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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

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

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.

Settler leader Dani Dayan given yet another platform in the NY Times

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Yesterday, the New York Times gave Dani Dayan, one of the leaders of the settlement movement, an opportunity to publicize his prescription for Israeli/Palestinian co-existence in an op-ed. I have mixed feelings about that. On the one hand, Dayan’s ideology is thoroughly repulsive.  His prescription for the future, which he labels “peaceful non-reconciliation,” is a

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

‘Ebony’ article explores ‘Why Black People Must Stand With Palestine’

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Ebony has published an excellent article by Kristian Davis Bailey, Why Black People Must Stand With Palestine. Bailey, a journalist an editor for Stanford’s The Daily, has written numerous articles about Palestine in the past. But this article encapsulates much of his past coverage and is a must read.  Be sure to open Bailey links, especially the video he

NBC’s ‘Dig’ gets $6.5 million from Israel to film in E. Jerusalem while Palestinian residents lack drinking water

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The television network NBC will receive a $6.5 million (22 million NIS) grant from the Israeli government to film the new archeological thriller Dig, in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. Meanwhile Palestinians residing in Silwan are plagued by poor infrastructure even though East Jerusalemites pay 47% of the city’s municipal taxes, but receive a

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