Postcard from Israel: Mount Carmel

December 2nd will mark two years since the Mount Carmel forest fire disaster in which 44 people died, including members of the Israeli Prison Service,...

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.

Focus on Israeli humanitarianism: Eye from Zion

Eye from Zion, established in 2007 by Israeli businessman Nati Marcus, is a humanitarian organization dedicated to giving the gift of sight to poor people in developing countries.

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.

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.

Stop Labeling Judea and Samaria Residents ‘Illegal’

According to the Associated Press's logic, shouldn't the terms 'illegal settler' and 'illegal settlements' also be put out of commission?

UK Columnist Admits: ‘Anti-Semitism Plays Some Role in Hostility Towards Israel’

There are two things Glenn Greenwald and I have in common – which is two more than I realized only an hour ago. He has the flu, according to his latest ‘Comment is Free’ post, and I have flu-like symptoms due to a recent ill-advised flu shot. The other more substantive commonality pertains to one acknowledgement in his post – one of seven miscellaneous observations by the Guardian’s new U.S. blogger.

Postcard from Tel Azekah

In the Judean lowlands, rising above the Elah Valley, lies Tel Azeka (also Azekah) – mentioned numerous times in Biblical texts. Perhaps most famously, it is associated with the story of David and Goliath, which is etched into blocks of stone set by the path up to the top of the Tel, its dramatic ending overlooking the Elah Valley below on one side and views as far as the Mediterranean coast on the other.

Sounds Israeli: The Angelcy (Video)

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

Sounds Israeli: The Idan Raichel Project

Israeli artist Idan Raichel blends African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds.

Is the Word ‘Terrorism’ Anti-Muslim?

The mantra that terrorism is only used in reference to Muslims has no basis in fact.

Guardian’s Cartoon of Powerful Jews Manipulating Western Leaders

You don’t even need to believe that antisemitism is at play to be contemptuous of the extraordinary myopia displayed in the Guardian report.

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.

UNRWA Gaza Head Blames Anyone but Hamas

UNRWA Gaza chief Robert Turner’s “prescription” for saving Gaza’s Palestinians, set out in an article on the Guardian's Comment is Free site, is based on a severe case of historical myopia. For it’s the one word that Mr. Turner neglected to use in his anti-Israel screed that is in fact behind Gaza’s rapidly devolving state: Hamas.

Sounds Israeli: The Fools of Prophecy

A raw live version of the Israeli hit 'Ein Ani' performed in front of an IDF unit in 2012.

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.

Harriet Sherwood Misleads on Religious Significance of the Kotel

Sherwood gets the significance of the Western Wall and Haram al-Sharif wrong

The Guardian’s Prisoner of the Day

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

Sounds Israeli: Ofra Haza

The late Ofra Haza sings "Jerusalem of Gold" in 1998.

Harriet Sherwood Won’t Reveal Shawan Jabarin Terror Ties

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

Terrorists as ‘Political Prisoners’: CiF Watch Prompts Guardian Correction

The Guardian has called terrorists convicted of murder or attempted murder 'political prisoners.'

Guardian Staff Perplexed by US, UK Support for Israel

Another ‘anti-Zionist head-exploding’ moment occurred when the U.S. House and Senate overwhelmingly passed non-binding resolutions backing “Israel’s right to self-defense.”

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.

Postcard from Israel: Tel Lachish

The site of Tel Lachish shows evidence of human habitation in Israel spanning many different historic periods over thousands of years.

Postcard From Israel: Stormy Weather (Photos & Video)

This short film made by Oz Segev of Ma’ale Gamla last week, shows some of the swollen streams of the south and central Golan Heights which all drain into the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee).

Guardian Editorial Takes the Side of Morsi (or Mubarak?)

Even the Guardian's own writers criticized the Guardian's editorial.

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.

Postcard from Israel: Nachlaot

The picturesque Nachlaot neighbourhood in Jerusalem started out as what we might call today ‘social housing’. From 1875 onwards benefactors such as Moses Montefiore began building new neighbourhoods outside the walls of the Old City to house the growing Jewish population and relieve some of the overcrowding and squalor of the Jewish Quarter. Thus, Nachlaot is in fact a cluster of fused neighbourhoods, with each one originally having a specific ethnic character and its own synagogue.

‘Articles of Faith’: The Absence of Critical Thinking About ‘Settlements’

Those who insist that the "settlements" represent the biggest obstacle to peace should be asked to explain why their theory doesn't match with the history.

Israeli Culture Wins at the United Nations

Many commentators on the far left scolded those who would suggest a connection between culture and success – imputing racism to such arguments.

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