Journalism

I'm not in the mood for levity

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, August 7, 2014

I leave it to others to do political analysis, post the bad news stories and get into the nitty-gritty of the Jewish experience. I've always felt my job was to offer a bit of personal levity, albeit with a serious undertone, and to chronicle rare news stories like the Iranian obsession with Jewish wizards or vent my hatred of Jewish mother jokes. But this week, I'm in no mood for levity.

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For Hamas, the horror in Gaza is the strategy

By Richard Kemp, August 7, 2014

Hamas do not ignore the laws of war. They know them well and do everything they can to exploit Israel's adherence to them.

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This connection is not a mirage

By Nathan Jeffay, July 31, 2014

We thought we had seen it all: every warped argument from Israel's haters in relation to its self-defence operation in Gaza. But apparently not.

For one American-Jewish journalist, it is not enough to point fingers at Israel; the Jewish diaspora also has blood on its hands.

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Media's misdirected blame game

By Adam Levick, July 17, 2014

On Monday night, Israel formally accepted the Egyptian proposed ceasefire calling for an end to "all hostilities" between Hamas and Israel from the following morning.

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'Zionist' editor accused of inciting jihad

By Marcus Dysch, July 10, 2014

The editor of a Jewish newspaper was bombarded with antisemitic abuse after being falsely accused of stirring up jihadi activity in a bizarre case of mistaken identity.

Richard Ferrer, editor of London's Jewish News, was targeted because users of a Muslim website believed he had posted a message "pledging allegiance to the caliphate".

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Dangers of the media's mixed messages

By Adam Levick, July 10, 2014

"You have to keep an eye on who you are following on Twitter and where the picture you're tweeting came from," warned a BBC journalist in a short video that accompanied an article posted on BBC Trending, a section on the corporation's website which selects stories that are popular on social media around the world.

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Sorry Naftali, we're not your footsoldiers in the media war

By Jenni Frazer, July 6, 2014

It was not, perhaps, quite what the Foreign Ministry had bargained for when, after a decade-long gap, the idea of reviving a Jewish journalists' conference in Jerusalem was mooted.

Unlike previous events, this one was run by the Foreign Ministry in conjunction with the Government Press Office and - for the first time - the newly designated Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.

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Journalists say no to boycott

By Charlotte Oliver, April 14, 2014

A motion calling on the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) to boycott Israeli goods has been overwhelmingly defeated at the union’s biannual conference.

The proposal, which was put forward by the London Magazine branch, was rejected after NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet told delegates that it would put the lives of journalists working in the Middle East in danger.

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Jewish Quarterly guest editor named

By Josh Jackman, August 19, 2013

The Jewish Quarterly has named a Southampton University lecturer as guest editor for its 60th anniversary issue in November.

Devorah Baum, who lectures in English and Jewish studies at the university, will take charge of the special edition of the well-respected cultural journal.

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