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  • ‘The Story of the Jews’ chronicles Jewish history

    By Tom Tugend

    March 12, 2014 | 2:40 pm

    “The Story of the Jews,” a panoramic overview of 3,000 years of a people’s history, is “a story of suffering, resilience, endurance and survival,” says author Simon Schama, a British historian and professor at Columbia University.

    To absorb such a history, not to mention writing...

  • REALITY CHECK! Which news site told you the truth about the murder in Israel today?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 13, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    "An Israeli soldier died after he was stabbed multiple times in the neck Wednesday morning by a Palestinian youth on a bus at the central bus station in Afula." This horrifying story, as described on Times of Israel shocked my country today.
    The news spread this morning, leaving...

  • REALITY CHECK! Which news site tells you the truth?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 30, 2013 | 1:00 pm

    In the past few weeks, I searched the word “Israel” in leading international news websites, originated in the US and the UK and presenting themselves as balanced and impartial. I examined the stories they tell about my country, and compared them with the facts, only to find that...

  • NBC to adapt Andy Samberg’s BBC comedy ‘Cuckoo’

    October 10, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Imagine this: A show about a young woman from an average, middle class family who returns home from a year abroad married to a nutty hippie named Cuckoo, played by Andy Samberg. Hilarious, right?

    The good news is the show, called “Cuckoo,” already exists on the U.K.’s BBC...

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  • Women of the Wall’s collateral damage

    August 1, 2013 | 11:43 am

    Until recently, Women of the Wall (WoW) was but a distant blip on my radar. All that was changed as I came across a BBC interview, in which a prominent WoW member painted Israel as a misogynist country oppressing women. I felt I could not remain silent.

    Religious freedom and...

  • Two docs, two singers, one manager

    May 30, 2013 | 1:44 pm

    Two films screening this year at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival involve world-renowned singers. “Neil Diamond: Solitary Man” chronicles the career of the “Jewish Elvis,” a singer who has sold more than 125 million records worldwide and has to his credit such iconic hits as...

  • BBC slammed for pulling documentary on Jewish exodus from Jerusalem

    May 1, 2013 | 9:55 am

     An Israeli-born filmmaker is slamming the British Broadcasting Corp. for pulling his documentary on the Jewish exodus from Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

    Ilan Ziv said in a blog post on April 27 that the BBC exhibited "a mixture of incompetence, political naivete, conscious or...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 29, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    Green Pilgrimage in the Holy City

    This week hundreds of people from all over the world, gathered in Jerusalem for the first international symposium on green and accessible pilgrimage.
    The conference highlighted ideas such as sustainable urban and economic development,...

  • Palestinian rocket, not Israel, killed infant in Gaza, U.N. says

    March 11, 2013 | 10:51 am

    A Palestinian rocket killed the 11-month-old son of a BBC employee during Israel's November operation in Gaza, the United Nations determined.

    Israel had been blamed for the death of Omar Jihad al-Mishrawi, the son of BBC Arabic journalist Jihad al-Mishrawi, as well as Hiba Aadel...

  • Winehouse died from too much alcohol, second inquest confirms

    January 8, 2013 | 9:58 am

    Grammy Award-winning singer Amy Winehouse died of consuming too much alcohol, a second inquest into her death confirmed.

    Results of the second inquest provided Tuesday by the coroner, Dr. Shirley Radcliffe, matched those of the original in October 2011.

    The second inquest was...

  • What is the Media War and why is it such a big deal?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 28, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Last week, we all witnessed what is called: Media War. The media war in unannounced and it doesn't end with a truce- it is an ongoing battle with social networks and websites as the battlefield. It occurs when two sides of a conflict of sort compete for the public's attention...

  • BBC apologizes to British chief rabbi over on-air gaffe

    November 18, 2012 | 10:40 am

    The BBC issued an apology to British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks after a presenter asked him about the Gaza operation while he thought he was off the air.

    Sacks presented the "Thought for the Day" on BBC Radio 4 Today on Friday. After the segment, presenter Evan Davies asked the...

