Author Archives: Simon Plosker

BBC Red Carded for Capital Offense

The UK’s Jewish News reports: The BBC this week insisted that “no offence was intended” after Tel Aviv was described as Israel’s capital during a commentary on the UEFA European Under-21 Championship. The error came during Radio 5 Live’s coverage of England’s defeat to Norway last Saturday night. After Jewish News contacted the BBC in response to

Did They Stay or Did They Go?

An article on Christian Arabs in The Economist begins with the following: While Israel’s 1.4m Muslim citizens vociferously champ for the right to return to the lands they fled in 1948, when Israel was created… Evidently someone at The Economist must be confused. For starters, 1.4 million Muslims did not flee Israel in 1948 (the

How Does the Media Relate to Anti-Semitism?

This opinion piece by HR Managing Editor Simon Plosker is republished from The Times of Israel. During the 4th International Conference of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, which has been taking place this week in Jerusalem, I was asked to give a short presentation to the Working Group on Anti-Semitism on the Internet and in

Newspaper Prints Critical Quote on Al-Dura Report from Org Tied to Charles Enderlin

The Daily Telegraph’s coverage of the Israeli government’s Al-Dura report rightly includes comment from France 2′s Charles Enderlin, one of the main protagonists and the journalist under the most scrutiny for his role in the original Al-Dura story. The Telegraph article also includes the following criticism of the Israeli government report: Yizhar Be’er, the executive

HR In the Media: Countering the Global Media Assault on Israel

HR Managing Editor Simon Plosker recently appeared on a guest panel in front of some 265 English-speakers in Herzliya, Israel. The Jerusalem Post reports: Moderated by Israel Broadcasting Authority English News anchor Leah Zinder, the four panelists were Trevor Asserson, a Jerusalem-based international lawyer who successfully challenged the BBC on issues of media bias, David Olesker


Exposed: Award Winning Gaza Image was Photoshopped

This image of a Gaza funeral appeared in many media outlets. ExtremeTech now reports: It turns out that the 2013 World Press Photo of the Year — the largest and most prestigious press photography award — was, in actual fact, a fake. The World Press Photo association hasn’t yet stripped the photographer, Paul Hansen, of the