Author Archives: Pesach Benson

It’s Only an Outrage When Israel Cuts Electricity

Once again, Israel‘s talking about cutting electricity to Gaza. And now, Turkey‘s talking about cutting electricity to Syria too. Last time this was an issue, Hamas blacked out Gaza, but Israel was blamed for collectively punishing the Palestinians. But I expect that everyone who condemned Israel — such as Jordanian cartoonist Emad Hajjaj, whose poison pen won a

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Media Cheat Sheet 11/27/2011

Everything you need to know about the weekend coverage of Israel and the Mideast. UNESCO casts a political shadow over Church of the Nativity renovations. Women journalists speak out after being assaulted in Cairo. And no glory days for the BDS movement if rumors of a Springsteen concert in Israel are true. Iranian Atomic Urgency • Iran threatens

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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