Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Thousands Evacuated as Israel Battles Expanding Wildfires

Thousands Evacuated as Israel Battles Expanding Wildfires

Today’s Top Stories 1. Wildfires continued to spread around Israel as flames threatened homes and national infrastructure. Some 60,000 people were forced to evacuate in Haifa alone. The Jerusalem Post, i24 News and Haaretz report new fires broke out in the areas of Modiin, Nazareth, the Hebron Hills, and Rishon LeTzion (suspiciously across from a

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Swedish Editor Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Cartoon

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Local picks up on a spat in which the editor in chief of one of Sweden’s most widely read papers apologized for his paper publishing an anti-Semitic cartoon. The image, by Dagens Nyheter cartoonist Magnus Bard, depicted Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu in a litter carried by Orthodox Jews, Zionists

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Back Channel Contact Between Hamas and International Criminal Court?

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** After this roundup was published, YNet reported that the Israeli Navy intercepted a Palestinian smuggling boat en route to Gaza. After the Navy opened fire, the vessel was destroyed by secondary explosions caused by weapons on board. Developing . . . 1. Is the International Criminal Court maintaining

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What Would It Take to Spark Media Introspection Over Mideast Coverage?

Since the US elections, the journalism industry has been humbled by Donald Trump’s unexpected win. Long-held assumptions are flying out the window. Long-held practices will hopefully be re-examined. A “reality check,” after all, means you may not be in sync with reality. How big a problem is it? It’s coming out that journalists operated in

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Arab League Pressing Abbas for Successor

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mahmoud Abbas is resisting significant pressure from the Arab League to appoint a successor. MEMRI picked up on Egyptian press reports. On November 16, the independent Egyptian Islamic daily Al-Misriyyoun published a lengthy report on this matter, according to which Abu Al-Gheit presented ‘Abbas with the names of three possible successors:

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New Congressional Bill Penalizes Compliance With BDS

Today’s Top Stories 1. New Congressional legislation in the Capitol Hill pipeline would extend criminal penalties to compliance with BDS and settlement boycotts. The House bill amends language in bills passed in the 1970s to combat the Arab League boycott of Israel to encompass the modern Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement – and to include

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Oberlin Fires Professor Over Anti-Semitic Social Media Posts

Today’s Top Stories 1. Oberlin College’s board of trustees fired Professor Joy Karega over a series of social media posts linking Israel and Islamic State, blaming the Mossad for the Charlie Hebdo and 9/11 attacks, and more. The college initially affirmed Karega’s right to academic freedom when her inflammatory statements surfaced earlier this year, but

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Jewish Ties to Eastern Jerusalem Didn’t Begin in 1967

National Public Radio takes a nice look at the issue of relocating the US embassy to Jerusalem. Unfortunately, Daniel Estrin’s dispatch assumes Jewish ties to eastern Jerusalem only began in 1967. The western part of Jerusalem is almost entirely Jewish. The eastern part of the city was entirely Arab when Israel captured it in the

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Why Is Hezbollah Parading US Military Equipment?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Not good: Hezbollah paraded American military equipment in a Syria. Significantly, the parade also featured American-manufactured M113 armored personnel carriers (APCs), of the type provided by the United States to the Lebanese army (LAF), prompting concerns among security analysts that Hezbollah may potentially have procured them from the LAF, which continues

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Palestinian Anger as Contentious Knesset Bills Advance

Today’s Top Stories 1. More legislative hurdles remain before anything becomes law, but Knesset committees advanced two controversial bills. One would retroactively legalize settlement outposts built on private Palestinian land. A ministerial committee unanimously gave the legislation a thumbs up despite objections from the Prime Minister and Attorney General, who argue that the bill is

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