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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tuesday links

From Ian:

Palestinians: Fatah's Armed Gangs Are Back by Khaled Abu Toameh
"Unless the Palestinian Authority leadership takes immediate action to stop the Fatah gunmen, scenes of anarchy, lawlessness and violence could soon return to the West Bank. The Aqsa Martyrs Brigades was responsible for hundreds of armed attacks against Israelis during the second intifada.
The US and EU, which have been funding and training the Palestinian security forces in the West Bank, need to bang on the table -- now -- and demand that Abbas rein Fatah militiamen, most of whom receive their salaries from the Palestinian Authority government."

Facebook 'censors' Palestinian writer posting anti-corruption articles
"Khaled Abu Toameh has had his Facebook account suspended after a flurry of threats, seemingly simply for posting anti-corruption articles implicating the Palestinian Authority
Toameh also told The Commentator that over the past few days, he has been the subject of much online abuse, as well as threats and an apparently concerted smear campaign against him.
This recently culminated in the posting of an article on the ‘Sabbah biz’ website, accusing Toameh of being an ‘Israeli Hasbara agent’ and showing a picture of him with the Star of David on his head. The website is run by ‘Haitham Sabbah’, who is based out of Tulkarm in the West Bank."

Canada: Flyer for Vaughan protest linked slew of deadly bombings in Pakistan to an alleged ‘Zionist Plot’
"A flyer promoting a Monday-night protest at the Pakistan Consulate in Vaughan linked deaths of Shia muslims in Pakistan to an alleged “Zionist Plot.
The flyer, entitled “Massacre of Shia Muslims,” is emblazoned in large red letters and features blood dripping over the top of the image. Below are pictures of suffering victims and beneath an imaginary blood smear appear the words “Down with Zionist Plots.”

Ban: Jewish Outposts Bad, Arab Outposts Good
Arabs have the right to set up outposts in E1, or anywhere else - unlike Jews, who don't, said the UN Secretary-General
"In a statement, Ban said that the PA group had “the right to stage peaceful protests that must be fully respected." The statement added that Ban is “following with concern developments around the E1 area,” noting that Israeli construction in the area is “Illegal under international law,” and that “any such settlement plans for E1 must be rescinded.”

Fed up, Obama reportedly says Israel doesn’t know own interests
US president, unhappy over continued settlement building, says he has come to expect such behavior from Netanyahu
"According to a report by Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg published Tuesday morning, Obama last month began repeating the mantra that “Israel doesn’t know what its own best interests are.”

Netanyahu: No Negotiations with He Who Embraces Hamas
"If Abbas comes to the negotiating table without preconditions, he'll find me on the other side," Netanyahu says in a TV interview.

Judge Orders Destruction of Memo Linking Palestinian Authority to Suicide Attack
"Court papers say the memo links Sadeq Hafez, an operative for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terror group, to Raed Nazal, “who was both a salaried officer in the PA’s security services and a leader of the PFLP cell in Qalqilya,” a Palestinian Arab city in the West Bank.
On Feb. 16, 2002, Hafez blew himself up in a packed pizzeria in the Israeli settlement of Karnei Shomron, killing three teens, including Keren Shatsky, 15, and Rachel Thaler, 16."

Lieberman 'Defiled' Cave of Patriarchs, Claims Hamas
Hamas condemns former Foreign Minister Lieberman's visit to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron, saying his visit "defiled" the compound.

CAMERA: More Aritsts Call Out BDS Bullying
Addressing the BDS activists, Deghelt wrote:
"Your activism and your intolerance are abominable. Phony Facebook "fans" have posted messages expressly asking our musicians not play in Israel. This is sheer harassment. Moreover, it's really quite surprising because these fans purporting to sway the artists are not fans at all, but simply your army of little soldiers polluting the calm and positive spaces of our artists' Facebook pages. ...
What bothers me the most about your effort...is your hatred of Israel, a pathological hatred, blind and most assuredly hidden behind a veil of "political correctness." Your actions don't demonstrate a love or defense of Palestinians but rather a hatred for Israelis.

PMW: PA: "The Western Wall... no person besides Muslims ever used it as a place of worship, throughout all of history"
"The Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs, Mahmoud Al-Habbash, said recently that all of Jerusalem and the Western Wall are "the sole right of Palestinians." To back this up, he falsely claimed that "no person besides Muslims ever used it [the Western Wall] as a place of worship, throughout all of history, until the ominous Balfour Declaration was issued in 1917."

Walid Shoebat: Muslim Brotherhood official in Egypt inadvertently admits Apartheid part of country’s history; reaction shows willingness to continue it
"One of the reasons that leftists and Islamists are so effective at projection is that they are so good at enunciating their own weaknesses and diabolical desires. They’re very good at mis-applying those weaknesses and desires to those who don’t have them. In Biblical parlance, it’s called bearing false witness… on steroids."

Video 'shows' terrorists training for border attack
Clip released by jihadist group shows operatives shooting firearms, details plan for attack that claimed life of Israeli soldier on border with Egypt

Report: Bashar al-Assad Living on a Warship in Mediterranean, Being Provided Security by Russia
Assad has lost confidence in his own security detail and lands at secret locations inside Syria from where he is transported to the presidential palace under heavy guard, the sources said.

French Jews fear anti-Semitism will destroy community
Ultra-secularism, racism cited by Jewish umbrella group in claim that Jews of France in danger
"In the first eight months of 2012, SPCJ, the security unit of French Jewish communities, counted 386 of what it called “anti-Semitic acts,” representing a 45-percent increase compared to the corresponding period in 2011, when SPCJ counted 266 such incidents. SPCJ said the figures correlated to official data by French authorities."

Youngest ‘Schindler’s List’ survivor dies at 83
Leon Leyson worked at German industrialist’s factory during the Holocaust, was so short he stood on a box to operate machinery
"Leyson rarely spoke of his experiences until the 1993 movie “Schindler’s List” sparked renewed interest. He then embarked on a public speaking career to share his story."

Time and Space: Decade After Fatal Mission, Film Covers Israeli Astronaut’s Legacy
"Israel sent one of its best on NASA’s fatal Columbia mission: Israel Air Force (IAF) Colonel Ramon was 46, an engineer (electronics and computers), a pilot, married and a father of four. As a combat pilot, he was an integral part of the 1981 raid on the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak. He trained for Columbia at Houston’s Johnson Space Center. Officially designated as a payload specialist, Ramon was described by Commander Mike Anderson as “fully integrated with the crew.”

For Dutch teens, ‘Jew’ the new ‘cool’
Netherlands high school students found by linguist to be using moniker ‘jood’ as synonym for ‘awesome’

This water expert from Israel is on a mission to save the Noyyal
"Nano-filtration is a proven success in Israel. Here also it is possible to make dry cubes of separated effluents which can be disposed off in safe places. It is up to the government to ensure such a facility to dispose off the dry wastes. In Israel, the government has demarcated the dump yard and this has helped restore several water bodies,'' he said.