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The Grinch That Politicized Christmas

The Grinch That Politicized Christmas

The Palestinian Authority is going to use Christmas to highlight their statehood push. Judging from this AP report, they’ve already become The Grinch That Politicized Christmas: As part of the campaign, the Palestinians also offer pre-Christmas media tours to highlight Bethlehem area settlement expansion and the disruption caused by Israel’s separation barrier which surrounds the

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Media Cheat Sheet 12/08/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Sarah Schulman follows up on idiotic pinkwashing accusations. And Hamas hatches an election plan to get a foothold in Jerusalem and embarrass Israel. Visit Backspin every day and never miss a Media Cheat Sheet. Peace Process • Hamas wants to collapse unity

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Media Cheat Sheet 12/06/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Fallout continues from a trio of American diplomatic slaps at Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood has to navigate between its criticism of Camp David, Salafist demands, and economic realities. And what’s with Sheikh Nasrallah’s rare public appearance? Iranian Issues • Saudis signal

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The Guardian’s Geographically Clueless

In the middle of an article about a plan to relocate Bedouins, The Guardian‘s Harriet Sherwood worries that Maale Adumim might one day bisect the West Bank: Many Palestinians see this as part of a strategic plan to close a ring of Jewish settlements that would cut East Jerusalem off from the West Bank. By

Razing Awareness for Home Demolitions

Which of the following three articles from today’s papers strikes you as least newsworthy? Kenya Demolitions: We are all to blame for corruption (homes and businesses illegally built on airport land) Cleveland to demolish serial killer’s home (“an important step in helping our community heal”) Israel demolishes two east Jerusalem homes (they were built illegally)

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Terror Only Happens in the UK

Sky News is treating a pair of stone throwing incidents with real gravitas while security officials investigate this as attempted murder. Coverage includes photos of the concrete block and large rocks that struck unfortunate motorists and a video featuring one of the victims. The headline calls the incident terror, and readers are posting comments that the perpetrators —

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Media Cheat Sheet 12/05/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Hamas ideologically opposes Assad, but its Iranian patron clearly expects the terror group to support Damascus. What’s Hamas to do? Iranian Issues • Heh: Yesterday, Reuters reported that Hamas personnel in Damascus facing Syrian uncertainty are quietly relocating to Gaza. Today, Haaretz reports that

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Press TV Faked 1,370 Somali Deaths By US Drones

Want another reason to ban Press TV? The Bureau of Investigative Journalism accuses Iran’s Press TV of “faking dozens of accounts of US drone strikes in Somalia which it says killed hundreds of civilians.” The Pentagon doesn’t comment on drone strikes, so fabricating them is surprisingly easy: No representatives from the UN, Amisom (African Union

Media Cheat Sheet 12/04/2011

Everything you need to know about the weekend coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Israeli govt backs off from ill-conceived ad campaign, but one paper suggests it’s a conspiracy. Israel reveals drones program in Gaza. And why did the PLO subpoena The Green Prince? Peace Process • Khaled Abu Toameh: Fatah and Hamas are too

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