Sunday, May 06, 2012

Links (Ian)

What the Palestinians Want by Khaled Abu Toameh
“The Palestinians want the US to endorse all their demands and force Israel to give them everything. Palestinians are reminded almost every day that the US, which has been providing them with billions of dollars, is a foe rather than a friend, although no one seems to ask how come a foe is so generous. US aid should be conditioned not only on transparency and accountability, but also on an end to the campaign of hatred and incitement, as officially agreed in the Oslo accords, but never implemented.”
“Many Palestinian journalists who were invited to cover the event also decided to stay away. Their representatives accused the US of supporting Israel and working toward "normalizing"  relations between Israelis and Palestinians.”

Hollywood Group Takes on Music Industry Anti-Israel Boycotters
“We’ll see. But in the meantime, CCFP is determined to fight back.  As Steve Schnur, worldwide head of music for Electronic Arts (EA) video games, put it: “Musicians that play there don’t have to agree with the current or previous policies of the Israeli government — but they can go there and speak toward it or against it. Where else in the Middle East can an artist do that?”

Red Hot Chili Peppers In Hot Water With BDSers 
(They are playing in Lebanon as well this year, but no "pro-Palestinian" protester seems to have a problem with them playing in a country that has laws discriminating against Palestinians.)

Breaking the silence on Jewish property rights
“In 1876 Ashkenazi and Sephardi communities in Jerusalem jointly purchased the site next to Shimon Hatzaddik’s tomb. They built dwellings for the pilgrims on part of the site. The Jewish residents of some 100 homes were among the first to be expelled when hostilities broke out at the end of 1947. Arab families moved into the empty Jewish homes. From 1949 to 1967 Jews could not visit the holy sites under Jordanian rule — a violation of the 1949 armistice agreement.”

Jewish and Israeli students attacked at Toulouse university event 
“Toulouse - The president of the French Jewish student organisation has called on the University of Toulouse to combat antisemitism after a talk by Israeli students last week was disrupted by protesters shouting abuse, making threats and singing antisemitic chants.”
"Security had to intervene – it was very upsetting," said Mr Reingewitz. "The protesters were saying 'get out of here' and they sang an antisemitic slogan in Arabic: Khaybar Khaybar is Yahud, Jaysh Muhammad sawfa ya'ud" (Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, the army of Muhammad will return)."

Two Egyptian Presidential Candidates Endorsed Jihad Against US

Red Ken is off to a career at PressTV
“Ken Livingstone announces retirement from politics after losing London Mayor election to Boris Johnson”