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Big Media Confirms Foreign Jihadis Among Syrian Rebels

Big Media Confirms Foreign Jihadis Among Syrian Rebels

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. Times of India: Naming names, Indian cops have concluded that the suspects in February attack outside the Israeli embassy were members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. One man, identified as Sedaghatzadeh

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BBC, Israel, and Another Olympic Asterisk

The BBC’s Israeli Olympic page is getting dumb and dumber. The country’s size is now qualified. It used to say But now it says If only the Beeb were equally vigorous about putting a similar asterisk on “facts” from Palestinian sources. This is after a whole stink over the Beeb’s handling of Jerusalem’s capital status. I

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A Busy Media Day for the Munich Olympic Widows

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. AP follows up on the status of Christians in the Gaza Strip. Their community is dwindling, and since Hamas took over, facing more pressure to convert. The informal social pressure

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Salam Fayyad and The Independent: Collective Amnesia

The Independent breaks out the violins in an interview with Salam Fayyad. Yes, the Arab Spring and Iranian nuclear threat are forcing the Palestinians to learn that the world really doesn’t revolve around them. And yes, Fayad’s nation-building campaign is undermined by the Palestinian economy’s hyper-dependence on foreign aid — an uncomfortable truth raised by the

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“Journalist” Tries to Arrest Israel’s Foreign Minister

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 reality check for the minute of silence push: The LA Times invited writers from its parent company’s newspapers to comment on the Olympic issue. Last I looked, only Barry Stavro (LA Times)

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1 Minute for Munich

Join the international commemoration of Israel’s fallen athletes — wherever you are on the morning of the Olympic Games’ opening ceremonies. This Friday morning, a short ceremony at Israel’s embassy in London will pay tribute to the 11 athletes killed at the 1972 Munich games. The event — streamed online at Minute for Munich starting

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Going Rogge: An Olympic Tribute Satisfies Nobody

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 UN school in Gaza is named after a Hamas terrorist and bomb-maker. Details at Malam (pdf). Adnan al-Ghoul, for whom the school is named, was one of the senior operatives

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Why Did AP Believe The “Gaza Siege” Ended?

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. Mahmoud Abbas is once again pushing a unilateral statehood agenda at the UN. Instead of going to the Security Council, the Palestinians will seek “non-member state” status from the General

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BBC Still Won’t Call Jerusalem “Israel’s Capital”

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. Syria’s uncertainly secured chemical/biological weapons are increasing everybody’s jitters. The Media Line talked those in the know, while YNet/Reuters picks up on the IDF drawing up contingency plans to seize the

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Bob Costas to “Call Out” IOC Over Minute of Silence

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. Suicide bomber kills eight Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. Blame centers on the usual suspects: Iran, Hezbollah, and Syria. Coverage of the blast was similar across the board (Washington Post suffices.)

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