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UNRWA Closes West Bank Offices for Safety

UNRWA Closes West Bank Offices for Safety

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 UNRWA is closing three of its West Bank offices because Palestinian protests have gotten too dangerous for staff. According Maan News: During protests, demonstrators stopped UN vehicles and their

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Suha Arafat: The 2000 Intifada Was Premeditated, Planned by Arafat

Yasser Arafat’s wife, Suha came clean and told Dubai TV her husband planned the intifada right after the Camp David talks collapsed. Unlike Imad Faluji, she heard this straight from Yasser himself. ┬áThe intifada wasn’t really about Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount. Say it ain’t so! Featured image: screenshot by YouTube/MEMRI TV

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Hamas Bans Palestinian Journos From Working With Israeli Media

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. Hamas forbids Palestinian journalists to work with Israeli reporters. AP explains what this means — at the bottom of a dispatch about Jerusalem housing. So much for the importance of

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Editor’s Picks: 10 Best Blog Posts of 2012

Every blogger has his favorite blog posts. My list is a mix of evocative, witty or quirky posts. Some of them also had a long shelf life (that is, I frequently referred to it as the year progressed), or drew unusually positive feedback. In no particular order: 1. Toulouse, Twitter, and the Media Incitement Factor

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Bethlehem’s Doing Better Than Big Media Lets On

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. According to one British paper, Bethlehem’s thriving. The Independent‘s Matthew Kalman reports: The ancient city, built around the Church of the Nativity on Manger Square that marks the grotto where

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Armed With “Statehood,” Abbas Threatens to Dismantle PA

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 threatened to dismantle PA if Israel continues pushing E1 development. The man who just got “statehood” from the UN is now quoted in media reports saying: Speaking at

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If the NY Times Posts a Correction, Does It Make a Sound?

Perhaps someone at the NY Times was hung over from a Mayan apocalypse party. Less than a week after apologizing for saying that Israeli development in E1 would cut the West Bank in two, the New York Times repeated the mistake. In today’s staff editorial. The approvals follow an announcement late last month that Israel

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UN Passes 9 Israel-Bashing Resolutions, But Palestinians Still Lose

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 and Khaled Meshaal have agreed to launch a 3rd intifada against Israel. This one’s going to be “popular.” Khaled Abu Toameh explains: Abbas and Mashaal are aware, the

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