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".


Blogland: Here be dragons

By Chas Newkey-Burden, July 25, 2011

With revelations about phone-hacking and related press scandals, there is a renewed sense that the media is out of control and in need of further regulation. This tidal wave of opinion should be properly considered by those in power. However, the mainstream press is in many ways a beacon of order and restraint when compared with dangerously feral elements of the online media.


Giles Coren v Steven Berkoff in epic stage battle

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

Stage and film actor Steven Berkoff had responded to a claim by writer Giles Coren that theatre is "boring", a nightmare and attracts "dreary friends".

In a list of complaints Mr Coren – the son of Jewish humo u rist Alan Coren – referred to plays starting too late, audiences thinking of pizza and the "full tediousness of these old hams trying to inject life" into classic works.