The HonestReporting media watchdog group recently moved into its new
headquarters, a state-of-the-art facility that coordinators say will
make work much easier. At the same time, the organization has
launched its 15th Inside Israel program.
Twenty people, both Jewish and not, will take part in the
nondenominational advocacy training program. They will meet policy
makers and political leaders and visit the “hot spots” often featured
in media reports on Israel.
“We aim to expose curious and concerned global citizens to the real
Israel and help them understand where and how Israelis really live,
their common bonds with peace advocates and Israeli Arabs, and why
media bias occurs," explained CEO Joe Hyams.
The group size is kept intentionally small “to make sure that no
question goes unanswered and that every participant receives the
personal attention needed to understand these nuanced issues fully,”
Hyams welcomed the move to a new facilities as “the beginning of an
exciting new era for HonestReporting.”
HonestReporting’s goal is to ensure Israel gets fair treatment in the
world media “according to the same standards applied to any other
Among its many activities, the group created a a short film on Arafat
to fight the glorification taking place after his death: "Under
Arafat´s leadership, the PLO innovated hostage taking, airplane
hijacking, school massacres, and suicide bombings. Arafat stole
billions of international aid money designated for Palestinians,
depositing it in secret bank accounts. Don´t let the media spin him
as a Hero, Champion, and Freedom Fighter."