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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Iran-seizes-Indian-ship-carrying-oil-from-Iraq/articleshow/21836778.cms
Iran seized an Indian oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. According to the Times of India, the ship, MT Desh Shanti, was detained in international waters and is now being taken to Iran’s Bandar Abbas port. Too early to tell what this will mean for oil prices. Iran has previously threatened to block the Staits of Hormuz if sanctions were imposed. What’s Iran’s official line?

2. Egyptian death toll rises to 525. Interim vice president Mohammed ElBaradei resigned http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-egypt-protests-elbaradei-20130814,0,7436743.story
in protest against the crackdown. Due to Egypt’s ongoing turmoil, the Rafah border crossing with Gaza is indefinitely closed in both directions. For more on the unrest, see page 2 of this roundup.

Tehran authorities conveyed to India that the ship was polluting Iranian waters, but this is being seen as flimsy reasoning.
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Israel Daily News Stream 08/14/2013
AUGUST 14, 2013 17:14BY [b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: blue; font-weight: bold;"]PESACH BENSON[/b]

Everything you need to know about today’s coverage of Israel and the Mideast. Join the Israel Daily News Stream on Facebook.
[b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"]Today’s Top Stories[/b]
1. Peace talks resumed today in Jerusalem. There’s going to be a news blackout, which means there’s going to be a premium on hard info. The blackout means we’ll also see pundits parsing the tea leaves for dubious meaning. The Jerusalem Post explains:
The talks will be held under a complete media blackout, with [b style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;"]neither the location nor time of the negotiations made public, let   alone any mention of what topics are on the initial agenda[/b].
2. The Israeli Air Force struck a pair of Gaza rocket launching sites after Palestinians fired rockets last night at Israel. Gaza’s Islamic terror groups have a history of trying to spoil peace talks with suicide bombings and rocket fire.
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The AP and the BBC can't decide if Palestinian prisoners are heroes or terrorists.
The Media’s Moral Ambiguity on Palestinian Prisoners

AUGUST 14, 2013 15:33
BY ALEX MARGOLIN
hero-terrorist-comm02This week’s release of Palestinian prisoners sparked contentious debate in Israel over how high a price Israelis are willing to pay to revive talks with the Palestinians. Many Israelis expressed grief that Palestinians who had killed innocent Israelis, including a Holocaust survivor, should be released from prison merely as a gesture to the Palestinians.

On the Palestinian side, of course, there was much joy and celebration, as long-serving prisoners who had committed vile acts of terror were returning home earlier than expected.

People who get their news from the AP or the BBC, however, may be forgiven if they thought the two perspectives – Israeli and Palestinians – were morally equal. That’s exactly how they were presented by the media giants.

According to the AP,   http://www.ajc.com/news/ap/international/israel-lists-names-of-26-palestinians-to-be-freed/nZLs5/
 thousands of Palestinians have spent time in Israeli prisons for a wide range of violent acts, from stone throwing to murder.

Palestinians tend to view prisoners as heroes, regardless of their acts, arguing they made personal sacrifices in the struggle for independence.

In Israel, many consider those involved in the killings as terrorists, and some of the attacks are engraved in the nation’s collective memory.

In presenting both views as essentially equal in moral weight, the AP is drawing readers to conclude that “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.” That adage was employed by Reuters executive Stephen Jukes at the start of the Second Intifada to explain why Reuters refused to call a Palestinian who blew up innocent people on a bus a terrorist.

The BBC’s coverage of the prisoner release essentially follows the same formula. There are interviews with family members of the terrorists and their victims. One side is ecstatic about the release, and the other is pained by it.

The prisoners are seen as heroes of the Palestinian cause, but on the Israeli side they are simply seen as terrorists, our correspondent says.

Simple enough. It’s only Israelis who consider the acts committed by the released Palestinians, including in one case a murder with an axe, to be terrorism. The message from the AP and the BBC is that morality is subjective – at least when it comes to the Palestinians.

The moral ambiguity shown by these media outlets is part of a larger culture of impunity for the Palestinians. It starts with the insistence that terrorists should be referred to as militants, not terrorists, and eventually the moral scales shift so that they are balanced equally between the terrorists and their victims.

As if to underscore the ubiquity of Palestinian impunity, the BBC article ends with a short reference to an outbreak of violence in Gaza that took place as the prisoners were being released:

In a separate development on Wednesday, the Israeli military said it had carried out air strikes on rocket-launching sites in northern Gaza.

The strikes were launched overnight in response to the firing of two rockets from Gaza towards the Israeli town of Sderot, the military added.

The short interlude is striking for two reasons. First, it only reports the violence after Israel responded, not when the Palestinians attacked. And second, it never mentions the Palestinians by name. There were simply two rockets fired from Gaza.

