Jerusalem Post writer says Eilat terror 'justified'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2011

A longtime columnist for the Jerusalem Post has been sacked after he wrote that Palestinian terror was justified and that "the blood of Israeli victims" was ultimately on Israel's hands.

Larry Derfner made the comments on his personal blog and on Facebook in light of the triple terror attack on southern Israel last week, which left eight people dead.


Glenn Beck brings Restoring Courage rally to Jerusalem

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

Glenn Beck has begun his highly anticipated but controversial Jerusalem solidarity rally.

The conservative US pundit, until recently a presenter on Fox News, announced plans in May to stage the "Restoring Courage" in Israel.

At the time he said he wanted "to show the world what living a life of faith and honour really means," adding: "I will be counted and I will stand."


Glenn Beck jokes about 'Soviet' tent city protest

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2011

Controversial US pundit Glenn Beck has enraged Israelis after he suggested social activists protesting against rising prices were Communists.

Mr Beck, a darling of America's right-wing, who is known for making outrageous statements, is in Israel at the moment for a rally in Jerusalem.

His "Rally to Restore Courage" will take place on August 24.


Challenge to Guardian's report on Tottenham riots

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

The Guardian newspaper amended its coverage of the Tottenham riots after a complaint that Chasidic Jews were unfairly singled out for allegedly "jeering at police".

Manchester's Jewish Representative Council were among those complaining that the newspaper had broken its editorial code in unnecessarily identifying people's religious or ethnic background in a description of a mixed crowd of onloo


Aluf Benn named new Ha'aretz editor-in-chief

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper has named a new editor-in-chief. Aluf Benn, a political journalist and columnist, has been at the paper for more than two decades.

He replaces Dov Alfon, who has served three years as editor-in-chief.

Mr Benn, whose work has been published around the world, has covered almost every key event in modern Israeli history.


Spin doctors get a surgery

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

Campaigners are being given lessons in combating anti-Israel rhetoric in the media.

Around 30 people took part in the Zionist Federation's Writing Course for Israel Advocates in London on Sunday where they learnt about writing letters to the editor, effective blogging and how to respond on forums, Facebook and Twitter.


BBC Today programme complaint upheld

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

The BBC Trust has upheld a complaint of inaccuracy against Radio 4's Today programme over Israeli settlements.

On the programme of September 27 last year, presenter John Humphrys stated: "At midnight last night, the moratorium on Israelis building new settlements in the West Bank came to an end.


Amy Winehouse 'was phone hacking victim'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

A journalist has claimed that Amy Winehouse's phone was regularly hacked.

Charles Lavery did not specify which news organisations he was referring to, but said that the Jewish star was targeted so that photographers could be on hand when she left rehab clinics.

Ms Winehouse, who died on Saturday at the age of 27, had a well-publicised battle with alcohol and drugs.


Glenn Beck: Norway's Utoya camp like Hitler Youth

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

Controversial right-wing pundit Glenn Beck has compared the victims of the Norway massacre to members of the Hitler Youth in the 1920s and 1930s.

Mr Beck, who last year was criticised for suggesting Holocaust survivor George Soros collaborated with the Nazis, made the comments on his popular radio programme.


Melanie Phillips 'smeared' over Breivik's manifesto

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

Journalist and commentator Melanie Phillips has criticised crude smear tactics after she was linked to the man behind the Norway massacre because he had quoted from her in his "manifesto".