Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Compensation for Jewish Refugees: Is Israel Missing the Boat?

Compensation for Jewish Refugees: Is Israel Missing the Boat?

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. Compensation for Jewish refugees who fled Arab countries is one of the most-overlooked issues of peace talks. Now Israel’s state comptroller says the government is squandering the opportunity to obtain billions

Israel-Bashers Eyeing UN Job

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. This week’s withdrawal and confused redeployment of Hamas squads along the Gaza border to prevent rocket fire was the result of a rift within Hamas, according to documents obtained by YNet. 2. The UN’s resident Israel-basher and

Comments and the Roar of the Crowd – 5

A sampling of the latest from my inbox. 1. Scarlett Johansson stood up for Israel, earning the respect and admiration of a lot of HonestReporting readers. How can her new fans express their appreciation? From: …gmail.com Date: Thu, Jan 30, 2014 Subject: Re: IDNS: Scarlett Johansson Renounces Oxfam Ties Over BDS I’d like to thank

Kerry: Obama’s Syria Policy is Collapsing

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. US officials to the Jerusalem Post: Mideast peace talks will need more time than we thought. Kerry and his team have suggested publishing a framework for negotiations going forward that the parties

The Case Against “Generic” News Images

Sometimes, editors need an image for a story but don’t have anything useful or available right away. That’s when stock photos come in handy. But unless they’re clearly labeled as “file photos” used for “illustrative purposes,” these images can be very misleading. Robert Fisk raises an important point about “generic” news photos used to illustrate

NATO To Patrol De-Militarized Palestinian State?

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 news reports in both Israel and Turkey, the two countries are close to finalizing a $20 million compensation deal for the families of nine Turkish nationals killed aboard the Mavi Marmara. Jerusalem,

SodaStream’s Palestinian Workers Denounce BDS

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. Palestinians employed at SodaStream’s West Bank factory told the Daily Telegraph, Josh Mitnick, and the Christian Science Monitor they back Scarlett Johansson. The Monitor’s Christa Case Bryant writes: Speaking anonymously on a largely deserted

Scarlett Johansson Renounces Oxfam Ties Over BDS

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. Scarlett Johansson cut ties with Oxfam over her SodaStream endorsement. In the process, the actress slammed the BDS movement. AP writes: “Scarlett Johansson has respectfully decided to end her ambassador role

Anti-Normalization Absurdities

The anti-normalization movement is very powerful Palestinian movement. It opposes anything that “normalizes” Israeli-Palestinian relations, hounding everyone from entrepeneurs, grass roots peace groups, feel-good political delegations, and even Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona. (Is nothing sacred?) Reconciliation and normalization are dirty words, which is why even Nelson Mandela would be run out of Ramallah if

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