  • Malala Yousafzai and Pakistan’s dilemmas

    By Mahim Maher

    October 17, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    Malala Yousafzai, the girl at the center of a loud nationwide debate in Pakistan, is silent.

    At least for now she is recovering from gunshot injuries at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in Britain.

    She was attacked on Oct. 9, when masked gunmen hunted her down and shot...

  • Pakistani girl shot by Taliban defied threats for years

    October 10, 2012 | 3:02 pm

    A 14-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl campaigner shot by the Taliban had defied threats for years, believing the good work she was doing for her community was her best protection, her father said on Wednesday.

    Malala Yousufzai was shot and seriously wounded on Tuesday as she was...

  • BBC official admits the network ‘got it wrong’ on Fogel murders

    June 22, 2012 | 10:50 am

    The British Broadcasting Corporation “got it wrong” in its reporting of the massacre of the Fogel family by Palestinians in the West Bank village of Itamar, the broadcaster’s outgoing director-general said at a parliamentary committee hearing.

    In March 2011, Palestinians entered...

  • Krakow JCC head says BBC misrepresented him in anti-Semitism report

    June 7, 2012 | 10:21 am

    The “furious” director of the JCC in Krakow says the BBC manipulated his comments in order to bolster a “sensationalist” report on anti-Semitism and racism in Poland and Ukraine.

    The report, a half-hour documentary called “Euro2012: Stadiums of Hate,” was aired last week...

  • So, what do Americans really think of Israel?‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 17, 2012 | 9:03 am

    There’s no reason to disregard the BBC survey that ranked Israel as ‎the third from bottom on the list of most-popular countries. Of ‎course, the survey didn’t rank all countries in the world, and didn’t ‎survey the public in all countries. But it did survey quite a...

  • ‘Friday Night Dinner’ (aka Shabbat) heads to NBC

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 11, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Shabbat dinner, the weekly Jewish ritual that comprises almost as much drama as the Bible, is headed for sitcom status.

    NBC is developing an adaptation of the British show “Friday Night Dinner,” featuring a Jewish family and their weekly Shabbat dinner antics, for an American...

  • Obama to BBC: ‘Conditions on the ground have changed’

    May 20, 2011 | 12:50 pm

    President Obama has elaborated upon his call for the 1967 lines to serve as the basis for a Palestinian state’s border in an interview with the BBC.

    “The basis for negotiations will involve looking at that 1967 border, recognizing that conditions on the ground have changed and there...

  • Auschwitz sign repaired

    May 18, 2011 | 5:17 pm

    The “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign stolen from Auschwitz and cut into three pieces has been repaired.

    The iron sign was unveiled Wednesday in the laboratory of the camp museum. Repairs to the sign, which measures 16 feet across and means “Work makes you free,” took several months.

    It...

  • Debbie Friedman: She will be missed

    January 25, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    Composer, Jewish liturgist, singer-songwriter, prayer leader extraordinaire, member of the lgbt community—Debbie touched our lives in ways too many to count.

    It was Debbie Friedman who taught the liberal Jewish world to pray for healing and just as there were special prayers offered...

  • PBS presents ‘God on Trial’ in Auschwitz

    By Tom Tugend

    November 7, 2008 | 2:46 am

    The prosecutor reads the charges against God: murder, collaboration with the enemy, breach of contract with His chosen people.

    Setting: A barrack in Auschwitz, with some 20 Jewish prisoners, half of whom will be gassed in the morning.

    Time: evening, sometime during the Holocaust.

    So...

  • Al Qaeda urges Israel attacks; Israeli Arab lawmakers represent Hamas in court

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Al Qaeda Urges Israel Attacks
     
  • Torture, Genocide and Jewish Silence

    By James D. Besser

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Jews around the world have worked hard to give life to the slogan "never again," but there are painfully abundant signs the world isn't listening. And, worse, a number of our own organizations have been reluctant to speak out on some of the moral rationalizations that contribute to...

  • Open to Interpretation

    By Tom Tugend

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Three years ago, the BBC decided to make a television documentary to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1956 Sinai campaign, which pitted Israeli, British and French troops against the forces of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

    The filmmakers were soon stymied in their search for...