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Media Coverage in the “Affirmation Age”

Media Coverage in the “Affirmation Age”

The war in Gaza has produced an unusually rich analysis of media coverage of the Middle East, including a landmark piece by former AP reporter Matti Friedman, who argues that coverage has been shaped by a “hostile obsession with Jews” on the part of the media. For former New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Ethan

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Academic: Gaza War Started When Israel Fired Back

UK-based Israeli academic and longtime Israel critic Avi Shlaim has weighed in on the Gaza war in the Guardian’s Comment is Free section, and predictably, he unleashed a scathing critique of Israel. To do so, however, Shlaim invokes a logic so twisted, it’s hard to believe he himself subscribes to it. For example, he insists

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BDS Buster of the Week: 14-Year Old Shelly Dvir

Never underestimate what can happen when you speak out against Israel haters. That’s the lesson we learned this week from Shelly Dvir, a 14-year old heavy metal fan from Ashkelon, who stopped a band she loved from cancelling an upcoming show in Israel with…a heartfelt comment on Facebook. According to Ynet, the BDS movement nearly

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How Plausible Hamas’s Deniability?

During the second intifada, Yasser Arafat was a master of denying any links to terror attacks thanks to the layers of “bureaucracy” between him, Fatah, and Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades. But in the end, a cache of seized documents confirmed that he authorized and funded a lot of murderous mayhem without being involved in the specifics of

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5 Reasons For and Against the Sotloff Media Blackout

The grim appearance of Steven Sotloff’s last moments is emerging as one of the iconic images of 2014. How could it not? There’s the impassive Western man, head shaven, wearing an orange jump suit. There’s the menacing looking man in black — one hand holds the captive by the scruff of the neck, the other hand holds

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Fighting BDS with Buycotts

In an effort to look at successful strategies currently being applied to the fight against BDS, HonestReporting interviewed Sara Saber-Freedman, Executive Vice President of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and one of the initial gro up of activists who founded BUYcott. 1. HonestReporting: Since the BDS is primarily a tool for turning hearts and

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