Hamas block on Israeli media

By Sandy Rashty, December 27, 2012

Hamas has issued a ban to prevent officials and Palestinian journalists from co-operating with Israeli media, according to various reports.

Hamas leaders based in Gaza will no longer be available for interviews with Israeli journalists following an order that was issued this week.


PCC rules no breach over Steve Bell Gaza cartoon

By Jennifer Lipman, December 19, 2012

The Press Complaints Commission has ruled that it is unable to take further the matter of a controversial cartoon about Israel and Gaza published in the Guardian last month.

Steve Bell's drawing, featuring Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu as a puppet-master pulling the strings of Western leaders, attracted allegations that it applied antisemitic tropes.


BBC exec defends axe of show

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 17, 2012

BBC Radio Manchester’s managing editor has told Jewish listeners that she does not support dedicated Jewish programming.

In a heated interview on the station’s Jewish Hour show, which is being axed after next Monday’s edition, Kate Squire said: “If I was starting Radio Manchester from scratch with a blank piece of paper, I would not be running a Jewish hour.


Netanyahu uses Twitter to ‘strengthen’ dialogue with Arabs

By Sandy Rashty, December 13, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to launch a new Twitter account in Arabic in an attempt to develop his relationships in the Middle East.

The move will allow his office to contact respondents directly in Arabic. The idea, said Mr Netanyahu's Arab media spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, was "[to strengthen] dialogue with Arab media and public opinion”.


Jewish editor of The Times resigns

By Sarah Pilchick, December 12, 2012

In a shock move, the editor of The Times has resigned at the request of News Corporation bosses.

James Harding, 43, the first Jewish editor of the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper, stepped down on Wednesday afternoon.

Sources at the paper say that the timing was surprising. Mr Harding was apparently expected to leave his post in the near future, but not so soon.


How a dose of good will set two students on road to MTV

By Zoe Winograd, December 6, 2012

Two schoolgirls have secured internships at MTV after taking part in a conference aimed at helping students learn more about employment opportunities.

Emma Desmond and Nikki Taylor were offered the placements after questioning a senior executive from the channel.


BBC rules no fairness breach over Habima protest report

By Jennifer Lipman, December 4, 2012

The BBC Trust has ruled that a Today programme report about the protests against Israel's Habima Theatre Company when it performed at the Globe in May did not violate its standards on impartiality or fairness.


Guardian admits error in publishing Netanyahu 'puppet master' cartoon

By Jennifer Lipman, November 27, 2012

The Guardian has admitted that a cartoon about the Israel-Gaza conflict portraying a grotesque Benjamin Netanyahu as a puppet master controlling William Hague and Tony Blair "inevitably" echoed "past antisemitic usage of such imagery".


Balanced reactions are vital

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2012

Last weekend's North London derby was enjoyable, and not merely because it saw Arsenal's second consecutive home victory over Spurs. It was that, for a welcome period, my Twitter and Facebook pages were filled with something other than talk of Israel and Gaza.


Swedish editor defends article accusing IDF of organ-theft

By Natalie Rothschild, November 22, 2012

A 2009 article in Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet by Donald Boström speculated that the IDF had “plundered” Palestinians’ bodies for organs. Now, the Swedish magazine, Filter, is saying that Boström was right all along.