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Thursday, January 03, 2013

Thursday Morning Links

From Ian

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The Palestinian Authority's Inconvenient Truths by Khaled Abu Toameh
"These are only some of the inconvenient truths that the Palestinian Authority does not want the outside world to know. Palestinian journalists often avoid reporting about such issues out of concern for their safety or for "ideological" reasons. These journalists have been taught that it is forbidden to hang out the dirty laundry. Western journalists, funders and decision-makers who deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict need to know that there are many truths being completely ignored or hidden from their eyes and ears.
Who are the extremists? Op-ed:
Norwegian citizen says it's time to confront anti-Israel activists with some tough questions "Who are the extremists? Those who believe Israel should tolerate thousands of missiles raining down on its citizens or those who believe that Israel (like any other country) has the right to defend its citizens and stop the rockets? Who are the extremists? Those who don't want Jews to live in certain areas of Jerusalem or those who want both Arabs and Jews to live freely in all of Jerusalem? And yet we, who are pro-Israel, are painted as the extremists. Has the world turned upside down?" 
British 'anti-Israel' textbook is not British at all
The firm that produced the textbook which replaced Israel with 'Occupied Palestine' is in fact owned by the Lebanese 'Tahseen Khayat Group' "The firm owns various outlets, including Garnet's 'sister group' Ithaca Press and firms named All Prints and The International Press. While Garnet Education focuses on educational material, Ithaca Press decribes itself as a ‘leading publisher of academic books on Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies’, most recently featuring the ‘Great Books of Islamic Civilisation’ and books such as ‘Through the Wall of Fire’ which documents, “the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians beginning in 1948”. 
Study: Gaza Rockets Worse for Bedouin Kids than Jewish Kids
"Bedouin youth were angrier and more psychologically distressed than their Jewish counterparts by the rocket fire in November, according to a new Ben-Gurion University of the Negev study. It is the first follow-up study after the two weeks of rocket fire and subsequent Operation Pillar of Defense." 
Cash-strapped PA seeks emergency funds from China and Russia, lambastes Arab states for lack of aid
PA has billion-dollar deficit; Algeria transfers $26 million to Palestinian coffers 
FIFA asks Israel to restore VIP status of Palestinian soccer chief
Jibril Rajoub’s privileges rescinded last month due to ‘incitement to violence’ against Israel 
Lebanese Intelligence Chief Says Israel is His Country’s Only Enemy
"A leading figure in Lebanese intelligence said Wednesday that the only enemy of his country is Israel. According to the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation, Abbas Ibrahim, director-general of the General Security Department, said, “Lebanon’s one and only enemy is Israel.” 
Jordanian minister accuses Israel of planning to erect the third Temple
Islamic Endowments Minister Abdul Salam Abadi says Israel wants to partition the Temple Mount 
'Iranian Jew murdered, was dating IRGC's daughter'
Channel 2 reports that 24-year-old Daniel Magrufta murdered last week; Jewish community suspects girlfriend involved in murder. 
Syria and Hezbollah won’t join the fight if Israel strikes Iran, top-level report predicts
Foreign Ministry says Assad can’t help Tehran for fear of losing power, Israel would launch massive ground operation in Lebanon if attacked 
'Bulgaria police ID Burgas bombing accomplice'
Authorities seeking man who helped suicide bomber behind deaths of 5 Israeli tourists in July, Bulgarian media reports. 
Swastika, anti-Semitic slogans spray-painted on Toulouse building
French city was the site of March 2012 attack that killed Jewish teacher and three school-children 
German pol quits race over poems seen as anti-Semitic
Green Party welcomes withdrawal of candidate over ‘derogatory’ attack on ritual circumcision 
No Joke: Al Jazeera Buying Al Gore’s Current TV
"If the deal is completed, Current will provide the pan-Arab news giant with something it has sought for years: a pathway into American living rooms. Current is available in about 60 million of the 100 million homes in the United States with cable or satellite service." 
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