Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Hezbollah Building Iranian Missile Base in Syria?

Hezbollah Building Iranian Missile Base in Syria?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hezbollah reportedly building an Iranian missile base in Syria. 2. Palestinian Christians have been very unhappy with Hamas and the PA in recent days. According to the Jerusalem Post, their bitterness with Hamas stems from the destruction of antiquities at the remains of Byzantine church discovered in Gaza last week. More

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Are Sinai Peacekeepers Retreating From ISIS or Redeploying?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Obama administration is discussing with Egypt and Israel the possibility of significantly redeploying US and international peacekeepers in the Sinai because of the growing threat posed by Islamic State. Many of the approximately 1,700 monitors from 12 countries would be relocated the southern Sinai. CNN, which broke the story, reports:

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Israel Halts Cement Deliveries to Gaza Over Hamas Theft

Today’s Top Stories 1. Fed up with Hamas stealing cement for Gaza reconstruction, Israel suspended deliveries of building materials to the Strip. Israel placed tight restrictions on construction material to prevent Hamas from rebuilding its tunnel network; Hamas, however, has managed to obtain the goods. More on the story at the Jerusalem Post and Times

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Christians Threaten to Leave PA Over Patriarchal Vicar’s Arrest

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinian Authority arrested Patriarchal Vicar Swerios Malki Murad. As head of the Syriac Orthodox Church, “Murad is the highest-ranked Christian clergyman to be arrested by the PA since its inception in 1994.” PA Prosecutors said Murad was arrested after a woman filed a civil complaint, but didn’t explain its nature. Around

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Defining Bias #1: Misleading Terminology

Part one of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #1 Misleading Definitions and Terminology Prejudicing readers through language. Language is too often used to promote an agenda. The media must exercise caution when consciously choosing to adopt (or avoid) certain terms, proper nouns, or foreign words. George Orwell articulated the potential

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The Eight Categories of Media Bias

Media manipulation is one of the most unfortunate aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We’ve seen papers blur the distinction between journalism and advocacy, fact-checking failures become fatal, photographers and Palestinians twist reality in mutually beneficial relationships, semantics become politicized and news executives cover up news to protect access. We’ve even seen journalists abuse readers who dared to disagree. None

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Hamas Admits Holding Israeli Captives, Bodies

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas, for the first time, acknowledged holding two Israelis captive (Avraham Mengistu and an unidentified Bedouin, both wandered into Gaza), and holding the bodies of Lt. Hadar Goldin and Sgt. Oron Shaul (both killed fighting in Gaza during the 2014 war). 2. YNet: The UN censored an Israeli exhibit about Zionism,

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Saudis Buying Israeli Drones Via South Africa?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Are the Saudis purchasing Israeli drones through South Africa? 2. Egypt reportedly destroyed a 3 km-long Hamas tunnel containing mortars, engineering equipment, and generators. YNet notes why the discovery’s timing came at a very awkward time for Hamas: This tunnel was found as an additional round of talks between a Hamas

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Historian: AP Cooperated With Nazi Regime

Today’s Top Stories 1. A controversial BBC documentary, Children of the Gaza War, was nominated for a BAFTA Award (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts). The video, in which reporter Lyse Doucet spent time with Gaza youngsters, left me with a loss for words because Israel’s existence was lost in BBC translation. Whenever

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Istanbul Jewish Institutions on High Terror Alert

Today’s Top Stories 1. Islamic State’s planning “imminent” attacks on Jewish schools and youth centers in Turkey according to Sky News. Turkish and Israeli officials are refusing to comment. The most likely target of an attack is Istanbul’s synagogue in Beyoglu, which also has a community centre and a school attached to it.   “In

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