Tuesday, June 19, 2012


From Ian:

Elie Wiesel rejects Hungarian award over Nazi memorial
Nobel laureate outraged by Budapest’s May 27 ceremony for Jozsef Nyiro, a WWII parliamentarian
"Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel says he’s repudiating a Hungarian award he received in 2004 because top officials from Budapest recently attended a ceremony for a Nazi sympathizer."

BDS Fails
Israel to host 2013 under-21 soccer championships

Facebook Acquires Facial Recognition Technology Company Face.com For Nearly $60 Million
“Founded in 2007, the Israel-based start-up offers both desktop and mobile products which scan a user’s photos to identify faces, essentially making tagging photos with people’s names much simpler. And Facebook has no dearth of photos to scan — at last count, users on average upload approximately 300 million new photos to Facebook’s site every day.”

Chalk this up as a win too, an overrated book.
Only Israelis speak Hebrew right? Alice Walker says no to Hebrew ‘Purple’

Well worth a read, from 2011: Howard Jacobson: Why Alice Walker shouldn't sail to Gaza
“Human beings are seldom more dangerous than when they are sentimentally overcome by the goodness of their own intentions. That Alice Walker believes it is right to join the Freedom Flotilla II to Gaza I do not have the slightest doubt. But beyond associating her decision with Gandhi, Martin Luther King and very nearly, when she talks about the preciousness of children, Jesus Christ, she fails to give a single convincing reason for it.”

Also, Fresno Zionism's highly amusing story of Palestinian Arab rapture.