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Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday links (including Latma)

From Ian:

LATMA: A love song to Obama and Aryeh Deri is back





Analysis: The Goldstone Report’s positive effects
"Israel’s counter-terrorism efforts have been strengthened since Operation Cast Lead.
While there may still be some UN officials criticizing Israel regarding the current escalation with Hamas, there just isn’t the same incentive to push for condemnations when the state has won every major recent legal battle, from beating Goldstone, to getting a UN stamp of approval for its blockade of the Gaza Strip from the UN-sponsored Palmer Report in September 2011.Even more impressive from Israel’s standpoint than having won these battles, is why it won.
Those parties trying to bring the country down using lawfare thought that they would garner advantages and expose new vulnerabilities by fighting about Israel’s compliance with the law of armed conflict.
The opposite happened."

Canada joins Israel, US in calling for UN rapporteur’s removal
Canadian foreign affairs minister says Richard Falk’s report on settlements is ‘offensive and unhelpful’; Egyptian, Iranian diplomats call assessment fair and balanced

ADL calls on Ban to condemn Falk report
UN leader urged to distance organization from document criticizing companies doing business in Israel

Israeli Writer says Deir Yassin Was a Blood Libel
"Dr. Uri Milstein has never failed to rankle feathers, especially those attached to the status quo. His most recent book to be translated into English, Blood Libel: The True Story Of The Massacre At Deir Yassin, stays on script, refuting one of the most pivotal narratives of the civil war between Jews and Arabs in what was then British Mandated Palestine."

CIF Watch: Fact-checking Julian Borger on Ahmadinejad’s incitement to genocide

SuperPAC Billboard: Friends Don’t let Friends get Nuked
"The American Principles SuperPAC has posted a new billboard in Florida that’s getting plenty of attention. It says, “FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS GET NUKED,” and then underneath is written, “STOP OBAMA.” To the right is an illustration of an Iranian bomb heading towards an Israeli flag in the shape of Israel."

Iran’s Khamenei says U.S. and Israel conspire to divide Muslims, turn ‘jihad against Zionism into blind terrorism’
"Iran has aligned itself with its regional ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanon’s Shi’ite Hezbollah movement in what it calls an “axis of resistance” against Israel. At the same time it denies accusations from Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchies that it is encouraging Shi’ite uprisings in their countries."

Burgas Bomber Had up to Five Accomplices, Bulgaria Interior Minister Says
"The terrorist who killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver in July in Burgas, Bulgaria had up to five accomplices, all foreign, according to Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov."

Italian PM: Europe's security tied up with Israel's
Mario Monti on diplomatic visit to Israel says "any threat to Israel is unacceptable," in reference to Iran's nuclear program.

European Parliament member denies Holocaust on Romanian TV
Official says genocide didn’t affect country’s Jews, 280,000 of whom were killed

60 California Student Leaders Slam Anti-Israel Resolution for ‘Lack of Transparency’
A group of 60 elected student officials signed a letter slamming what they called the “lack of transparency” as well as the “marginalization” and “misrepresentation” of students associated with the recent passage of a resolution condemning a measure to combat anti-Semitism on California state campuses.

IDF Blog 3 Amazing IDF Gadgets James Bond Wishes He Had
"With the newest James Bond movie premiering in theaters today, the legendary agent once again makes headlines. But despite his infamous high-tech gadgets, Agent 007 is still no match for the Israel Defense Forces. Here are three brilliant gadgets Agent Bond only wishes the Q Branch could give him."