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Rick Perry embraces violent Jewish extremists

Yesterday, I attended Rick Perry's press conference at the W Hotel in New York City, where the Texas Governor and Republican presidential frontrunner denounced President Barack Obama for supposedly "appeasing" America's enemies in the Middle East and failing to sufficiently support Israel. The Perry appearance was timed to pre-empt Obama's speech at the UN in which the President would reject Palestinian demands for statehood.

Meet Ethan Bronner's Turkey "Specialist"

The New York Times' ethically challenged Jerusalem Bureau Chief Ethan Bronner just won't quit. Today, in an article on the deteriorating relations between Israel and Turkey, Bronner cited a professor from Bar Ilan University named Efraim Inbar as "a specialist on Turkish politics."

Top media ethics expert: Times' Ethan Bronner is in "very dicey ethical territory"

Yesterday I reported for the Columbia Journalism Review that New York Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Ethan Bronner is on the speaker's bureau of Lone Star Communications, an Israeli public relations firm that pitches him stories. Bronner has provided extensive coverage to several of the firm's clients, including those involved in major political controversies.

Meet New York City's Terror-Linked Political Kingmaker

Bob Turner, the Republican candidate campaigning to replace disgraced Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, picked up a crucial endorsement last week when Democratic Assemblyman Dov Hikind threw his support to him. Hikind is the former leader of the the Jewish Defense League (JDL), which the FBI lists as a terror organization. He was also a confidant of the fanatical Israeli settler leader Meir Kahane, who called for the "slaughter" of Palestinians.

As ties with Turkey collapse, Israeli politicians, media and intelligence push for more conflict

The "Periphery Doctrine" has been a cornerstone of Israel's strategic approach to the Middle East since the state's foundation. Devised by David Ben Gurion and Eliahu Sassoon, an Israeli Middle East expert who became Israel's first diplomatic representative in Turkey, the doctrine was based on maintaining alliances with non-Arab states and ethnic minorities in the region as a counterweight to pan-Arabism.

UN Report on Israel's Flotilla Massacre: Facts and Fallacies

The much anticipated United Nations Report of the Secretary-General’s Panel of Inquiry on the 31 May 2010 Flotilla Incident was published today. The investigative committee that produced the report, known as the Palmer commission, had no power to subpoena documents or witnesses -- it relied mostly on the public record and had to contend with Israeli intransigence. Thus the report, which faulted Israel but was marred by factual inaccuracies, was not factually or legally binding.

Israeli "Response" to Gaza: Blurring the Line

While I was in London last week, I discussed Israel's ongoing attacks on the Gaza Strip with Palestine solidarity activist Frank Barat and filmmaker Sophie Stern. During our lengthy conversation, I described how Israel's doctrine of "asymmetrical warfare" has deliberately blurred the line between civilians and soldiers, and how Israeli military and legal theorists have marketed the doctrine to the West in order to unravel international law:

Politico Op-Ed: Jews were Majority in West Bank "since the 1800's"

Yesterday Politico published an op-ed by former AIPAC spokesman Josh Block enumerating the reasons why the United States should sabotage the Palestinian Authority's statehood bid at the UN. The op-ed is larded with the usual canards and hasbara talking points (Palestine will be a "terrorist state," etc) that anyone would expect from a former AIPAC flak, but one line was particularly egregious.

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