Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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New York Governor Signs Executive Order Against BDS

New York Governor Signs Executive Order Against BDS

Today’s Top Stories 1. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order instructing state agencies “to divest themselves of companies and organizations aligned with a Palestinian-backed boycott movement against Israel.” More at the New York Times. I am signing an Executive Order that says very clearly we are against the BDS movement. If you

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After the Paris Peace Summit: Now What?

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to Israeli media reports, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said “yes” to regional peace talks under the framework of the 2002 Saudi peace initiative. Meanwhile, Friday’s Paris peace parley ended with a call for another conference by the end of the year. The Palestinians are unhappy because all they got

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Is Salafism Gaining Ground Among Israeli Arabs?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Ultra-conservative Salafists are becoming increasingly assertive in the Israeli Arab community, AFP reports. “The question of national identity is not their priority,” he said. “They seek only to control society’s thinking.”   They also want to rein in Muslims who have joined the Israeli establishment, such as the southern branch of

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Defining Bias #3: Opinions Disguised as News

Part three of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #3 Opinions Disguised as News A journalist’s job is to report facts without injecting his own opinion or interpretation of events. Reporters are entitled to their opinions, and veteran journalists have insights that can and should enrich the public’s understanding of

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Israel Arrests Journalist on Terror Suspicions

Today’s Top Stories *** Breaking news *** Just before this roundup was published, police confirmed to the Times of Israel that a journalist who works for the Iranian news outlet al-Alam was arrested in the Golan Heights on terror suspicions. Bassem Safadi is suspected of disseminating information promoting terror, which falls under an law forbidding

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Hamas Executes Three Palestinians

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas executed three Palestinians this morning who had been convicted of murder in separate cases. The Daily Telegraph notes that they were not carried out in public, as Hamas had claimed they would when first announcing the executions. Reuters, AP, and the BBC, among others, picked up on this. 2. Prime

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Police Recommend Indicting Sara Netanyahu for Graft

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli police are recommending that Sara Netanyahu be indicted on corruption charges related to financial improprieties at the Prime Minister’s residence. Take your pick of Times of Israel, Jerusalem Post, and Haaretz coverage. 2. Not that anyone would meddle in internal Palestinian affairs, but a number of Arab states are reportedly

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State Comptroller Slams Government’s Fight Against BDS

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel’s state comptroller issued a scathing report on the way the Israeli government is fighting BDS. Yosef Shapira denounced the Ministry of ForeignAffairs for having no strategy, no funds, no coordination with other relevant ministries, and no successes to claim of. All because of politics and bureaucracy. Read it and weep.

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Photographers Boycott Netanyahu Press Conference

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel halted the return of terrorists’ bodies after the funeral of Alaa Abu Jamaal “turned into a display of hatred and incitement,” YNet reports. Jamaal rammed his car into a Jerusalem bus stop in October, then proceeded to attack people with a meat cleaver, killing Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky. 2. Were Photographers

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