle area and operating in almost 100 countries — clearly has some ‘splaining to do. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Israel Investigating If Italian Journo Colluded With Hezbollah

Today’s Top Stories *** BREAKING NEWS *** Just before this roundup was published, YNet reported that Israel’s Government Press Office was formally investigating Italian journalist Michela Moni for allegedly colluding with Hezbollah. Moni interviewed several Israeli politicians and soldiers about the Second War in Lebanon, but the interviews were broadcast on Hezbollah’s Mayadeen TV. Moni

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Tehran Outraged As Abbas Meets With Iranian Opposition

Today’s Top Stories 1. Tehran blasted Mahmoud Abbas for meeting an Iranian opposition leader in Paris over the weekend, saying the PA leader “has been a collaborator with the Central Intelligence Agency for a long time.” 2. Looks like the US and Israel came up with a compromise on a key sticking point of the

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Defining Bias #5: Selective Omission

Part five of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #5 Selective Omission By choosing to report certain events over others, or withholding key details, the media controls access to information. Carelessly overlooking or excluding key facts is sloppy journalism. Cherry-picking details, at worst, is manipulative. Watch Haviv Rettig Gur of

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Israel Probing French Funding of Anti-Israel Groups

Today’s Top Stories 1. In what the Associated Press describes as a move of financial desperation, Hamas is distributing plots of land to its 40,000 civil servants in lieu of millions of dollars in salaries owed. Most of the land comes from what was once the Gush Katif settlement bloc in the southern part of

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Could Hamas Win Municipal Elections?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Could Hamas win West Bank municipal elections this October? Analysts explained to the Times of Israel why they expect Hamas to succeed — unless Fatah cancels the vote. 2. BDS, if you’re listening, here’s a by the numbers look at Turkey’s press crackdown based on the Poynter Institute‘s roundup and the

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Iranian Commander Makes Mysterious Visit to Israel-Syria Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Iranian commander makes mysterious visit to Israel-Syria border. 2. Will the Nusra Front — the largest jihadist group in Syria fighting against the Assad regime and Hezbollah — cut ties with Al-Qaida? The impact of any imminent Al-Nusra split from Al-Qaeda will depend on how the move is carried out and

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Even One Terror Death is a Tragedy

I’m glad to see that the New York Times took a special, in-depth look at the victims of terror with a humanizing interactive feature. Gruesome terror attacks in far-flung places around the world are becoming increasingly common. Mass casualties counts are mere stats. The news cycle moves on before many of the dead are even

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PA to Sue Britain Over Balfour Declaration

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki announced that the PA is preparing legal action against Britain for issuing the Balfour declaration almost 100 years ago. Since the Mideast conflict is so messed up, why stop with Balfour? The PA should also sue Britain and France (for the the 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement), Britain and

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University Curriculum Claims Israel Harvests Palestinian Organs

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinians are pushing for UN Security Council action over advancing Israeli plans to build 770 homes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo. The plans aren’t newThe project got initial approval in 2012 but was put on hold for political and bureaucratic reasons. 2. Yikes! A German university course curriculum claims

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