CiF Watch is three years old today and though it is hard to believe that the past year has sped by so fast, it is time to take a look at what we have been doing over the past 12 months.
Our main mission of monitoring the Guardian covered subjects as diverse as Harriet Sherwood’s promotion of the Islamic Jihad ‘baker’ Khader Adnan and other hunger-strikers, the Guardian’s one-sided approach to the detention of Raed Salah in the UK, the Palestinian Authority’s bid for UN recognition and the release of Gilad Shalit in return for over a thousand Palestinian prisoners.
We took on the Guardian on the subject of Deborah Orr’s infamous ‘chosen people’ trope and introduced our readers to the idiosyncrasies of the Guardian ‘Style Guide’.
In trying to broaden our remit to providing useful information in order to enable our readers to comment more effectively at the Guardian or elsewhere – as readers requested this time last year – we have tackled the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, the ‘Durban III’ conference, another flotilla and ‘flytilla’ and of course the ever-present Iranian issue.
We have also provided information on breaking security events – all too often under-reported or ignored by the Guardian – as well as a monthly overview of Guardian coverage of events in Israel. In contrast, our weekly ‘postcard from Israel’, which began in February, tries to show something of Israel beyond the prism of the conflict.
Our biggest and most intense project of the year was undoubtedly the separate website we established in order to provide advance information about the Global March to Jerusalem.
In November of last year Adam took part in the ‘Big Tent for Zionism’ conference in Manchester.
Thanks to you, our readers, we maintain a steady position in the upper portion of the Technocrati ‘Top 100’ ratings for blogs on world politics.
So, please raise a glass to the coming year and let us know in the comments what you would like to see on CiF Watch during our fourth year.
- CiF Watch Newsletter: Special Second Anniversary Edition (cifwatch.com)