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The Independent: Any Excuse to Attack Israel

Like many other newspapers, The Independent is running a series of articles looking back at the year’s news and events. Unsurprisingly, the death of Nelson Mandela warrants an article. Here’s a screenshot: The subhead reads: Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel claimed that he couldn’t afford the trip. His absence reminded us of Israel’s closeness to the

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It’s Not About Free Speech

Reading in the New York Times, Members of Jewish Student Group Test Permissible Discussion on Israel, one could easily make the assumption that an all-powerful Jewish organization controls what American college students are allowed to say and think about Israel: At Harvard, the Jewish student group Hillel was barred from co-sponsoring a discussion with a

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Following Up on the Dishonest Reporting Awards

Comments and the roar of the crowd after announcing the New York Times won the 2013 Dishonest Reporting Award and other runners up. 1. The danger of forgetting that not everyone knows the nickname you’re talking about. From: . . .@. . .com Date: Thu, Dec 26, 2013 Subj: Re: A Year of Biased Reporting:

Sky News Weighs in on Bedouin Issue

The Israeli government eventually backed down and decided that it would make changes to the Prawer-Begin Plan. Arriving late to the party, this hasn’t stopped Sky News’ Sam Kiley from encouraging the view that Israeli plans for bringing the Bedouin into the 21st century are “racist.” The framing of the story is set by a sensationalist headline:

Mandela Legacy Falsely Co-opted by Palestinians

Many anti-Israel articles have appeared in recent weeks following the death of Nelson Mandela. Anti-Israel activists have cynically used this opportunity to parrot the false charge that Israel is an “apartheid state” while claiming that Nelson Mandela believed the same. Typical of some of the quotes being attributed to Mandela is this that appears in

PLO Claims Jesus Was Palestinian

This is the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO) seasonal video message for Christmas:  Note the video’s description: Every Christmas Palestine celebrates the birth of one of its own, Jesus Christ. “One of its own”?! Jesus was, of course, born Jewish. As Jeffrey Goldberg notes (emphasis added): The most recent manifestation of the desire to de-Judaize Jesus

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