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Molly Moore’s sources

Joshua Scharf asks some detailed questions regarding WashPost reporter Molly Moore’s Palestinian sources, and concludes: the Post is now in the habit of quoting Palestinian terrorists and terrorist sympathizers without disclosing these connections. If Ms. Moore is aware of them, she has no business omitting them. If she wasn’t aware, well, her sloppiness has now

AP finds terror

The Associated Press refuses to use the words ‘terror’ or ‘terrorist’ to describe Palestinian suicide bombings, because that, AP editors say, would be judgemental and compromise their neutrality. It’s a rock-solid commitment from AP. Except when it isn’t. AP headline yesterday: Arabs fear more terrorist attacks From the article: Jordanians expressed fear, denounced terrorism and

AET letter to Bush

One of the big stories yesterday was a letter from sixty former US diplomats to President Bush, criticizing his support for Ariel Sharon: “By closing the door to negotiations with Palestinians and the possibility of a Palestinian state, you have proved that the U.S. is not an evenhanded peace partner,” the letter said. One of

Update: Melbourne window exhibit

Shortly after we sent out today’s communique on the anti-Israel Melbourne window exhibit, ABC reported that the exhibit has been taken down. Good. But we’ll reiterate the main point from the communique — the key issue isn’t the debate over whether or not ‘art’ or ideological statements that some consider upsetting should be permitted or

A Melbourne window

The city of Melbourne sponsored this professionally-designed window display: Here are the red words on the glass: Since the creation of Israel in 1948 200,000 Palestinians have been killed 5,000,000 refugees have been created 21,000 square kilometers of land have been annexed 385 towns and villages have been destroyed 200,000 settlements have been built 300

Rall cartoon pulled

MSNBC decided this Ted Rall cartoon about Pat Tillman crossed the line of decency, so they made the highly unusual move of pulling it from their site. Rall’s no stranger to BackSpin — he’s the one who was ‘at home with Palestinian terrorists.’

NRK: ‘Jewish conspiracy’ in Norway

A number of Norwegians from different backgrounds met to discuss the growing antisemitism in that country, as well as methods of treating post-traumatic stress disorder caused by terrorism. Bjorn Staerk writes: One of the central people behind this event is Ester Kristoffer, a psychologist who has written about the suffering of Israeli bus drivers. Over

Worth reading today

* You know something has changed when both Kofi Annan and former PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas are calling for serious reform in Arafat’s PA. * Great staff-ed in the Dallas Morning News (req. reg.) about Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan’s embarrassing appearance on Meet the Press. Host Tim Russert aired clips of a Saudi

Okrent on Yassin

NY Times public editor Daniel Okrent addresses the Times’ description of Sheikh Yassin as a ‘spiritual leader’ of Hamas: Nowhere in The Times’s coverage is the choice of words more flammable than in the paper’s reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I’ve been noting objections from both sides (although, I’ll acknowledge, many more from pro-Israel readers)

Al Hurra’s popularity

Via Taranto: On Valentine’s Day a new U.S.-funded TV station, Al Hurra, began broadcasting in the Arab world. Critics jeered. “The Middle East hates its new TV station,” declared Slate. The Middle East Times reported “a tidal wave of criticism from Arab audiences.” NBC News reported that “many didn’t bother to watch the fledgling TV

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