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Media Intimidation Continues

While we recently noted Palestinian efforts to restrict media coverage of the intra-fadeh, efforts to cover up the in-fighting are now taking a more ominous turn. The Jerusalem Post reports that the various Palestinian groups at odds with each other are sending death threats to Arab journalists: As a result, many of them said they

New BBC Watch report

BBC Watch has released its fourth comprehensive report on BBC coverage of the Mideast conflict. This time, Trevor Asserson and Cassie Williams analyzed all documentary programs broadcast by BBC from late 2000 to June 2004. Their principal findings: the BBC is running a ‘campaign to vilify Israel,’ broadcasting a documentary critical of Israel every 2-3

NY Times calls for Arafat’s resignation

In an editorial published today — ‘The Arafat Problem’ — the New York Times calls for Yassir Arafat to quit: It’s been the misfortune of the Palestinian people to be stuck with Yasir Arafat as their founding father, a leader who has failed to make the transition from romantic revolutionary to statesman. All he seems

Israel’s friends in the Pacific

Why is it that Micronesia and the Marshall Islands are always among the tiny minority of Israel supporters at the UN (as they were at Tuesday’s vote)? Totally Jewish did some investigating:

Arafat to journalists: ‘Toe the line!’

An addendum to our communique today on Yassir Arafat’s seeming collapse: The Toronto Globe and Mail reports that Arafat has issued “a warning to Palestinian journalists to cease all coverage of the kind of street protests that rocked the Gaza Strip and some West Bank cities last weekend”: Reporters have also been threatened with severe

Throwing the Book at Arafat

Yasser Arafat has been dealing with deteriorating security in Gaza, calls for reform, even charges that he’s obstructing an investigation of the murder of three Americans. Now, “Missing Peace,” a new book by former US Mideast envoy Dennis Ross squarely blames Arafat for the failure of the Camp David II talks. Ross, according to this

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