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Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday links

From Ian:

Barry Rubin: The Region: The Arab Left
"Sure, they were long apologists for repression carried out by leftist regimes, but not for repression carried out against leftists. Now things have changed. The Western Left has sided with the reactionaries because they hate their own countries’ systems more. This is a mistake and their compatriots will pay for it in blood."

Hamas's Talibanization of the Gaza Strip by Khaled Abu Toameh
"Instead of seeking unity with Hamas, the PLO leadership should be making a bigger effort to prevent radical Islam from extending its control to the West Bank. The PLO can achieve this goal only if it continues with its current policy of conducting security coordination with Israel.
Meanwhile, foreign activists who continue to arrive in the Gaza Strip to voice solidarity with Hamas need to know that they are complicit in the effort to establish a repressive and brutal entity that has no respect for freedoms and despises Western culture and values."

Israeli UN Envoy: Security Council Has “Selective Perception”
"Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor told the UN Security Council last week that the Council “needs a GPS system to find its moral center in this debate on the Middle East.”

Iraqi Ally of Israel on Hagel, “This is Not a Minister of Defense, But a Minister of Chaos” (INTERVIEW)
"On Friday I spoke with former Iraqi Parliamentarian Mithal al Alusi, who has championed counter-terrorism cooperation and normalized relations between Iraq and Israel. This Arab ally of Israel is dismayed by what he sees as President Obama’s abandonment of the liberals and moderates of the Mideast."

Shots fired at bus, terror attack foiled in West Bank
Border Police arrest three Palestinians carrying seven pipe bombs at checkpoint

Arabs Attempt to Storm Tree Planting, Jewish Town in Gush Etzion
As Israelis in Gush Etzion attempted to plant trees, a mob of Arab thugs and international anarchists rioted.

No One Injured in Bus Attack; Arabs Stone Kindergarten
Sunday saw several violent incidents in which Arabs rioted, and threw rocks at kindergarten children

'Tunisian president delays visit at Abbas's behest'
Ma'an news agency reports Moncef Marzouki postponed his visit to Gaza till March after talks with Abbas at African Union summit.

CIF Watch: The Guardian’s Michael Cohen & terrorist atttacks which ‘help’ the peace process
"The degree of Cohen’s malice, or at least callous indifference, towards the lives of Israeli men, women and children is only matched by the risible political logic. He’s suggesting that only with a gun to their collective heads – and the necessity of burying more of their dead – will the obstinate Israelis take leaps of faith necessary for an agreement with the Palestinians."

Former Italian prime minister defends Mussolini-Hitler pact
Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, Silvio Berlusconi says Fascist leader acted in his nation’s best interest; ceremonies held at Polish camps and ghettos
"He was speaking to reporters Sunday on the sidelines of a ceremony in Milan to commemorate the Holocaust. When Germany’s Nazi regime occupied Italy during World War II, thousands from the tiny Italian Jewish community were deported to death camps. In 1938, before the war’s outbreak, Mussolini’s regime passed anti-Jewish laws, barring them from universities and many professions, among other bans."

MEMRI: Egyptian Blogger: Six Million Jews Could Not Have Died In European Nazi Camps

Muslim Group Threatens Egypt's Coptic Christians; Tells Them to 'Pay Tribute'
"An armed Islamic movement calling itself the "Brigade of Muslims" released a statement on Saturday threatening Egypt's Coptic Christians and asking them to pay tribute.
"Egypt is an Islamic country and will be ruled according to Shariah," the statement added."

As Syria totters, Israel places Iron Domes in north
Netanyahu also summons home front defense minister for emergency talk about chemical weapons threat

Ahmadinejad urges Muslim world to unite to destroy Zionism
"Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the Muslim world to unite to eradicate Zionism, which he called “corrupt, uncultured and murderous” Sunday.
Ahmadinejad spoke in Tehran to the 26th International Islamic Unity Conference, which coincided with International Holocaust Remembrance Day."

Iran arrests 11 journalists over ‘foreign contacts’
Development marks serious escalation of government press crackdown

Iran sentences American pastor Saeed Abedini to 8 years in prison
Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, an American imprisoned in Iran on charges of evangelizing, was sentenced this morning to eight years in prison.

Iran, Argentina agree to probe 1994 Jewish center bombing
Countries to launch ‘truth commission’ to investigate Buenos Aires attack in which 85 people were killed
Jewish groups, however, made clear their discomfort at Argentina’s efforts to improve relations with Iran despite the unresolved bombing case.

Pro-Israel Groups Prepare to Battle BDS 'Day of Action'
Jewish groups in Europe said that they would be organizing counter-boycotts against a planned 'day of action' by BDS radicals
"Anti-Israel Arab sympathizers and international anarchists are targeting several Israeli fruit exporters with protests, in their ongoing efforts to promote boycotts of Israel. In a statement released several weeks ago, the international BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanction) movement named February 9 as a “Day of Action” against two major Israeli agricultural exporters to Europe, Mehadrin and Hadekalim."

History Made as Natural Gas Flows from Ship to Hadera
History was made on Saturday as natural gas began flowing from the regasification ship hired by the IEC to its power stations.

Israel Daily Picture: 1939 Jewish Demonstration against the British White Paper
"In a previous posting we presented details and pictures of Palestine's Jews demonstrating in Jerusalem against the White Paper on May 18, 1939. The American Colony photographers returned four days later to film the protest of the women of the Yishuv, led by some of the leading women figures in Jerusalem at the time: Ita Yellin, Rachel Yanait Ben-Zvi, and Sarah Herzog."