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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday links

From Ian:

The sinister alliance of the Islamist-Marxist axis
"Since the year 2000, there has been an increasing convergence between those who belong to the radical left and those who promote Islamism in the West. One of the key areas in cementing their rapprochement has been the Palestinian question. The new “alliance” was further reinforced during the past decade by the Iraq war, the Second Lebanon War, and the Israeli attack on Gaza in 2009."

US congresswoman calls on EU to ban Hezbollah
The chairwoman of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Ileana Ros- Lehtinen (R-Florida), sent a letter – ahead of the annual Al-Qods Day marches in Europe on Saturday – to José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, urging the EU to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

Ashton slams Ahmadinejad’s ‘hateful’ words comparing Israel to ‘cancerous tumor’
EU foreign policy chief joins Ban Ki-moon and the Obama administration in condemning Iranian president’s Friday speech

Jewish groups step up protest over UN head’s trip to Tehran
Ban Ki-moon should not visit a country whose leaders have ‘routinely, ritually, and sometimes daily called for the annihilation of a UN member state,’ says AJC

U.S. Says Iraqis Are Helping Iran to Skirt Sanctions
When President Obama announced last month that he was barring a Baghdad bank from any dealings with the American banking system, it was a rare acknowledgment of a delicate problem facing the administration in a country that American troops just left: for months, Iraq has been helping Iran skirt economic sanctions imposed on Tehran because of its nuclear program.

Ex-Malaysian PM reasserts Israel ‘rules world by proxy’
Mohamad, long known for his anti-Semitic views and avid support for the Palestinian cause, said during a summit for the Organization of the Islamic Conference in 2003 that “the Nazis killed 6 million Jews out of 12 million [during the Holocaust]. But today the Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight and die for them.”

Zubeidi released as gesture for Eid al-Fitr
Former al-Aqsa Brigades commander in Jenin released from Jericho prison together with seven other inmates “On Friday, Zubeidi's brother announced he was launching a hunger strike in protest of his incarceration. Zubeidi claimed he was never formally charged with any offence.”

Militants fire RPG at Egypt army convoy, injure 3
The attack took place while the police were on their way back to the city of el-Arish after arresting two suspects at the border town of Rafah, a security source said.

Official: Yemeni militants infiltrated Egypt before Rafah attack
Ten Yemeni militants infiltrated Egyptian soil two months ago and trained local Jihadi cells in the Sinai peninsula, a security official said Friday.

Shoot dead Osama bin Laden for $325: Former SEAL recreates compound so people can copy raid on Bin laden complex
Offers people the chance to participate in a re-enactment of the Seal raid that executed Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani compound last year

How a film on Africa’s ‘lost’ Jewish tribes rekindled its maker’s own Jewish identity
Laurence Gavron splits her time between France, Israel and Africa — where, along with focusing her lens on ‘Jewish’ tribes, she’s now also begun a unique political career in Muslim-dominated Senegal

New solar device keeps homes warm, even in cold climes
An Israeli water heater gathers sun like bees gather honey, retaining enough heat to warm more than just dishwater.

BBC The Best of Men (on YT video might disappear)
90-minute film told the true story of Dr Ludwig Guttmann, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany who founded the Paralympic Games.