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HBO airing ‘Death in Gaza’

Tomorrow night HBO will air James Miller’s BBC/Channel 4 film ‘Death in Gaza.’ (see a trailer on the HBO site) Miller died from a gunshot wound in Rafah while making the film. The information presented on Miller’s memorial site suggests that the IDF was responsible for the fatal shot, but there has been no official

Blaming Israel for Sudan

On the heels of ‘Blaming Israel for Abu Ghraib’: In the Darfur region of Sudan, approximately 50,000 civilians have been murdered and more than 1 million displaced as a result of raids by Arab Janjaweed militias on the predominantly black African population of the province. The victimized black Sudanese believe that the Khartoum-based government of

Journalistic ‘objectivity’ gone wild

Here’s another case study, caught by David Gerstman: In an article about a Fatah-based terror group entitled, “Faction listens to Arafat only when he says what it wants to hear” The Sydney Morning Herald reports: Setting out his group’s history, Abu Haron had to pause at times to choke back sobs and wipe away tears.

Israeli Supreme Court backs Palestinian journalists

From AP: Israel’s Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a ruling that requires government authorities to grant qualified Palestinian journalists accreditation to work in Israel. The decision was a victory for foreign news organizations, many of whose Palestinian reporters have not been granted press cards needed to cover official events since Israeli-Palestinian violence broke out in

‘Peace’ activists in action

International peace activists and Palestinians scuffle with an Israeli border policeman during a protest against the construction of the controversial Israeli security barrier near the West Bank village of Az-Zawiya, August 9, 2004. REUTERS/Ammar Awad Reuters usually describes the security fence with scare quotes: ‘security’ fence. But they apparently couldn’t bring themselves to do it

AFP photo of Sharon

Here’s an AFP photo of Ariel Sharon, released today — no, we didn’t crop it, that’s the actual ‘news’ photo: The caption: Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon presides over the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem. What other world leader would receive this treatment at the other end of a photojournalist’s lens? Imagine

Moscow Jewish newspaper vandalized

Haaretz reports: Burglars have broken into the office of a Jewish newspaper in Moscow and stolen computer hard drives and documents…Two weeks ago, two scanners were stolen from the office. However, while that burglary may have been for financial gain, this weekend’s theft appeared to be an attempt to garner information. What were they looking

Unsettling pressure

We can expect to see alot more heated discussion in the coming months over settlements, as Sharon’s Gaza plan moves forward and everyone involved in the debate senses change in the air. Jeffrey Goldberg, who recently made a splash with a New Yorker article on the settlers, now has a NY Times op-ed on the