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      From the Hills of Efraim
      by Yisrael Medad
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      Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem.  He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. 

      Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History.  He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes.  He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Cheshvan 22, 5768, 11/3/2007

      Improved Media Teminology Required


      The Jerusalem Post is reporting that Israel's air force bombed a Hamas "outpost".

      I see a problem here.

      New neighborhoods of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are usually called "outposts" in the media.  I, for one, refer to them as "outlying neighborhoods".

      But if the JPost is going to continue to call Hamas military locations as "positions" that's all right by me - by the way, Haaretz terms the site  bombed as a "police position" (?!? "police", aw come on), - then the term "outposts" referring to places were Jewish revenant civilians reside needs to be changed.

      Watch your language!