Backspin articles

Only Israel labled ‘Nazi’

Walter Reich in the LA Times (req. reg.) : Genocidal mass murder continues to foul the world. So do large-scale massacres of civilians and brutal executions. Yet the foulest epithet in any language — “Nazi” — is hurled not against any of the perpetrators of those crimes but, uniquely and systematically, against Israel. A piece

Reuterization of Washington Times?

AtlanticBlog points out this line from a Washington Times report on the UN Human Rights Commission: Washington has staked out an increasingly moral and, in many quarters, unpopular stand in the HRC by aggressively seeking the censure of China, Zimbabwe, Cuba and other dictatorial regimes, even as it defends Israel. Asks William Sjostram: “even as”?

Istanbul death threat

Turkey is one of the most popular vacation spots for Israelis. This scary incident happened to Jerusalem’s Nochi Brown in the Istanbul airport yesterday: Brown arrived at the Istanbul airport yesterday (Monday) after spending the weekend in the city. He was reading the Gemara (book offering interpretation of the Torah) when a group of Arab

The Same Old Song

Jonathon Tobin of Philadelphia’s Jewish Exponent notes that the moment the US started running into trouble in Iraq, the Jewish members of Bush’s inner circle became scapegoats: It is a rule of thumb that has been tried and tested many times over the last 2,000 years. When things go bad, blame the Jews. So it

BBC’s Mideast policeman

While the Israeli foreign ministry is again furious with the BBC, Haaretz has an article on Malcolm Balen, the BBC’s ombudsmen for Mideast matters. Good background on the groundswell of complaints that brought the Beeb to appoint Balen, and a definition of Balen’s role: “I am not here as an extra layer of editorial supervision

Okrent: Institutional reporting failures

In a column reviewing the NY Times’ faulty coverage of WMDs in Iraq, Times’ Public Editor Daniel Okrent outlines a number of ‘institutional’ problems that plague news reporting: * The Hunger for Scoops * Front Page Syndrome * Hit-and-run Journalism * Coddling Sources * End-run Editing While all five of these problems exist also in

Foreign Ministry vs. BBC, round 2

As the BBC plans to air a new Vanunu interview tonight, the Israeli Foreign Ministry lashes out again against the Beeb: Foreign Ministry officials charge that the BBC is a “communications organization whose goal is to undermine the legitimacy of the state of Israel. It promotes hostile coverage of Israel… and the Vanunu affair proves

Worth reading today

* The Independent has an interview with an Al Aqsa Brigades leader who openly admits Yassir Arafat’s involvement in his group’s terrorism: While on the subject of the PLO chairman, what about his periodic condemnations of murders carried out by Palestinian militants? “It’s a tactic,” says Zubeidi. About this at least, he and the Israelis,

Terrorists’ use of UN ambulances

Peter Hansen of the UNWRA asked today for an apology from Israeli Defence Minister Mofaz for what Hansen called “damaging and baseless allegations” that Palestinians used UN-supplied ambulances to spirit away Israeli soldiers’ body parts two weeks ago. Well, this intelligence site says Reuters has a video cassette of pictures taken during the Israeli army

Perils of US micromanagement

In Maariv (Hebrew ed.) on Tuesday: Prior to becoming Head of Central Command at the end of 2002, Gen. Moshe Kaplinsky served as military secretary to Prime Minister Sharon. During a meeting with an American delegation, the U.S. requested the removal of an IDF checkpoint and, despite its concerns, the prime minister’s office agreed. A