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Levy Report Recommends Legalizing Settler Outposts

Levy Report Recommends Legalizing Settler Outposts

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. An Israeli government panel recommends legalizing West Bank outposts. Even if the government doesn’t adopt Edmund Levy’s report, this is going to make waves. The Times of Israel writes: The

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Did Israel Really Assassinate Arafat?

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. Ronen Bergman (YNet) and Lenny Ben David (Times of Israel) weigh in on talk of Israel assassinating Yasser Arafat. As for news coverage, I liked how AP‘s Josef Federman handled the

Reuters Whitewashes Arafat

Digging up Yasser Arafat’s body and exhuming file photos of the terror boss have a lot in common. You can’t help but feel dirty looking at the results. So if you want a sanitized  photo essay of the “life and legacy of  Yasser Arafat,” Reuters is for you. Iconic images feature the PLO’s top dog with

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Palestinians Blame Radiation Poisoning For Arafat’s Death

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. Al Jazeera reports that Yasser Arafat died of radiation poisoning, prompting Palestinian officials to tell AFP they seek an international investigation modeled after the UN’s inquiry into the Rafik Hariri

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UN Fixation On Israel Gives Assad Free Pass

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. UN talks on the international weapons trade have stalled over Palestinian participation; AFP reports that diplomats are using the Palestinians to water down the agreement: While the Palestinians have sought to bolster their international

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Reuters Cowed By PA While Police Rough Up Photographer

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. A Reuters photographer covering a Ramallah demonstration was horribly roughed up by PA police. But Where’s Reuters On Its Own Photographer’s Brutal Beating? 2. Sanctions are taking a bite on Iran. After noting

Yitzhak Shamir and the Ghoul Pool

The news cycle goes into overdrive when famous personalities die, which is why smart editors make sure to have obituaries written ahead of time and periodically updated. The practice strikes some people — especially the biographical subjects — as eerie. One newsroom staffer I know wryly refers to his paper’s collection of obits on file as

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Where’s Reuters On Its Own Photographer’s Brutal Beating?

A Ramallah protest got ugly yesterday when PA police started cracking skulls — including reporters. Maan News reports that several reporters were beaten up, had their cameras confiscated or destroyed, and that two journalists were even taken into custody. Electronic Intifada wasn’t spared either. The PA Interior Ministry ordered an inquiry while outrage was all over Twitter. One

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UNESCO Gives Palestinians the Church of the Nativity

Everything you need to know about the weekend coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories: 1. UNESCO gave the Church of the Nativity “World Heritage” status. I wish CNN coverage had pointed out that church officials oppose UNESCO. 2. The NY Times reports that several

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Has the BBC Exposed Its Own Mideast Bias?

I doubt we’ll ever find out how the covered-up Balen report assessed the BBC’s Israeli-Palestinian coverage. But the Mortimer report — Edward Mortimer’s assessment of the Beeb’s Arab Spring coverage — could shed some light. Using the Mortimer report, Simon Plosker takes a stab at what Balen might have said. Plosker concludes in The Commentator: In this

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