Just Journalism forced to close

By Simon Rocker, September 22, 2011

Just Journalism, the organisation founded to encourage more balanced media coverage of Israel, is closing this week because of lack of funds.

Founder Dana Brass said that despite its "extremely modest" budget of £130,000 a year, "it became increasingly difficult to sustain financially the operation in the current economic environment".

She added: "We're extremely proud of all the work we ha


Just Journalism media monitor to close

By Simon Rocker, September 19, 2011

Just Journalism, the organisation set up three years ago to monitor media coverage of Israel, is closing down.

A brief statement announcing the closure on its website this afternoon told supporters: "Despite our extremely modest budget it has become increasingly difficult to financially sustain the operation in the current economic environment".


Johann Hari admits he was behind Wikipedia antisemitism slur

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

The journalist Johann Hari has admitted being behind a string of fake Wikipedia entries, including one where another commentator was described as "antisemitic".

Mr Hari became the subject of a media storm in June after it emerged that an interview with Haaretz writer Gideon Levy included Mr Levy's exact comments in a piece he had written at an earlier date.


I didn't back terrorism

By Larry Derfner, September 8, 2011

In the wake of the outrage over my personal blog post on Palestinian terror that got me fired from the Jerusalem Post, Anglo Jewish readers might not know that besides writing that the occupation "justified" terror - which I later apologised for and sought to clarify - I also wrote the following passages:


Feel-good broadcasters celebrate landmark

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

The presenters have changed and the song requests are different. But 40 years after being established by the Jewish Youth Voluntary Service, Radio Northwick Park is still brightening the days of patients at the Harrow hospital.


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.