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Obsessed with Arab Anger

Important article in the Arizona Republic today debunking the main argument against anti-terror military actions: The accepted worldview is that when fighting terror, one must avoid actions that are liable to enrage the Arab world, however effective and justified those actions might otherwise be. Under this principle, however, Muslim extremists have veto power over any

Remove ‘Jew Watch’

When one performs a search for the word ‘Jew’ in Google, the world’s most popular search engine, a horribly anti-Semitic hate site called “JewWatch” is the number one listing. A concerned individual has started a petition drive to demand Google remove this hate site: Remove Jew Watch Jerusalem Post has an article that provides good

100,000 visitors!

Today BackSpin received its 100,000th visitor — a remarkable pace for a blog that’s only 5 months old. Thank you to our regular readers for making BackSpin the blog for monitoring media coverage of the Mideast conflict!

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