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Molhem Barakat: From Al-Qaida Reject to Reuters

Molhem Barakat: From Al-Qaida Reject to Reuters

A Reuters photographer, Molhem Barakat, was killed in Aleppo on Friday. Some emerging details of his life are raising uncomfortable questions for the wire service and for the press corps covering Israel and the PA. 1. Barakat was in his teens, possibly as young as 17 when he started working as a freelancer for Reuters.

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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Joe Hyams to IAJF: No Iron Dome in the Media War

  HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams appeared at an event sponsored by the Iranian American Jewish Federation this week, speaking about the vital importance of media issues in the battle for Israel’s legitimacy. Joe reminded the audience that while the IDF has successfully deployed the Iron Dome Missile Defense system against threats of rocket fire against

A One Way Run

Jonathan Brown describes in the Irish Times his experience as a runner in what he called “Palestine.” (“Running is a luxury lost to Palestinians”.) He sympathetically writes about how Palestinians are so used to running away from Israeli soldiers that they can’t conceive of running just for fun. He doesn’t explain the context of the situation

HR Letter Published in The Guardian

A letter has been published in The Guardian in response to an article that drew parallels between Nelson Mandela’s struggles against apartheid and the Palestinian cause. Only the second half of the letter from HR Managing Editor Simon Plosker appeared. Here is the submitted letter in full: There is much that Nelson Mandela can teach

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Attacking Journalists To Become a War Crime?

Reporters Without Borders is pushing to make attacks on journalists a war crime. Sounds great, as long as it also becomes a war crime for terrorists to impersonate or embed themselves among journalists. 4 rockets just fired from near media center in #Gaza City. The same media center bldg hit by three IDF missiles earlier today

Speaking Events: HonestReporting CEO on the East and West Coasts

LimmudBoston On Sunday, December 8, HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams was a guest speaker at LimmudBoston. He presented a joint session on Israel and the media titled Getting it Right: Israel, the Media and the Modern Middle East. Six Secrets of Media Objectivity – Quantifying Media Bias and Responding Effectively. Lessons and first hand insights from the November 2012

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