The media’s desire for balance in reporting on issues related to the launch of peace talks should not result in moral ambiguity. The media has an obligation to report on events as they truly are, and if that means reporting that violent terrorists were released from prison, it should do so without hesitation.

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Israel Daily News Stream 08/12/2013
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1. Let the spin begin: A PA letter obtained by Haaretz http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.540910urges its diplomats to emphasize that prisoners to be released are “freedom fighters” and “political prisoners.” You can guess who the real terrorists are:

The letter, which was distributed by the Palestinian Embassy in Santiago, Chile, a day after the cabinet’s decision on the prisoner release, claimed that Israel is the one terrorizing the Palestinians, and not vice-versa. “A terrorist is someone who forcefully occupies the other’s land, expels him and comes to live in his place,” the letter read, “…not the Palestinian political prisoner, the freedom fighter.”

For more spin games, the London Jewish Chronicle http://www.thejc.com/comment-and-debate/columnists/110175/not-a-scintilla-authenticitydraws attention to statements by PA officials Nabil Abu Rudeinah and Yasser Abed Rabbo that any peace deal would only bind the Palestinians temporarily.

2. Toby Dershowitz http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2013/08/bahrain_blocks_hezbo.phpnotes that Bahrain is now blocking the website of Hezbollah’s Al Manar TV, as well as other sites associated with Al-Qaida. In particular, Hezbollah is accused of using Al-Manar to mobilize Bahrain’s opposition. Is the EU paying attention?
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/25/there-is-no-distinct-hezbollah-military-wing-so-why-ban-it.html
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Note to New York Times: Throwing Stones is an Act of Violence

AUGUST 5, 2013 15:06
BY ALEX MARGOLIN
stone-throwing-NYTLast week’s return of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians has had little impact on the simmering Palestinian violence in the West Bank – or the efforts of some in the media to glorify the violence.

New York Times reporter Jodi Rudoren is the latest apologist to present Palestinian stone throwers as noble defenders of their land and victims of Israeli oppression rather than as violent criminals:

Here in Beit Ommar, a village of 17,000 between Bethlehem and Hebron that is surrounded by Jewish settlements, rock throwing is a rite of passage and an honored act of defiance. The futility of stones bouncing off armored vehicles matters little: confrontation is what counts.

Rudoren focuses much of the story on a 17-year old Palestinian youth who has been arrested four times “for throwing stones at Israeli soldiers and settlers” – not civilians but settlers. Apparently do not merit the standard rights of civilians in Rudoren’s worldview simply because of where they choose to live. At the same time, Rudoren goes to great lengths to build sympathy for the Palestinian youth and his family, noting how his mother made sure to give him a long sleeve shirt for his stay in prison because “they both knew it would be cold in the interrogation room.”

The “settlers” don’t receive nearly the same level of empathy, even when they are the victims of the rocks being thrown. Menuha Shvat, the only Gush Etzion resident quoted in the story, is also the only one who discusses how dangerous rock throwing can be.

“It’s crazy: I’m going to get pizza, and I’m driving through a war zone,” said Ms. Shvat, who knew a man and his 1-year-old son who died when their car flipped in 2011 after being pelted with stones on Road 60. “It’s a game that can kill.”

Although we learn about the cold of the interrogation room and other details of the lives of the Palestinians in the story, Rudoren does not even bother to name the Israeli victims she mentions. In fact, the man’s name is Asher Palmer, and his one-year old son is Yonatan. And they didn’t simply die. They were killed, and the Palestinians who threw the rocks were convicted of murder.

The Palestinians Rudoren interviews never question the moral aspect of throwing stones, and neither does Rudoren. She has a matter-of-fact explanation for why they do it:

They throw because there is little else to do in Beit Ommar — no pool or cinema, no music lessons after school, no part-time jobs other than peddling produce along the road. They do it because their brothers and fathers did.

So long as the victims continue to be “soldiers and settlers,” it might not make much difference to Rudoren.

Rudoren’s piece follows on the heels of an article by Amira Hass in Haaretz in April that defended Palestinian stone throwing. That piece generated heated controversy when it came out. It remains to be seen if Rudoren’s piece gets the same reaction.

To get a sense of what Palestinian stone throwing in Beit Ommar looks like, watch the video below. It was originally posted to YouTube in February, 2012.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xg1Gv7WjSkM


 To her credit, Rudoren attempts to present the values of the local Palestinians in their own terms. But the moral ambiguity that comes across in the article carries a price. By allowing the glorification of violence to go unchallenged, the article becomes yet another piece that fails to hold the Palestinians to any form of accountability.


