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AFP Retracts False Palestinian Charge

It’s all too easy to accuse Israel of any crime you can imagine, especially when the media rely on unnamed Palestinian sources for their stories. Take this from AFP under the headline “Palestinian dies after Israel troops fire on his car“: A Palestinian died on Tuesday after Israeli troops fired on his car nearĀ TulkaremĀ in the

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Guardian Removes “Jewish Lobby” Reference

The Guardian’s report on the IDF capture of an Iranian weapons ship contained the following paragraph: The reference to a “powerful Jewish lobby” is insidious as well as inaccurate (AIPAC is not an exclusively Jewish organization). HonestReporting Managing Editor Simon Plosker tweeted the following to The Guardian’s Middle East Editor Ian Black: CiF Watch also

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Reuters: How a Typo Can Create a Conspiracy Theory

It’s not unusual to find anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists lurking in the nether regions of the web who will always try to claim that Israel mounts “false flag operations” to discredit its enemies. In the case of the Iranian weapons ship seized by the IDF, this would entail Israel planting the missiles on board in

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The Independent Headline That Sums Up the Bias

If there was ever a headline that sums up the one-sided view that Israel and only Israel can and should make concessions in peace negotiations with the Palestinians, this is it in The Independent: So, according to The Independent, simply recognizing the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish state is “impossible” for Mahmoud Abbas. And

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Telegraph Implies Tel Aviv is Israel’s Capital

How many times does the UK media need to be reminded that Tel Aviv is not the capital of Israel? A story in the Daily Telegraph on U.S. President Obama’s meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu contains the following paragraph: Israel’s parliament, foreign ministry and most other organs of government are based in Jerusalem, not Tel Aviv.

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The Guardian Changes “Jewish Lobby” Headline

An opinion piece by Alan Elsner appeared on The Guardian’s website in advance of the upcoming AIPAC conference: But a look at the article’s URL gives a clue as to the original headline: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/26/aipac-american-jewish-lobby-support-kerry-mideast-peace Indeed, a bit of online digging and a look at some retweets on Twitter such as this below reveal that the

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Joe Hyams to Students: BDS is Most Pressing Media Challenge Today

  HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams addressed a mixed group of graduate and undergraduate students at Brandeis University in Boston last week, discussing the power of social media to shape public opinion and the threat posed by the burgeoning Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Joe noted that Brandeis University was one of the first to

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Israel Provides Cancer Treatment to Palestinian Children from Gaza

“Israel Provides Cancer Treatment to Palestinian Children from Gaza.” The above could very well have been the headline for the New York Times story that instead was published under the title “Even a Stationery Logo Pits Palestinians Against Israel.” In fact, not just the headline but the entire article could have created a far different

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