Backspin articles

New news feed!

We’ve added a news feed to the right side of the blog –> The very latest wire services articles on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict appear from the top of this list, then move their way down over time. Click on the headline to view the article in a new window. We hope this will be useful

The explanation for all problems

An update to our challenge for readers to find the supposed ‘Israeli conspiracy’ behind the New Jersey governor’s departure — Al Jazeera posts the statement of one ‘Andy Martin’: “People have been confused by the McGreevey sex scandal,” says Martin. “But McGreevey’s dilemma is not a gay sex scandal. It is an Israeli intelligence operation

Worth reading today

* The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs has a lengthy article by Max Singer on the implications of the Gaza pullout plan. * In the New York Times, David Raab recalls his harrowing experience of being held hostage by the PFLP for three weeks during “Black September” in 1970. * In the Washington Post Magazine,

Straight From the Source

Nasser Ahmad Nasser Al-Bahri, a former bodyguard of Osama Bin Laden, was interviewed by Al-Quds Al-Arabi, a London-based Arabic daily, after gaining amnesty from Yemen. Al-Bahri had been imprisoned for involvement in the October, 2000 attack on the USS Cole. The interview, translated by Memri, puts to rest the silly conspiracy rumors blaming the Mossad

Words, Not Deeds

Yasser Arafat acknowledged to Palestinian lawmakers that “mistakes were made”, resulting in a Reuters headline going so far as to say that the chairman “urges change.” Most media coverage of his speech was more skeptical–for example, the LA Times didn’t bother giving Arafat much prominence against a Sharon speech made shortly afterwards. Arafat quickly proved

Of Medals and Memory

We appreciated the nice and concise way reporter Mac Engel of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram tied together coverage of Israeli Ariel Zeevi winning a bronze medal on the anniversary of the Munich Olympic massacre.

BBC watch

‘British TV Reporter Convicted of Murder’: LONDON — A man described as an undercover reporter for British news outlets was convicted of murder Wednesday for torturing a man to death in front of his children … During the eight-week trial, it emerged that Raven and his cousin, Christopher More, who is still being sought by