Author Archives: Pesach Benson

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Danny Ayalon’s Video: Comments and the Roar of the Crowd

Danny Ayalon’s Video: Comments and the Roar of the Crowd

For a long time, I’ve wondered if the Israeli government could get its act together for some sensible PR. Judging from the statistics and reader comments I’ve seen, credit where credit is due to Danny Ayalon for a viral video that didn’t feature grainy footage of Israeli naval commandos rappelling into a Turkish boat brawl.

Why Israeli Housing Protests Don’t Parallel the Arab Spring

Question from a  reader in White Plains, NY: The housing protests show that the Arab Spring has reached Israel. It’s a big story. Where’s HonestReporting on this? At face value, certain populist and social media aspects of the protests are parallel to the Arab Spring developments. Organizers are openly saying as much. But that’s where the parallels

Things That Make Me Go Hmmmmm

• Ahead of UN statehood bid, PA civil service union announces strike over late payment of salaries. According to Maan News, the open ended strike is due to begin on Tuesday. How can the world consider Palestinian statehood when the PA can’t pay its own bills? • Samir Quntar was injured in a Beirut explosion.

Rotten Headline of the Day

Ouch. Israel to bill Bedouins for razing their homes You have to read AFP’s article to learn that Israel is suing the Bedouins for the cost of repeatedly demolishing illegal structures in Al-Araqib, an unrecognized village built on state-owned land. Israeli authorities have razed the illegal structures more than 20 times, costing taxpayers $529,000 in manpower

Johann Hari to Be Stripped of Orwell Prize

Now the Orwell Prize people are piling on Johann Hari. The Independent’s columnist was stripped of his 2008 award in the wake of plagiarism accusations. According to the Daily Telegraph, the Orwell Prize Council is delaying its announcement till after the Indy’s own investigation is complete. The paper already suspended Hari pending the outcome of

Lessons From Norway’s Botched Casualty Count

Although Norwegian police continue combing Utoya island for bodies, authorities downsized the number of fatalities to 68. An unnecessary rush led to careless double-counting. According to AP: Police blamed the mix-up on the chaotic situation that erupted on Utoya island when police and rescue workers tried to sort the injured from the dead under mounting

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