Israel Daily News Stream 03/21/2012

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Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast.

Israeli victims of Toulouse massacre laid to rest while Muhammed Merah holds off police. The truth behind the upcoming Global March on Jerusalem. Journalists detained in Libya because gunmen mistook Welsh for Hebrew.

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Toulouse Tragedy & Aftermath

The four Israeli victims of the Toulouse massacre: Rabbi Yonatan Sandler, his sons Aryeh and Gavriel, and Miriam Monsonego, were laid to rest in Jerusalem today.

World riveted by Muhammed Merah’s standoff with French police. The Guardian and the Daily Telegraph are liveblogging from Toulouse.

A reader’s email perfectly captured my headspace this morning: Toulouse, Twitter and the Media Incitement Factor.

AFP: The EU issued an amended transcript of Catherine Ashton’s speech, which equated the Jews killed in Toulouse with Gaza kids.

The new transcript of Catherine Ashton’s remarks mentions the situation of children in both Gaza and the southern Israeli town of Sderot after the first version only mentioned the Palestinian territory.

A video of her speech Monday showed she indeed mentioned Sderot, a town often hit by Palestinian rocket attacks.

How nice of the EU to correct the record. Problem is, Israel’s outrage is about the moral equivalence Ashton drew, not about dropping names. As The Commentator points out:

There has not been one single instance, ever, of the Israeli military deliberately targeting Palestinian children in a school in Gaza.

While Hamas supports Ashton, see Emanuel Navon‘s take (via David Frum). Melanie Phillips also weighs in.

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