WEDNESDAY’S “NEWS IN REVIEW” ROUND-UP

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LESSONS FOR TODAY

                                        Jerusalem Post, Jan. 26, 2016

 

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorated today, is an occasion not just to reflect on the past but to marvel at the persistence and adaptability of Jew-hatred. The day falls on the anniversary of the liberation by Soviet troops of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest German death camp. But Holocaust remembrance ceremonies – particularly in Europe – tend to focus as much on current events as on the horrors of Nazi genocide.

 

It is no secret that Jew-hatred is rampant in Europe. The number of anti-Semitic incidents in London rose more than 60 percent during the 12-months ending November 15 over the same period a year earlier. Incidents in France were up 84 percent in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the same period in 2014. German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke this week of the dangers of Jew-hatred, particularly among “youth [from] countries where hatred of Israel and Jews is widespread.”

 

A new book based on surveys of 724 French Jews called L’an prochain à Jérusalem? (“Next Year in Jerusalem?”) found the French-Jewish community is “living with a strong feeling of insecurity.” Sixty-three percent of those polled reported being insulted for being Jews, and more than half reported being subjected to anti-Semitic threats.

 

Europeans have struggled to combat anti-Semitism but have met with little success. Why? Part of the answer has to do with longstanding, deep-rooted anti-Semitism. But exacerbating the situation is the tendency in our world of hyper-political correctness to attribute inordinate moral weight to those minorities considered to be the most oppressed or disenfranchised. Also known as “intersectionality,” this voguish social theory, spawned in university gender studies departments, posits that power is inherently linked to one’s identity.

 

Race, gender, religion and sexual orientation determine the extent of one’s “marginalization.” And the more one’s identity is marginalized, the likelier one’s arguments will be celebrated and embraced by the politically correct. It is not the power of a person’s reasoning that matters, it is who he or she is. This explains, for instance, how champions of LGBT rights join forces with Muslim extremists against Israel, the only country in the Middle East where gays’ rights are respected. Israel’s respect for the rights of LGBT people is turned on its head and seen as a “pinkwashing,” a smokescreen for supposed oppression of the Palestinians.

 

Similarly, emphasizing the uniqueness of the Holocaust – on days such as International Holocaust Remembrance Day – is portrayed as a Jewish ploy to stifle criticism of Israel or its policies vis-à-vis the Palestinians. In this scale of identity-based values, Jewishness as an identity is ranked very low on the value totem-pole, because Jews are perceived to be part of the establishment; tend to be well-off economically; and their state – Israel – is powerful and aligned with America.

 

In contrast, other identities – Palestinians, refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, Europeans of Muslim faith – are perceived as far more marginalized and oppressed and, therefore, are more likely to receive sympathy. When prejudice and anti-Semitism is spouted by white, far-right nationalists, Europeans find little trouble fighting it. When the virus of Jew-hatred is found in the Muslim community, moral clarity is lost in a morass of political correctness, identity politics and “intersectionality.”

 

Few have the morality clarity of the prominent British journalist Mehdi Hasan, a Muslim who had the courage to note in a 2013 op-ed in the New Statesman that the British- Muslim community has a “dirty little secret” which he referred to as “the banality of Muslim anti-Semitism.” Yet a British politician, particularly of the white, Christian variety, would be loath to publicly criticize a minority population, particularly one perceived as oppressed or that is itself targeted by the far Right.

 

The only way to fight this form of Jew-hatred is to deconstruct the premise of identity politics and intersectionality. “Crimes” perpetrated by the Israeli government do not make the murder of Jews in Israel, the West Bank or Paris different from the murder of Europeans. The suffering of Arabs – including the Palestinians – do not negate the right of the Jewish people to national self-determination.

 

Holocaust Remembrance Day is a time to relearn lessons of the past. No less important, however, it is an opportunity to confront challenges of the present.

 

 

Contents: | Weekly QuotesShort Takes   |  On Topic Links

 

On Topic Links

 

Stop the Incitement, Stop the Killing: David Horovitz, Times of Israel, Jan. 26, 2016

Israel’s New Security Minister and his Four Ideas for Stopping Violence: William Booth & Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, Jan. 21, 2016

Iran Opening Stirs New Interest From Businesses: Benoît Faucon, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 22, 2016

The Island of Tears: CBN Documentaries, Jan. 11, 2016

 

WEEKLY QUOTES

 

“I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] or of other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists to some degree…I’m not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented.” — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, acknowledging that Iran will likely use some of the tens of billions of dollars it receives as a result of sanctions relief under the nuclear deal to sponsor terrorists. Kerry said there were no indications yet that released funds were being directed “to that kind of endeavor” but that he was “sure at some point some of it will.” (CNS News, Jan. 21, 2016)

 

“…Security measures alone will not stop the violence. They cannot address the profound sense of alienation and despair driving some Palestinians –- especially young people. The full force of the law must be brought to bear on all those committing crimes –- with a system of justice applied equally for Israelis and Palestinians alike…Palestinian frustration is growing under the weight of a half century of occupation and the paralysis of the peace process…Some have taken me to task for pointing out this indisputable truth. Yet, as oppressed peoples have demonstrated throughout the ages, it is human nature to react to occupation, which often serves as a potent incubator of hate and extremism.” — UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, at the UN Security Council. (Times of Israel, Jan. 26, 2016)

