Backspin articles

Arafat’s official website

MEMRI brings our attention to the official website of Prisedent [sic] Yassir Arafat, complete with pictures and a historical profile. Our favorite section is a page on Arafat’s ‘daily chores’: “Daily Working Hours: Colleagues of Mr. President say that he finds utter pleasure in pursuing all his people’s issues all day long and part of

Maariv catches CNN

Maariv International took on the role of media monitor last night, catching CNN when they suggested — in flashing red letters — that over 10,000 Palestinians have been made homeless in the past few days. CNN adjusted their report later on, and by 9PM were accurately quoting UN figures: During the 9 pm (Israel time

WashPo misreads Sharon plan

Today’s Washington Post staff editorial begins: A month after promising President Bush that Israel would withdraw all of its troops and settlers from the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is overseeing the largest military operation there in years — yet another of the unpleasant surprises he has delivered to the administration as it struggles

Scale of values

The IDF commander in charge of Gaza forces, Col. Eyal Eisenberg, shares this piece of information that did not make it into your local paper: I haven’t told this to anyone but in the midst of this operation, we assisted a baby being born and evacuated an elderly woman who was injured and summoned a

Security fence, diligence are working

Josh Harvey has a important chart showing how Israel’s security fence, coupled with aggressive anti-terror measures and increased diligence, have thwarted the great majority of attempted terrorist attacks for the past two years.

CBC ‘addressing anti-Israel bias’

Toronto Star has a followup on the CBC’s apology for a highly biased Neil Macdonald report, critiqued by HonestReporting: CBC News is re-working its practices to avoid any future journalistic “mistakes” that may give its audiences the impression it has an “anti-Israel bias.” The changes stem from a report by Washington correspondent — and former

Friedman: Settlers = Shiite butchers

NY Times’ Tom Friedman today: Question: What do the Shiite extremist leader Moktada al-Sadr and his Mahdi Army have in common with the extremist Jewish settlers in Israel? Answer: More than you’d think. Both movements combine religious messianism, and a willingness to sacrifice their followers and others for absolutist visions, along with a certain disdain

Admitting press errors

The UK’s Mirror published this front page after it became clear they had published fake photos of prisoner abuse in Iraq: Our question is, where was this front page after the monumental Jenin ‘massacre’ hoax of 2002, which took in the entire British press??

AP apologizes for Arafat

Yassir Arafat made this statement to Palestinians on national TV Saturday: “Find what strength you have to terrorize your enemy and the enemy of God.” The Associated Press informs readers how to understand Arafat’s call to terror: Arafat, whom Israel accuses of supporting militant groups, did not appear to be calling for new attacks on