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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Afternoon links

Human Rights Watch head Ken Roth tweeted "Ban Ki-Moon wrong on #Osama bin Laden: It's not "justice" for him to be killed even if justified; no trial, conviction.

Cluelessness defined: The National Jewish Democratic Council wrote, in response to the Fatah/Hamas unity agreement:
We are hopeful that President Obama will show continuing strong leadership; that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not see this as a reason to be deterred from presenting bold steps towards a lasting peace; and that this reported accord will put pressure on the most extreme elements of Palestinian society to lay down their weapons and end this generation’s old conflict.
YNet must-read op-ed by Manfred Gerstenfeld on the nypocrisy of world leaders praising Bin Laden's execution when they vilified Israel for doing the same to Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin in 2004.

Khaled Abu Toameh asks if Hamas will take over the PA.

A good (subscription-only) article by Noah Pollak about B'Tselem.

Ma'an lists the likely candidates for new PA PM.

Israel Matzav notes that the fawning Vogue story about the Assads of Syria has mysteriously disappeared from their website.

A new Israeli technology can help map archaeological treasures in 3D up to 150 meters underground.

(h/t Noah, Gerald)