Backspin articles

Europe Funds Palestinian Propaganda

IMRA notes that the salaries of the top two lawyers directing Palestinian propaganda effort in The Hague are funded by British and Swedish taxpayers. The European Institute for Research on the Middle East has completed a study of the Palestinian Negotiations Support Unit, created in 1998 and funded by British and other governments, for technical

Al-Jazeera Expands

Al-Jazeera, long criticized by the US government and the subject of a recent HonestReporting critique, is expanding to offer English language broadcasts, among other new services. Last year, efforts to bring the the Qatar-based news service to Canada met stiff resistance. The English language broadcasts begin in May. No word yet if any Western cable

Noam Chomsky in NY Times

The New York Times today grants MIT radical Noam Chomsky op-ed space for a characteristic screed against Israel and the security fence. The heart of Chomsky’s attack is a comparison to apartheid South Africa. The security fence, he claims, will turn Palestinian communities into dungeons, next to which the bantustans of South Africa look like

Wash Post Ombud on Jerusalem Article

Last week the Washington Post published a very long and extensively-illustrated article criticizing Israeli policy on Jerusalem: “Israel Hems in a Sacred City”. The Wash Post ombudsman responds to criticism of the article today: [Local Jewish leader David] Bernstein says, among other points, that the article “makes scant reference to the suicide terrorism that has

New communique

We’ve just released a new communique on the media’s tendency to downplay the close relationship between Fatah and the Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade. View it here. To receive HonestReporting communiques the moment they’re released, sign up above.

‘Perspective’ at Chicago Tribune

This morning’s horrific suicide bombing on a Jerusalem bus certainly lends credence to the Israeli government’s case that the security fence is valid and necessary. But readers of the Chicago Tribune don’t even hear that case. The Tribune has not one, but three different columns arguing against the fence, available to see now online: –

HR Canada on Globe & Mail

HonestReporting Canada has a new article on the (Toronto) Globe & Mail, taking a close look at the recent, skewed poll on the Globe & Mail website, and the paper’s record on accuracy in terminology when covering the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Subscribe to HR Canada media alerts at

Jenny Tonge’s debate with Hadassah Doc

The BBC’s Radio 4 has available on their site a very powerful 30-minute debate between British MP Jenny Tonge (see this entry for more on Tonge) and a doctor at Jerusalem’s Hadassah hospital. The discussion gets to the heart of the matter of why Israelis — and most of the world — are so utterly

Israel’s Story in Maps

The Israeli Foreign Ministry seems to have invested in improving the quality of their online material. Wise move. They have a very good site on the security fence, and now there’s a Flash feature called Israel’s Story in Maps. Check it out.

Rachel Corrie: ‘Housing Defender’

The (Washington) Olympian reports that Rachel Corrie, the American ‘activist’ who died in a bulldozer accident last year while trying to protect Palestinian weapons-smuggling operations, has won a posthumous award from a “housing rights group”: On Monday evening, the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions presented Corrie’s parents with the first Housing Defender Award given