Friday, October 05, 2012

Friday links

From Ian:

Palestinian Authority Rigging Courts Canada, UN Complicit by Khaled Abu Toameh
"The Canadian Development Agency, with the help of the UN Development Program, has been funding new courthouses in the West Bank "to improve the Palestinians' access to justice." But justice can be achieved even if the judges, lawyers, prosecutors and defendants sit in a tent. Instead of investing in new buildings, it would be more helpful if the Canadians and the UN agency demanded that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his aides stop obstructing the work of the judges."

State Stands by its Man
Update: Israel critic and terrorist sympathizer ‘valued and highly credible,’ official says
"Al-Marayati has been a vociferous critic of Israel, once suggesting that Israel should be put “on the suspect list” for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. His organization, MPAC, has requested that militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah be removed from the list of United States-designated terrorist groups.
Al-Marayati’s inclusion in the U.S. delegation attracted the ire of Jewish leaders and others who feel he is the wrong person to represent America at a forum focusing on human rights and tolerance."

Anti-Semitism on the Rise in Europe
"We witnessed the terrible massacre in Toulouse earlier this year, the bombing of a community center in Malmo and many other serious attacks against Jews across the continent. The future of Jews in Europe is under threat and being Jewish we shouldn’t ask ourselves ‘what will happen’ but ‘what we are going to do about it’."

Experts: Iranian military stuck in the past
Iran may be technologically advanced but its military capabilities are so limited it can't risk war on its own soil, Israeli experts claim

Don’t Be Misled By Iran-Hamas Split
"While the spat between two groups of violent Islamist extremists can be viewed with schadenfreude, if not amusement, the West should not be fooled by this development into buying into some incorrect assumptions about Iran, Hamas or the situation in Syria. We should not be deceived into viewing Hamas’s decision as a harbinger of moderate behavior by the terrorist group. Nor should we be gulled into thinking Hamas’s defection from the Iranian fold will materially damage Iran’s hopes to keep Assad in power or lessen the need for a greater Western effort to end his reign of terror in Damascus."

Staff at Palestinian Embassy in Cairo Involved in Drug Trafficking
Ma’an News Agency reports that members of the staff at the Palestinian embassy in Cairo have been arrested for involvement in a major drug trafficking scheme.

Radical Islamic leader claims Burgas suicide bomber for his disciple
"In an interview for the Centre for Middle East studies, published in a Bulgarian daily, the radical Islamic leader Omar Bakri claimed that the suicide bomber who killed five Israeli citizens and a Bulgarian bus driver on the airport of the city of Burgas in July was his disciple."
Furthermore, Bakri was certain that the man of the footage released by the Bulgarian interior ministry was indeed Mehdi Ghezali-a Swedish citizen who has previously been a Guantanamo inmate.

Two reportedly held in Istanbul over US ambassador’s killing in Libya
Tunisians arrested by counter-terror forces and found carrying false papers, Turkish media reports

Sharia-Medicine: Egyptian Clinic Treats People with Camel Urine Per Prophet’s Advice
On September 16, popular TV persona Wael El-Ibrashi hosted Dr. Zaghlul al-Naggar, a prominent Islamic thinker and Chairman of Egypt’s Committee of Scientific Notions in the Quran, on the topic of medical science and Islam. Inevitably the idea of drinking camel urine as a form of therapy—first proposed in the 7th century by Muslim prophet Muhammad—came up.

Israel, Palestinians cooperate on Gaza Internet
For two days, Israel and PALTEL worked together to lay 15 km. of optical cables to provide Gaza high-speed Internet service.

Christians Show Love of Israel in Jerusalem Streets
There was love in the air of Jerusalem on Thursday afternoon. Marching through the streets of Jerusalem, approximately 6,000 Christian friends of Israel made their way with flags and smiles, which they readily shared with Israeli bystanders—from ultra-orthodox to secular Jews of all ages and backgrounds.

Iconic posters of a nation under construction