Borders, Security Barrier and Checkpoints

A Checkpoint Checkup

Crowded QalandiaThe AP reported on how long it takes Palestinians to get through the "humiliating" Qalandia checkpoint near Jerusalem. They omitted that it was quicker than travelers get through security checkpoints at some major US airports.

Ha’aretz’s Ode to an ‘Apartheid Road’

CAMERA photographs Palestinian private cars, taxis, buses, trucks and pedestrians on Route 505 in the West Bank, dubbed "an exemplary apartheid road -- for Jews only" by Ha'aretz's Noam Ben-Zeev.

At LA Times Bilin Stone-Throwing is Nonviolent

In his article today about the allegedly peaceful and nonviolent Bilin demonstrations, Richard Boudreaux of the Los Angeles Times discounts the rock-throwers who have injured some 200 Israeli soldiers and border policemen.

Robert Novak – Misplaced Praised

The late Robert D. Novak was much-praised for his fact-based commentary. Yet his columns on Israel, U.S.-Israel ties and American supporters of the Jewish state amounted to a decades'-long, error-filled screed.

Heart of Jenin (2009)

Edited for PBS' Wide Angle TV episode from the original German documentary "Das Herz von Jenin" Produced and directed by: Leon Geller and Markus Vetter English, German 52 minutes
The film tells a story about breaking down barriers between Palestinians and Jews, but it falls back onto the usual formula portrayal of callous Israelis and blameless Palestinians.

UPDATED: Papal Visit in Israel Tests the LA Times

The Los Angeles Times today corrects one of three errors found in its coverage of the Pope's visit to Israel. The two omitted errors had been previously corrected by the paper back in 2003 and 2008.

UK’s Independent Defends Unethical Journalism

The Independent ran several columns expressing fury about the BBC Trust's ruling that Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen violated ethical guidelines — perhaps because the newspaper itself is guilty of the same sort of  inaccurate, advocacy journalism.