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British journalist Hounam arrested

Via Maariv: Sunday Times reporter Peter Hounam has been detained this evening (Wednesday) in Jerusalem and taken in for questioning, apparently on suspicion of committing security offences. Following his arrest, Hounam was brought to the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court and interrogated in the presence of a General Security Service (GSS) representative. Subsequently, he was taken for

IDF briefing on Rafah

IDF SPOKESPERSON ANNOUNCEMENT 5/24/04 The following is a summary of the briefing held today by the GOC southern command, Maj. Gen. Dan Harel, regarding the operation in Rafah. On Wednesday, May 12, 2004, an IDF force traveling along the Israeli- Egyptian border came under heavy gunfire and anti tank missiles launched from Rafah. An APC

Media buying Palestinian lies

IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Yaalon says what HonestReporting indicated twice during the past week: the world media bought into Palestinian lies during the operation in Gaza: Responding to criticism from abroad and from within Israel about the IDF’s humanitarian record in the Gaza Strip during Operation Rainbow, chief of staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya’alon told

Berkeley Intifada

The East Bay Express has a long article on speech and hatred at UC Berkeley, which was once a great center of openness. Excerpt: As campus police assembled at the entrance to the hall and prepared to open its doors, a kaffiyeh-clad protester hoisted a placard that read: “What is going on in Palestine today

We’ve arrived

LGF’s Charles Johnson says ‘You haven’t arrived until you have your very own stalker moonbat with a blog, issuing semi-literate “criticisms.”‘ So HonestReporting has apparently arrived.

Tunnel Vision in Gaza

Palestinians attempt to kidnap a NY Times reporter; also, one-dimensional reporting of the Rafah operation.

History of Rafiah

Good historical background on the whole Rafiah mess from analyst Elliot Chodoff. (Sign up here for Chodoff’s and Yisrael Neeman’s free email newsletter.): Rafiah Tunnel Vision By Elliot Chodoff The vehemence of the worldwide condemnation of Israel for the IDF operation into Rafiah this week surprised even some veteran Israeli commentators. The UN Security Council

What would we do without experts?

Dave Copeland, a columnist at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, pulls back the curtain on journalists’ use of ‘experts’ in news reports. James Taranto, are you listening? Because most in-the-trench reporters aren’t allowed to think for themselves, they rely on “experts” who can state their pre-determined opinion for them (don’t buy into all this objectivity crap; fairness

PA funnelling weapons

Another IDF statement you probably won’t see in your local paper today: Palestinian Authority police are transferring weapons to terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip to assist in their fight against the Israeli army, according to a senior official quoted on Army Radio Sunday. See also these IDF presentations (.pdf) on the chief reason for

PA vs. James Bennet

NY Times reporter James Bennet makes his living presenting Israeli vs. Palestinian claims on the truth. Now everyone will have to weigh Bennet’s vs. the Palestinians’ account of what happened to him outside a Gaza hospital on Thursday: Palestinian Authority officials and journalists denied over the weekend that Palestinians in Rafah had tried to kidnap

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