Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Hamas Detains Reuters’ Bureau Chief

Hamas Detains Reuters’ Bureau Chief

Today’s Top Stories 1. Luke Baker, Reuters’ Jerusalem bureau chief and current head of the Foreign Press Association, had a rough day, being detained by Hamas. Baker went to the Strip to cover Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar’s meeting with the Foreign Press Association in Gaza. Will the FPA make an official complaint, or does that

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Why The Independent Recycles ‘Apartheid’ Week Op-Ed

Pretty weak of The Independent to recycle a 2013 commentary by Matt Hill on whether Israel’s an apartheid state. An editor’s note at the bottom of the commentary acknowledges this, without explaining why. I’ll get to my theory in a moment. It’s Israel Apartheid Week in the UK, and Hill’s dusted-off argument is that the apartheid

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Friendly Fire Kills Israeli Trying to Stop Stabbing Attack

Today’s Top Stories 1. A 30-year-old Israeli reserve officer, Eliav Gelman, succumbed to his wounds after being hit by errant IDF fire during a Palestinian stabbing attack this afternoon. The Palestinian terrorist was hospitalized after the attack at the Etzion Junction south of Jerusalem. ISRAEL: PHOTO – Eliav Gelman Z'L (30) killed by friendly fire

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More Revelations of NSA Snooping on Netanyahu

Today’s Top Stories 1. Wikileaks released more documents highlighting US snooping on world leaders, including a tapped phone call between Benjamin Netanyahu and former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi in 2010. According to the documents, Berlusconi offered to help Israel mend frayed ties with the US. 2. A rash of Gaza suicides points to rising poverty

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Hezbollah Seeking Base in Cuba

Today’s Top Stories 1. According to the latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department, Hezbollah seeks to establish a base in Cuba from which it can attack Israeli targets in Latin America. Meanwhile, the Jerusalem Post responded to an attack in other Clinton e-mails calling the paper a ‘Likud organ.’ 2.

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Hezbollah’s Secret Prisons in Syria Creating Rift With Assad?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israel buried Tuvia Weissman, who was stabbed in a West Bank supermarket by two 14-year-old Palestinians. A second man hospitalized with stab wounds is listed in moderate and stable condition. Both Palestinians were shot by an armed civilian. One died of his wounds, the other is hospitalized. The 21-year-old Weissman, who

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UK Orders Oxford to Investigate University Anti-Semitism

Today’s Top Stories 1. British government ordered Oxford University to investigate anti-Semtism after the school’s Jewish Society released a list of examples of anti-Semitism coming from the Oxford University’s Labor Club. More on the story at The Independent. We have received further reports of anti-semitism in @OxUniLabour and are appalled at such shocking prejudice. pic.twitter.com/frk9Gg8Bbf

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Nasrallah: Rockets on Haifa Chemical Facility Would Be Nuclear-Like

Today’s Top Stories 1. Israeli police apologized for detaining Washington Post reporter William Booth yesterday while he was interviewing people at Damascus Gate: The police defended the initial detention, but apologized for any distress caused. “The clarification [of what happened] was required in light of the information given to the officers, which turned out to

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Nasrallah Reportedly Hospitalized in Iran With Cancer

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hezbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah is reportedly in Iran getting emergency medical treatment for cancer. The timing’s ironic: Yesterday was the 11th anniversary of the assassination of pro-Western prime minister Rafik Hariri, and Hezbollah’s heavily implicated. 2. Ex-PM Ehud Olmert reported to prison this morning, to begin a 19-month sentence for bribery

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