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Media Minimizing Hamas Impact on Negotiations

There’s plenty of discussion over which side bears the most responsibility for the breakdown of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. One crucial aspect that appears to be downplayed in some media is the impact of the announcement of  the reconciliation deal between the PA and Hamas. According to Israeli sources, talks with the Palestinians on returning to negotiations

Israel Government Fellows Visit HR HQ

HonestReporting hosted thirty participants of the Israel Government Fellows program at our Jerusalem headquarters. The Israel Government Fellows program is a unique leadership program, endorsed by the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel. Participants work within the Israeli government system, attend seminars with some of the leading figures in Israeli political and public life, and

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

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