• Chelsea Handler’s latest Hitler comedy not funny, ADL says

    Were Hitler jokes taken too far on the late-night comedy show “Chelsea Lately”? The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) certainly thought so. “While we try to give comedians leeway and do not believe that Nazi jokes should be completely off-limits, this was an instance of taking a Hitler parody to the extreme,” the ADL said in a… More ▸

  • Israeli airstrike kills four children — next to a journalists’ hotel

    Israel’s fight in the PR war just got that much harder. Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge last week, journalists and commentators — Jon Stewart included — have criticized Israel for the lopsided death count in the conflict. And an errant airstrike today next to a journalists’ hotel has led to a fresh wave… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Hamas leaders skinny-dipping?, Jon Stewart wrong on Gaza, Brussels shooter’s story

    Do Hamas leaders skinny-dip?: In this selection of clips from recent Egyptian TV broadcasts, Egyptian commentators slam Hamas leaders for their purported stupidity and sybaritic lifestyle, including swimming at nude beaches. (MEMRI) Jon Stewart: Wrong on Gaza: The “Daily Show” host misrepresented the conflict between Israel and Hamas, David Horovitz writes. (Times of Israel) The Gazan… More ▸

  • Jewish candidate’s immigration gaffe

    Arizona congressional candidate Adam Kwasman has drawn some national attention as one of the Jewish Republicans hoping to take Eric Cantor’s place as GOP Jew on Capitol Hill. He’s now made national news again, but for very much the wrong reasons. Kwasman, who is competing for the Republican nomination in the first district, was speaking to a… More ▸

  • Israel eliminates Germans from lacrosse competition (but they still have the World Cup)

    Germany scored one goal on Sunday, which was enough to win soccer’s World Cup. It scored one goal on Tuesday and was eliminated from another international sporting competition. At a sports complex near Denver, Israel’s national team defeated Germany, 15-1, at the World Lacrosse Championships and advanced to Wednesday’s quarterfinals. Israel will meet Australia, Canada… More ▸

  • What’s behind Bibi’s firing of Danny Danon

    Apparently, Danny Danon went too far. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday fired Danon, a hawkish Likudnik who had been deputy defense minister, from his post after Danon slammed the Israeli Cabinet decision to endorse a proposed cease-fire with Hamas. Danon had called the decision a “slap in the face to all the residents of Israel.” Netanyahu… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Underground haredi schools, siren strategy, who is disproportionate?

    Strategy behind the sirens: Israel’s warning sirens involve a complex process of negotiating the danger to specific zones — and it all takes place within a matter of seconds. (Times of Israel) Disproportionate conflict?: Although the war is disproportionately hurting Gazans, politically and morally the disproportion is in the other direction, with Gaza instigating far more than Israel,… More ▸

  • Palestinian deaths vs. Israeli deaths

    In my roundup of 8 things you need to know about the Gaza-Israel conflict, I forgot to include one important point: the Palestinian death toll. The number of Palestinian deaths to Israeli deaths is clearly disproportionate — as of this writing, about 192:1. There are a few different ways to look at this rate. Critics of… More ▸