Reuters Kills the Mideast Domino Theory
http://honestreporting.com/reuters-kills-the-mideast-domino-theory/
AUGUST 5, 2013 11:11
BY PESACH BENSON
domino effectReuters broke with Big Media’s muddled mantra that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the region’s “core conflict.”

More than 100,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict and violence has flared again in Iraq, with over 1,000 killed there in July alone, many at the hands of al Qaeda. Tensions over Iran’s disputed nuclear program have also risen, while a struggle for power between Islamists and the military is playing out on the streets of predominantly Sunni Egypt.

Arguably, none of these crises will come any closer to being settled should, by some miracle, Israel and the Palestinians finally agree to divide the land where they live . . .

In public, Muslim leaders have traditionally railed against Israel, happy to fan ordinary Arabs’ sincere anger about the plight of the Palestinians – and perhaps deflect criticism of their own failure to make badly needed reforms.

Arab leaders can no longer get away with this.

This “core conflict” idea also gave rise to the Mideast “domino theory” (also known as “linkage”). According to the logic of linkage, if Israel and the Palestinians would make peace, the rest of the region’s conflicts would quickly fall into place as well. Never mind that the region’s seething cauldron of ethnic enmities pre-dated the modern state of Israel by, uh, centuries.

Thanks to the domino theory, Israel could be blamed for problems well beyond its borders. One hysterical example appeared in Christian Science Monitor a few years ago. This was the subhead:

Global stability can no longer be held hostage to the claims of Israeli settlers.

 The dubious domino theory is dead and the wire service finally acknowledges it.

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Hamas is re-establishing ties with Iran and Hezbollah. What does this mean for Israel, the Palestinians, and the peace process? Listen here....
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Photojournalist Stages News for Profit and Ideology
JULY 31, 2013 15:01BY PESACH BENSON
ouri is one of Ramallah’s biggest opponents of normalizing Israeli-Palestinian ties. He’s also a photographer who isn’t interested in separating his professional journalism and political activism.
And that raises questions about his association with the Reuters wire service and China’s Xinhua News Agency. HonestReporting has learned Reuters fired Arouri, apparently over his extra-curricular activities, but the wire service continues to use his work on a free lance basis.
Anti-Normalization Infects The Palestinian Media
The anti-normalization campaign condemns Israeli-Palestinian events whether they are political,business, or academic. Even children’s sporting events are taboo. All such activities, it is argued, “legitimize the Israeli occupation.”
This rejectionism has taken over the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS). That’s why in recent weeks, Israeli reporters and employees of Israeli news services working in the West Bank have faced increasing hostility. The PJS claims it’s fighting for freedom of movement in Israel.
Freedom of movement for journalists is certainly reasonable — but coming from this crowd, it’s a difficult argument to hear. The same journalists opposed to normalization are demanding Israelitravel permits and Israeli press credentials so they can work inside Israel, and interview the same Israelis they refuse to even let their kids play soccer with.

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LATimes-opinionPartIII This is the third part of our series looking at how the opinion pages of the biggest newspapers in the United States cover Israel. In our previous studies, we concluded that the New York Times demonstrated a clear and consistent anti-Israel bias in both quantity and content of their opinion pages. We also saw that despite problems that we have documented in the coverage of Israel in the Washington Post, its opinion pages were much more balanced when it came to Israel and op-eds and editorials reflecting the Israeli position were frequently published.

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Success: Monster Cartoon – German Newspaper Apologizes
German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung backs down following outrage over an anti-Semitic cartoon that portrayed Israel as Moloch, the ravenous monster. 
http://honestreporting.com/success-monster-cartoon-german-newspaper-apologizes/
German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung’s anti-Semitic cartoon that portrayed Israel as a ravenous monster rightly caused outrage. Many of you wrote to the newspaper to express your anger.

As a result of the pressure and publicity generated by HonestReporting and a number of other concerned organizations (HR is cited in this Jerusalem Post report), Süddeutsche Zeitung has backed down and apologized. Here is a rough translation from the original German:

There was significant criticism and outrage at the illustration on the “The Political Book” page on July 2. As we have already written in the Süddeutsche Zeitung and Süddeutsche.de, we deplore the use of this illustration. It was an unsuccessful attempt to represent by means of caricature, how the State of Israel is seen by her enemies.

This intention was not clear. The drawing of a horned monster with a knife and fork did not make the connection to the symbolism of anti-Israel clichés. On the contrary: The illustration allows for the conclusion that we are depicting Israel as a monster. It was a cliché used to denounce stereotypes, and that did not work, even though the caption attempted the explanation.

We are very sorry we have made this mistake. And we ask those we have hurt or annoyed to excuse it. This also includes the illustrator Ernst Kahl, whose drawing was used in this context, although it was actually made for a cooking column. We will be very careful that such an error is not repeated.

