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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

Margolis mocks WMD ‘hysteria’

Toronto Sun columnist Eric Margolis — no stranger to the pages of HonestReporting– mocks the ‘hysteria over weapons of mass destruction’: No terrorist group is likely to sneak enough chemical or biological material into the U.S. to cause more than localized damage. Attacks like those on the World Trade Center may be horrible, but they

Billboard contest

BlueStar PR of San Francisco is organizing a contest to design a billboard that best illustrates Israel’s positive, progressive policies and achievements. The winning design will be posted on billboards around the Bay Area and its designer will win a big Israel bond: “The billboard will speak for Israel advocates – both Jewish and non-Jewish

Jenny Tonge in Israel

British MP Jenny Tonge was asked to leave Parliament last month after she said of Palestinian suicide bombers: “If I had to live in that situation – and I say that advisedly – I might just consider becoming one myself.” The enterprising BBC saw a great opportunity for a hire, so they sent Tonge to

Wash Post on Brown cartoon

The Washington Post has an article on Dave Brown’s outrageous cartoon of Ariel Sharon eating Palestinian babies, and the growth of anti-Semitism in Europe: Many British Jews reacted with revulsion, accusing Brown and the newspaper of anti-Semitism. Some said the drawing echoed the virulent Jew-hatred of cartoons that appeared in Nazi publications such as Der

Get active on security fence issue

Recently, North American opinion pages include op-ed’s in favor or, or against, the Israeli security fence almost every day. The battle for popular opinion on the fence is at its height, so now is a great time for you to write to your local paper as well. Here’s a recent, very good opinion piece: Ilana

BBC: We’re not biased on Israel

Haaretz reports on a gathering in a Jerusalem synogogue with the BBC Mideast bureau chief: Standing in the basement of a Jerusalem synagogue this week, the bureau chief of the BBC’s Middle East desk acknowledged that he was entering a lion’s den…

No ‘Terror’ at ABC

From TownHall: The Australian government officially recognizes Hizbullah and Hamas as terror organizations, but the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has directed its staff not to call them ‘terrorist’ – in keeping with the UN standard: An internal memo to ABC staff reportedly reads: “Please be careful with Middle Eastern references. Several recent slip-ups have attracted justified

Palestinian journalists boycott PA

Palestinian journalists are taking a brave stand against PA intimidation: The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate in the Gaza Strip has called on its members to stop covering events related to the Palestinian Authority’s security forces to protest against continued attacks on journalists. The boycott, which goes into effect on Sunday, is also directed against the PA