Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Wednesday links

From Ian:

Scandinavian activists launch new ship to Gaza
Swedish and Norwegian backed 'SV Estelle' set to sail from Oslo to Gaza; organizers hoping more ships will join.
"This time around it will be an easy task for the Israelis to stop us because we will be so few and strictly non-violent," Dahle told Reuters at Oslo harbor.

Is a Palestinian State Today Economically Viable? by Michael Curtis
The Report of the World Bank is a bitter commentary on the Palestinian economy, currently in a self-inflicted decline induced by the violence it brought on itself by launching the Second Intifada in 2000. Above all, the fundamental requisite for economic and political progress is to end the violence.

Radical elements in United Church infected with antisemitism, minister says
“I have wracked my brain trying to understand why Israel gets such a disproportionate measure of our moral criticism,” said Love. “I keep coming back to a very difficult conclusion, and that is that there remains an undercurrent of antisemitism in our church, and that disturbs me.

It’s Official: Genocidal Sudan Running Uncontested for U.N. Human Rights Council Seat
“Electing Sudan to the international community’s highest human body is like putting Jack
the Ripper in charge of a women’s shelter,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch.

Saudi Olympic Athletes Test Kingdom's Dedication To Gender Apartheid by Qanta Ahmed
Far from revered, the Kingdom’s first female athletes are ignored or insulted at home, writes Qanta Ahmed.
“Her father, a judo referee who said he wanted his daughter to make "new history for Saudi's women," is reportedly incensed at conservative Saudis who showered her with racial slurs on Twitter and called her a “prostitute” for participating.”

MEMRI: Saudi Cleric Sa'd Al-Qa'ub: The CEDAW Agreement Sends Shivers Down Your Spine And Makes Your Hair Stand On End
He's not a a fan of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: "One of the articles states that when a girl reaches the age of 18, nobody has guardianship over her – not her father, her husband, her brothers, or anyone for that matter. She can act with complete freedom.
’Al-Hayat Al-Jadida' Editor: The PLO's Goals Have Not Changed Since Its Establishment In 1964
Why MEMRI matters
In a perfect world, it would be best to have at our fingertips translations of every article that appears in the foreign press.

Fearing backlash, Morsi skips funerals for slain Egyptian soldiers
Aides advise president to avoid the mob after PM attacked at funeral

Egypt admits it ignored Israeli warnings of attack
Intelligence chief says no action taken because they didn’t believe a Muslim would kill another Muslim during break fast

Guardian: We were wrong to call Tel Aviv Israel’s capital

Terror ring busted after smuggling 21 kg of explosives into Israel for Hezbollah

Sharia4Holland spokesman fined for threatening Geert Wilders
“At an impromptu press conference on Dam square in Amsterdam in May, Ab Qasim, 29, likened Wilders to a Roman dog and warned him to learn the lesson of what happened to Theo van Gogh. Van Gogh was killed by an Islamic militant.”

Headline of the Day: Outraged Lebanese demand end to anal exams on gay men

Israeli Daily Picture Zion Gate in Jerusalem -- More Pictures Uncovered in the Library of Congress Archives

Zion Gate, 1898

Documentary trailer: "Make Hummus Not War"

A poster from The Israel Project:

The International Federation of Journalists condemns Hamas for meddling in journalists' affairs

Expanded notes and explanations for Richard Landes' WSJ article I posted Monday.

Solomon2 brings us Will Durant, Palestine, 1930

(h/t Rob, Emma, Jean)