In light of the newspaper’s previous denials that the cartoon had been nothing more than a “misunderstanding,” it is significant that it has now recognized exactly why the publication of this cartoon was so patently unacceptable.
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The Untold Truth: 150 Million Europeans Hate Israel – Part 2
Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld posits that today, well over 150 million Europeans believe that Israel is exterminating the Palestinians. In the second part of our exclusive interview, he talks further about the contents of his new book. Read more...
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monalisaterroristLast month HonestReporting condemned the Jeu de Paume museum of contemporary art in Paris for displaying a photographic exhibit that glorifies Palestinian terrorists. This “art” exhibit refers to Israel as a “colonial power” and Palestinian terrorists as “fighters” and “victims of the Israeli military.” Suicide bombers are referred to as “militants” who heroically set out to “assassinate Israelis.”
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World War Z: Paramount thinks Turks afraid of Israel, not Zombies
Published on 30 Jun 2013
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Paramount pictures thinks that Islamic audiences in Turkey can handle a movie in which flesh eating zombies take over the world. But they were afraid that mentioning the word "Israel" might really horrify them. So they took the word out of the movie and replaced it with the words "Middle East."


Go to Paramount's Facebook page and leave a comment that Israel in Turkish is translated as "Israel" not "Middle East." https://www.facebook.com/Paramount


When the West is afraid of irrational anti-Israel sentiment, they end up giving it credibility.


If you can handle a zombie movie, you can handle the word "Israel."
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How Does the Media Relate to Anti-Semitism?
MAY 30, 2013 15:06
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This opinion piece by HR Managing Editor Simon Plosker is republished from The Times of Israel.
Simon Plosker presents at the Global Forum

During the 4th International Conference of the Global Forum for Combating Antisemitism, which has been taking place this week in Jerusalem, I was asked to give a short presentation to the Working Group on Anti-Semitism on the Internet and in the Media.
http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/AboutTheMinistry/Conferences-Seminars/Pages/GFCA_4th_International_Conference_May_2013.aspx

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As the criticism has moved into areas of delegitimisation and demonization, so the boundaries of acceptable discourse have also shifted and, with it, we have increasingly witnessed the appearance of anti-Semitism in the mainstream media.

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is probably a duck. And for most Jews they know anti-Semitism when they see it. Arguably, however, one of the problems of contemporary anti-Semitism is the failure of the Jewish people to collectively define and codify what it is. Today there exists the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) Working Definition of Anti-Semitism that also includes a section outlining where criticism of Israel could be construed as anti-Semitic.
http://www.european-forum-on-antisemitism.org/working-definition-of-antisemitism/

But this Working Definition, created in 2004, is clearly not referred to by the mainstream media and in the absence of any other codified definition accepted by a body as large and credible as the European Union, it’s the best there is at this time.

Anti-Semitism is a serious charge and throwing that accusation against a media outlet or an individual journalist or cartoonist should not be taken lightly.

And herein lies the problem. In the past, the anti-Semitism of a hate sheet such as the Nazi Der Sturmer was clear-cut. In the present, the disgusting incitement and Jew hatred so common in so much of the Arab media is also blatant (yet still brushed under the carpet by Western politicians and media).

It goes without saying that no Western mainstream media outlet is going to openly declare itself to be proudly anti-Semitic and any newspaper or individual judged to hold such beliefs would find themselves out in the cold.

I would argue, however, that many media outlets are either unwilling or incapable of recognizing anti-Semitic tropes, particularly when it comes to the treatment of Israel.

A recent case study that I noted at the Global Forum was that of the grotesque Sunday Times cartoon by Gerald Scarfe that depicted Israeli PM Netanyahu building a wall on the bodies of Palestinians using blood for the mortar.
http://honestreporting.com/cementing-hate-on-holocaust-memorial-day/

The cartoon screamed “blood libel” to many of us. The initial reaction of the Sunday Times was…
This article is continued on Page 2
http://honestreporting.com/how-does-the-media-relate-to-anti-semitism/2/
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Al-Dura Wasn’t Even Hurt: Truth Set to be Revealed
An Israeli government report is set to be released promising to finally expose the real story behind one of the most significant anti-Israel media libels. Read more...
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In what could be a significant turn of events the Jerusalem Post reports:

Not only was 12-year-old Gazan Muhammad al-Dura not killed by IDF fire in 2000 – he was not even hurt.

That was the preliminary finding of a special commit- tee formed several years ago by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and headed by Brig.- Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, the former head of the Research and Analysis Division of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate, and the current director-general of the Strategic Affairs Ministry.
In the meantime, 13 years have passed, during which various and sundry conspiracy theories have been suggest- ed, including claims that the boy was never even injured.

