Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Israel Beefs Up Security, Abbas to Address Palestinians Tonight

Israel Beefs Up Security, Abbas to Address Palestinians Tonight

Today’s Top Stories *** BREAKING NEWS *** Shortly before this roundup was published, there were breaking reports of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, by the Old City’s Damascus Gate. 1. In response to the latest terror attacks, Israel security forces began setting up checkpoints to entrances of flashpoint Arab neighborhoods in eastern Jerusalem, and called

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Intifada Goes Hot, 3 Israelis Killed

Today’s Top Stories 1. The intifada went hot, escalating from knives to guns when two Palestinians on a bus in Jerusalem’s Armon HaNatziv neighborhood began shooting and stabbing passengers, killing two this morning. In a simultaneous attack in Jerusalem’s Geula neighborhood, a Palestinian rammed his car into a bus stop, got out of his vehicle,

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Palestinians Burned Down a Bethlehem Church: Who Knew?

Today’s Top Stories 1. In the last 24 hours, there were four Palestinian stabbing attacks. See below for details. In case you missed yesterday’s roundup, I have decided to call the widening violence an “intifada.” Here’s Why I’m calling it an intifada. 2. Who knew? Palestinians influenced by Islamic State burned down the St. Charbel

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Is Widening Weekend Violence an Intifada?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Editor’s note: In light of continuing Palestinian terror, I have decided to refer to the violence as an intifada. Here’s Why I’m Calling it an Intifada (and a dissent from my colleague, Yarden Frankl). See below for updates on the latest terror attacks. See also today’s media critique, Palestinian Terror Wave Prompts Media

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Why I’m Calling It an Intifada

It’s true that journalism is the first draft of history. And it’s also true that it takes some distance in time before we can look at events and place them in a proper historical context. But it’s also true that journalism has a responsibility to put developments into a meaningful context for readers. Here. Now.

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Palestinian Stabbing Attacks Continue

Today’s Top Stories 1. Terror continues: Today, a 15-year-old Palestinian stabbed a yeshiva student after unsuccessfully trying to steal a security guard’s gun. The attack took place a Jerusalem light rail station across from Israel’s national police headquarters. The student was hospitalized in serious condition. A second Israeli was lightly injured in the attack. Later in

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Israeli Woman Escapes Palestinian Lynch Mob

Today’s Top Stories 1. A violent holiday and day-after. This morning, an Israeli woman escaped a near-lynching after a Palestinian mob stoned her car near Tekoa. Rivi Lev Ohayon explained her escape to YNet while other eyewitnesses described what they saw to the Times of Israel. Also this morning, a Palestinian stabbed and lightly wounded

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Is the PLO Dictating AP Content?

The world’s leading wire service, the Associated Press, can’t seem to name a flashpoint holy site revered by millions of Jews, Christians, and Muslims around the world. What gives? Last November, the PLO warned foreign reporters not to use the words “Temple Mount” when referring to the Jerusalem esplanade that houses the Al-Aqsa mosque and

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Red Cross to Expel Magen David Adom?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Palestinians are trying to expel Magen David Adom from the International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. The reason? Ambulances operating in the West Bank using a Jewish star emblem — rather than a neutral diamond shape — supposedly violate Geneva convention protocols. 2. The BBC apologized for

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Calm Returns to Temple Mount

Today’s Top Stories 1. Palestinians clashed with Israeli police on the Temple Mount for three days. Shortly before Rosh HaShanah, the new year’s day on the Jewish calendar, police received intelligence that Palestinians were preparing piles of stones and barricades in the Al-Aqsa Mosque to cause violence over the holiday. CNN writes: Israeli officers said that

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