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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday links

From Ian:

Melanie Phillips: A LibDem MP gives voice to Britain's national sickness
"For the really terrible thing here is not the grotesque misuse of the Holocaust, nor the vicious suggestion that ‘the Jews’ are guilty of behaviour that is somehow analogous to the Nazi genocide inflicted upon them, nor even the sickening insult that they have to ‘learn the lessons’ of their own suffering.
No, the true venom of these remarks is the way they reverse the position of today’s Jewish victims – the Israeli survivors of the Holocaust and their children and grandchildren -- and their current would-be exterminators – the descendants of Hitler’s Nazi collaborators in Palestine during the Holocaust.
For the fact is that Israel is not trying to exterminate the Palestinians – indeed how could this possibly be the case, since the Palestinian population has more than quadrupled since the rebirth of Israel in 1948. Nor are the Israelis oppressing the Palestinians, who have benefited from some of the highest rises in GDP and lowest child mortality ratios in the Middle East.
Nor are the Israelis behaving inhumanely; it is the Palestinians who are committing crimes against humanity by targeting Israeli innocents for mass murder without remission, both from Gaza and from the West Bank. It is the Palestinians, in the West Bank as well as Gaza, who are brainwashed from the cradle to hate Jews and to believe that murdering Israelis is their highest glory."

David Ward Car Crash Sky “Jews” Interview
David Ward has gone rogue and just had a Mel Gibson moment live on Sky News:

CIF Watch: Turn David Ward’s vile charge on its head
"As Howard Jacobson argued, the argument leaves the Jewish people doubly damned: to the Holocaust itself and to elevated moral scrutiny as a result of it. By this logic, Jacobson argued, “the Holocaust becomes an educational experience from which Jews were ethically obliged to graduate summa cum laude, Israel being the proof that they didn’t.”
Further, as Chas Newkey-Burden so eloquently argued, those who employ the “they of all people” argument are, in essence, saying that it is Jews, and not the antisemites, who have lessons to learn – that it is Jews, not the antisemites, who need to clean up their act."

BBC tones down British MP’s comments on Jews and the Holocaust
It also published an article about the incident on the UK Politics page of the BBC News website. There, it stated that: [emphasis added]
“He accused “the Jews” in Israel of “inflicting atrocities on Palestinians… on a daily basis”.
Except he didn’t. Ward referred to “the Jews” in general.
So why did the BBC think it appropriate to try to tone down and ‘contextualise’ Ward’s abhorrent remarks?

Institute to shed light on Islamic anti-Semitism
Why one scholar insists we are ignoring rampant anti-Semitism, especially in the Muslim world, at our peril

PA tells Tunisian president to cancel Gaza visit By Khaled Abu Toameh
Official says PA has been trying to dissuade President Moncef Marzouki to cancel visit to avoid solidifying Palestinian divisions.

Holocaust film covertly beamed into Iran by Wiesenthal Center
"On Friday, an opposition Iranian satellite channel based in London aired “Genocide,” an Academy Award-winning 1980 documentary on the Holocaust produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The sobering film, aired with subtitles in Farsi, was shown in order to combat the Iranian regime’s frequent denial of one of history’s most tragic events."

Iran: Syria's problems rooted in Zionist meddling
As Iran's threats to strike at anyone that will contribute to end of Assad's regime grow bolder Israel is stepping up fortification of northern border
"Iran reiterated Saturday its threats that any attack on Syria would be perceived as one on the Islamic Republic and will meet "a harsh response."
Tehran's IRNA news agency quoted Defense Minister Brigadier-General Ahmad Vahidi as saying that Syrian Army, which is "the vanguard of campaign against Zionist regime should not be weakened."

Washington exasperated with Iranian evasiveness
US says Tehran keeps coming up with ‘new preconditions, new dates’ for nuke talks; Prosor lashes out at Ahmadinejad
"Also on Friday, Israeli UN ambassador Ron Prosor accused Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of denying the Holocaust “while threatening to carry out another one.”
In a speech marking International Holocaust Day, Prosor warned that Iran and Hamas were teaching the next generation that the Holocaust “is a lie made up by the Zionists,” imbuing them with anti-Semitism.
“Our duty has never been clearer. The hands of time threaten to cloud the world’s memory. It is our responsibility to rescue the history and lessons of the Holocaust,” said Prosor."

In Egypt, the warning signs of Genocide
"In the last half-century, Egyptian Coptic Christians (roughly 10 percent of Egypt’s 80 million) have been suffering from increasing discrimination and persecution. Due to rising Islamic extremism, tensions between Egypt’s majority Muslim population and its Coptic minority have resulted in even more violence against this ancient religious minority. What is often reported as a sectarian dispute is rapidly becoming a systematic and often deadly targeting of Egypt’s largest minority."

Israeli held in Egypt released, then rearrested
A day after a court decided to let Andre Pshenichnikov out of jail, local public prosecutor orders a retrial

Irish Official Denounces 'Corrosive Rise in Racist Rhetoric'
Irish official denounces "corrosive rise in racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric by a malign minority of politicians" in EU member states.
"Addressing an event commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the European Parliament in Brussels, an Irish official denounced the "corrosive rise in racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric by a malign minority of politicians" in a number of EU member states.
"It is a moral imperative that we unequivocally repudiate the reprehensible rhetoric of those who seek to contaminate our political discourse and attempt to inflame dangerous prejudice," said Irish Justice Minister Alan Shatter, whose country currently chairs the rotating EU presidency."

Google Removes Hitler Quote App
Google's Android App Marketplace has removed an Arabic language app with daily Hitler quotes.

Israel’s New Gaza Security Strategy: Trees
"A tree-planting ceremony was held Thursday near the Israeli village of Netiv HaAsarah, on the Gaza perimeter, as part of a newly revived defensive forestation project. The project is meant to act as both a defensive tool and as a public works project. Within two to three years, as the trees grow, it will be fully functional. “This way, we can both protect the security of the residents of the area and provide them with greenery,” said Brig. Gen. Elkabatz."

IDF Blog: 5 Most Hardcore Female Combat Roles
"On the ground, in the air or at sea – the IDF’s women soldiers take equal part in protecting Israel at all times. The following positions are the most hardcore battle roles for women in the IDF"

Also:

Richard Behar at Forbes "There He Goes Again: Egypt's Morsi Stuns U.S. Senators In Meeting With 'Jews-Control-Media' Slur" - includes my ElderToon on Morsi

And similarly, more Morsi statements found (IPT)