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“Terror” Only Happens in London

“Terror” Only Happens in London

So far as the British media’s concerned, Palestinian suicide bombings, shootings, and knife attacks in Israel are never acts of terror. And the people responsible for the blood and mayhem are never terrorists. The nine-letter word of choice is militants. But when a British soldier is hacked to death by Muslims in the streets of

4 Thoughts on “The World’s Largest Outdoor Prison”

The Independent breaks out the violins for Gaza. Locals call it “the world’s biggest prison”, and it’s not difficult to understand why. Here are a few thoughts on Alistair Dawber’s 3,769 word-count dispatch: 1. Dawber writes, “Of the 1.5 million inhabitants, 1.1 million are refugees.” It would be more accurate to call Gaza the world’s

Vicious Agitprop From Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

I gave up taking Yasmin “some of my best friends are Jews” Alibhai-Brown seriously many years ago. Unfortunately she regularly pens poisonous pieces against Israel and the situation in Gaza has allowed her to unleash more bile. In her latest piece in The Independent, YAB demonstrates her historical ignorance: It is exactly 95 years since

Shades of Gray

Charlotte Proudman, a blogger at The Independent, addresses Israel’s handling of illegal African migrants after one stole her purse in Tel Aviv. Yes, it’s a hotly-debated issue among Israelis, but three things struck me about her righteous indignation: 1. Proudman never entertains the notion that the Israeli-Egyptian border fence doesn’t just keep out African asylum

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Salam Fayyad and The Independent: Collective Amnesia

The Independent breaks out the violins in an interview with Salam Fayyad. Yes, the Arab Spring and Iranian nuclear threat are forcing the Palestinians to learn that the world really doesn’t revolve around them. And yes, Fayad’s nation-building campaign is undermined by the Palestinian economy’s hyper-dependence on foreign aid — an uncomfortable truth raised by the

Yitzhak Shamir and the Ghoul Pool

The news cycle goes into overdrive when famous personalities die, which is why smart editors make sure to have obituaries written ahead of time and periodically updated. The practice strikes some people — especially the biographical subjects — as eerie. One newsroom staffer I know wryly refers to his paper’s collection of obits on file as

“Racist” Quote Mistranslated by Ha’aretz

The issue of African immigrants in Israel is a sensitive one that hasn’t portrayed Israel in a positive light by any stretch. While some Israeli politicians have disgraced themselves with utterly inappropriate language, others appear to have been deliberately misquoted to exacerbate the overall negative effect. Take Interior Minister Eli Yishai, the subject of a

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