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Discovering Terror — When the Suspects are Jews

Big Media’s looking at Israeli measures to fight Jewish extremism and to find the terrorists responsible for firebombing the Dawabsha family home. Ali Dawabsha, an 18-month-old burned to death; his parents and four-year-old brother are  fighting for their lives. In a separate incident one day earlier, six people marching in Jerusalem’s gay pride parade were


Dr. Jonathan Spyer Makes Sense of the Middle East

With the rise of the so-called Islamic State, multiple groups fighting each other in the disintegrating states of Syria and Iraq, the bitter Sunni-Shia conflict and the competing interests of state actors and their proxies, the Middle East has never been more confusing for the casual observer. Not to mention the recent Iranian nuclear deal


Walls, Politics, Mosques, and the Impact of Media Bias

On this week’s show, HonestReporting’s Yarden Frankl reports on a Washington Post article about presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s call for the United States to build a southern border fence to deter Mexican migrants. The piece mentioned border fences across the world, calling Israel’s security barrier an anti-Palestinian, repressive “apartheid wall.” The New York Times ascribes political motivations to the Israeli Prime Minister’s opposition to the Iran deal. Also — did anti-Israel media coverage of the Gaza conflict feed into the massacre in Tennessee?


The Iranian Deal and Doublethink

Cherryl Smith, PhD, is professor emerita in rhetoric and composition at California State University, Sacramento. She writes at Framing Israel. The substance of what’s wrong with the Iran deal (see here and here) can also be found in the uses and abuses of language surrounding the deal. It is hard to reconcile that the leaders of


Trumping Israel’s Security Barrier

The graphic accompanying the July 19 article (“Building Trump’s border wall not exactly “easy” experts say” claims that Israel’s separation barrier is made of prefabricated concrete sections interspersed with watch towers. In fact, only 64% of the barrier has been constructed to date and of the completed portion, 90% is made up of chain-link fencing. The drawing implies that the entire route resembles a prison wall and is misleading and inaccurate.