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‘New Yorker’ limits its expose of Israel lobby to AIPAC

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New Yorker writer Connie Bruck and her husband former Congressman Mel Levine. (Photo: Amanda Edwards/ Getty Images)

Connie Bruck has a big piece on AIPAC in the New Yorker that includes some good Capitol Hill reporting on AIPAC’s corrupting influence over the Congress. Friends are passing the piece along to me as an expose, and several are thrilled by it. The article is titled, “Are American Jews Turning Against AIPAC?” and suggests that AIPAC

Leading Jewish organization celebrates Israeli settlement products

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Adam sent me this photo today from a doctor’s waiting room. The article is all about wine from the Judean Hills around Jerusalem. At least one of the vineyards is in the West Bank, in the illegal settlement of Psagot (and others vaguely alluded to are in the Golan); but the article doesn’t refer to

Salaita’s hire set off fundraising alarm at U of Illinois, per emails to chancellor

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Chancellor Phyllis M. Wise (Photo: L. Brian Stauffer)

Inside Higher Ed’s Scott Jascik today reports a disturbing development in the Steven Salaita firing case at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Phyllis Wise, the university’s chancellor, was lobbied by 70 pro-Israel folks, including donors, who were upset by Salaita’s comments on twitter about Gaza. The school’s fundraisers were alarmed and sought a meeting with

More Orientalist insinuations in the New York Times

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Orientalism is more cunning and subtle than just simple prejudice against Arabs and Muslims.  The other day, the New York Times offered another nice specimen of Orientalist technique. A “news analysis” by Steven Erlanger included the following paragraph: “Unlike Fatah, Hamas claims the whole of the British mandate of Palestine as land granted by Allah,

Embedded deception in the BBC’s coverage of Israel’s onslaught

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In the Middle East, people used to say “the BBC says” to adduce truth to their claims. Those days are now gone. For the majority of people in the Middle East, the BBC is now seen as parroting the official Israeli narrative in their conflict with the Palestinians. The BBC’s reporting style, the structure of the

Jodi Rudoren and Abe Foxman mull over ‘the Arabs’ owning New York hotel

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Let me offer a ridiculous fantasy.  The NY Times hires an Arab-American as its Jerusalem Bureau Chief.  The reporter’s spouse produces and publicly posts a video in which the reporter is seen having a personal, non-professional meal with a high official of a prominent Arab-American organization, an individual who has repeatedly expressed strong pro-Palestinian, even

Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren dropped as CNN ‘analyst’

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CNN has changed former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren’s title from “analyst” to “ambassador” when he appears as a guest on the network. Sources knowledgable of the situation told me that the move comes after internal dissent within CNN that Oren’s classification as an “analyst” was not suitable. CNN spokesperson Edie Emery confirmed

Bob Schieffer in a ‘world gone mad’

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Bob Schieffer has been gravely misunderstood and misquoted by Palestinians and their sympathizers when in actual fact the ones he maligned were the Israelis: If you listen carefully to the man you will find him concise and to the point, delivering his message clearly in the best of CBS sound-bite traditions. Here is the main

Video: Mark Regev, deciphered

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This is good. The video above was created by Alex Nunns, who subtitled a BBC interview with Israeli spokesperson Mark Regev. The interview follows the Israeli bombing of an UN school in Beit Hanoun that killed at least 16 Palestinians

New York Times silences Israel’s Palestinian citizens on Gaza war

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There are many significant and systematic problems with The New York Times reporting on Israel’s attack on the Gaza Strip. These include The Times’ willingness to grant legitimacy to the Israeli military’s incredible claims that first it did not shell an UNRWA school in Beit Hanoun where 16 Palestinians were killed by a shell, and then todaythat it did actually shell

9 things the American media isn’t telling you about Israel/Palestine

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Throughout Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza, which began on July 8, it has become increasingly clear that the U.S. media is biased against Palestinians, using selective coverage, skewed opinion, and false balance to offer implicit support to Israel’s stance. The Daily Show host Jon Stewart recently skewered the media for placing more weight on the lives of Israelis over Palestinians.

NY Times reports source of UNRWA school attack is unclear even though Israel said they did it

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The New York Times‘ Ben Hubbard and Jodi Rudoren report on yesterday’s attack on an UNRWA school in Gaza that killed at least 15 people. They write: The source of the blasts was unclear, setting off recriminations between Israelis and Palestinians over which side was responsible. People in the school reported three to five blasts and accused

How Israel militarized social media

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Is Israel losing the media war?  In the last few days, as Israel continues its bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian death tolls continues to mount, this question has consumed the global media.  And most have agreed: in the age of social media, with abundant mobile technologies in the hands of Gaza Palestinians

‘Telegenically Dead’: Israel’s crumbling media war

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Israeli propaganda has hit a new low. While the world was still trying to come to terms with the mass deaths in Shuja’iyeh, Benjamin Netanyahu went on CNN to state that Hamas uses the “telegenically dead” to further “their cause.” He added that for Hamas: “The more the dead, the better.” Even while Netanyahu followed

Dear American media, I’m asking you to simply tell what’s happening in Gaza

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Dear American Media, I’d like to say first that I understand this is difficult for you. You’ve been told one story about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict your entire lives; but unless you’ve tuned out entirely, you’ve probably begun to notice that the most recent developments don’t really line up with that story. You know that criticizing

CNN headline: “100 people killed today in Israel, Gaza fighting”

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Mondoweiss reader Lana Abdel Hawk sent the following screenshot along: My question for you dear reader – bias or incompetence? Just to set the record straight, so far during “Operation Protective Edge” there have been 2 Israeli civilians killed and 18 Israeli soldiers. At the same time 508 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, of which the U.N.

Video: ‘It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation’ — John Kerry caught criticizing Israel on hot mic during Sunday news show

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Today, John Kerry made the rounds of the Sunday morning news shows following the Israeli massacre in the eastern Gaza City neighborhood of Shuja’iyeh which killed 63 Palestinians. Although Kerry defended Israel’s actions on air, he was caught with a hot mic off air telling an aide, ‘It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation.” Fox host Chris Wallace asks

Israel warns media they are at risk of ‘injury or death’ because Hamas ‘exploits journalists as human shields’

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Peter Beaumont, the Jerusalem correspondent of the Guardian and the Observer, posted the following to Twitter: Message to journalists in Gaza from the Israeli Government Press Office which I reproduce without comment (cont) http://t.co/yNG2azfA3g — peter beaumont (@petersbeaumont) July 19, 2014 Here is the announcement: Subject: GPO Advisory to Journalists Covering Operation Protective Edge from the Gaza

Hasbarapocalyse: Naftali Bennett says Hamas committing ‘massive self-genocide’

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Two days ago, after four boys were killed by the Israeli military on a Gaza beach in front of the world’s media, Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett went on CNN to blame Hamas for their deaths. About 30 second into his interview with Wolf Blitzer above he says that Hamas is “conducting massive self-genocide.” Here’s the

Rachel Maddow ignores the story in Israel/Palestine

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On the last day of June, shortly after three Israeli teens had been kidnapped and Palestine was about to be attacked, Rachel Maddow ran a three-minute segment on the developing issues in the region. The short piece ran at the very end of her show, but she explained to her viewers that, “No one quite

Sawyer blunder indicative of noxious bias against Palestinians in American journalism

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If you were one of the approximately 7 million people who watched ABC World News with Diane Sawyer Wednesday evening, you likely saw the story covering the current situation in Gaza. Israel launched what it has dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” in the densely populated strip of land that is enclosed by borders controlled by Egypt on one