Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thursday links

From Ian:

It won't be the end of the world if Israel strikes Iran
“Whatever view we take of a nuclear-armed Iran and Israel’s right to self-defence, the alarmist argument constantly invoked – fear of a wider conflagration – simply isn’t credible
We point out once again that the current crisis amounts merely to a theoretic armchair discussion for most Western commentators. For Israel, however, the bellicose threats (and words must have consequences) of extinction by an ideologically-driven totalitarian regime bent on a final solution to what they openly view as the ‘Jewish problem’ has very clear precedence. “

PM slams Ahmadinejad’s speech, heads to UN to deliver his response
Netanyahu condemns those who stayed in hall to hear Iranian president; rebuffed by Obama, Israeli leader will meet Clinton, Ban, Ashton on whirlwind trip

Ahmadinejad to UN: ‘Uncivilized Zionists’ threaten Iran
Iranian president, at General Assembly, protests ‘intimidation’; US, Israel boycott speech

Canada boycotts Iran leader's UN speech
Ahmadinejad's vision of 'new world order' doesn't include travel to Canada
The state-run news agency IRNA said the ministry has deemed there is growing "Islamophobia and Iranophobia" in Canada.

Jordan’s king urges Israel to accept Arab Peace Initiative
Abdullah II, in UN speech, condemns attempts to ‘Judaize’ Jerusalem
Abdullah also criticized what he described as Israel’s attempts to eradicate the Muslim and Christian aspects of Jerusalem.
“The international community must make it clear to Israel that any attempt to erase the Arab, Muslim and Christian identities of Jerusalem is intolerable,” the monarch said.

Fundamentally Freund: Let the Palestinian Authority collapse By MICHAEL FREUND
If the PA insists on treating Israel like an enemy, then there is no reason why the Jewish state should not return the favor.

American court orders BBC to hand over Yasser Arafat documentary footage
Ruling raises questions about the ability of the American justice system to seize material held by media outside the United States
“The victims believe that the BBC interviews with a leader of Fatah, the political movement founded by Arafat, and an alleged terrorist in the Al Aqsa Brigades in the West Bank city of Jenin, contain statements which will help prove a link between the bombings and the PA and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).”

Sex scandal hits PA on eve of statehood bid By KHALED ABU TOAMEH
Abbas instructs PA security forces to put on hold investigation into sex scandal involving Palestinian minister until he returns from NY.

MEMRI: Swedish-Algerian Journalist Yahya Abu Zakariya Promotes the Cause of Holocaust Denial

Egypt Shoots Down Hamas Request for Free Trade Zone

French police search home of Toulouse terrorist's brother

Argentina and Iran to discuss 1990s bombings

Vandals desecrate Jewish cemetery south of Prague
Tombstones broken into pieces

Barcelona FC confirms Shalit invite despite pro-Palestinian protests
Former Hamas captive will attend October match against Real Madrid as club’s guest
“Barcelona is a place of unity not divisions,” club vice president Carles Vilarrubí told reporters. “This invitation does not indicate in any way that Barca takes a position in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
According to the Palestinian advocacy website the electronic intifada, more than 650 people have signed a petition addressed to Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, opposing the invitation.

'AgroTech 2012' - promoting business between Sri Lanka and Israel
"This year in May Sri Lanka Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardhana visited Israel and signed a MoU with the Israel government in terms of promoting agriculture business and technology between the two countries. The outcome of it was our first AgroTech 2012 get-together last week which could light up hopes of the agricultural trade between the two countries," Minister Yahel said.

EdenShield puts a ‘nose plug’ on bugs
Extract from a hardy Holy Land species of bush forms the basis of a new natural insect repellent being tested in Israeli greenhouses.
“In a parallel direction, he is testing the potency of the product for a humanitarian project: If it works against thrips that attack tomatoes, why couldn’t it protect people against malaria-carrying mosquitoes or kissing bugs (Triatominae)? The kissing bug transmits chagas, a parasite that can cause organ damage and eventually death. It kills 20,000 people a year, and Forbes has called it the new AIDS of the developing world.”
At least 500 call to overthrow Hamas rule, claiming it is incompetent; fire boy died in fire caused by candles during power outage.

"While we must acknowledge the importance of freedom of expression, we must also recognize that such a freedom comes with responsibilities especially when it has serious implications for international peace and security," he said. [a subtle threat - Ian]He also challenged the international community to develop a new model of global governance that would aid the world's needy and promote dignity."I simply cannot watch the blood that's shed in Syria or the children that are starving in Gaza and claim that our model of global governance works," Morsi said.

An anti-Israel website admits:
In a story published last week, Reuters reported about Hamas’s efforts to prevent Egypt from closing down the tunnels in the Sinai desert. The story includes quotes from “tunnel owners” who say that “80 percent of food sold in Gaza comes through the tunnels”. Since the reporter did not qualify these statements, we wish to clarify the facts, and it won’t be the first time.

Most of the food that enters the Gaza Strip actually arrives via Israel. For example, in the month of June, 1,327 truckloads of food entered Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing. Only about a quarter of this quantity entered through the tunnels.
Saving children from Gaza
Against the background of tensions in the south, four children from Gaza are receiving treatment at Rambam Medical Center without which they might die. Medicine across borders.
Insidious "medwashing" - Israel saves Arab lives to hide their, um, taking Arab lives.

We are all proud savages now!
On Tuesday, the prominent Egyptian-American writer Mona Eltahawy informed her almost 160000 Twitter followers in no uncertain terms that she was incensed by an advertisement that had been placed in some New York City subways stations. Quoting a Reuters report about the ad, Eltahawy referred to it as “‘Savage’ jihad ad,” and, by adding the hashtag #ProudSavage, presumably declared her solidarity with maligned jihadists who see themselves in a war against Israel and (western) civilization.

The teddy bear in Norway: A new threat for Jews (h/t Josh)
For the first time, I encountered an official in a Western democracy whose personal contempt for a 3,000-year-old religious ritual she admits she never witnessed leads her to castigate a core Judaic rite as “barbaric” and “immoral.” Indeed, even as I described the transcendent moments I experienced as a grandfather who has been blessed to hold his four grandsons during their circumcision ceremonies, it was clear that the doctor views me and Jewish parents circumcising their infant boys in the same league as child molesters.