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Deadly Palestinian rocket attack in Sderot

It was, unfortunately, a matter of time. This morning two Israeli civilians were killed (including a 4-year-old boy), and at least 7 injured, in a Hamas rocket attack upon the Israeli town of Sderot. Though Sderot residents have been injured by the hundreds of Kassam rockets fired from Gaza in the past, this was the

Dangerous time to be a Jew

The cover story in the New Statesman is by Simon Sebag Montefiore, an English Jew who feels a dangerous turn of the tide that is palpable in European media: something has changed about the European attitude to Jewishness. One feels it everywhere: we have moved, as it were, from the world of Howard Jacobson back

AFP – still distorting PA terror ties

In an HonestReporting communique earlier this week, we noted that Palestinian PM Ahmad Qurei openly admitted to Fatah’s ‘bearing full responsiblity’ for the actions of the terrorist Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade. We called on the media to acknowledge this bond with Fatah in ongoing coverage of the Al Aqsa Brigades. Yet AFP, for one, has

Journalists’ panel at HR mission

Today the HR mission visited the new and impressive building of the Israeli Foreign Ministry. No cameras were allowed in, so unfortunately, no pictures on this post. The highlight of the session was a panel with three journalists — Greg Myre of the NY Times, David Gilbert of CBS News, and Jamil Hamad of Time

Bayefsky speech to UN

Professor Anne Bayefsky of Columbia University delivered a powerful speech at the U.N. conference on Confronting Anti-Semitism yesterday: This meeting occurs at a point when the relationship between Jews and the United Nations is at an all-time low. The U.N. took root in the ashes of the Jewish people, and according to its charter was

Caroline Glick at HR mission

Caroline Glick, columnist and Deputy Managing Editor of the Jerusalem Post, addressed the HonestReporting mission this morning in Jerusalem. Glick delivered a powerful talk on Israel and the West’s confrontation with radical Islam, describing an inherent cultural clash between totalitarian Islamists on one side, and Israel/the U.S. — founded upon individual liberty and democracy —

Itamar Marcus at HR mission

Itamar Marcus, director of Palestinian Media Watch, addressed the HonestReporting mission this morning. Marcus presented the latest examples of glorification of shahada (death for Allah) and villification of the Jewish people that permeate Palestinian media, including numerous examples that obscenely target young children. Marcus stressed that the concept of shahada is inaccurately translated as ‘martyrdom’,

Lieberman at HR mission

Twenty-five participants landed in Israel yesterday for the first HonestReporting Leadership Mission, a week-long program featuring top speakers and visits to essential sites. One of our first guests was Avigdor Lieberman (bottom), Israeli cabinet minister until two weeks ago, who spoke with HonestReporting mission participants at a scenic courtyard in Jerusalem’s Old City about the

Ambulance abuse

The IDF arrested three wanted Tanzim fugitives riding in an ambulance near Bethlehem. Haaretz reports that one of them, Imad Faraj, a senior leader in the organization, claimed to be suffering from appendicitis. Faraj was taken to Hadassah Hospital and then transferred to the Shin Bet. See this blog entry documenting previous examples of ambulance

Brigades apologize to photojournalist

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade admits it attacked a Palestinian photographer employed by AFP and the PA’s daily paper, Al-Ayam. Last April, Jamal Arouri’s arms were broken by three masked men; at the time, nobody claimed responsibility or offered a reason why Arouri was targeted. The photographer agreed not to press charges after receiving a written

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