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New HR communique

We’ve released a new HonestReporting communique on Cox News’ coverage of yesterday’s parading of IDF body parts in Gaza: Burying the Distinctions Sign up above to receive HR communiques by email.

Coverage of two atrocities

Maariv International has an overview of media coverage of the two atrocities from yesterday: A day after members of Palestinian factions mutilated the bodies of six IDF soldiers in Gaza, international media outlets worldwide chose to focus on a different story demonstrating the cruelty of Muslim radicals. An examination of international newspapers reveals that the

Nick Berg – another Daniel Pearl?

This AP report raises the possibility that Nick Berg was brutally decapitated because of his being Jewish: Berg’s father said his son was Jewish and had a fringed religious cloth with him, but he did not think Berg wore the clothing in public. Still, “there’s a better chance than not that they knew he was

AJC: Public corpse desecration = Quiet burial

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution draws a moral equivalence between Israel and the Palestinian terrorists’ parading of body parts yesterday. At the very end of today’s AJC report (req. reg.): Judaism, like Islam, requires a burial by sundown of the day that a death takes place, if possible. According to both religions, the failure to bury any

Israel’s Story in Maps

An outstanding new resource is available in limited form now on IsraelInsider — the flash-based ‘Israel’s Story in Maps’: Originally commissioned by Israel’s Foreign Ministry, this authoritative best-ever compilation provides an in-depth visual look at Israel and its neighbors from the times of King David and King Solomon to the latest terror attacks, and the

Beyond monstrous

From NY Times: Israeli troops were on a grim house-to-house search for their comrades’ remains here tonight, after Palestinian militants blew up an Israeli troop carrier and then said they had made off with body parts of the six soldiers killed inside… Palestinians said that they hoped to trade the soldiers’ body parts for prisoners

AP’s short memory

A current Associated Press article from reporter Mohammad Daraghmeh covers yesterday’s surrender of a would-be Palestinian suicide bomber who had second thoughts on his path to ‘martyrdom’. Daraghmeh ends with this outright error: In recent months, militant groups have been using younger Palestinians as bombers, hoping to avoid Israeli detection. In one recent case, a

Worth reading today

* YNet (Hebrew) has profiles of the six IDF soldiers killed in Gaza this morning * Iowahawk satirizes the non-existent Arab acceptance of President Bush’s apology for Abu Ghraib: “Now was that so hard?” joked Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat in an email to Bush. “Now get out of here ya knucklehead, before we have to

City Press runs Mazuri article

South Africa’s City Press ran an outrageous screed by Ali Mazuri, which includes comparisons of Israel to Nazi Germany, and apologies for Palestinian suicide bombings: The Israelis have proven that even former victims of the Holocaust can commit their own crimes against humanity once in power. The Israelis have been narrowing the moral gap between

Blaming Israel for Abu Ghraib?!

We’ve just released a new communique on the CBC’s Neil Macdonald, who lent credence on national TV to a bizarre claim of Israeli culpability for the Iraqi prisoner abuses. View it here, and sign up for HR communiques above. UPDATE: University of Michigan professor Juan Cole pushes the Israel-Abu Gharaib connection as well, quoting Al