 

“There is no justification for terrorism…The Palestinian terrorists don’t want to build a state; they want to destroy a state, and they say that proudly. They want to murder Jews everywhere and they state that proudly. They don’t murder for peace and they don’t murder for human rights.” — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu accused Ban Ki-moon of “stoking terror” after the UN Secretary General’s statement.  The UN has “lost its neutrality and its moral force, and these statements by the Secretary-General do nothing to improve its situation,” Netanyahu said in a furious video statement. (Times of Israel, Jan. 26, 2016)

 

“Canada believes strongly in a two-state solution and that negotiations provide the only viable path to peace…As a steadfast ally and friend to Israel, Canada calls for all efforts to be made to reduce violence and incitement and to help build the conditions for a return to the negotiating table. Unilateral actions, such as Palestinian initiatives toward statehood in international forums and continued Israeli settlements, are unhelpful and constitute serious obstacles to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace.” — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion. Commentators noted the difference in tone between Dion’s statement and those of the previous Conservative government, which was acknowledged to be steadfastly pro-Israel. (CJN, Jan. 26, 2016)

 

“The statement…fails to condemn such violence by only expressing ‘concern,’ and by omission, equates such terrorist attacks with Israeli settlement construction…This is unacceptable.” — Conservative foreign affairs critic Tony Clement and deputy critic Peter Kent, in a statement. The two Conservative MPs criticized Dion’s message for not mentioning terrorist group Hamas, which has launched numerous rocket attacks against Israel and encouraged Palestinians to attack Israelis at random. The previous Conservative government had strongly opposed Palestinian bids for statehood, and had deployed then-foreign affairs minister John Baird to the UN to rally opposition to the idea in November 2012. (National Post, Jan. 25, 2016)

 

"Anti-Semitism is more pervasive than we imagine and that is why we must act intensively against it…We have seen manifestations of anti-Semitism in several schools and meeting places by young people, against which every adult must act…We must also encourage students who do not think that way and enable them to make it possible for them to clearly say this is not the way it should be…We can argue about this issue but it should also be clear: (antisemitism) has no place in our society…we must simply set clear limits.” — German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The chancellor called on people to seriously consider the concerns raised by the President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Josef Schuster, who was worried that many asylum seekers "come from cultures where hatred of Jews and intolerance are deeply ingrained." Germany welcomed some 1.1 million asylum seekers in 2015, many fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. "We must be specifically careful with young people who come from countries where hatred of Israel and Jews is widespread," Merkel insisted. (Ynet, Jan. 23, 2016)

 

“We don’t want it and they don’t either, but it is possible that there could be a religious war…Belgium and France could hit us and win, but what happens later?” — Osama, a fourth year Moroccan-Belgian medical student. Like a fair number of young people in Molenbeek, Belgium, the 24-year-old has grown a beard and is wearing Islamic robes to demonstrate his piety. “There are far more tensions today than a few years ago. I feel that Belgians are becoming Islamophobes. Some of them are very hard on Islam,” Osama says. (National Post, Jan. 23, 2016)

 

“We’ve had enough. We are saturated by Arabs and things are boiling over…But it is pointless to speak about this because there is no solution.” — Pascal Moulin, who supports Marine Le Pen’s xenophobic National Front party, which has found fertile ground in the Marseille-Nice region in France. (National Post, Jan. 23, 2016)

 

Contents

 

SHORT TAKES

 

DAVID STOLIAR, SURVIVOR OF WORLD WAR II DISASTER, DIES AT 91 (Bend, OR) — For more than a half-century, David Stoliar remained a silent witness to the worst civilian maritime disaster of World War II, the only survivor among nearly 800 Jews fleeing the Holocaust in Romania aboard a refugee ship that was barred from Palestine, interned by Turkey for months, set adrift without power and torpedoed by a Soviet submarine in the Black Sea in 1942. The sinking of the overloaded ship, a 150-foot steamer called the Struma, was a calamity compounded by Britain’s refusal to admit the refugees into Palestine and by Turkey’s quarantine, ending with the vessel being towed out to sea. The coup de grâce was fired by the submarine as the ship lay dead in the water seven miles offshore. Stoliar died on May 1, 2014, at his home in Bend, Ore., at the age of 91. (New York Times, Jan. 23, 2016)

 

WOMAN KILLED, ANOTHER WOUNDED IN TERROR STABBING IN WEST BANK (Jerusalem) — Two Palestinian terrorists stabbed two Israeli women and threw pipe bombs at a grocery store in the West Bank settlement of Beit Horon on Monday. One of the victims of the attack, Shlomit Krigman, a 23-year old woman, died from her wounds. The other victim, 58, who was moderately wounded in the stabbing remained hospitalized on Tuesday. The assailants fled from the store in the direction of homes in the settlement, but within moments a security guard shot and killed them. The slain terrorists were identified as Ibrahim Yusef Allan, 23, and Hussein Abu Gosh, 17. This was the third successful attack within a settlement in the last eight days. (Jerusalem Post, Jan. 26, 2016)

