Backspin articles

‘Jews and French people’

From French President Jacques Chirac‘s speech for Bastille Day yesterday: We are going through a period of displays of racism in which our compatriots, Jews, Muslim or even others, sometimes even simply French people, are the object of aggression with the only motive that they don’t belong or are not from such and such a

Legal defense against terror

The SF Chronicle published a commentary by a legal expert who raises an aspect of the ICJ ruling that effects not only Israelis: even if you are unconcerned about the lives of Israeli civilians, another portion of the opinion should be alarming to every American. Israel contended that the barrier was justified by its “inherent

Bungled headline of the day

MSNBC: Israeli army fires on UN convoy You have to read deep into the report to find out that the IDF was in the middle of a gunfight with Palestinians when a convoy delivering humanitarian aid showed up. The IDF claims it never fired on the convoy. The article itself is by AP. Comments to

Recommended Reading

* The NY Times published a response by Benyamin Netanyahu to the ICJ ruling. * This commentary in the Toronto Globe&Mail argues that the ICJ will ultimately suffer in the long term for its inability to separate law and politics: Israel can survive yet another piece of anti-Zionist propaganda labelling its every effort of self-defence

CSM: Efrat is a ‘settler outpost’

Ben Lynfield of the Christian Science Monitor did a story on settler outposts recently. The CSM has a feature called ‘Reporters on the Job’ that’s intended to add background to such news reports. Here’s what Lynfield submitted on this story: Correspondent Ben Lynfield set off Thursday on a tour of Israeli outposts with Dror Etkes,

Article on Reuters’ bias

On National Review Online, Tom Gross exposes Reuters’ consistent anti-Israel bias, citing HonestReporting’s work: In a study last year, the media watchdog HonestReporting found that in “100 percent of headlines” when Reuters wrote about Israeli acts of violence, Israel was emphasized as the first word; also, an active voice was used, often without explaining that

Personal notes from HR Mission

A participant on the recent HonestReporting Leadership Mission to Israel, Rabbi Aryeh Markman, shares his thoughts on the trip: We toured the controversial security fence, flew the entire length of the Green Line in a small chartered plane, and toured the Syrian border with an IDF officer who imparted lessons in military strategy that you

Arabs in favor of security fence

Many Israeli Arabs think the security fence is essential to protect everyone from crazed West Bank terrorists. For example, Najeh Abu Mukh from Baka: The 26-foot-high concrete-and-razor-wire barrier down the hill from Najeh Abu Mukh’s house cuts him off from relatives and the West Bank. But the Israeli Arab said he doesn’t mind, because the