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Israel Sentences UN Worker Who Aided Hamas

Israel Sentences UN Worker Who Aided Hamas

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel sentenced Palestinian UN worker Wahid Burash to seven months in prison for aiding Hamas. He was charged with urging higher-ups in the UN Development Program (UNDP) to prioritize neighborhoods where Hamas operatives lived for reconstruction funds, and for diverting 300 tons of rubble to build Hamas naval jetty. More at

Israeli Soldier Convicted of Manslaughter

Today’s Top Stories 1. A military court convicted an IDF soldier of manslaughter in an incident that continues to polarize Israeli society. Sgt. Elor Azaria shot and killed an already injured and disarmed Palestinian who had attacked Israeli soldiers in Hebron. A second Palestinian assailant was killed in the fight. Rejecting inconsistencies in Azaria’s account,

Police Question Netanyahu In Graft Probe

Today’s Top Stories 1. Police investigators questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on suspicion of improperly accepting valuable gifts from businessmen. The PM insists he’s done nothing wrong. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, YNet or Times of Israel coverage. “The National Unit of the Israel Police investigated the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu,

Israeli Among 39 Dead In Turkish New Year’s Terror Attack

Today’s Top Stories 1. A gunman killed 39 people in a terror attack on a crowded New Years party in a popular Istanbul nightclub. Among the dead was an 18-year-old Israeli woman identified as Leann Zaher Nasser from the Arab town of Tira. A second Israeli woman, also from Tira, was reported to be hospitalized

Kerry Blasts Settlements: The Speech’s Aftermath

Today’s Top Stories 1. In a policy address yesterday (see video or transcript), US Secretary of State John Kerry denounced Israeli settlements. Take your pick of Jerusalem Post or Times of Israel summaries. Responding to the speech, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted it as an unfair attack that only paid lip service to Palestinian terror,

Defining Bias #8: Lack of Transparency

Part eight of an eight-part series explaining The 8 Categories of Media Bias. Violation #8 Lack of Transparency Failing to be open and accountable to readers. The issue of media transparency goes right to the heart of the beepest questions about journalism. Is media objectivity possible? Is there even such a thing as true objectivity?

HonestReporting’s Top Content of 2016

We had a busy year, with media critiques, news roundups, videos, graphics, social media posts, news literacy articles, and new foreign language content monitoring Brazilian and French media. As 2016 draws to a close, here’s a look back at the top 10 pieces of content that had our growing readership buzzing. You can follow HR

Did US, New Zealand Collude on UN Vote?

Today’s Top Stories 1. While the White House’s Ben Rhodes insisted the US merely abstained from UNSC resolution 2334, Israeli officials said they had firm evidence that the US actively pushed the resolution. Cabinet minister Zev Elkin told the Jerusalem Post that Ukraine originally intended to abstain, but that changed after Vice President Joe Biden

The 2016 Dishonest Reporter of the Year: Why Headline Writers Won

The Dishonest Reporting Award typically goes to a clear-cut winner. Last year, the BBC won for a steady output of problematic coverage throughout the year. In 2014, the award went to Gaza war correspondents for their problematic handling of Operation Protective Edge. But 2016 didn’t have any comparable singular outrages like, say, journalist Donald Bostrom’s

News Literacy: Why Headlines Matter

Headlines certainly deserve scrutiny. It’s well-known that we don’t read most of the articles in our daily papers; we skim the headlines before being drawn to whatever draws our attention. The same habits apply on social media, where we scroll through our Facebook or Twitter feeds and click on whatever catches our fancy. An April,

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