Author Archives: Simon Plosker

Moderate is a Relative Term in the Mideast, Just Ask Assad

Cast your minds back to the year 2000 when Bashar al-Assad became president of Syria. Headlines such as this from the AP: According to CNN, Assad Jr liked windsurfing and the web: The New York Times referred to the “shy young doctor,” a “soft-spoken, gangly bachelor and computer buff.” Today we know better. So maybe

BBC Burns Rubber to Promote Palestinian Gripes

You can always guarantee that any positive development in Jerusalem, be it in the areas of transport, tourism or the like, will be met with a negative Palestinian response. And you can always rely on the BBC to turn a positive story into a negative one by promoting Palestinian complaints. So it was with a

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