Israel/Palestine lexicon for mainstream media

If you are writing for mainstream media, you need to learn special uses of words and phrases that are specific to Israel/Palestine. If you use common usage, you will run into confusions, paradoxes, and hostile responses from pro-Israel people. Please follow these guidelines and you will have no problems with editors, politicians, or organized pro-Israel […]

Q/A on Palestine

Written for teleSUR English, which will launch on July 24 Q: Didn’t Hamas start this fighting by provoking Israel? A: According to this interpretation of events: 1. Palestinians killed Israeli teens -> 2. Israel responded -> 3. Hamas began rocket fire -> 4. Israel attacked Gaza. A longer cycle. The first problem with this sequence […]

The Reordering of Iraq and Syria

Written for teleSUR English, which will launch on July 24. How far back do we look to understand the breakup of Iraq and the declaration by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in June 29, 2014 of a caliphate? Do we start 11 years ago, in 2003, when the US invaded Iraq (in […]