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HR communique dubunking ‘Apartheid wall’

An HonestReporting communique clarifying why Israel’s security fence is not an ‘Apartheid wall’ has just been released and is available online here. To receive HR communiques by email, the moment they are released, signup in the box above.

HR cited

HonestReporting’s communique on photojournalistic ethics received a link yesterday from Instapundit — which triggered the coveted ‘Instalanche’. The lead article in the Hartford Courant today — addressing the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s decision to publicize a video of the aftermath of the last suicide bombing — cited HonestReporting as well: “The Israeli government has refrained from

Eyebrow raisers

? Nasty headline of the day, courtesy The Australian: Israel to Cut 100km off ‘apartheid wall’   ? We found the ‘T-word’ in The Independent’s coverage of the security fence – Saudi Arabia’s security fence, that is: The project, involving fencing and electronic detection equipment, has been in the planning stages for several years. It

European media: Israelis not victims

Ze’ev Schiff in Haaretz questions European coverage of the conflict: terrorism against Israeli citizens is seen by many abroad, and especially in Europe, as part of a tribal war in a distant land. That accords with one of the conclusions of a study conducted in Germany (published recently in the professional journal Media Tenor) about

Palestinian Opinion Poll

From IMRA: The lastest poll of Palestinian popular opinion shows a sharp drop in support for current methods of anti-Israel violence. Stefan Sharkansky presents a nice chart of the results, and comments: I don’t know what I find more remarkable, the stunning drop in support for the Intifada and suicide bombings; or the fact that

Rumsfeld on Israeli Nukes

Curiously, we didn’t see this anywhere else, so we’ll translate it from the Israeli news site, Y-Net: During his visit in Munich, in the framework of the NATO summit, (US Defense Secretary) Rumsfeld was asked: “You speak of nations that are attempting to acquire nuclear weapons, like Iraq, Iran and North Korea. What are you

One war

Western media outlets such as the New York Times may differentiate between suicide bombings in Iraq and those in Israel, but this Jordanian woman doesn’t:

Iranian paranoia

A reminder of how deep the anti-Israel paranoia runs in Iranian political culture and media — an editorial in Tehran Times bemoaning an internal leadership conflict concludes: Undoubtedly, the resentful enemies of Iran, particularly the destructive and racist Zionist regime, are delighted by the current disagreement between governmental officials, small as it might be. They

Approaches to Hasbara

A number of recent articles discussing the best approach to making Israel’s case in the court of world opinion: ? Gideon Meir of Israel’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs says Israel activists should stop using the term ‘hasbara’ (‘explanation’) because: it has a negative or apologetic connotation and we have nothing for which we have to

Biased coverage of Israel down under

FrontPage magazine has a report on biased coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the Australian Broadcasting Network: At the ABC, an unregenerate penchant for pro-Palestinian partisanship is nowhere more apparent than in the network’s choice of documentary programs. A particularly egregious example of anti-Israel bias appeared in a film entitled “The Killing Zone” that was