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Guest Commentary: Does Israeli Media Need to Be Saved?

Guest Commentary: Does Israeli Media Need to Be Saved?

Gavin Gross, a New York native who now lives in Israel, is a former director of public affairs at the British Zionist Federation, and is a member of HonestReporting’s Israeli amutah (non-profit governing committee). Anyone who has visited or studied Israel knows that it can be a very tempestuous and argumentative place, with a wide range

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Police Thwart Jerusalem Terror Attack

Today’s Top Stories 1. Three Palestinians armed with knives, guns and explosives were shot and killed at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate after they attacked some policewomen. Two officers were injured. All three terrorists were shot and killed; sappers defused two undetonated pipe bombs. More at the Times of Israel and Jerusalem Post. Jerusalem Police spokesman Assi Aharoni said

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World Lifts Sanctions on Iran

Today’s Top Stories 1. After the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran is in compliance with its nuclear commitments, the world lifted sanctions on the Islamic Republic. With the lifting of sanctions, $100 billion in frozen assets were released, the Islamic Republic can resume selling oil on the international market (more on that at

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Hezbollah Starving 40,000 Syrians

Today’s Top Stories 1. An estimated 40,000 Syrian civilians are starving to death in the besieged city of Madaya. The most recent aid convoy was delayed, and Assad supporters have taken to social media to cruelly taunt Madaya with photos of food. Vice takes note of Hezbollah’s role in the siege while the Christian Science

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Why Did Qatar Arrest a BBC News Crew?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Reuters: Tehran is already anticipating oil sales once sanctions are lifted. What will Iran’s re-emergence in the world market mean for OPEC and oil prices? 2. Qatar arrested a BBC News crew investigating the treatment of migrant laborers in Qatar building stadiums for the 2022 World Cup. Odder still, the four-man team led by correspondent

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Amira Hass: When Only Journalists We Like are Welcome

What’s wrong with this picture? Israeli journalist Amira Hass was covering a conference at Bir Zeit University. She was perfectly up front with the Palestinian student organizers helping run the event, registering that she was from Haaretz. Hass says she has covered events and interviewed Palestinians at the Ramallah campus for 20 years, and has

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Gaza Conflict Day 24: UN Official Confirms Hamas Rocket Fire Around Its Facilities

Today’s Top Stories 1. Yesterday’s roundup referred to soldiers finding a booby trapped tunnel entrance inside a UNRWA health clinic near Khan Yunis. Turns out the whole building was booby trapped, and three soldiers were killed when terrorists managed to detonate the explosives from further inside the tunnel. According to the Times of Israel, the building may

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Gaza Conflict Day 21: Hamas Threatens Journalists

Today’s Top Stories 1. The IDF released its findings on the shelling of a UN school in Beit Hanoun, in which 15 Palestinians were killed. The Jerusalem Post reports: . . . Hamas terrorists fired at the army from within the school complex. The terrorists fired anti-tank missiles at soldiers, the army added.   The

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The Committee to Protect Journalists From What?

It’s been five days since CNN reporter Ben Wedeman was roughed up by Palestinian police while covering a Hamas rally in Hebron. That’s more than enough time for the Committee to Protect Journalists to come out with a statement condemning the assault. Wedeman, along with cameraman Joe Sheffer and producer Kareem Khadder, thankfully escaped with nothing more

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