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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

Hezbollah’s ‘anti-aircraft’ missiles

Analyst Elliot Chodoff on NY Times coverage of yesterday’s Hezbollah skirmish: “Despite an Israeli military withdrawal from southern Lebanon four years ago, Israeli warplanes still fly over Lebanese air space and sometimes draw fire from Hezbollah.” (Israel and Hezbollah Clash, NY Times, June 21, 2004) The Times neglects to mention that sometimes IAF planes draw

Clearing the record

Judging from the advance coverage we’ve seen so far, former President Bill Clinton’s memoirs paint an unflattering portrait of Yasser Arafat. It also debunks the Camp David II revisionist claims by Clinton’s assistant, Robert Malley, who tried blaming the summit’s failure on allegedly inadequate Israeli concessions. After an exclusive interview with Clinton, The Guardian wrote:

Palestinian integration

Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement finally acknowledged what we knew all along: the Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigades are an integral part of Fatah. Palestinian prime minister Ahmed Qurei said to the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper on Sunday: “We have clearly declared that the Aksa Martyrs Brigades are part of Fatah…We are committed to them and Fatah bears

Tom Gross on ‘the BBC bubble’

Veteran journalist and commentator Tom Gross has an excellent (and scathing) review of BBC Mideast coverage in National Review. After recounting many of the most egregious BBC violations of journalistic ethics over the past few years, Gross addresses the institutionalized problem at the Beeb: The problem is not that every individual correspondent is biased. Whereas

Cool new Israel atlas

Check out this new, flash-based Israel atlas. Don’t miss the little moving planes, trains and automobiles. And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out ‘Israel’s Story in Maps’ (via the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s site).

Proud to be censured

John Gibson of Fox News says he’s “proud to be censured by the British government.” Gibson got a wrist-slap from Ofcom, the British government’s media watchdog. Commenting on the Hutton Commission inquiry into the death of Dr. David Kelly and the BBC’s Iraq reporting, Gibson accused the Beeb of “a frothing-at-the-mouth” anti-American bias.