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Palestinian Reaction to Gingrich: Pot Calls the Kettle Black

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has kicked off a predictable storm over his declaration that the Palestinians are an “invented” people. I’m not going to comment on the rights or wrongs of this statement. But the Palestinian reaction caught my eye. Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat stated: What is the cause of violence, war in


The Grinch That Politicized Christmas

The Palestinian Authority is going to use Christmas to highlight their statehood push. Judging from this AP report, they’ve already become The Grinch That Politicized Christmas: As part of the campaign, the Palestinians also offer pre-Christmas media tours to highlight Bethlehem area settlement expansion and the disruption caused by Israel’s separation barrier which surrounds the


Media Cheat Sheet 12/08/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Sarah Schulman follows up on idiotic pinkwashing accusations. And Hamas hatches an election plan to get a foothold in Jerusalem and embarrass Israel. Visit Backspin every day and never miss a Media Cheat Sheet. Peace Process • Hamas wants to collapse unity


Sarah Schulman’s Pinkwashing Washout Continues

In her first follow up to the Israeli pinkwashing controversy she ignited, Sarah Schulman follows up in the Huffington Post with a detailed history of the Jewish state’s PR “branding efforts.” Her conclusions are no different than from her original NY Times piece. Schulman still insists: The goal of pinkwashing is to justify Israel’s policies of

BBC Profiles Israeli Hi-Tech Success

We’ve had our issues with the BBC but credit where credit’s due. A series of feature articles by technology reporter Katia Moskvitch has produced a positive impression of Israel diametrically opposite to the usual BBC fare of Israeli aggression against Palestinians. Have a read to get a taste of Israel – the start-up nation and

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Dutch Media & Israel: No Honest Reporting

Just how bad is Dutch media reporting on Israel?


Media Cheat Sheet 12/07/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Katsav goes to prison, Assad plays dumb to Barbara Walters, and an American drone crashes in Iran. For all the need-to-know Israel news and commentary, don’t miss the daily Media Cheat Sheet — only here at Backspin. Domestic Issues • Former President Moshe

ASA Rules Against Palestinian UK Embassy Website

A rare piece of good news from the UK. The same Advertising Standards Authority that banned the Western Wall from Israeli tourism adverts has ruled against the website of the Palestinian Diplomatic Mission to the UK. Among the complaints upheld: An interactive map under the heading “Discover Palestine” in the colors of the Palestinian flag (red,


Media Cheat Sheet 12/06/2011

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Fallout continues from a trio of American diplomatic slaps at Israel. The Muslim Brotherhood has to navigate between its criticism of Camp David, Salafist demands, and economic realities. And what’s with Sheikh Nasrallah’s rare public appearance? Iranian Issues • Saudis signal