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Postcard from Israel: Sussita

Sussita – or Antiochia-Hippos, to call it by its Greek name – sits on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, towering 350 meters above Kibbutz Ein Gev. Founded around 200 BCE, during Roman times Sussita was one of the Decapolis – the ten cities. The city was predominantly Christian from the fourth century until its destruction in the massive earthquake of January 749, after which it was never resettled. It boasts many features, including impressive fortifications, several churches and pagan temples, a commercial area, bath houses, a beautiful odeon overlooking the lake and a port on the lake shore below. In 1951, an IDF outpost was established on the mountain which was until 1967 Israel’s easternmost point, merging with the Golan Heights.

Postcard from Israel – Mazkeret Batya

There are not many places in the Middle East (or in Britain, for that matter) in which one can still find an old fashioned British red telephone box with a working phone. In Mazkeret Batya, south-east of Rehovot, there is exactly that – a remnant from the days of the British Mandate – on the main street of the moshava, next to the museum.

What is Fatah Actually Celebrating?

Fatah is celebrating its 48th anniversary, but the group was in fact founded in 1959 which was 54 years ago. So what 1965 event are they actually celebrating?

Sounds like Passover: Matzah Dancing in Paris

Salsa dancing flash mob and music in Paris.

Postcard from Israel: The Haifa Flea Market

Definitely not on the standard list of tourist destinations in Israel, and less well-known than its counterpart in Yaffo (Jaffa), the flea market in down-town Haifa is well worth a visit whether you’re buying or just browsing. The market is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and of course it is best to get there as early as possible – with well-honed haggling skills!

The List of 26 Palestinian Prisoners and their Victims

Many in the media, including the Guardian, The Independent, and the Irish Times, have whitewashed the violent and often brutal crimes of the prisoners being released.

What Word will be Missing from BBC Report on Sentencing of Hamas Terrorists?

Despite the BBC reporting the sentencing of Hamas terrorists convicted for murdering 2 Israelis in a planned terror attack, the words 'terror, terrorist or terrorism' do not appear once in the report

The Press Calls Israel Right-Wing, But Gives a Free Pass to Jordan

The Guardian’s Jordan page has absolutely nothing warning of the nation’s dangerous lurch to the extreme right abyss.

Sounds Israeli: IDF Performs Hatikva in Sign Language

This [particular] Volunteer Soldiers’ Basic Training was extra special.

Harriet Sherwood Won’t Reveal Shawan Jabarin Terror Ties

To learn more about the story we contacted Anne Herzberg, NGO Monitor’s legal advisor.

How One British Paper Commemorated Int’l Holocaust Memorial Day

Spare us your Holocaust pieties and consider honoring Jews who are still among the living.

Arab Teachers’ Rejection of Holocaust Education Highlights Arab Anti-Semitism

Rumors of a U.N. decision to introduce Holocaust studies in schools in Palestinian refugee camps run by UNRWA have outraged Jordanian teachers.

The Launch of BBC Watch

Fans of this blog have often asked why we do not monitor British media institutions other than the Guardian for anti-Israel bias – a query to which we have not had an answer. Until now. Recognizing the importance of the BBC in shaping world-wide opinion, a new site, BBC Watch, has been launched which will monitor BBC coverage of Israel and the Middle East.

Sounds Israeli: The Angelcy (Video)

Music video from the Israeli band The Angelcy of their original song, 'My Baby Boy.'

The Myth of Palestinian Prisoner Torture the Guardian Perpetuates

Such myopic and at times obsessive focus on Israeli culpability is part of a pattern at the Guardian.

The ‘Refugee’ Slated to Win ‘Arab Idol’

The Palestinian “refugee” swindle is but one of the many political derivatives of the Palestinian narrative which so often passes for serious journalism at the Guardian.

Meet Egyptian Activist Maikel Nabil: Pro-democracy and Pro-Israel

Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil spent over 302 days in prison for criticizing the Egyptian Military after it took power in early 2011.

Sounds Israeli: Idan Amedi

Israeli musician Idan Amedi was discovered on the Israeli show Kokhav Nolad.

Guardian Columnist Concludes: Israelis Favor Apartheid

The most glaring omission by Sherwood is her broader failure, in this or other reports alleging Israeli racism, to provide similar data indicating the political views of Palestinians. This is part of a larger problem within the Guardian’s coverage of the region, which consistently fails to rigorously examine Palestinian society and mores.

Guardian’s Israel Correspondent Won’t Publish Hamas Brutality

On March 8, the Guardian published “International Women’s Day highlights hurdles obstructing women," (co-authored by 12 Guardian correspondents, including the paper’s Jerusalem correspondent, Harriet Sherwood), on the subjugation of women around the world. Harriet Sherwood not only ignored the egregious violation of womens’ rights in the Palestinian territories, but, instead, devoted 118 words to the alleged injustice meted out to a female Palestinian terrorist affiliated with Islamic Jihad held in an Israeli jail named Hana Shalabi.

Did the Guardian Just Recognize “East” Jerusalem as Part of Israel?

It’s been a tough year for the Guardian’s “research” department. Earlier in Oct., the Press Complaints Commission concluded that the Guardian’s “unequivocal statement” in their “Style Guide” that “Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel” was incorrect and therefore breached “the Editors’ Code of Practice.

The Guardian’s Prisoner of the Day

Here’s what a Guardian reader casually glancing at the Palestinian “prisoner” wouldn’t have known.

Postcard from Israel: Machane Yehuda Market

Machane Yehuda market in Jerusalem has its roots back in the late nineteenth century when it was known as Shuk Beit Ya’acov after the nearby neighbourhood of the same name which was established in 1885. Two years later, the Machane Yehuda neighbourhood was built and the market continued to grow. Under British Mandate rule the market was given a make-over, permanent stalls and roofing were built and the new name caught on.

The Rocket Barrage on Southern Isael

Earlier, I took part in a briefing with Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich of the IDF Spokesman’s unit regarding the intensified rocket fire upon the south of Israel over the past few hours, which –at the time of writing – the Guardian has not yet seen fit to report. Lt. Col. Leibovich reported that 68 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip in the past twelve hours. Two foreign nationals – farm workers from the Kissufim area – were critically wounded by rocket fire and three or four additional civilians are suffering from lighter injuries. Several homes have been damaged.

How the British Media Covered Omar Misharawi’s Death

The damage done by the now iconic image of Misharawi clutching his slain child can not be ameliorated by even the clearest retractions.

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