Friday, August 24, 2012

Weekend links

From Ian:

Israel Welcomes Palestinians without Permits by Khaled Abu Toameh
"For years, the Palestinian Authority has been demanding that Israel lift travel restrictions imposed on West Bank Palestinians. But now that Israel has permitted tens of thousands of Muslims to visit its beaches and malls, Israel is being denounced for trying to damage the Palestinian economy.
What is clear is that neither the Palestinian Authority nor Hamas wants to see Palestinians living a good life. Improving the living standards of Palestinians is something that these two parties are not interested in. They would rather see Palestinians direct all their anger and frustration only toward Israel.
Otherwise, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority fear, Palestinians may vent their anger against their own leaders."

Richard Millett Anti-Israel activist Antony Loewenstein: “Six Million Should Die.”
"But, during the Q&A Jonathan Hoffman asked Loewenstein how many people Loewenstein thinks should die for this one-state solution, that Loewenstein wants so much, to come into existence. The idea being that Israelis are not going to vote themselves out of existence, so presumably such a state could come about only by force involving more bloodshed.
As Loewenstein wasn’t quite answering the question he was pressed further by Hoffman as to how many people Loewenstein thinks should die. First, Frank Barat, the Chairman, answered “200,000″ (here is more on Barat). Then Loewenstein answered “Six million. That’s my answer. Write that down.“

Toulouse Killer Made Calls to Israel, May Not Have Acted Alone
"Using a cell phone registered to his mother, Merah contacted nearly 180 people in 20 different countries, including Israel, between September 2010 and February of 2011. The Israeli Defense Ministry confirmed in March that Merah had been questioned during a trip to Israel in 2010, while on his way to Afghanistan."

Kotel rabbi slams Abbas for comments on J'lem
"Rabinowitz, who is responsible for general oversight of the Western Wall plaza and complex, condemned “the words of the Palestinian leadership that denies reality and in so doing distances the chances for peace.”
“Those who wish to return Jerusalem to the cycle of denial and bloodshed, and to erase its Jewish past for the sake of a political struggle should be condemned,” the rabbi said.
“Jerusalem will no longer be built on hate,” he continued.
“The future of Jerusalem will not be written on the destruction of its past. Shame on any leaders who seek to erase the eternal story of Jerusalem.”

IDF Blog: Direct Missile Alarm — Straight to Your Phone
"Developed for the IDF’s Home Front Command by eVigilo and Ericsson, the alert system will deliver location-specific warnings based on the trajectory of a rocket or missile. The text messages are intended to supplement the air raid signals that have been in place across the country for decades and will operate in conjunction with the IDF’s Iron Dome defense system."

Barak and Egyptian counterpart reportedly come to terms over Sinai offensive
New Egyptian defense minister el-Sissi reassures Israeli counterpart over military buildup in peninsula

Groups to Obama: Denounce ‘radical’ rabbi support
Two conservatives groups call on US president to reject those "Rabbis for Obama" associated with Jewish Voice for Peace.

UN nuke agency forms special ‘action team’ to investigate Iran’s nuclear program
IAEA officials expected to press for access to Parchin site, where Iranians allegedly carries out nuclear weapons-linked experiments

Australian FM tells Tehran delegates to leave in event of anti-Semitic rhetoric
Country’s Jewish leadership remains unhappy that Australia sending representatives to Non-Aligned Movement conference

Egypt arrests man after nail bomb attack on German embassy
The man acted out of anger after reading an Egyptian newspaper report on Friday which described a protest by German right-wing activists who had paraded caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in front of a German mosque, they said.

French councillor beaten by Tunisian extremists over family's dress
Jamel Gharbi, a councillor in the north-western city of Le Mans, said that he and his family were strolling around the northern coastal Tunisian town of Bizerte August 16 when they came across a group of men with the long beards and tunics of ultra-conservative Salafi Muslims.

Sequoia raises $200m Israel VC fund
Sequoia Capital, is a veteran venture capital fund based in Silicon Valley currently celebrating its 40th anniversary. Over the years, it has backed some of the biggest names in the technology industry including Apple Inc., Yahoo! Inc., Google Inc., LinkedIn and Cisco Systems.
The new Israeli venture capital fund is one of three new funds being raised by Sequoia. The others will focus on the US and China and the total of the three funds will be $975 million.

Israeli driver vs. Arab carjacker via Sultan Knish (skip to about 0:50)

Sniffer mice!

(h/t YS, EuroGirl)