A few days ago, MK Nachman Shai met with Ya’alon to give him a copy of his new book, Media War Reaching for Hearts and Minds , which deals with the role of media in current military conflicts, including the Dura affair. Ya’alon then surprised Shai by saying that an investigation carried out by Israel shows that Dura was never hurt.

This theory has been circulating on the Internet for a few years already, but this was the first time that an Israeli defense minister was stating so publicly.

Today, Dura should be about 25-years-old, alive and kicking somewhere (unless he was killed later in a separate incident).

Kuperwasser confirmed the committee’s conclusion that that Dura had not been hurt at all and that the video clip, which was filmed by France 2 TV and aired around the world, had indeed been staged. This means that the France 2 TV channel report was erroneous, perhaps even knowingly.

Kuperwasser added that the full results of the investigation would be ready in the near future, and that most of the work had already been completed.

To recall, Al-Dura was the “poster boy” of the so-called Second Intifada and the libel of Israeli responsibility for his death and the iconic imagery of the incident have had a major impact on subsequent events and Israel’s image in the media.

We believe that we must never give up trying to find out the truth, even 13 years after the incident, and the same applies to all of those times when Israel has been falsely accused in the media.

We look forward to seeing the full report in the near future and to see if the mainstream media and France 2 in particular, will finally acknowledge their part in propagating a libel.

For more on the Al-Dura case and other media libels, view our interactive Big Lies presentation.
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Media Museum to Honor Hamas Terrorists
Washington DC's Newseum can't tell the difference between terrorists and genuine news reporters as it prepares to honor two Hamas "journalists." Register your protest now.
http://honestreporting.com/media-museum-to-honor-hamas-terrorists/
The Washington DC-based Newseum, a museum dedicated to the media, will be holding a ceremony to honor those journalists who have been killed in the last year in the course of covering the news.

Included in this list of 84 names are Mahmoud Al-Kumi and Hussam Salama.

Back in November 2012 during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense, the IDF targeted Mahmoud Al-Kumi and Hussam Salama.

The IDF Blog explains that they were:
http://www.idfblog.com/2012/11/29/how-hamas-and-islamic-jihad-
use-journalism-as-a-cover-for-terrorism/
Hamas operatives and cameramen for Hamas’ Al-Aqsa television network, which regularly features programming that encourages and praises attacks on Israeli civilians. … Palestinian media reported that the two men were indeed Hamas operatives.

Faced with serious accusations of Al-Aqsa TV’s connections to terrorism, the head of the network, Mohammad Thouraya, denied that Al-Aqsa was the voice of Hamas — a hard fact to deny, since the channel is financed and controlled by Hamas — but he did admit that his employees were “all part of the resistance.”

Being “part of the resistance”, in other words, could mean that those carrying a camera during the day could be carrying rockets at night.
Despite heavy criticism, the Newseum is sticking to its guns and has issued a statement which included the following:

Hussam Salama and Mahmoud Al-Kumi were cameramen in a car clearly marked “TV.” The Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Without Borders and The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers all consider these men journalists killed in the line duty.
As many commentators have pointed out, both Hamas and Al-Aqsa TV are considered to be terrorist entities by the US government. Why should terrorists be protected by virtue of marking “TV” on a car or carrying a camera? A real journalist reports on a conflict and does not actively take part in it. And can a Hamas propaganda outfit that promotes anti-Semitism and violence towards Jews and Israelis really be considered a legitimate media outfit?

HR CEO Joe Hyams commented:

Honoring these two terrorists is an insult to the real journalists who have tragically lost their lives in the cause of news gathering. It is profoundly disturbing that a respected U.S. institution dedicated to documenting the media cannot tell the difference between a genuine journalist and a terrorist.

The Newseum should be ashamed to refer to Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV as a credible media outlet and has set the bar so low as to render the term “media” almost meaningless.

If you agree, send your complaint to the Newseum and let it know that there is a difference between honoring journalists and terrorists - info@newseum.org
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SUCCESS: BBC Corrects Syrian Propaganda Headline

In response to your complaints, the BBC updates and issues a correction to a headline that parrotted Syrian propaganda associating Israel with terrorists.
We pointed out that the headline was taking Syrian propaganda at face value, making it appear as if Israel was associated with terrorists. The BBC has responded with a new headline and a correction:

Correction (7 May 2013): The headline of this report has been amended to make clear that the claim that Israeli air strikes had been co-ordinated with the rebels was made by Syrian officials.
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Stephen Hawking’s Media Mess
http://honestreporting.com/stephen-hawkings-media-mess/
MAY 9, 2013 14:51
BY SIMON PLOSKER
This opinion piece by HR Managing Editor, Simon Plosker, is reproduced from The Times of Israel.

