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Fighting BDS – BDS is a Media War

One of the biggest misconceptions about the BDS, especially among people only casually exposed to the movement’s rhetoric, is that the BDS is designed to put economic and political pressure on Israel. The truth, as numerous reports have made clear, is that Israel’s economy has remained robust throughout the years of BDS pressure, even while


Guardian Headline Fail Over Golan Heights Attack

Both the Daily Telegraph and The Guardian published a Reuters report on Israel’s response to a Syrian attack on its soldiers in the Golan Heights. But check out the respective headlines: The Daily Telegraph: The Guardian: Spot the difference? While the Daily Telegraph’s headline makes it clear that Israel was responding to an attack on

Only Israel is “Hard-Line” According to AP

Israel’s coalition government doesn’t always speak with one voice when it comes to dealing with the Palestinian issue. But why does the Associated Press refer to it as “hard-line”? Members of Israel’s hard-line government have questioned Abbas’ readiness to make peace. But ahead of Monday’s meeting, Abbas received a boost of support from Israeli President

AFP Retracts False Palestinian Charge

It’s all too easy to accuse Israel of any crime you can imagine, especially when the media rely on unnamed Palestinian sources for their stories. Take this from AFP under the headline “Palestinian dies after Israel troops fire on his car“: A Palestinian died on Tuesday after Israeli troops fired on his car nearĀ TulkaremĀ in the


Guardian Removes “Jewish Lobby” Reference

The Guardian’s report on the IDF capture of an Iranian weapons ship contained the following paragraph: The reference to a “powerful Jewish lobby” is insidious as well as inaccurate (AIPAC is not an exclusively Jewish organization). HonestReporting Managing Editor Simon Plosker tweeted the following to The Guardian’s Middle East Editor Ian Black: CiF Watch also