Israel and the Palestinians
• CNN: A dispute over a $2.3 million water bill is making for testy times at Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre:
As a result, the church is considering closing for a day in protest, shutting the doors to pilgrims for the first time in centuries.
• The International Press Institute and Maan News are taking up the cause of Jihad Harb, a Palestinian journalist who faces prosecution after he questioned irregular hiring practices in Mahmoud Abbas’s office. More background at The Daily Beast.
• The JTA caught up with French-Jewish activist and politician, Philippe Karsenty. He’s still fighting the Mohammed Dura video. I interviewed Karsenty when he started out in his battle with France 2 TV. He was a bulldog then too.
• The LA Times looks at deepening Egyptian-Turkish ties. How concerned should Israel be?
• Depressed about the Mideast, Tom Friedman draws inspiration from Iraq?!
• Accusing the Egyptian government of not keeping post-election promises, Sinai Bedouins plan a Day of Rage on November 20. I wonder what that‘s going to look like.
Rest O’ the Roundup
• How bad is the chaos at the BBC? Count the ways:
- The investigator into Jimmy Savile’s pedophilia now says Savile created his show “as a vehicle for his offending.”
- The Beeb began taking disciplinary actions over the Newsnight scandal.
- Fran Unsworth — filling in as news director for a suspended Helen Boaden — asked her employees not to tweet about “our problems.”
- Mark Thompson, the Beeb’s former news director, had a rough first day at the NY Times.
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