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Media Cheat Sheet 11/24/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Mahmoud Abbas and Khaled Mashaal made nice in Cairo, an archeological discovery leads to some sloppy spin denying Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, and France unilaterally ups the pressure on Iran. Iranian Atomic Urgency • Reuters: France unilaterally banned Iranian oil imports.

Final Battle to Release the BBC’s Balen Report

This just in from the Jewish Chronicle: What is likely to be the final battle in a six-year campaign to force the BBC to release a report into its Middle East coverage began at the Supreme Court on Wednesday. London solicitor Steven Sugar first sought the publication of the Balen Report early in 2005 under

Media Cheat Sheet 11/23/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Church officials aren’t happy about the PA and UNESCO playing politics over Christian holy sites. Israeli pink washing’s an issue at the NY Times. And why is David Landau praising Bibi’s drum-beating as “tactically impeccable?” Don’t miss the daily Media Cheat Sheet

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Media Cheat Sheet 11/22/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Is it endgame for Egypt’s military junta? Will Hezbollah may stage a coup if Assad falls? And what to make of the latest sanctions on Iran? Iranian Atomic Urgency • Anshel Pfeffer (Tablet) says an Israeli attack on Iran is a foregone conclusion:

Vote for This Year’s Dishonest Reporter

Now’s the time to vote for the 2011 Dishonest Reporting Awards — our annual recognition of the year’s most skewed and biased coverage of Israel and the Mideast conflict. Please choose one of the three nominees below, along with a brief explanation why it deserves to receive our ignoble award. (You may also nominate someone

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Media Cheat Sheet 11/21/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Iranian sanctions gather steam, Israel calls for the UNRWA to be shut down, and casualties mount in Egypt. Iranian Atomic Urgency • The US, UK and Canada are coordinating sanctions on Iran. Details at ABC News. • The US is preparing a

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Ignoring 2 Key Points, WashPost Slams NGO-Funding Bill

A Washington Post staff-ed slamas the Knesset’s discussion on restricting foreign funding for NGOs. But it overlooks two key points. First, the Post writes: There is, however, nothing nefarious about public organizations in a democratic country receiving support from other democracies. The NGO funders are not enemies of Israel, and the groups themselves are not trying

The Scotsman’s Deep Freeze

In The Scotsman, correspondent Ben Lynfield analyzes the unity talks. This throwaway sentence was very dodgy: The right-wing government of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has responded to the Palestinian pre-condition that it freeze settlement construction with the biggest Jewish settlement drive in years in East Jerusalem, the area Palestinians claim as the capital of their

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