Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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UN Releases Schabas Report, Israel Mulls Response

UN Releases Schabas Report, Israel Mulls Response

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN released the full Schabas report on the Gaza war. The report itself will be formally presented to the UN Human Rights Council. As expected, Israel took harsh criticism. The Palestinians didn’t come out clean either. Israel rejected the report, as did Hamas. I wonder if media coverage will reflect

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One Israeli Killed, Another on Life Support After Terror Attacks

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli police are still searching for the Palestinian who shot and killed an Israeli man in a Friday terror attack. Danny Gonen, of Lod was killed while hiking to a spring in the West Bank, near the community of Dolev. His friend, Netanel Hadad, who was wounded in the attack, recounted

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Rebels Surround Druze Village Near Israeli Border

Today’s Top Stories 1. Khader, a Syrian Druze village near the Israeli border was surrounded by rebel forces.  (Spellings vary if you Google the name.) A smaller scale drama is taking place at a Druze enclave in the village of Khader, adjacent to the border with Israel. Opposition forces have now taken over two Syria

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Abbas Dissolves Unity Government With Hamas

Today’s Top Stories 1. The PA government resigned and Mahmoud Abbas tasked Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah with forming a new cabinet. Abbas objects to the Hamas-Israel rapprochement, which the Times of Israel elaborates on. Others, like Reuters bureau chief, Luke Baker, note they’ve seen this dance before. 2. Israel’s Justice Ministry is reportedly getting ready to take legal action against BDS

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Israel to Nusra Front: Don’t Mess With Druze

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel and Hamas reportedly discussing a 5-year truce. YNet writes: The truce proposal is said to stipulate that Israel allow the construction of a floating sea port off the Gaza coast, to be subject to Israeli or international supervision.   In return, Hamas would agree to cease fire for five years,

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Israel to Create Buffer Zone for Syrian Druze?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Today’s main story was the release of Israel’s report on Operation Protective Edge and upcoming release of the UN Human Rights Council’s report (any day now). While Bloomberg News coverage suffices, one Israeli lawmaker who accompanied Israelis to testify to the Schabas commission in Geneva told Israel media he was stunned by the

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Al Jazeera America Sued By Another Ex-Employee Over Bias

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel released its own report on Operation Protective Edge, which, as the Jerusalem Post notes, is “intended to preempt the UN Human Right’s Council commission report on the Gaza operation that is expected to be released this week.” The government’s full report is online. The UN report was originally scheduled to be presented to

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Nusra Front Massacres Druze Villagers

Today’s Top Stories 1. The International Criminal Court is sending a team of investigators to Israel at the end of June. A number of papers picked up on Haaretz‘s scoop: The purpose of the preliminary examination is to determine if there is a reasonable basis to the claim that crimes have been committed that are

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Pulp Content and the New York Times’s Dead Palestinian

Editors tend to view wire copy as pulp content. You either edit the material to the length you need, or you can copy and paste key info into your own original content (with appropriate attribution, of course). Local papers use the reports differently, so editors tailor the headlines to fit available space in their print

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