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Sunday, February 03, 2013

Sunday links: Iran currency drop, Yemen confirms arms ship was Iran's, Alibi Antisemitism

From Ian:

Alibi Antisemitism
Israel has been made an alibi for a new climate of antisemitism on the left.
“It is a moral scandal that some few decades after the unmeasurable catastrophe that overtook the Jewish people in Europe, these anti-Semitic themes and ruses are once again respectable; respectable not just down there with the thugs but pervasively also within polite society, and within the perimeters of a self-flattering liberal and left opinion. It is a bleak lesson to all but those unwilling to see. The message of ‘never again’ has already proved to have been too sanguine. Genocides still occur. We now know, as well, that should a new calamity ever befall the Jewish people, there will be, again, not only the direct architects and executants but also those who collaborate, who collude, who look away and find the words to go with doing so. Some of these, dismayingly, shamefully, will be of the left.This is not a hopeful conclusion, but it is a necessary one. The best of hope in politics must always be allied to a truthful realism. We need to know what we are up against.”

Lessons from the Holocaust? Try these two
(An article by Daniel Finkelstein that appeared in today's Times)
The Jews have learnt all about Man’s inhumanity to Man. But also that you cannot rely on others to keep you safe.

  • "Last week, in anticipation of Holocaust Memorial Day, David Ward, the Liberal Democrat MP for Bradford East, said that the Jews — my Mum, perhaps, her sisters — hadn’t learnt the lesson of the Holocaust. “It appears that the suffering by the Jews has not transformed their views on how others should be treated.” I’ll give my Mum a call when I have a moment and pass on his complaint.”


Israel Election: How The Pundits Got It Wrong
Many have failed to understand the currents of Israeli society - illustrated in the recent election and Holocaust Memorial Day.
"A similar lack of what is not really such a subtle argument, was shown by a cartoon in the Sunday Times depicting Mr Netanyahu as a big nosed, large-eared, bloodthirsty Jew cementing what appear to be screaming Arabs into a wall as blood oozes from the bricks.
On Holocaust Memorial Day this showed not just a lack of sensitivity, an echo of the blood libel, and a distortion of Holocaust iconography, but the belief that there is only one side in a peace process.
It was a cartoon version of Israel, a pictorial version of the analysts' predictions of the Israeli election and society. Wrong."

NYC Mayoral Candidate Bill Thompson Blasts Brooklyn College for Anti Israel BDS Event
"New York City Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson ripped Brooklyn College Thursday for its plan to hold a BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) event against Israel with the co-sponsorship of the school’s political science department.
Speaking alongside Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a political heavyweight in the Brooklyn Jewish community, Thompson said, “Those are our taxpayer dollars. We should not be using those dollars to express hate.”

CAMERA: Maligning Israel at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
"Why does an association formally devoted to improving the health of Americans not only concern itself with the Palestinian-Israeli situation – but also side with one (the Palestinian Arabs) against the other This is exactly what the American Public Health Association did in its recent (2012) 140th annual meeting's closing keynote speech delivered to hundreds of enthusiasts by Angela Davis.
Davis, who is professor at the University of California-Santa Cruz in what the school calls “the History of Consciousness Department,” was a member of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s, and U.S. Communist Party member until 1991 when dissolution of the Soviet Union took place. The party generally sided with the Russian-led Soviet Union against the United States.
Davis' obsession with Israel's alleged unfair treatment of Palestinian Arabs apparently leaves no room for focusing any attention on nearby Syria whose real human rights violations include killing tens of thousands of its own citizens in the last year or two, renewed Sunni-Shi'ite violence in Iraq, oppression of Coptic Christians in Egypt or any of the other numerous and statistically more significant examples of Arabs maltreating Arabs."

PA Asks Israel to Allow Terrorist into Areas it Controls
The PA is making efforts to bring the leader of a group that carried out a terror attack in Israel in 1974 into Judea and Samaria.
"The man, Nayef Hawatmeh, is the leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), one of the main factions in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)."

Israeli civilian, soldier hurt in West Bank clashes
Dismantlement of protest camp turns violent as soldiers fire stun grenades at rock-throwing Palestinians near village of Burin

Yemen says intercepted ship carrying weapons was Iranian
Yemen confirmed on Saturday that a ship intercepted last month off its coast was an Iranian vessel trying to smuggle explosives and surface-to-air missiles to the country, the state news agency Saba reported.

'Failure to blacklist Hezbollah undermines security'
London conference discusses EU failure to list Hezbollah as terrorist organization as "undermining security goals."
"It is a “very bad thing that Hezbollah can operate in Europe regarding fund-raising and logistics,” US Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, a former coordinator for counterterrorism at the State Department in the first Obama administration, said. Hezbollah’s legal status in the EU “undermines security goals,” he said."

Ex-Iran bank head busted with $70 million check
Tahmasb Mazaheri, who was governor of the Central Bank of Iran from 2007-2008, suspected of money laundering by German authorities

Iran's Currency Plummets to All-Time Low
Iran’s rial has plummeted to an all-time low, dropping more than 21 percent over two weeks.

Islamist threatens to attack Germany, Merkel: paper
A German Islamist has threatened to attack Berlin this summer and kill Chancellor Angela Merkel in a video posted on the Internet, a newspaper reported on Saturday.


Also:

Not a Mistake, Misunderstanding, or Well-Intended Criticism But a Deliberate Campaign to Bash Israel (Barry Rubin)

Inventing words to demonize Israel (CJ News) (h/t Jason)

Linking Obligations with Rights at the UNHRC (Commentary - Evelyn Gordon) (h/t YM)