Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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BDS ‘Down in Flames’ at Methodist Conference

BDS ‘Down in Flames’ at Methodist Conference

Today’s Top Stories 1. At the United Methodist Church’s General Conference, a series of pro-BDS resolutions “went down in flames,” the Religion News Service reports. 2. The death of Mustafa Badreddine is exposing a rift between Hezbollah and Iran. Hezbollah followers believe he was killed by an ally, and not by Syrian rebels. And one

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Gazans Forced to Pay Thousands In Bribes at Egypt Border Crossing

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Arab reports picked up by i24 News, many Palestinians who last week left Gaza via the Rafah border crossing to Egypt were forced to pay the Egyptians bribes of up to $3,000. Al-Sawaf said that not only were people forced to pay bribes, but the amount differed between the authorities.

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Who Killed Hezbollah’s Mustafa Badreddine?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Mustafa Badreddine, Hezbollah’s highest ranking commander, was killed in a mysterious explosion near Damascus International Airport. Whodunnit? Hezbollah blames Islamic State, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights disputes this. The New York Times notes the deafening silence on claims of responsibility while Anshel Pfeffer ranks the possible culprits. According to Le Figaro’s

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Radio Station: Happy Birthday Israel Message Too Toxic to Air

Today’s Top Stories 1. For sponsoring a day’s broadcast of Michigan Public Radio, Lisa Lis was told she was entitled to have a message broadcast on the air. She chose a four-word sentence, “Happy 68th birthday, Israel.” The station rejected that line as too radioactive, saying, “this message would compromise the station’s commitment to impartiality and

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Facebook Under Scrutiny for Manipulating Trending News

Today’s Top Stories 1. Former Facebook staffers told Gizmodo they routinely suppressed conservative news from the platform’s trending news section, “even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.” They also said they were instructed to sometimes add selected stories to trending news, “even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion at all.”

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American Studies Association Sued Over BDS

Today’s Top Stories 1. Two professors filed a lawsuit against the American Studies Association over its support for BDS. Professors Simon Bronner and Michael Rockland took to The Hill to explain why. We now fear what will happen to academic programming in American studies. We see how the ASA’s anti-Israel boycott has alienated our students.

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Ben Rhodes: White House Lied to Sell Iran Nuke Deal

Today’s Top Stories 1. Lot of buzz from David Samuels’ stunning profile of Ben Rhodes, the White House’s deputy national security adviser, in the New York Times Magazine. He admits the Obama administration lied to sell the Iran deal to the public, and is shockingly blunt describing how he played the media. These snippets jumped out at

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IDF Uncovers Terror Tunnel Leading Into Israel

Today’s Top Stories 1. IDF engineers uncovered an attack tunnel stretching into Israel. The army said it’s not clear yet if the tunnel was dug before or after the 2014 Gaza conflict. YNet reports that no exit shafts have been found yet, and that engineers are working to determine the tunnel’s entire path. Later in

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Israel, NATO Upgrade Ties

Today’s Top Stories 1. Yosef Ben David, ringleader of the kidnapping and brutal murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was sentenced to life plus 20 years behind bars. Two accomplices –both minors — were already convicted and given jail time for their roles in the 2014 attack. After three Israeli teens abducted by Palestinians were found

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