Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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PA Begins Banning Israeli Products

PA Begins Banning Israeli Products

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinian Authority is dipping its feet into the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). A ban on products from six major Israeli companies is going into effect in retaliation for Israel withholding tax revenue transfers (which was in response to the PA’s membership in the International Criminal Court . .

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Israel to Demolish Illegal EU Structures

Today’s Top Stories 1. A UK parliamentary committee report called for urgent government action against anti-Semitism. Most attention was drawn to the suggestion that restraining orders (in UK, they’re called anti-social behavior orders, or asbo for short) against anti-Semitic online trolls. The report noted that there’s a precedent for using restraining orders to keep sex

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EU Funds Illegally-Built Palestinian Structures

Today’s Top Stories 1. The EU’s funding illegally built Palestinian structures in the West Bank. According to the Daily Mail, the financial support — at taxpayer expense — violates international agreements: More than 400 EU-funded Palestinian homes have been erected in Area C of the West Bank, which was placed under Israeli jurisdiction during the

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Brian Williams on the Couch

NBC News anchor Brian Willaims took himself off the air as the network launches an internal investigation of his accounts of being on a downed helicopter over Iraq. His coverage of Hurricane Katrina is also under scrutiny now. One tale getting fresh attention involves Williams covering the 2006 War in Lebanon. Here’s what Williams said (skip to 1:45) when

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UN Condemns Israel, Orders Another Investigation

Today’s Top Stories 1. The UN Security Council condemned Israel “in the strongest terms” for cross-border fire that killed a Spanish UNIFIL peacekeeper, it also appointed a panel to investigate. Here’s another example of Israel being singled out by the UN: The Security Council offered no condemnation of the Hezbollah attack that killed the two Israeli soldiers

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ISIS Execution Shocks Mideast

Today’s Top Stories 1. Jordan executed two Islamic terrorists after ISIS posted a gruesome video of a Jordanian pilot’s execution. According to intelligence assessments ISIS likely killed Kaseasbeh weeks ago. Even by ISIS’ sick standards, the video’s horrific and difficult to watch — Lt. Muath Al-Kaseasbeh was burnt alive. Arab outrage throughout the Mideast was unusually palpable. 2. Mary

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UN Gaza Investigator Quits

Today’s Top Stories 1. The head of the UN’s inquiry into the Gaza war, William Schabas, resigned after Israel uncovered that he was once a paid consultant for the PLO. Reuters got the scoop: In a letter to the commission, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, Schabas said he would step down immediately to

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Iran Expands Influence In Red Sea

Today’s Top Stories 1. Egypt freed Peter Greste, the Al-Jazeera reporter accused of helping the Muslim Brotherhood and fabricating news. The Australian journalist’s release needs to be viewed in the larger context of Egypt’s rapprochement with Qatar, whose royal family owns Al-Jazeera, as Amin Saikal explains. Its easier to understand these maneuverings as Calvinball in Cairo. Greste’s

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CIA and Mossad Assassinated Hezbollah Terror Chief

Today’s Top Stories 1. Egypt banned Hamas (the “armed wing”) as a terror group. The organization’s “political wing” responded by announcing it will no longer accept Egypt as a mediator with Israel. 2. Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah confirmed that Hezbollah and Iran are opening a new front against Israel from Syria. The Shi’ite group’s leader, Hassan

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Israel, Hezbollah De-Escalate

Today’s Top Stories 1. The guns went silent along the northern border a day after Israel and Hezbollah traded fire. Israel received a message from UNIFIL that Hezbollah isn’t interested in further escalation. Spain blamed Israeli fire for the death of Cpl. Francisco Javier Soria Toledo, a Spanish member of UNIFIL who died of wounds

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