Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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PLO Envoy Threatens Trump Over Moving US Embassy

PLO Envoy Threatens Trump Over Moving US Embassy

Today’s Top Stories 1. Haaretz: The Palestinian ambassador to the US, Riyad Mansour, vowed the Palestinians “would ‘make life miserable’ for the United States” if Donald Trump moves the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. "We have a lot of weapons in the UN", claims Riyad Mansour, who didn't explain why none

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Why US Election Coverage Is a Wake Up Call for Israel’s Supporters

The dust is still settling on the most divisive presidential election campaign in recent memory. Shocking not just the US but the rest of the world, Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. There’s a lot of media introspection (or more aptly, post-mortems) as editors and journalists try to figure out

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Vote for the Dishonest Reporter of 2016

Now’s the time to vote for the Dishonest Reporter of 2016. It’s our annual recognition of the year’s most skewed and biased coverage of Israel and the Mideast conflict. Make your voice heard and we’ll announce the ignoble winners by the end of the year. Vote for one reporter or news service, along with a

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Trump Victory Stuns Mideast

Today’s Top Stories 1. Stunning the world, Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. In the aftermath, the world began pondering the ramifications while internationals leaders, including Israeli officials, congratulated Trump. Regional reactions weren’t long in coming: – Abbas congratulates Trump, urges him to pursue peace deal – Hamas urges Trump to re-evaluate

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Americans Vote as World Awaits Outcome

Today’s Top Stories 1. Americans began voting today to choose the next US president. I’m not a fan of staying up all night waiting for election results, but if that’s your plan, the Columbia Journalism Review offers a useful guide of what to expect and when. And Politico lays out the game plans for the

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German Prosecutors Investigating Facebook

Today’s Top Stories 1. German prosecutors are investigating Facebook and its top executives, including Mark Zuckerberg, over racist and Holocaust-denying posts, as well as others deemed inciting violence on the social media platform. According to the complaint, Facebook failed to remove more than 400 such posts despite repeated requests from readers. UPI adds: Justice Minister

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Palestinians Lay Claim to Dead Sea Scrolls

Today’s Top Stories 1. Over at UNESCO, the Palestinians are now laying claim to the Dead Sea Scrolls. Qumran is on the list of preservation areas which the PA wants to see registered under the “state of Palestine” on the World Heritage List.   2. PA foils large-scale attack against IDF forces in Hebron. 3.

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Hamas Weighs Joining PLO

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** Just before this roundup was published, the IDF confirmed that a Palestinian trying to stab a soldier near the settlement of Ofra was shot this afternoon. 1. The Knesset is mulling a bill that would cut off EU support for illegal Palestinian building. The Jerusalem Post explains: If

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Arabs Pushing PA Power-Sharing Deal?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Although Muhammad Dahlan is ruling out a run for the PA presidency, the former Gaza strongman and rival to Mahmoud Abbas told the New York Times he’s open to a power-sharing agreement. And it looks like he has leverage: Realizing that Mr. Dahlan’s reputation and Gaza roots may make it difficult

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EU: Israel Boycott is Protected Free Speech

Today’s Top Stories 1. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini: Boycotting Israel is protected free speech: “The EU stands firm in protecting freedom of expression and freedom of association in line with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which is applicable on EU Member States’ territory, including with regard to BDS

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