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More A-List Support for SodaStream

First came Scarlett Johansson and now…Ellen DeGeneres. A-list celebrities continue to line up behind SodaStream, the fizzy water company that’s been the bane of the BDS movement for its factory in Mishor Adumim, in the West Bank. The company’s latest triumph took place this week when Ellen DeGeneres, the queen of daytime television, gave away

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National Union of Journalists Rejects Israel Boycott

Just before HonestReporting went on Passover break, Britain’s National Union of Journalists voted against a controversial motion to support the BDS movement and boycott Israeli goods. Judging from an NUJ statement, the prevailing reason for the rejection is that a boycott would make it more difficult for journalists to cover Israel. I assume this refers

Is BDS Actually Helping Israel?

The BDS movement has become so toxic, many of the most desirable targets of BDS campaigns are distancing themselves from the movement, according to Eric Alterman, a columnist for the progressive magazine The Nation. In an otherwise scathing critique of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s peace efforts, Alterman claimed that right-wing Israelis “take advantage” of the

Baruch Mizrahi (photo credit: AFP/HO/Israel Police)

Passover Terror Passed Over

Possibly the worst reporting on the terrorist murder of Baruch Mizrahi, who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist while driving to a family Passover Seder, appeared in The Times of London under the headline: “Israeli policeman is shot dead amid fury over settlers’ return.” The story begins: An Israeli policeman was shot dead near Hebron on the eve

HR CEO Joe Hyams Gives Media Clinic at Northeastern University

  College campuses have always been battlegrounds over Israel’s legitimacy, so it’s no surprise that the latest wave of delegitimization – the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement – has made major inroads with college students across the U.S. One of the most volatile campuses in recent years has been Northeastern University in Boston, where

The Economist Gets its “Settlers” Wrong

A recent article in The Economist reports on the breakdown of peace talks and refers to the murder of Baruch Mizrahi, who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist while driving to a family Passover Seder: The next day a Palestinian gunman fired on cars on a nearby road restricted to settlers, killing one of them.

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