Media

Pesto-gate: boycott that became a global farce

March 22, 2012

Never before has anyone covered all two hours of the monthly meeting of the Park Slope Food Co-op via Twitter - or, for that matter, any other media - as one of its members did last month.

But then, again, never before has the co-op, a 40-year-old progressive bastion in the heavily Jewish neighbourhood of Brooklyn, captured global attention.

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Nose-job video 'offensive'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

A supposedly comical ditty about rhinoplasty, performed by a Jewish musician, has raised questions about body image and religious stereotypes in the US.

The trouble started after a Miami plastic surgeon nicknamed "Dr Schnoz" commissioned Jewish punk rock group The Groggers to help him use social media to reach Jews between the ages of 15 and 30.

But it subsequently emerged that in return for

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London Mayor 2012: Siobhan Benita

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

In a campaign dominated by two candidates so well-known that they are immediately recognisable by their first names alone, it is a new face in London politics which appears to have caught attention.

Independent candidate Siobhan Benita has walked away from a 15-year career as a senior civil servant to take on Boris and Ken and run to be Mayor of London.

She has the backing of former cabinet

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European Jewish leaders call for new legislation

March 22, 2012

on a visit to London this week, the Chief Rabbi of Moscow and President of the Conference of European Rabbis, Pinchas Goldschmidt, called on the European Parliament to boost security for threatened minorities in the wake of the killings in Toulouse.

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Bibi spokesman: Lebanon media 'pathetic'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

A senior spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described the Lebanese media as "pathetic" following controversy over an interview on the country's MTV channel.

A number of Lebanese bloggers picked up on Ofir Gendelman's post on Twitter earlier this week, in which he said he had "granted an interview to Lebanon's MTV".

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Court rejects BBC Israel bias report appeal

By Jessica Elgot, February 15, 2012

The Supreme Court will not force the BBC to reveal a report commission into potentially biased reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The court's five justices unanimously dismissed the appeal of solicitor Steven Sugar, who had demanded the BBC release the internal 2004 report, compiled by the BBC's senior editorial consultant Malcolm Balen, under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Guardian admits mistakes with Gove and CST piece

By Jennifer Lipman, January 30, 2012

The Guardian has admitted that the publication of a "misleading" article questioning funding for a Jewish security organisation on Holocaust Memorial Day was ill-timed.

The story about Education Secretary Michael Gove's connection to the Community Security Trust was posted online on Friday but was ready for publication before then.

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Guardian's 'misleading' look at Gove's support of Jewish security organisation

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2012

The Community Security Trust and Department for Education have defended Education Secretary Michael Gove following criticism of his role in awarding government funding to the Jewish organisation while also acting on its advisory board.

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Iranian channel Press TV has licence revoked by Ofcom

By Jennifer Lipman, January 20, 2012

The Tehran-backed channel, Press TV has had its UK licence revoked with immediate effect.

Broadcasting standards watchdog Ofcom said that in the course of correspondence and meetings in recent months with Press TV, it had not been satisfied that “the licensee had general control over which programmes and other services” were shown on the channel.

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Board reject Guardian boycott

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2012

A proposal to boycott the Guardian newspaper has been rejected by the Board of Deputies.

After debating the newspaper's reporting of Jewish and Israel issues, deputies at Sunday's plenary meeting chose to not hold a vote on the motion which had urged "all who oppose antisemitism to refrain from buying the Guardian or advertising in it".

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