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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

Of missiles and Reuters

Meryl Yourish catches Reuters in the moral equivalence pose once again. In an article describing advances in Israel’s anti-missile program, code-named Nautilus, Reuters can’t help but get a jab in: A laser beam under joint Israeli-U.S. development destroyed a long-range rocket for the first time in a test in the skies over the American Southwest,

Worth reading today

* From Steven Stalinsky (executive director of MEMRI) at National Review: Top ten Arab conspiracy theories * Ha’aretz: Sharon Updating Disengagement Plan * CNSNews: Terrorists striking ‘Islands of Sanity’ such as Gaza crossings * Time Magazine’s Joe Klein on ‘Israel’s New Normalcy’: Some Israelis are beginning to wonder aloud if maybe, perhaps, there has been

Worth reading today

* Is a big new peace plan — including a land-swap with Egypt — in the works? Reuters thinks so. * Itamar Marcus brings us a translated video of the PA Imam praying for Yassir Arafat’s death as a shahid: view video here. Here’s the text: ‚ÄúRegarding the threats of this Nazi mass murderer [Ariel