Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thursday link-a-dink

From Ian:

Will the West Bank Become the Next Islamic Emirate? by Khaled Abu Toameh
"Hamas continues to operate in the West Bank under the cover of hundreds of Islamic charities and organizations. An Israeli pullout from any part of the West Bank, under the current circumstances, will undermine the Palestinian Authority and most likely lead to its collapse, paving the way for radicals to seize control."

A Lost Opportunity of Historic Proportions
"Ninety years ago last month, the League of Nations, the precursor to today’s United Nations, approved the Mandate for Palestine, out of which Israel was to emerge in 1948. Israel’s neighbors have been in varying states of war and hostility with it from that date to this. As this conflict has flared up across the decades and is even cited, persistently but wrongly, as the root cause of regional and even global turbulence, its origins repay attention."

Israel Would Strike Iran to Gain a Few Years, Oren Says
"Israel would be willing to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities, even if doing so only delayed its ability to produce nuclear weapons for a few years, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren said.
“One, two, three, four years are a long time in the Middle East -- look what’s happened in the last year” in terms of political change, Oren said today at a Bloomberg Government breakfast in Washington. “In our neighborhood, those are the rules of the game.”

R2P and intervention in Syria: where we are now
It seems quite clear that Syria is now a prime candidate for application of the R2P concept, so what now?

UNWatch: OIC suspension of Syria sparks renewed call to expel Assad from U.N. human rights committee

Iran’s Al-Quds Day at Queens Park
Politicians and Jewish organizations have raised the alarm about the potential for antisemitic hate speech at the annual ‘Al-Quds Day’ anti-Israel protest to be held this Saturday at Queen’s Park.

Canada's United Church affirms settlements boycott
Church votes to boycott goods produced in the West Bank, East Jerusalem; Jewish organizations voice outrage at decision.

Despite Alarm by U.S., Europe Lets Hezbollah Operate Openly

Israel Removes Roadblocks in West Bank, Increases Aid to PA

Pro-Obama campaign video looks to Sderot

Probe sought of alleged shoddy work at Arafat tomb

MEMRI Al-Azhar Cleric Hashem Islam Issues Fatwa Allowing the Killing of Anti-Morsi Demonstrators

Despite South African ‘boycott’ call, Zulu king to visit Israel
Just days after Pretoria’s deputy foreign minister said it was improper to associate with Israel, King Goodwill Zwelithini promises to ‘intensify bilateral co-operation’

Lenny Kravitz bids Israel ‘Shalom’ ahead of first-ever tour
‘It’s time. I must go now,’ says half-Jewish rocker who plans to ‘hang out a bit’ in the Holy Land after the show Israel

Israel Daily Picture: Jewish Shopkeepers in Jerusalem's Old City -- More than 100 Years Ago

Related: President Lincoln's Secretary of State Describes Jerusalem in 1871, Attends Friday Night Services at the Hurva Synagogue

Also, Muslim hotel owner discriminated against Jewish group, jury finds

Photo of second man involved in Burgas bombing released