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Iran Recruiting Expatriates in Canada “To Be of Service to Tehran”

Iran Recruiting Expatriates in Canada “To Be of Service to Tehran”

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. Islamic Jihad leaders confirmed to AP that hunger-striking soccer player Mahmoud Sarsak was indeed a member of the terror group: Israel accused Sarsak of being active in the violent Islamic

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Blame Israel for HamasCare

Gaza’s children deserve better health care, and I wish their medical care could somehow be separated from the security situation. But if The Guardian’s going to break out the violins, I think it’s warped to film a video in — of all places – the Rantisi Pediatric Hospital for Children. The hospital’s named for Abdel Aziz Rantisi, a

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Mixed Verdict for Ehud Olmert

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. Ehud Olmert was acquitted on corruption charges associated with the Rishon Tours and Talansky affairs, but convicted on a lesser charge in the Investment Center affair. The court will hand down

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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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