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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.

Intifada’s End

Did Israel win the intifada? That’s Charles Krauthammer‘s belief. The Washington Post columnist makes a strong case that Israel has won a strategic victory over the Palestinians: Israel is now defining a new equilibrium that will reign for years to come — the separation fence is unilaterally drawing the line that separates Israelis and Palestinians.

Closing the Loopholes

Palestine Media Watch got the attention of Congress by documenting how Palestinian organizations (even municipalities) exploited loopholes in US foreign aid regulations. One example of how US taxpayer money was spent: Approximately $410,000 in US aid helped pay for a Nablus recreation center named after Salah Khalaf, whom the Washington Times describes as “the spiritual

Oldie But ‘Goodie’

Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds notes an issue with a BBC Gaza reporter that HonestReporting highlighted more than two years ago. Since we still get occasional emails about Beeb correspondent Fayad Abu Shamala, here’s a reminder of what Abu Shamala proclaimed at Hamas gathering on May 6, 2001: “Journalists and media organizations [are] waging the campaign shoulder-to-shoulder

CSM Editor on bias

Christian Science Monitor Editor Paul Van Slambrouck addresses the question of his paper’s biases. Van Slambrouck invited readers to respond and now publishes some of their comments.

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