Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday links

From Ian:

Egypt Fully Rearming Sinai - with US Help by Shoshana Bryen
"Secretary Panetta is talking about helping Egypt to do something forbidden by the Camp David Accords -- bring large-scale forces into Sinai. Israel's long term concern is whether Egypt will at some point remove the additional forces. Recent comments by Egyptian government officials suggest they will not."

Egypt Reportedly Sets up Anti-Aircraft Missiles in Sinai Desert

Days after rocket attack, army deploys Iron Dome to Eilat
IDF says placement part of program to test anti-missile battery in different cities

Shin Bet: PA security guard involved in terror plot
"Four Palestinians arrested in Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine terror plot One suspect worked as guard in Palestinian National Security Forces and cell planned to use weapons he could access as part of his duties with the Palestinian force."
"The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) has apprehended a Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist cell that was planning to carry out shooting attacks and abduct Israelis for use in future prisoner exchange deals, the agency announced on Monday."

‘Obama Should Visit Israel, Show Muscle to Iran’
Obama should show Iran his muscle and visit Israel as a clear sign of support for a military strike, says ex-IDF Intelligence Chief Yadlin.

United Church of Canada approves boycott of settlement goods
Church votes to abstain from consuming products originating in West Bank
"Other resolutions relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict singled out the settlements as a principal obstacle to peace in the region; called on Israel to suspend settlement expansion; and expressed regret for previously asking Palestinians to acknowledge Israel as a Jewish state as a precondition to peace."

Ex-CIA spy says Hezbollah has been active in Bulgaria for decades
Robert Baer tells Bulgarian TV he personally investigated a Hezbollah cell in Bulgaria in the 1990s

US 'concerned' about media freedom in Egypt
The United States said on Thursday it was "very concerned" about freedom of the press in Egypt after authorities moved to put on trial two critics of new President Mohamed Morsi.

Toronto: Jewish Man Told Israeli Flag 'Incites Riots'
A Jewish high school teacher from Toronto warned by local police that he is inciting a riot by carrying an Israeli flag.

Israel Haters Chant in Toronto: From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free

Al-Quds rally in Sydney – we want the lot
The speaker then clarified their overseas goal. He stated: “When we say Free Palestine, we don’t mean the (the little that is left). We want every square centimetre that has been occupied since the beginning. We want the removal of the entire Zionist regime from the land of Palestine. We don’t want the little dots on the map. We want the entire land. We want the removal of every single Zionist.

Jews March against Anti-Semitism in Sweden

Nasrallah Threatens Hundreds of Thousands Dead, Turning Israelis' Lives into Living Hell

Israeli singer tops German charts
Asaf Avidan’s ‘One Day/Reckoning Song’ was remixed by a German DJ, and is now the most downloaded song in several European countries

The other Queen mother: A new documentary explores the unconventional life of the Queen’s mother-in-law, Princess Alice
"...for more than a year, she hid a Jewish family on the top floor of her house, only yards from Gestapo headquarters. When the Gestapo became suspicious, Alice made her deafness an excuse for not answering their questions.
When she was posthumously honoured as Righteous Among The Nations – the highest Israeli honour to non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust – Prince Philip said, ‘She would have considered it a natural reaction to fellow beings in distress.”


The Christian girl with Down's Syndrome facing a death penalty in Pakistan.

Syrians turn a captured tank into a children's swing for Eid celebrations:

A letter from an IDF officer to Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Reisman:

There was nothing apologetic about what you did. For so long we've had to apologize for who we are: for how wedress, for our beliefs, for the way we look. It seems like the International Olympic Committeewanted to keep that tradition. Quiet, Jews. Keep your tragedy on the sidelines. Don't disturb our party.

They didn't count on an 18 year-old girl in a leotard.

Thank you for standing up against an injustice that was done to our people. As I was walking back to my machine at the gym, I caught one of the officers give a long salute to your image ontelevision. I think that says it all.

Clueless in Cleveland about Jewish refugees

Ha'aretz sloppiness prompts worldwide headlines that State Dept. never labeled Jews "terrorists" before

Lord Sacks resigns from interfaith charity after they embark on anti-Israel campaign (h/t Ishai)