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Might Palestinian Press Freedom Gain From UN Statehood Vote?

Might Palestinian Press Freedom Gain From UN Statehood Vote?

The Committee to Protect Journalists issued a special report on jailed journalists. Turkey’s the biggest jailer; neither Israel nor Fatahstan or Hamastan made the CPJ’s top ten list (not even per capita). This snippet has me wondering: How might Palestinian press freedom benefit from the PA’s boosted status at the UN? Journalists who either disappear

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Khaled Meshaal Returns to Gaza

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Khaled Meshaal returned to Gaza to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hamas’ founding. The Jerusalem Post‘s Khaled Abu Toameh describes the speech he gave to hundreds of thousands. “Palestine was,

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South African Cartoonist in Public Spat Over Zionism

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Press reports say the US and Western allies are preparing contingency to attack Syria if Bashar Assad uses chemical weapons. The Times of Israel says the intervention may include Israel,

Is Syria Weaponizing Its WMDs?

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Wired: Syria’s assembling it chemical arms. Engineers working for the Assad regime in Syria have begun combining the two chemical precursors needed to weaponize sarin gas, an American official with

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Reuters Blames Israel For Doomsday

It’s an otherwise forgettable analysis of Israeli plans to develop E1. Could Reuters possibly have come up with a more sensationalized headline? “Doomsday” hill may be one Israeli settlement too far Doomsday? By whipping up hysteria, Reuters distracts readers from the real doomsday of December 21, when the Mayan calendar ends and the apocalypse begins.

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US Boosting Drone Surveillance of Iran

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. The US is boosting its drone surveillance of Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor amid questionable fuel transfers. Details at the Wall St. Journal (via Google News). 2. The NY Times reports

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Australian Jews Respond to Ugly Cartoon

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook. Today’s Top Stories 1. Loads of commentary on Thursday’s UN statehood vote. See it all below. 2. Howard Zwier blasts back at the Sydney Morning Herald for this disgusting Michael Leunig cartoon. After taking

Despite the Hype, E1 Doesn’t Cut West Bank in Two

The patch of land the world’s fixated on today is roughly 4.5 square miles adjacent to Jerusalem and Maale Adumim. There’s no fancy name to the place. It’s simply known by the bureaucratic moniker, E1. After the UN General Assembly unilaterally boosted the Palestinians to non-member observer state and a Mahmoud Abbas speech that piqued

How Will Big Media Refer to the Palestinian “State”?

Now that the UN boosted the Palestinian status to “non-member observer state,” what does this mean for Big Media descriptions of the new-and-improved Palestinian entity? The Daily Telegraph‘s Alex Spillius lists the possible references, but finds shortcomings in them all. Palestine: “There has in fact never been a nation state called Palestine. The Holy Land

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