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USA Today whitewashes child terror

The dramatic scene (March 25) of the Palestinian teenager caught at an IDF checkpoint with an explosive belt wrapped around his body has created great media interest in the question: How can Palestinians allow children to become perpetrators of suicide terror? As HonestReporting illustrated in our March 2 communique, media reports regularly refuse to acknowledge

Fence Double Standard

Erick Stakelbeck at the National Review has some concrete examples of security/border fences elsewhere in the world that the UN doesn’t seem to care about. Here’s one: The U.N. has also been mum about a razor-wire border fence — funded in part by the European Union — built between the Spanish enclave of Ceuta and

Sharansky slams BBC

Jerusalem Post reports: The BBC employs a “gross double standard to the Jewish state” that smacks of anti-Semitism, Minister Natan Sharansky charged Tuesday, reacting to its coverage of the IDF’s arrest of a 16-year-old would-be suicide bomber last week. Sharansky quoted BBC correspondent Orla Guerin as describing to viewers how the IDF “paraded the child

Arafat’s terror ties

The Israeli government has long argued that Yassir Arafat is not merely failing to uproot terror groups — he’s actively supporting them. Some new evidence emerged yesterday (via Ha’aretz): A confession by a member of Fatah’s armed branch in Nablus has shed new light on the extent of Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat’s involvement in

Hanson on Israel support

Victor David Hanson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institute, has a strong new column on his blog: When Should We Stop Supporting Israel Hanson points out the key problems with Palestinian culture that simply don’t exist in democratic Israel, then concludes: for the present, Palestinian leaders shouldn’t be too surprised that Americans increasingly find very

Jewish ‘Right of Return’

Comprehensive report by Jack Epstein in SF Chronicle on efforts to compensate Jews who fled Arab lands after the founding of Israel. Great background on the scope of the problem, how recent changes in Iraq and Libya have altered the equation, reaction from Palestinians, and the latest actions in Congress: In recent months, independent Jewish

Response from/to Parkinson

Thursday’s HonestReporting communique included a critique of an article by Tony Parkinson, international editor of Melbourne’s The Age. In his article, Parkinson made an outrageous comparison between Sheikh Yassin and Leon Klinghoffer, the wheelchair-bound American tourist brutally murdered by Palestinian terrorists nearly 20 years ago. Parkinson wrote to HonestReporting, complaining that we misrepresented his article

Reporting, or demonstrating?

Here’s one of the most biased picture captions we’ve seen in awhile, courtesy of AP: Members of Sydney’s Muslim community hold posters of murdered Palestinian Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin as they pray before marching through the center of Sydney to condemn the killing, in Sydney, Sunday, March 28, 2004. The peaceful march was also

Stephens on media bias

Very good column by Bret Stephens today on a media bias conference in Tel Aviv that was itself biased, with no real critics of media coverage invited. One particularly sharp observation, directed toward the European media: Basically, the European media looks at Israel-Palestine as an occupation story. I know this because more than one senior

Cruelty to Palestinian children

Remember Mohammed al-Dura? He was the Palestinian boy who, crouched under his father’s protective arms while dodging hostile fire in September 2000, became the most recognizable global symbol of supposed ‘Israeli cruelty’ to Palestinian children: (Some serious questions have since been posed regarding the actual source of al Dura’s death.) Now, with Palestinian children cynically