Sheldon and Miriam Adelson are major donors to the Republican party and to Donald Trump’s presidency. In Israel, their free daily newspaper Israel Hayom promotes Trump relentlessly, with fawning editorials and selective reporting, which minimizes the scandals that have plagued his presidency. By Refael Afriat When Israel Hayom, now the most widely-read newspaper in Israel, was launched in 2007, it was promptly nicknamed the Bibiton (a portmanteau of Bibi, Benjamin Netanyahu’s nickname, and “iton,” the Hebrew word for newspaper). Over the ensuing 12 years, the editors developed several tools for promoting the prime minister: when Netanyahu wants to send a message,…Read More... | 13 Comments
The indictment would mark the first time in Israeli history that a sitting prime minister has been charged with a crime. By +972 Magazine Staff Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced his intention to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday on criminal offenses in all three corruption cases against him. The attorney general decided to charge Netanyahu with bribery in one case alone, pending a hearing, while bringing a lesser charge of breach of trust in the other two. [tmwinpost] The decision would mark the first time in Israel’s history that a serving prime minister faced criminal charges. Netanyahu, who has repeatedly…Read More... | 4 Comments
Israel's most-read newspaper deletes crucial explanations from an Associated Press article, leaving its readers with zero understanding of why Palestinians might want the world to boycott Israel. The Associated Press published a feature article last week discussing the impact that the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement has had on the Israeli music scene as of late. Spurred by a few high-profile cancellations at a recent music festival in Israel, most notably by singer Lana Del Rey, the article did what one would reasonably expect an international wire service covering such a story to do: it explained the phenomenon, gave some…Read More... | 31 Comments
The prime minister, who has attacked individual reporters and media outlets for reporting 'fake news,' has abandoned any pretense of respect for freedom of the press. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today described the Israeli print and broadcast media, almost in its entirety, as "fake news" and "liars." The prime minister posted a list of nearly all the Israeli mainstream media outlets and platforms on his Facebook page today, with the following caption: Here is an example of daily fake news: self-important journalists and analysts like Moshe Nussbaum reporting on confrontations with state's witnesses — something that never happened and to which there is…Read More... | 1 Comment
'Israel Hayom' put a high school principal in its crosshairs after she expressed support for her daughter's refusal to serve in the IDF. This is what a witch hunt looks like. By Yael Marom Israel Hayom, the newspaper funded by Netanyahu patron Sheldon Adelson, and the country's most circulated daily, has found yet another target. After an unsuccessful attempt last week to bring about the firing of Palestinian-Israeli journalist Makbula Nassar a week earlier, this week Israel Hayom put Iris Gur, the mother of conscientious objector Noa Gur Golan, in its crosshairs. [tmwinpost] Gur, an elementary school principal, has expressed support…Read More... | 7 Comments
A recent campaign against Palestinian journalist Makbula Nasser, who was attacked on the front page of Israel's most-read newspaper, was meant to strike fear in the hearts of Palestinian citizens of Israel — the fear of speaking out. That may have worked with previous generations. Do you remember the neighborhood bully? The scary one who would hit anyone who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time? Do you also remember what best characterized that bully? An ingenious lack of sophistication that you could see his next move coming from a mile away. [tmwinpost] Earlier this week,…Read More...
+972 Magazine strongly condemns the silencing of and political assault against Palestinian journalist Makbula Nassar by Israel's most-read newspaper and a senior government minister. By +972 Magazine Israel Hayom, the free daily widely viewed as Prime Minister Netanyahu's mouthpiece, reached new heights of McCarthyism when it targeted journalist Makbula Nassar, a blogger for Local Call and frequent +972 Magazine contributor, above the fold on its front page Wednesday. According to the newspaper, Nassar, who was recently appointed the National Road Safety Authority's head of Arabic-language public relations, was accused of being an "active member of anti-Zionist and pro-Palestinian organizations." [tmwinpost] The…Read More... | 2 Comments
The Government Press Office is trying to rescind Elias Karram's press credentials after he expressed support for the Palestinian cause. It hasn't done the same for uniformed Israeli-soldier reporters. Israel's Government Press Office announced Wednesday that it was revoking press credentials from a senior Al Jazeera reporter in the country. The GPO cited a statement he allegedly made over a year ago as its reason for revoking the credentials of Elias Karram, a Palestinian citizen of Israel from Nazareth. "As a Palestinian journalist in an occupied area or in a conflict zone, media work is an integral part of the resistance…Read More...
Israel's most widely-circulated newspaper outs Ariel Gold, just months after the Knesset passes law banning entry to anyone who encourages boycotting Israel. By Yael Marom Under the headline "BDS activist tricks authorities, enters Israel against protocol," Israel Hayom, the country's most widely-circulated daily newspaper, published an article last Thursday that outed Jewish American activist Ariel Gold over her support for boycotting Israel. The article, written by Shimon Yaish and Yair Altman, provided a golden opportunity to make sure the interior minister was made aware of the situation, after the Knesset passed legislation earlier this year banning foreign nationals who support the boycott of the country from…Read More... | 19 Comments
The editor of Israeli media watchdog The Seventh Eye, Shuki Tausig, explains the current scandals involving Netanyahu and the media, and what they mean for journalism and democracy in Israel. The Israeli media is often lauded by outsiders as fierce and independent, often in order to demonstrate the ostensible strength of the country’s democracy. But a number of public scandals and political dramas over the past few months have exposed a far less flattering picture. [tmwinpost] Most of the story includes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in one way or another. The latest political showdown saw Netanyahu trying to shut down…Read More...
Both the American and Israeli governments reek of paranoia, fear, and desperation. The struggle against them must begin with the knowledge that we are opposing a desperate and fearful group. By all accounts, the new administration in the U.S., and the veteran one in Israel should be relaxing and enjoying the heights of power they have attained. Both are facing a weakened opposition while tightening their control on the executive, legislative, and judicial branches in their respective countries. They have done so in the face of frequent predictions of their impending demise, while making few concessions to their critics. [tmwinpost] In a certain…Read More... | 7 Comments
The alleged dealing between Netanyahu and the publisher of ‘Yedioth’ reveals the driving force behind Israel’s biggest newspapers — a type of corruption that couldn’t exist in media outlets with truly independent journalists. By Shuki Tausig Israeli media this week revealed secretly recorded conversations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the publisher of the country’s best-selling newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth. The contents of the conversations, ostensibly negotiations between the two men, once again expose the bitter truth about the world of Israel's media: it is one in which media and journalistic outlets are driven solely by economic interests. They are beholden by…Read More... | 1 Comment
Netanyahu tells foreign journalists that using social media to attack local reporters is 'the most entertaining.' Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke honestly, perhaps for the first time, about what has been driving his recent attacks on Israeli journalists during a conference for members of the foreign press in Jerusalem Tuesday evening. During the Q&A session, one reporter asked Netanyahu about whether confrontations with local journalists are the "best strategy" to engage with media outlets critical of him. "I don't know, it's the most entertaining," Netanyahu retorted. "It's fun, I enjoy it." It used to be that there was the media, the media said…Read More...
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