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Another Jenin

This weekend confirmed that Palestinian propaganda efforts have succeeded in turning the ongoing IDF operation in southern Gaza into another version of the infamous ‘Jenin massacre’ lie of 2002, which was characterized by manipulation of photos, statistics, sources of fire and identity of the dead. Consider: * House demolitions: The IDF says that since the

Write your own Friedman column!

The New York Observer has the latest Tom Friedman parody: Write your own Thomas Friedman column! 1. Choose your title to intrigue the reader through its internal conflict: a. War and Peas b. Osama, Boulevardier c. Big Problems, Little Women 2. Include a dateline from a remote location, preferably dangerous, unmistakably Muslim: a. Mecca, Saudi

IDF humanitarian care in Rafah

Released today by the IDF to the press, but unlikely to hit your local papers: IDF SPOKESPERSON ANNOUNCEMENT Humanitarian assistance during the IDF operation in Rafah. During IDF operation in Rafah which began on May 18, 2004, the IDF enhanced its humanitarian assistance through its district coordination offices. These offices were instructed to assist with

7 recommended books; 3 book reviews

(Via Tom Gross) The first five books deal with anti-Semitism, the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, and in some cases media coverage. All these books have been published in recent weeks. The other two books are new biographies of Yasser Arafat published last fall. ————————————————————— 1. “Those Who Forget the Past: The Question of Anti-Semitism,” edited by Ron

More Arab prisoner abuse

Another damning report of Arab prisoner abuse: ARAB prisoners beaten and tortured, innocent bystanders killed by gunfire – another damning human rights report. But the difference this time is that the violence is being perpetrated not by coalition forces in Iraq, but by the Palestinian Authority, and the victims are its own people. The report,

Media role in Iraq war

A former US Army officer comments on the media’s role in emasculating the US effort in Iraq: The media is often referred to off-handedly as a strategic factor. But we still don’t fully appreciate its fatal power. Conditioned by the relative objectivity and ultimate respect for facts of the U.S. media, we fail to understand

Forthcoming HR report

An HonestReporting critique of media coverage of yesterday’s Rafah disaster, versus coverage of the Iraqi wedding-party incident, is forthcoming. To receive it in your inbox, just sign up above. UPDATE: It’s now online here.

Palestinians try to kidnap NY Times reporter

This was buried at the very end of a long NY Times report from Jerusalem bureau chief James Bennet: In a highly unusual incident, at least three Palestinian men attempted to kidnap this reporter here Wednesday night. The reporter, who had identified himself at Al Najar hospital as an American, was speaking on a cellular

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