No matter how you look at it, Israel doesn’t want peace

Posted by The National on July 29, 2014

It is hard to be impartial about Israel. As the death toll in Gaza climbs ever higher, many in the Gulf might query why one would want to make the effort in any case. What’s there to be “impartial” about? But in reporting, analysing and commenting on the current conflict, newspapers and television reports are piecing together the first draft of history. There is a place for polemic and a place for passion – but there is also a necessary place for objectivity.

That’s something that many organisations around the world strive for in their coverage of Israel (not withstanding...

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A MintPress Analysis Of The Biases In Reporting On Gaza

Posted by MintPress News on July 24, 2014

On Monday, an MSNBC contributor took the unusual step of publicly decrying MSNBC’s and the American media’s coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict. During an interview on “Ronan Farrow Daily,” Rula Jebreal, a Palestinian journalist, denounced the preferable treatment Israel gets in news coverage, attributing such treatment to the pro-Israel lobby.

“Because of AIPAC [the American Israel Public Affairs Committee], and because of the money behind it, and because of Sheldon Adelson, and because of all of us in the media. We are ridiculous. We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue,” said Jebreal.

Jebreal pointed out...

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Utilizing the potential of Yemen’s Diaspora Lobby

Posted by Yemen Times on July 17, 2014

In Washington DC, lobbying is mainly concerned with congressional influence. But it is not exclusively confined to Congress and by its very nature it occurs across the whole of the US, including government and non-government agencies. Effective lobbying strategies tend to derive from highly motivated and well-organized lobby groups with sharply focused agendas, a case in point being the Israel lobby and the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association, the Institute for Legislative Action.These groups are very successful in pushing Israel’s agenda and calling for the “right to bear arms.” Though many consider lobbying to be mired by corruption,...

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Report: Israeli Prime Minister Backs Away From Two-State Solution

Posted by Newsmax on July 14, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who for years has been on record supporting the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, appears to have abandoned the idea, according to The Times of Israel. "He made explicitly clear that he could never, ever, countenance a fully sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank," the Times reported.While he did not renounce support for the two-state solution, his comments reflected a view that he believes such a state is no longer a possibility after Israel repeatedly evacuated Arab territories only for it to come under the control of Palestinian extremists with rockets. "He...

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American Muslims’ ongoing civil rights fight

Posted by Al Jazeera on July 13, 2014

Washington, DC - Thirteen years after the September 11 attacks, Arabs and Muslim Americans in the US still face continuing bias and prejudice, Arab Americans and civil rights activists say.

"It has gotten worse for us," said Nadia Tonova, the executive director of the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) in Dearborn, Michigan. "We are a community that is constantly under suspicion. It's really at a point where it's out of control."

The NNAAC is rolling out a $4.5m grassroots mobilisation campaign called " Take on Hate " in New York City on July 15, designed to give Arab...

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Dershowitz and Zogby Clash on Gaza Conflict in Live Newsmax TV Debate

Posted by Newsmax on July 11, 2014

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Arab American Institute President James Zogby went head-to-head Friday in a live debate on the escalating violence between Israel and Hamas, with Dershowitz insisting that Hamas is "100 percent at fault."Appearing exclusively on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum," the two men vehemently disagreed about which party was to blame for the latest round of violence that erupted in the aftermath of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, followed by a retaliation kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teenager.

The debate was moderated by J.D. Hayworth, the host of "America's Forum." Each man was...

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Muslim leaders explain Barack Obama love

Posted by Politico on July 11, 2014

Muslim-American leaders said Friday that a new poll showing the community’s sky-high approval rating of President Barack Obama stems partly from its disdain for the Republican party.

“I think [Muslim-Americans] see the president sympathetically, but they also see his opponents to be, for lack of a better term, just damn awful,” said James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute. “The way Republicans have handled the Muslim community…what they feel is outright bigotry. It makes them see the president in a sympathetic light.”

According to a Gallup poll, 72 percent of Muslim-Americans said they approve of the...

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Dershowitz Scheduled to Debate Arab American Institute Leader Zogby on Newsmax TV

Posted by Newsmax on July 10, 2014

Editor's Note: The Debate is on. Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and Arab American Institute President James Zogby are scheduled to appear together on America's Forum on Newsmax TV on Friday at 11 a.m. to debate the escalating violence and tensions between Israel and Hamas. The apperance was scheduled after Dershowitz challenged Zogby on Newsmax TV to a public debate on the crisis in Israel. Here is that story and video: The sharp exchange of words between Alan Dershowitz and Arab American Institute President James Zogby continued on America's Forum on Newsmax TV on Wednesday, with the...

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Report: U.S. spies on prominent Muslim-Americans

Posted by Detroit Free Press on July 09, 2014

WASHINGTON — An online magazine reported Wednesday that the National Security Agency and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans under the U.S. government’s secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national security threats.

The report in The Intercept, a venture by journalist Glenn Greenwald, said the targets included an attorney, a Republican political operative, a university professor and two civil rights activists. The Intercept said all five denied any involvement in terrorism or espionage and had not been accused of any crimes. The magazine questioned whether the government obtained legal permission...

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Report: U.S. spies on prominent Muslim-Americans

Posted by Detroit Free Press on July 09, 2014

WASHINGTON — An online magazine reported Wednesday that the National Security Agency and the FBI covertly scanned the emails of five prominent Muslim-Americans under the U.S. government’s secret surveillance program aimed at foreign terrorists and other national security threats.

The report in The Intercept, a venture by journalist Glenn Greenwald, said the targets included an attorney, a Republican political operative, a university professor and two civil rights activists. The Intercept said all five denied any involvement in terrorism or espionage and had not been accused of any crimes. The magazine questioned whether the government obtained legal permission...

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