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BBC rents flat for Vanunu

The Israeli financial paper Globes is reporting (in Hebrew, req. reg.) that the BBC has rented a luxury apartment in Jaffa for Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli atomic spy who is due to be released from prison today. The rent: $4,750 per month. Paid for by British TV viewers. Globes states: At this point, it’s not

Over-reporting of Israel, part 2

Here’s a cool page that represents in graphic format the content of the GoogleNews aggregator: NewsMap The more stories about the given topic, the larger it appears on this page. Note the disproportionate prominence of Israel coverage. As of this posting, the topic ‘Sharon Vows to Continue Strikes’ simply dominates the world news. In this

BBC scare quotes

From BBC coverage of a Simon Wiesenthal Center report: The net is being used by racist and “terrorist” groups trying to recruit new members and spread their message… Jewish human rights group The Simon Wiesenthal Center monitors 4,000 websites used by racist, “terrorist” and other extremist organisations. It has been tracking such hate sites for

Thomas needs history lesson

Stefan Sharkansky takes syndicated columnist Helen Thomas to task for this statement in her column today: If President Bush wants to give land away, there is always his 1,600-acre ranch at Crawford, Texas. But he has no right to endorse the Israeli claim to the captured or settled property on the West Bank that belongs

Hamas’ bloody record

While the Guardian extols the late Rantisi’s moderation, IMRA has compiled a list of the terror attacks Hamas perpetrated in the past 3 1/2 years: A Chronology of Terrorist Attacks Carried out by Hamas Since September 2000

Rebuttal from Reuters journalist’s parents

The parents of Reuters journalist Jeffrey Heller sent HonestReporting a rebuttal of the HonestReporting critique of Heller’s recent dispatches. UPDATE 4/21: Jeffrey Heller himself also wrote us a letter, which is reprinted here. A REBUTTAL April 16, 2004 BERNSTEIN BURNS WHILE SHARON FIDDLES Dear Honest Reporting, Let’s get right to it. We do have an

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day. Jerusalem Post has an article that discusses ‘Holocaust inversion’ in the media — portrayal of Jews as Nazi-like persecutors of Palestinian Arabs: The demonization of Jews has historically included accusations of deicide, religious infanticide, blood lust, and – post World War II – Nazi-like behavior. Some present-day cartoons reflect classic

Time: Israel ‘bluffed’ vs. US

Time Magazine claims to have a scoop on the recent Israeli/US negotiations: [Sharon] threatened to cancel his trip to Washington if Bush’s statement didn’t explicitly support his stand on the refugee issue. Late on April 11, his top negotiator, Dov Weissglass, called Secretary of State Colin Powell and said negotiations had reached an impasse. Weissglass

Essential George Will

Outstanding column by George Will today that should not be missed in the frenzy surrounding the Rantisi strike. Will recognizes that Bush’s support of Sharon’s plan is simply an accurate reading of UN Resolution 242 that recognized the right of every state in the region to “secure and recognized boundaries,” which Israel’s 1967 borders were

Lionizing Rantisi

The (UK) Observer has a Rantissi obituary that urges readers to remember the Hamas leader’s softer side: The man who loved the Palestinian children so much that he admitted openly that he was prepared to slaughter Israeli infants to guarantee the future of their Palestinian counterparts – and could see no contradiction… He spoke hate,