• NYT photographer: I’ve never faced pressure from Hamas on photos

    For the second day in a row, The New York Times’ photography blog, Lens, asks one of its photographers in Gaza about covering the Hamas-Israel war. Q. Have you had pressure from any of the parties involved in Gaza to take certain photos or not take certain photos? A. Never. Not once in all my years. The exchange on Lens… More ▸

  • Crowdfunding for Israel and Gaza, with condoms and drones

    Crowdfunding campaigns, using sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, have become an increasingly popular way to generate money for everything from independent films to new technologies — even healthy-body-image fashion dolls and a rebuilt Third Temple. So perhaps it’s no surprise that in recent weeks, as the Israel-Gaza war raged on, advocates for both Israelis and… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Jewish offense league?, talk to Hamas, turning down Hillel

    Jewish offense league?: France’s “loutish” Jewish Defense League exacerbates rather than curbs anti-Semitic violence, Robert Zaretsky writes. (Forward) Sketches in wartime: In nine cartoon panels, graphic novelist Koren Shadmi describes his visit home to Israel in the middle of the Gaza war. (N.Y. Times) Talk to Hamas: Hamas may be a terror organization, but governments have successfully negotiated with such… More ▸

  • Did Rand Paul propose cutting aid to Israel?

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has cultivated Jewish support as he considers a presidential run, tells Chris Moody of Yahoo News that he never made a legislative proposal to cut assistance to Israel: “I haven’t really proposed that in the past,” Paul told Yahoo News when asked if he still thought the U.S. should phase… More ▸

  • WATCH: Indian TV records Gaza rocket launch

    India’s NDTV gets what The New York Times said it could not: footage of Hamas fighters in Gaza assembling and then launching a rocket aimed at Israel. The launch, of course, takes place in a dense, urban environment in Gaza with plenty of civilians around — and one intrepid Indian reporter. Watch this video: More ▸

  • Breaking (not): GOP hopes Jews vote for GOP

    There may be chaos in the world, with an Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the specter of war in Ukraine and a seemingly endless cycle of violence in Gaza, but the earth continues to turn, the sun continues to shine, and Republicans continue to think Jews are about to turn Republican. Some things never change. The… More ▸

  • Report card: The Gaza war

    Here’s a summary of statistics from the war the Israel Defense Forces released on Tuesday: Operation Protective Edge   3,356 rockets fired at Israel 2,303 hit Israel 356 intended at IDF forces operating in Gaza 116 of which hit populated areas (3.45%) 578 were intercepted by Iron Dome 475 landed within the Gaza Strip   Prior to the operation, the IDF… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Gaza media manipulation, Hamas wants genocide, Gaza therapist’s trauma

    What’s next for Gaza: If Gaza’s civilian infrastructure isn’t rebuilt quickly and its blockade lifted, groups even more extreme than Hamas could seize power, Avi Issacharoff writes. (Times of Israel) Gaza media manipulation: While Israel tries to influence journalists with statements, memos and articulate spokespersons, Hamas members stage dramatic camera-ready scenes, Sudarsan Raghavan writes. (Washington Post) Hamas wants genocide: Hamas’… More ▸