Studies show that US coverage is Israeli-centric. The main bureaus for CNN, Associated Press, Time, etc. are located in Israel and often staffed by Israelis. The son of the NY Times bureau chief is in the Israeli army;"pundit" Jeffrey Goldberg served in the IDF; Wolf Blitzer worked for AIPAC. Because the U.S. gives Israel over $8 million/day - more than to any other nation - we feel it is essential that we be fully informed on this region. Below are news reports to augment mainstream coverage.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Israel lawmakers consider bill to outlaw boycotts

Ma'an- Israel's parliament is to vote Monday on a bill aimed at outlawing boycotts of the country and its activities in the occupied territories, Israeli media reported.

The "boycott bill" is aimed against anyone who declares an academic, economic, or artistic boycott on Israeli organizations including settlements, the Ynet news site reported.

The bill will be put through its second and third reading Monday, Ynet said.

Under the proposed new law, boycotters would be susceptible to demands for compensation that "far outweigh" the damage done to those boycotted, according to the report.

Critics of the bill say it violates free speech guarantees.

Peace Now, a left-wing Israeli organization, held a protest against the bill in front of the Israeli high court in Jerusalem. About 50 protesters attended the event, Ynet said. Read more