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Deaths of five teenagers in the West Bank expose mainstream indifference to Palestinian life

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The past fortnight has seen the killings of at least five teenagers in the West Bank. The names and faces of three–Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrach – are now familiar across the world, having dominated much of the international media in recent weeks. The killing of the fourth, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was picked

Hewlett-Packard’s complicity in occupation makes headlines

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The lead article in Sunday’s business section of the San Francisco Chronicle warns HP’s role in Israel could lead to political pressure. Although never mentioning the Boycott Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement directly, the Chronicle informs its readers Hewlett-Packard, a local Bay Area company, is the target of “an international campaign” that has “emerged to pressure Israel

Jeffrey Goldberg leads the charge on latest BDS smear: Presbyterian Church divestment is anti-Semitic because David Duke supports it

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Never before on Twitter have so many pro-Israel Jews and mainstream Jewish organizations excitedly linked to the website of David Duke. The American Jewish Committee did it. Rob Jacobs of StandWithUs Northwest did it, twice. Blogger Elder of Ziyon did it. The Executive Director of the Boston Jewish Community Relations Council did it. The Algemeiner did

In life and death, some are more equal than others at the ‘NYT’

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Have you heard? Three Israeli teenagers have gone missing. Three settlers – one of whom may have been a soldier – have disappeared from an area patrolled by their army, the ultimate enforcer of apartheid. According to Jodi Rudoren and Benjamin Netanyahu, they’ve been kidnapped. A Palestinian did it, they say. Forget the evidence – they just know.

Video: ‘CBS This Morning’ runs hard hitting spot on boycott of Israel

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CBS This Morning ran a short but relatively informative segment on the boycott against Israel today. While covering the Rolling Stones performance in Tel Aviv last night, a CBS announcer started quoting Roger Waters and Nick Mason. Along with a clip from Pink Floyd’s iconic rock classic Another Brick in the Wall, with the sound track

Human rights groups accuse NBC of deceit about ‘DIG’ filming locations in occupied East Jerusalem

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Press Release: Washington, DC- As Palestinians mark 47 years of Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, human rights groups are accusing NBC of complicity in Israel’s violations of international law and human rights by filming its new series DIG in occupied East Jerusalem, after clearly stating that

Some important details: Ben Ehrenreich on the Nakba Day shootings

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Last week I published a piece in the Los Angeles Review of Books about the killings of Nadim Nuwara and Mohammad Abu Thaher in Beitunia on May 15. In the aftermath of the boys’ deaths, Israeli officials—from low-ranking military spokespeople to the Minister of Defense and the Ambassador to the United States—have claimed that no live ammunition

In Bloomberg internal news memos, ‘there is no such country’ as Palestine

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Last week Michael Bloomberg, the former NY mayor who owns a media empire, visited Israel to accept a prize, and met with an old friend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu later described Bloomberg’s devotion to Israel, funding medical facilities in memory of his parents, though he also hinted that the two men had privately

Palestinian journalists accused of incitement against their Israeli colleagues

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“It was a case of life and death, and I was within moments of falling victim to the kind of lynch that saw two Israeli soldiers who strayed into Ramallah in 2000 beaten to death by a baying mob,” wrote Avi Issacharoff a Middle East analyst for the Times of Israel. Issacharoff was covering a demonstration in

NY Times troubling corrections: Hebron youth who first ‘had brass knuckles’ now investigated for possessing ‘weapons’ (Updated)

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Unfortunately in the upside down world of the New York Times’ reporting on Palestine and Israel, where Palestinian voices often count less than Israeli voices, bringing exculpatory evidence to light and requesting a correction doesn’t always result in greater clarity. It can instead result in further impugning the always-accused Palestinians. In an article datelined May 1 about a viral April

Palestinians remain marginalized at the New York Times

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Three recent New York Times articles demonstrate yet again how one of the US’s most influential media outlet sometimes excludes or marginalizes Palestinian voices and perspectives in news stories touching on Israel’s discriminatory policies towards Palestinians. While in fairness many New York Times news articles do include Palestinian perspectives, the types of failures represented in these three articles are

Rap News presents ‘Israel vs Palestine’

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Not really sure how to introduce this, just watch it. There are cameos galore and covers a lot of territory in 8 minutes. Juice Rap News is based in Melbourne, Australia and creates satirical shows based on the news. You can read more about the video here. &nbs

‘NYT’ photo feature on women in Gaza ignores Israel and Palestine

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In what might be justified by the New York Times as an attempt to “depoliticize” and “humanize” Palestinian women in Gaza the paper ran a photo essay this past Sunday titled “Female in Gaza.” However the article obfuscates, covering up Israeli oppression and obscuring Gaza’s connection to the West Bank and to Palestinians in general. The