Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Clarifying, Or Detoxifying, the Record

An important correction in today’s edition of The Observer (The Guardian’s sister Sunday edition): Contrary to the impression given in “Assad is a war criminal, but an attack will do nothing for the people of Syria” (Comment, last week, page 34), white phosphorus, used by Israeli forces in Gaza in 2008, is not a chemical

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Scrapping the BBC Trust: What This Means for Israel Activists

The BBC Trust is embroiled in a controversy over excessive payoffs to outgoing executives. British lawmakers are grilling Beeb bosses about the lack of oversight, and anger has reached the point that parliamentarians are talking about scrapping the body that governs the broadcaster and — in theory — represents the interests of taxpayers who fund

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No BDS Apology for “Shoot the Jew” Chant

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. It’s bad enough a BDS rally at South Africa’s Witwatersrand University featured protesters chanting, “Shoot the Jew.” But Mohammed Desai, the head of South Africa’s BDS movement, poured more fuel to

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Egypt Bulldozes Homes for Gaza Buffer Zone

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. Where does the world stand on intervening in Syria? Turkey will join coalition against Assad. Expect France to join in without parliamentary debate. Australia, Canada, and Britain will support from the

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Western Intervention In Syria On Hold

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. American intervention’s on hold as the White House unexpectedly seeks Congressional approval. The Wall St. Journal had best coverage of how that happened. Britain’s parliament already voted against joining an

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Syria, Israel, Warned to Act With Restraint

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. Europe has put Syria — and Israel — on notice to act with restraint. YNet picked up on Arab reports: According to the officials, Assad realizes that a potential Western

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BDS Now a Human Rights Organization?

There are lots of ways to use labels to muddy the waters. South African Broadcasting Corp. News just came up with a new one: Human rights organisation, Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) has called on Wits University’s Vice Chancellor Adam Habib to cancel Wednesday’s Daniel Zamir concert because of what it says is a racist rant.

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Mideast Gets Ready for US Attack

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. Media reports say there was a second chemical attack in the Damascus area. Early info suggests a smaller scale attack that injured 20 people, but expect more details to emerge.

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