Professor Stephen Hawking’s decision to boycott Israel’s President’s Conference left a nasty taste in the mouth. It wasn’t only the fact that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement was able to claim a significant victory in their campaign to delegitimize Israel. It was also the way in which the story developed throughout the day in such a way as to snatch what looked like a slam dunk exposé of both the BDS movement and The Guardian.

For an Israel advocate, the contradictory information flying around the Internet appeared to present an opportunity to expose anti-Israel bias and misinformation. Thanks to a University of Cambridge statement claiming that Hawking had canceled his trip due to health reasons and not due to political motivations, both The Guardian, which had published the story first, and the boycott movement appeared to be promoting disinformation.

Here was a perfect opportunity to hit back at Israel’s detractors. Indeed, some people were quick off the mark to publish a take-down of those involved in what looked like a false anti-Israel slur.

However, only a few hours later, it was our side that was backing down following the retraction of the University of Cambridge’s original statement and a confirmation that Hawking was, in fact, a boycotter.
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http://honestreporting.com/why-did-the-bbc-pull-jerusalem-documentary/
Why Did the BBC Pull Jerusalem Documentary?
APRIL 30, 2013 15:21
BY SIMON PLOSKER
The Times of Israel reports on a storm that has erupted following the BBC’s last-minute decision to drop a documentary that questions the extent of the Jewish exile after the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE. According to TOI:

The film “Exile: A Myth Unearthed,” which theorizes that many modern-day Palestinians could be partially descended from Jews who never left the region, was due to be shown in modified form by the BBC last week, but was pulled from the schedule at the last moment.

Explaining how the film had been re-titled “Jerusalem: an Archaeological Mystery Story,” filmmaker Ilan Ziv alleged BBC sources had said a freelance editor hired to re-cut the film called it “propaganda.”

Ziv has criticized the BBC’s decision on his own blog but I was able to procure a copy of the original film, which is available from the National Film Board of Canada, in order to make my own judgment. This, particularly in light of some accusations that the BBC had succumbed to “unnamed pressure groups,” which is usually a thinly veiled reference to “Jews” or “Zionists.”

Four observations, having watch the full unedited version:

The challenge to the Jewish historical and theological narrative of an exile after the destruction of the Second Temple does not negate the fact that a continuous and uninterrupted Jewish presence existed in the Land of Israel from that period to the present day. If anything, it confirms it.
Questioning the Jewish or Israeli narrative has never been an issue for the BBC (or anyone else for that matter) in the past. What makes this particular documentary too controversial for the BBC?
The thesis that some Palestinians may actually be the descendants of Jews who lived in what is today Israel and converted to Islam centuries ago may be controversial and unappealing to both Jews and Palestinians but it is not the first time that this has been suggested.
Indeed, could such a theory be more damaging to a Palestinian national movement that has consistently sought to deny Jewish history and claims to the land?
Was the BBC, in fact, more concerned at upsetting anti-Israel elements by showing a film with such a heavy concentration on Jewish history in the Land of Israel?

The BBC does not have a history of pulling content due to the concerns of Israel or the UK’s Jewish community. Quite the opposite in fact. This particular documentary also focuses on Israel’s War of Independence and paints a picture of Palestinian villages erased from the map by Israel as a result of the war. While this may not be comfortable viewing for supporters of Israel, it is certainly no worse than other critical pieces that have appeared on the BBC.

One suspects that the outcry that is taking place is not only a result of the BBC’s incompetence but also driven by people who have not viewed the film but have rather, already jumped to conclusions as to what it contains and those who are already assuming that “Zionists” are responsible for getting it pulled.

A look at the comments section of the Radio Times (the BBC’s listings magazine) gives some examples:

Perhaps the film will be shown eventually in a re-edited form. In the meantime, we await a credible response from the BBC as to why it did not appear last week when originally scheduled.

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BBC Terminology: Mitigating Terror
APRIL 30, 2013 11:06
BY SIMON PLOSKER
This morning, an Israeli was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist at the Tapuah junction in the West Bank. As reported by The Times of Israel:

The attacker stabbed the Israeli, grabbed his weapon, and according to some accounts shot him at close range. He then fired at nearby border police, who returned fire and succeeded in subduing him. The victim, who was said to be about 30 years old, was declared dead at the scene after MDA paramedics’ resuscitation efforts failed. The attacker was evacuated to Beilinson hospital in Petah Tikva in moderate condition.

Now look at how the BBC reports on the attack:
The opening paragraph:

An Israeli settler has been killed by a Palestinian at a bus stop in the northern West Bank, police say.

Notice how the Israeli victim is described as a “settler” in both the headline and the article. If the BBC is prepared to use politicized terminology to describe an Israeli civilian then presumably, shouldn’t it also describe the Palestinian in similar terms for consistency?
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While the BBC should refer to the Palestinian as a terrorist, it is noteworthy that the attacker is not even referred to as a “militant” or “activist.” He is simply a Palestinian. Yet, by referring to the Israeli as a “settler,” the BBC is already acknowledging that the Palestinian must have been motivated to carry out the attack for nationalist rather than criminal reasons.

