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Reuters Blames Israel For Doomsday

Reuters Blames Israel For Doomsday

It’s an otherwise forgettable analysis of Israeli plans to develop E1. Could Reuters possibly have come up with a more sensationalized headline? “Doomsday” hill may be one Israeli settlement too far Doomsday? By whipping up hysteria, Reuters distracts readers from the real doomsday of December 21, when the Mayan calendar ends and the apocalypse begins.

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US Boosting Drone Surveillance of Iran

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. The US is boosting its drone surveillance of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor amid questionable fuel transfers. Details at the Wall St. Journal (via Google News). 2. The NY Times reports

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Australian Jews Respond to Ugly Cartoon

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. Loads of commentary on Thursday’s UN statehood vote. See it all below. 2. Howard Zwier blasts back at the Sydney Morning Herald for this disgusting Michael Leunig cartoon. After taking

Despite the Hype, E1 Doesn’t Cut West Bank in Two

The patch of land the world’s fixated on today is roughly 4.5 square miles adjacent to Jerusalem and Maale Adumim. There’s no fancy name to the place. It’s simply known by the bureaucratic moniker, E1. After the UN General Assembly unilaterally boosted the Palestinians to non-member observer state and a Mahmoud Abbas speech that piqued

How Will Big Media Refer to the Palestinian “State”?

Now that the UN boosted the Palestinian status to “non-member observer state,” what does this mean for Big Media descriptions of the new-and-improved Palestinian entity? The Daily Telegraph‘s Alex Spillius lists the possible references, but finds shortcomings in them all. Palestine: “There has in fact never been a nation state called Palestine. The Holy Land

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Leveson Inquiry Releases Phone Hacking Findings

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. The UN General Assembly votes today on giving the Palestinians “non-state observer status. More on that below. 2. The Leveson inquiry released its findings on the phone hacking scandal and

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NY Times Bureau Chief Goes Back to Social Media 101

It didn’t take long for Jodi  Rudoren to stumble out of the starting block when she took over as the NY Times’ Jerusalem bureau chief earlier this year. Before even arriving in Israel, Rudoren was in hot water over some tweets engaging Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah and plugging Peter Beinart’s book. Now, after coming under

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Does Big Media’s Signal-to-Noise Ratio in Gaza Give Free Pass to Congolese Massacres?

Does Big Media’s lousy signal-to-noise ratio in Gaza give a free pass to atrocities elsewhere in the world? Congolese activist Vava Tampa wonders why daily massacres in his home country don’t get the same level of media interest as the Gaza crisis. Tampa writes at CNN: The question here is not whether the human suffering

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World Gears Up for Palestinian Statehood Vote

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. The UN General Assembly’s Palestinian statehood vote’s on Thursday. Britain looks likely support the Palestinian statehood bid, reports the Financial Times (via Google News). The FT says London wants three

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