Author Archives: Pesach Benson

Red Cross Did Not Examine Gilad Shalit Before Controversial Egyptian Interview

That Egyptian interview with Gilad Shalit took place before any medics had a chance to check his condition. Investigative journalist Richard Behar (Forbes) blows the lid: Last week, I sent an email to the interviewer, Shahira Amin, Egypt’s most famous TV journalist – posted afterwards in a news story. Three days ago, she responded at great

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Media Cheat Sheet 10/26/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel. Peace Process • Ambassador Michael Oren discussed latest issues at a Christian Science Monitor. Watch his take on the Gilad Shalit swap, the Arab Spring and Palestinian statehood. I’m embedding the latter. • Abbas wants a major prisoner release as a precondition for peace talks. The Daily

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Media Cheat Sheet 10/25/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel. If you’re new to my media cheat sheets, these are my daily assessments of Israel in the news that used to be for HonestReporting’s in-house use only. Now, you’re in the loop too. Shalit Swap Followup • Mohammed Sharatha, one terrorist freed in the

Incitement, Bias: A Textbook Case

For a long time, Israel’s supporters have been trying to draw media attention to the massive problem of incitement in Palestinian school books. So I was initially relieved to see the LA Times pick up on the issue. Problem is, reporter Ed Sanders investigated Israeli censorship of Palestinian texts in eastern Jerusalem schools funded by

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The LA Times’ “Ugly” Obsession With Israel

Yesterday, I teed off on Reuters for it’s non-story about earthquake-stricken Turkey declining Israeli humanitarian assistance. The Turks have so far turned down all foreign aid offers. Strange, but that’s Ankara’s perogative. Now the LA Times churns out the same non-story. The Times itself even notes: But for now Turkey has politely declined help from

Media Cheat Sheet 10/24/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel. Gilad Shalit • Egyptian journalist Shahira Amin writes an open letter to Israel explaining her interview with Gilad Shalit. I think it’s hooey. Here’s how the interview looked to me: A reporter who who rarely goes on air without some makeup and a bite to

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Media Cheat Sheet 10/23/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media’s coverage of Israel. Gilad Shalit • This Patrick Chappatte cartoon sums up Faisal Al Qasim’s Gulf News commentary (via IsraellyCool) which calls the lopsided deal humiliating for Arabs. Qasim’s key snippet follows the cartoon. It is not a secret at all that the value of an Arab

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Over 80,000 People Have Seen Our First Slide Show — Have You?

Just a few days ago, we launched HonestReporting’s first slide show. More than 80,000 have viewed “Defending Israel Against Claims of Excessive Force,” so don’t miss out. Check out the slide show and let us know what you think. Our series of slide shows spotlights various problems and how we can all contribute to solving

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3 Questions From The In-Box

After a week off (mostly), it’s time to clear out the in-box. Here are three interesting questions. 1. What was Hamas trying to accomplish with that nasty Shalit interview on Egyptian TV? That interview was absolutely abusive.  Shahira Amin says Shalit wasn’t coerced, but how could it have be otherwise? Shalit was alone in Egypt, surrounded by Hamas personnel,

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