Evidently, murdering someone for nationalistic reasons is not an act of terrorism, extremism or militancy.

The BBC’s indifference to Israeli victims of terror who happen to live in the West Bank reached its nadir in March 2011 when a mother, father and three of their children, including a three-month old baby, were stabbed to death by Palestinian terrorists in the West Bank settlement of Itamar.

Looks like nothing has changed at the BBC then.
WHERE’S THE CONSISTENCY?
Contrast the above with another piece of breaking news covered by the BBC at exactly the same time:
http://honestreporting.com/bbc-terminology-mitigating-terror/
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BBC Terminology: Mitigating Terror
APRIL 30, 2013 11:06
BY SIMON PLOSKER
Contrast the above with another piece of breaking news covered by the BBC at exactly the same time:
The report states:
A Palestinian militant has been killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza City.

Officials from Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, said the victim was Haytham al-Misshal, a member of a Salafist jihadist group.

So while the BBC is prepared to acknowledge that membership of a jihadist group is sufficient to be referred to as a “militant,” the act of actually murdering an Israeli in a politically motivated attack is not.

Take action now and demand that the BBC acknowledges terror and treat all Israeli victims of terror as human beings. Send your complaints through the BBC Complaints website – www.bbc.co.uk/complaints. For detailed instructions on how to navigate the BBC Complaints website, click here.

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VIDEO: Boston Marathon Bombers Were Terrorists. And So Are Those Who Launch Bombs at Israelis
The media felt no hesitation to label the Boston Marathon bombers as terrorists. They were correct to do so.

So when Palestinians launch rockets at civilian targets in Israel, why does the media refuse to call them terrorists?
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Media Overplays Airport Security Issue
The sanctioning of Israeli security officials checking the emails of suspicious passengers at Ben-Gurion Airport is given a sinister spin in some of the media.
Just this week, en route to Israel through a British airport, I observed a young family being held up at security. Despite the fact that he had a newborn infant strapped to his chest in a baby carrier and was accompanying his wife and young daughter, the young man was subjected to multiple pat downs.

Struggling to hand over the baby while juggling with items of clothing and luggage, this was clearly an inconvenient and unpleasant experience being meted out to a family that should not have raised any security concerns. Finally it was discovered that metallic buttons on the baby carrier had set off the security scanner alarm.

I mention this as just one example of how, in a post-9/11 world, all of us have been affected by the increasing levels of security checks at airports.
But it seems that Israel’s airport security procedures are the only ones that can induce almost righteous indignation in the media.

As the Associated Press reported: “Israel’s attorney general on Wednesday upheld a practice to allow security personnel to read people’s email accounts when they arrive at the airport, arguing it prevents militants from entering the country.”

Cue dramatic headlines that overstated the story to the point of being misleading as well as adding a sinister backdrop to the story. For example, this headline in The Australian:
http://honestreporting.com/media-overplays-airport-security-issue/
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HONEST REPORTING
If there were more honest reporting about Israel, you would know about these accomplishments. Watch the slideshow...
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Student Group Visits HR International Headquarters
Students from New Jersey’s Golda Och Academy learned the basics of anti-Israel media bias
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Why Are Only Jews Referred to as Terrorists in the Media?
APRIL 10, 2013 14:17
http://honestreporting.com/why-are-only-jews-referred-to-as-terrorists-in-the-media/
BY SIMON PLOSKER
HonestReporting has long campaigned for the international media to call terrorism exactly what it is instead of using judgment-neutral terminology, such as “militants”,”extremists”, “fighters” or “gunmen.”

Yaakov “Jack” Teitel, a US-born Israeli resident of the West Bank was sentenced on Tuesday to two consecutive life terms in prison for murdering a Palestinian taxi driver in Jerusalem and a Palestinian shepherd near Hebron. He was also sentenced for other attacks including against a left-wing Israeli professor and messianic Jews. He also attacked a police station during a gay pride parade. These are only a few of Teitel’s terrorist and criminal activities.

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The Israeli media, including the JPost, YNet, and Times of Israel had no problem referring to him as a “Jewish terrorist” showing an impressive consistency in the use of language. They recognized that Teitel’s hate-filled ideologically and politically motivated ideology fits the definition of terrorism. This demonstrates that the use of the word “terrorism” or “terrorist” or “terror” does not have to be a loaded term applied only to Palestinians murdering Jews for religious or political motivations.

It’s just that the example of Teitel is, thankfully, extremely rare and certainly in contrast to the Palestinian side.

