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A Page One headline in the Denver Post

The writers of newspaper stories virtually never write the headlines over their stories. If there is bias, inaccuracy or imbalance in a headline, the responsibility rests with the newspaper, not the writer.

A headline on Page One of the Denver Post this week caught our eye. It did not reflect the content of the story. It put an anti-Israel slant, not justified by the facts of the story, on the news about the war.

The facts were rather simple and straightforward. Last Tuesday morning, a ceasefire in the current war between Israel and Hamas was proposed by Egypt.

Fact 1: Israel accepted.

Fact 2: Hamas did not.

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Iron Dome has saved Palestinian lives

Iron Dome has saved Palestinian livesRadical reduction in Israeli casualties allows Israel time to calibrate surgical strikes — the best way around ‘human shields’ You thought Iron Dome was for Israel. It is for Palestinians, too. It has saved lives on both sides of the war. If there have to be rockets fired on Israeli population centers by Hamas and other terrorists in Gaza, thank G-d for this “star wars” anti-missile system that Ronald Reagan dreamed about, but no country besides Israel developed. The financing ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 July 2014 02:19 )

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Hamas rockets — from Iran

Iran sows the seeds of war against Israel, and we’re supposed to believe Iran will give up its nuclear program We’re stunned. Absolutely nonplussed. Sec. of State John Kerry has announced that after six months of negotiations with Iran, explicitly designed to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, the matter is still unsettled. Who would have believed? Children in Sderot would have believed. Israelis in bomb shelters around the country would have believed. The commander of the Tehran-...

Layers of horror

Murder of Israeli teens, immolation of a Palestinian teen, Hamas rockets. A time for war — and a wakeup call. I. Sadly enough, the murder, apparently by Jews, of a Palestinian boy, 16 — it is apparently necessary to state — is ethically repugnant and politically stupid, both in the extreme. This, even if the Palestinian boy were not burned to death. It becomes necessary to state corollaries: • Jewish education in Israel, the amazing efflorescence in Torah study there notwithstandin...
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Journalistic offenses in times of crisis

Journalists are taught to be fair and accurate. Reader and watcher, beware. Jews surprised by the slanted coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, particularly at this dangerous intersection, better get used to it. Some anchors (we stress some) and journalists are engaging in debates and writing articles that are so lopsided that they strain not only our eyes and ears but our credulity as well. On the July 8 broadcast of CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront,” Burnett wedged Ron Dermer, Israel...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 July 2014 01:04 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Israeli envoy: Nuclear Iran is a ‘thousand times’ more dangerous than ISIS

Ron Kampeas Israeli officials are cautioning the United States against accommodating Iran during the current effort to degrade ISIS. ... [Link]

At Yom Kippur, dreaming of a white yontif

mbrodsky Columnist Edmon J. Rodman on his bid to fit in at his L.A. shul — and not to stand out on a day when God takes note of us. ... [Link]

Israeli NGO delivering aid to Christian, Yazidi refugees in Iraq

Marcy Oster IsraAID, an Israeli nongovernmental relief organization, is delivering urgent humanitarian aid to Christian and Yazidi refugees who have fled to Iraq’s Kurdish region. ... [Link]

Hasidic candidate loses in New York statewide race

Julie Wiener A man believed to be the first Hasidic candidate to run for any statewide office conceded in a close race for the New York State Assembly. ... [Link]

AJC urges Bolivian president to stem rising tide of anti-Semitism

Marcy Oster The American Jewish Committee called on Bolivian President Eva Morales to halt the rise of violent anti-Semitism in his country. ... [Link]

1,200-year-old Jewish prayer book on display in Jerusalem

Julie Wiener A Jewish prayer book believed to be the world’s oldest will be exhibited in Jerusalem for one month. ... [Link]

At Canada’s new human rights museum, should the Holocaust get special treatment?

Gabrielle Birkner The Shoah has its own gallery, while other genocides are clustered together, angering many who say the $351 million museum downplays lesser-studied atrocities. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: NSA’s overreach, Egypt’s Jewish remnant, war on endless loop

Raffi Wineburg JTA rounds up noteworthy news items from the Web. ... [Link]

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