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About: David Gerstman

David Gerstman blogged as Soccer Dad from 2003 to 2010. Formerly a computer programmer, he is now a blogger for The Israel Project’s The Tower blog.




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Virulently anti-Israel George Galloway attacked

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Posted by    Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 11:51am
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A 39 year old man was arrested for beating up notorious anti-Israel MP George Galloway yesterday.

The Guardian reports:

The Bradford West MP was released from hospital on Saturday morning having suffered a suspected broken jaw and rib as well as facial bruising. Neil Masterson, 39, has been accused of shouting about the...

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Why is the media so biased against Israel? Let us count the ways

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Posted by    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 1:24pm
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Three recent articles have critiqued the media’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, especially in the context of Operation Protective Edge.

Previously, I covered Richard Behar’s takedown of reporting from Israel in Forbes and yesterday Prof. Jacobson highlighted

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U.N. Kangaroo Commission II assembled to investigate Israel and Gaza

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 2:00pm
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The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has appointed a former New York State judge, Mary McGowan Davis to be the third commission member to investigate possible war crimes that might have occurred during Operation Protective Edge. The commission is to be headed by Prof. William Schabas.

UN Watch reports:

The President of...

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Iran says shot down Israeli drone over nuke facility

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Posted by    Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 3:45pm
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Numerous news organizations are reporting today that Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) claims to have shot down an Israeli drone as the drone approached the Natanz nuclear enrichment site.

Reuters reports:

The Revolutionary Guards said of the drone incursion: “This wily act further exposed the Zionist regime’s adventurous temperament and added yet another...

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All the News That’s Fit for Hamas

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Posted by    Friday, August 22, 2014 at 1:55pm
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At his Muckraker column at Forbes, The Media Intifada: Bad Math, Ugly Truths About New York Times In Israel-Hamas War, investigative journalist Richard Behar exposes many of the problems – really scandals – with the MSM reporting on Gaza.

Though he focuses a lot on The New York Times, he focuses on...

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Three senior Hamas commanders killed, fate of Mohammed Deif uncertain

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Posted by    Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 12:42pm
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Following up on an airstrike that hit the house of terror mastermind Mohammad Deif, Israel killed three Hamas commanders last night. Raed al-Attar, Mohammad Abu Shmallah and Mohammad Barhoum. While there are still conflicting accounts as to whether Deif was killed or not, including a disappearing death certificate; three of his...

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Israel: Hamas Planned West Bank Coup of Palestinian Authority

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Posted by    Monday, August 18, 2014 at 3:37pm
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Israeli newspapers are reporting on the just disclosed coup attempt by Hamas to dislodge Fatah in the West Bank.

The Times of Israel reported:

The Shin Bet said it arrested...

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Hamas: We intimidated reporters into not covering rocket firing

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Posted by    Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7:00am
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Israel and its supporters have argued for some time that the news media give a skewed view of Operation Protective Edge because reporters in Gaza are intimidated by Hamas.

Perhaps one of the most blatant examples was the disappearing tweet of The Wall Street Journal’s Nick Casey, showing a member of Hamas...

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How the media abetted Hamas

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Posted by    Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11:46am
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Yesterday the Washington Institute for Near East published Six Ways Hamas Hamas Could Limit Civilian Casualties in Gaza by Jeffrey White. All of White’s suggestions involve separating the combatants from civilians, but as White acknowledges, “… there is little chance the group will implement any of these measures.” And why would...

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Another biased anti-Israel U.N. investigative committee formed

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Posted by    Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 9:44am
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The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has decided that Israel’s self-defense needs to be investigated. (Note in the UN”s announcement the words “Hamas” and “rockets” are nowhere to be found.) After Operation Cast Lead the UNHRC picked a panel of four individuals, all of whom had prejudged Israel’s guilt. The...

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About Second-Guessing Israel on Hamas

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Posted by    Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 12:21pm
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told the U.S. Ambassador to Israel “not to ever second guess me again” when it comes to Hamas, after Hamas’ refusal and eventual breach of ceasefire agreements.

Did he have a point?

The international community in its zeal to solve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians makes plenty...

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For Hamas ceasefires are just tactical

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Posted by    Monday, August 4, 2014 at 8:35am
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Last week’s ceasefire between Israel and Hamas prompted a number of similarly themed observations.

Similar tweets appeared here and here and here and here.

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Blasting calls for Israeli “Maximum Restraint”

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Posted by    Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 9:00am
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My father just told me about this song by Peter Himmelman, “Maximum Restraint.” Himmelman, in addition to being a singer-songwriter in his own right is also Bob Dylan’s son-in-law.

In the song, Himmelman mocks calls for Israel to exercise “maximum restraint” in response to rocket attacks.

Here’s a taste of the lyrics:

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Gaza War: Flights resume to Ben-Gurion, more tunnel war and casualties (Live Updates)

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Posted by    Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 10:42am
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Live Video and Twitter feed at bottom of post

Five more Israeli soldiers have been killed over the past two days.

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