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  • 'Thou shall not discriminate': New rules for Israeli journalists

    The Israel Press Council approves a change to ethics rules that forbids journalists and media outlets from discriminating against and excluding certain populations from their coverage. Among those opposing the change: the editor of ‘Israel Hayom’ and the publisher of ‘Haaretz.’ By Oren Persico The Israel Press Council last month approved a change to the Rules of Journalistic Ethics according to which media outlets should not discriminate against various population segments or exclude them from their coverage. The change, which was put forth by Union of Journalists in Israel chairman Yair Tarchitsky, was approved 14 to 4, with one abstention. Among…

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  • Israel's deepest divide

    The religious-secular chasm may be kept at a low boil beneath the unifying factor of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. But more likely, the polarization is one reason why Israel does not take more action to end the conflict. A recent and vast survey of Israelis by the Pew Research Center showed deep divisions of attitudes within Israeli society. Much of the attention centered on the finding of highly opposed views “not only between Israeli Jews and the country’s Arab minority, but also among the religious subgroups that make up Israeli Jewry,” as Pew’s own Facebook description read. [tmwinpost] The survey offers…

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  • Israeli Polls: Jews want to ignore the conflict, Arabs think nothing will change

    The majority of Jewish Israelis think the international community will impose some sort of 'substantial pressure' on Israel soon. But they are disinclined to let such criticism affect the country's policy. A majority of Israelis see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an existential problem, according to January’s monthly Peace Index survey conducted by Tel Aviv University and the Israel Democracy Institute. Indeed, a stabbing a day and a war every two years is no way to live. Yet Israeli Jews regularly vote for parties who perpetuate the same policies, and rarely protest Israel’s military rule over the Palestinian people in any significant numbers.…

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  • Survey: social-issues party could gain 36 seats

    A new party that would focus on social issues could get up to 36 seats in Knesset, according to a new survey by the polling group Geocartography that was reported today in the Hebrew press. Reports emphasized that Shas stands to lose the greatest percentage of its votes: 40%. Kadima and Israel Beitenu (Lieberman) come in next - each stands to suffer a 36% loss to such a party. Here are the full potential losses for each party, according to this poll: Shas: 42% Kadima: 36% Israel Beitenu: 36% Labor: 35% Likud: 25% Jewish Home: 22% Meretz: 20% National Unity:…

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  • Palestinian pollster: UN declaration may be last chance for Abbas

    "It’s very clear that the public wants a real state, not just a state in name. The public is willing to pay the price." Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki explains why a unilateral declaration of statehood  may be the last chance Palestinians give to their current leadership, and the dilemmas Palestinians face come September. As September approaches, this is the moment to understand what the Palestinian people are thinking. What will the potential statehood declaration mean for them? What are their hopes and fears? And perhaps the question on everyone’s mind is – what do they plan to do? Will there…

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