So having avoided referring to Palestinian terrorists as just that, how did the international media cover the story?
Video: Anti-Israel Activists Fake Another Photo

It's easy to make an anti-Israel photograph. Just take a picture of a person being mistreated. Then add a caption saying that the picture is of a Palestinian with cancer who died in an Israeli jail. Watch the video...
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The media, so quick to judge Israel as the brutal killer of Palestinian children, have not bothered to correct an error when it turns out that Hamas is responsible for the killing.
http://honestreporting.com/gaza-child-death-israel-exonerated-by-un-media-ignores/
UN Exonerates Israel in Gaza Child Death, Media Ignores
MARCH 10, 2013 17:37
BY SIMON PLOSKER
Screenshot: Jihad Misharawi holds the body of his dead son during an interview with BBC Arabic
Referring to the impact of Israeli air strikes on Gaza during November 2012′s Operation Pillar of Defense the BBC’s Wyre Davis wrote:
In the BBC Gaza office, that feeling was most tangibly felt on the first day of this conflict when Omar, the 11-month-old son of our cameraman Jihad Misharawi, was killed when a missile hit his home. It was a pointless, terrible tragedy that deeply affected Jihad’s colleagues who live and work here in these testing conditions.
Indeed, the BBC in its coverage, claimed Omar almost as one of its own, making sure to mention him in dispatches as the victim of an Israeli attack without even considering any other possibility:
UN Verified that Hamas Rocket Responsible in Tragic Death of BBC Journalist’s Child
unitedwithisrael.org
According to the UN Human Rights Council, the eleven-month-old child of Jihad Misharawi was killed by a Hamas rocket, not Israel during Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defense. Western media outlets claimed Israel was responsible for the tragic death of the BBC bureau chief’s infant son.
http://unitedwithisrael.org/un-verified-that-hamas-rocket-responsible-in-tragic-death-of-bbc-journalists-child/
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PA Lockup on New Prisoner Death
The PA locks down the media after a prisoner dies in a Palestinian jail.
Had Ayman Samarah been found dead in an Israeli prison cell, he’d be just as famous as Arafat Jaradat, who was all over the news last week.

But Samarah died in a Palestinian Authority prison cell, not an Israeli one.
The PA wouldn’t allow Palestinian journalists to cover the story. Imagine that.
According to the Jerusalem Post‘s Khaled Abu Toameh, Samarah was being held in Jericho jail, charged with assault. Family members said the 40-year-old Samarah had diabetes and high blood pressure.
The PA is investigating the death, but Toameh raises a lot of questions:
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NPR: Israel Starving Gaza of Its Resources
MARCH 5, 2013 10:07
BY PESACH BENSON
A blockade is only as strong as its weakest link.

Until recently, all kinds of goods passed through Egypt’s Rafah’s crossing, through smuggling tunnels, and even the Kerem Shalom crossing with Israel.

But for Hamas, the situation took a turn for the worse (more on that below) prompting it to kick out the PA-appointed business operating the Palestinian side of the crossing and replacing it with its own management (all described by YNet).

Which brings us to National Public Radio.

In a dispatch from Gaza (transcript and audio), NPR’s Larry Abramson talked to plenty of Palestinians claiming they’re besieged; he also quoted (and confirmed) what Israeli officials had to say. But he inexplicably overlooked the Hamas take-over of Kerem Shalom, and at the end of the report, Abramson had the gall to state in his own voice:

Two pounds of strawberries sells for under a dollar; they can cost three times that much in Israeli cities. And that, of course, is the point of the Israeli sanctions — to starve this Hamas-run territory of resources.

The blockade is unfortunately necessary for Israel because Hamas hasn’t abandoned its goal of destroying Israel. It’s not about grinding Gaza’s exports into the dust.

Egypt began flooding smuggling tunnels with sewage to halt the flow of weapons entering the Sinai. And Israel closed the Kerem Shalom crossing following last week’s rocket fire. But with money from smuggling taxes nosediving, Hamas tried to change the equation by simply taking over Kerem Shalom. As HonestReporting went to press, the Times of Israel reported that Hamas backed down and Kerem Shalom has re-opened.

Today’s Times of Israel also reports Hamas is forcing Gazans to obtain a “visa” to travel to the West Bank or Israel, though there’s no word yet on possible fees.

Israel won’t cooperate with Hamas-linked entities. If Hamas remained at Kerem Shalom, Israel would have had nobody on the Palestinian side to coordinate security issues at the sensitive crossing. On various occasions, Kerem Shalom has been directly attacked by suicide bombers, Sinai jihadis, and mortar fire.

The power struggle threatened to unravel . . .

Continued on Page 2
http://honestreporting.com/npr-israel-starving-gaza-of-its-resources/
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