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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

Media Advisor Sought

Head of rogue Islamic state seeks media advisor. Candidates must have good sense of Islamic decency and common sense not to suggest in interviews with reformist newspapers that the chador originated in 19th century Paris. The successful candidate will have an understanding of topics such as Zionist conspiracies, “civilian” nuclear technology, creative censorship editing skills, the

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Media Cheat Sheet 11/20/2011

Everything you need to know about this weekend’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. The Israel-Iran rivalry managed to take a back seat to the Syrian uprising and Palestinian unity developments. And just why is the Swedish government funding a NGO brochure accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing and apartheid? Peace Process • A Palestinian culture

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Sweden Funds NGO’s Anti-Israel Brochure

While the Israeli govt is bowing to foreign pressure and freezing legislation that would cap foreign donations to NGOs, it emerges that Sweden financed an ugly booklet, “Colonialism and Apartheid – the Israeli occupation in Palestine.” YNet News writes: According to the report, the Swedish government transferred NIS 390,000 (roughly $104,600), under the guise of

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