Author Archives: Simon Plosker

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Canadian Student Wins $2000 Journalism Award

Canadian Student Wins $2000 Journalism Award

HonestReporting is proud to announce that Aidan Fishman, 20, from Winnipeg, Canada, is the winner of the inaugural Blankfeld Award for Quality Journalism. We received entries from aspiring student writers from around the globe, including the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia and the UK. HonestReporting staff members and HR Board member Max Blankfeld, the sponsor

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Make Up Your Mind, New York Times!

The New York Times tends to view the situation of Gaza through a very rigid lens – that of an impoverished and overcrowded territory at the mercy of an Israeli blockade and restrictions. Rarely are Hamas held responsible for the plight of Palestinians living in Gaza. So it’s no surprise to see the following caption

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Israel Made Me Set Myself on Fire, Part 2

On September 3, we noted The Guardian’s report that an unemployed Gaza man had died after setting himself alight, apparently in protest over his family’s dire living conditions. For Harriet Sherwood, it was all too easy to lead the reader to hold Israel responsible for the young man’s plight simply by drawing attention to the Israeli blockade

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Welcome to Joe’s Israel!

Students defending Israel on university and college campuses face many difficulties. Indeed, many Jewish students have disengaged from identifying with Israel altogether, making it particularly challenging to reach and enthuse the next generation with a positive view of Israel. That’s why HonestReporting has partnered with Joe’s Israel, a brand new internet campaign that gives young people

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Israel Made Me Set Myself on Fire

The Guardian reports that an unemployed Gaza man has died after setting himself alight, apparently in protest over his family’s dire living conditions. Harriet Sherwood expands on Gaza’s woes including unemployment, population growth and “Overcrowding, lengthy and frequent power cuts, unsafe drinking water, poor sanitation and inadequate medical care”. Up until this point, there is no

Rachel Corrie and the “Cycle of Violence”

The verdict from an Israeli judge that Rachel Corrie’s death was  an accident has set off a predictable whirlwind of media coverage. Reading The Guardian’s report, this section stands out: At the time – the height of the second intifada, or Palestinian uprising – house demolitions were common, part of an increasing cycle of violence

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