Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday links

From Ian:

Why Palestinians Want Israeli Citizenship by Khaled Abu Toameh
"Many of those who have applied for Israeli citizenship are are Christians from Jerusalem who are also afraid of ending up under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority or Hamas.
Ironically, obtaining Israeli citizenship has become a way for Palestinians to ensure their social, economic, health and education rights in the country.
There is no denying that applying for Israeli citizenship, in defiance of PLO and Hamas warnings, is also a political statement on the part of the applicants. They are actually making clear that they would prefer to live under Israel than any Arab rule."

Knesset speaker invites family of slain Bulgarian bus driver to visit
Meeting with Bulgarian president in Jerusalem, Peres praises Sofia for standing by the Jewish people during the Holocaust and today
"During his meeting with Plevneliev and Mladenov, Rivlin invited the family of Mustafa Kyosev, the Bulgarian bus driver who was killed in the bombing, to visit Israel to show “the connection and shared fate” of the Jewish and Bulgarian people.
Kyosev, 36, who belonged to Bulgaria’s ethnically Turkish, Muslim minority — which constitutes 8 percent of the country’s 7 million people — was survived by his wife Emine and 10-year-old daughter."

Simon Wiesenthal Center condemns Egyptian president for attending anti-Semitic sermon
Group calls on Obama to cut ties with Muslim Brotherhood, says incident is ‘a slap in the face to America’

BBC Watch BBC interviewee’s support for Greta Berlin’s anti-Semitic videos
“I would be very interested to hear whether Julian Worricker really thinks that anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial constitute “criticism” of Israel (or anything else) and if he still stands by the decision to give air-time to a man who thinks they have a place in the pro-Palestinian movement. Mr Worricker is invited to contribute his thoughts to the discussion in the comments below.”

IDF Officer Severely Wounded on Routine Patrol at the Gaza Border

The Attacks on Israelis You Won’t Read About Anywhere Else, October 13-17

New Arab Party to Address Arab Israelis Rather Than Palestinian Arabs
"Arab public officials and activists have been working recently to establish a political party that will focus on Arab communities in Israel and their relationships with the government, rather than on promoting Palestinian Arab nationalism."

Israel Aids Palestinian Authority Amid Severe Money Crisis

Terror suspects 'plotted bombings worse than 7/7' and 'raised funds posing as charity collectors'
"The trio raised thousands of pounds to fund the plot by posing as street collectors for the humanitarian charity Muslim Aid, the jury was told. Two of the men are alleged to have travelled to Pakistan to attend a terrorist camp and received training with explosives, weapons and poisons. They are said to have recorded ‘martyrdom videos’ explaining their actions which were to be released to the media after their deaths."

French Users Flood Twitter With Anti-Semitic Tweets
Switch From 'Good Jew' to 'Dead Jews' Hashtag

In first, Jordanian soldier killed in clash at Syrian border
Casualty comes as Amman prevents armed militants from crossing into Syria

Egypt TV host gets jail term for insulting president
An Egyptian talk-show host faces a four-month jail term after a court convicted him of insulting President Mohamed Mursi, state media reported on Monday.

Vandals overturn gravestones in Connecticut Jewish cemetery

Tel Aviv deemed one of world's three 'Most Innovative Cities'
Tiferes Yisrael dome on the right
Tel Aviv, New York, Medellin voted as world's three "Most Innovative Cities" in Wall Street Journal-Citibank online poll Final winner to be determined on Dec. 31 Cast your vote on the Wall Street Journal website, link in article.

Israel Daily Picture: Picture of al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem also Shows Grandeur of the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue -- Destroyed in 1948
"With the outbreak of the 1948 war, the synagogues were used as refuge for the Jewish residents of the Old City as well as military positions for the Jewish defenders. When the Jewish Quarter surrendered to the Jordanian Legion the two synagogues were blown up. The Jewish Quarter and its religious institutions were razed."

Ha’aretz Creates Non-Existent Apartheid State (Honest Reporting)