 

ISRAELI TROOPS EVICT JEWISH SETTLERS FROM WEST BANK HOMES (Jerusalem) — Israeli troops forcibly removed Jewish settlers on Friday from homes in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron that they said they had bought from Palestinians, prompting some right-wing lawmakers to threaten to withhold support for the government. Ministers and members of parliament from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party decried Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon's refusal to sign off on the settlers' occupancy of the homes. Two right-wing lawmakers from Likud and another from the Jewish Home party said they would boycott parliamentary votes in protest at the move. Hebron, a city of about 220,000 Palestinians, has long been a source of tension, fueled by the presence of around 1,000 Jewish settlers who live in the heart of the city, protected by Israeli troops. (Yahoo, Jan. 22, 2016)

 

TEEN PALESTINIAN TWINS PLANNED TERROR BOMBINGS (Jerusalem) — The Shin Bet, in cooperation with the IDF, recently arrested 18-year-old Palestinian twin sisters Diana and Nadia Hawilah. The arrests of the sisters followed a search of their house that revealed weapons including pipe bombs, fertilizers used for making explosives, as well as a knife and Hamas headbands. According to a Shin Bet investigation, Diana bought the chemicals found in her home independently, used online video tutorials to learn how to build explosive devices, and intended to use them against Israelis. The Shin Bet said that Diana was exposed via the internet to radical Islamic preaching encouraging women to take part in acts of terror against Israel and Jews. (Ynet, Jan. 25, 2016)

 

CANADA TO LIFT SOME SANCTIONS ON IRAN (Ottawa) — Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion says Canada will begin to lift some sanctions on Iran now that a deal has been reached to curb that country's contentious nuclear program. The Conservative's foreign affairs critic, Tony Clement, condemned the policy shift, adding that the government is "going 180 degrees in the wrong direction." Dion also signaled that Canada would look to open its embassy in Tehran, but said in French that it wouldn't be the first step in restoring relations with the country. The Harper government abruptly closed the Canadian Embassy in Tehran in 2012, and expelled Iranian diplomats from Ottawa. The government also formally listed Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism. (CBC, Jan. 27, 2016)  

 

SOMALIA ATTACK DEATH TOLL RISES TO AT LEAST 20 (Mogadishu) — Somalia's security forces ended a deadly siege of a beachfront restaurant in the capital, with more than 20 people killed in the attack, a police official said Friday. It was not clear a report of more than 20 killed included the assailants. Witnesses said that gunmen shouted "Allahu akbar," the Arabic phrase for "God is great," and entered the restaurant from the direction of the beach as clients, sitting behind razor wire, watched the seashore.  Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. Al-Shabaab also attacked Kenyan peacekeepers in southwestern Somalia last week. The al-Qaeda-linked group said it had killed about 100 Kenyans and seized weapons and military vehicles. (CBC, Jan. 22, 2016) 

 

I.S. VIDEO APPEARS TO SHOW PARIS ASSAILANTS EARLIER IN SYRIA AND IRAQ (Paris) — I.S. released a video apparently showing footage of the men who carried out the November attacks in Paris while they were in Syria and Iraq, where they are pictured carrying out executions, including beheadings. If the identities of all of the men in the video are confirmed, it would be the first evidence that the group that killed 130 people in coordinated attacks in Paris had been sent from I.S.’s base in Syria. It is unclear why it took I.S. over two months to release the video, which also includes numerous images of the attacks. Under the headline “Target Area: Paris,” it shows frantic scenes of soccer players and fans reacting to explosions at the Stade du France, and chaos on the streets near the Bataclan and other venues where the mass shootings took place. (New York Times, Jan. 24, 2016)

 

I.S. OBLITERATES IRAQ’S OLDEST CHRISTIAN MONASTERY (Mosul) — The oldest Christian monastery in Iraq has been reduced to a field of rubble, yet another victim of I.S.’s relentless destruction of ancient cultural sites. For 1,400 years the compound survived assaults by nature and man, standing as a place of worship recently for US troops. Now, satellite photos confirm that St. Elijah’s Monastery of Mosul has been completely wiped out. I.S. extremists swept through in June 2014 and largely cut communications to the area. St. Elijah’s has joined a growing list of more than 100 demolished religious and historic sites, including mosques, tombs, shrines and churches. I.S. has defaced or ruined ancient monuments in Nineveh, Palmyra and Hatra. (New York Post, Jan. 20, 2016)

 

FRENCH JEWS FEAR A NEW STRAIN OF I.S.-INSPIRED ANTISEMITISM (Marseille) — It was the heavy leather-bound volume of the Torah he was carrying that shielded Benjamin Amsellem from the machete blows. His attacker, a teenage fanatic who the police say was inspired by I.S., was trying to decapitate Amsellem, a teacher at a local Jewish school. But Amsellem used the Torah — the only defense at hand — to deflect the blade and save himself. It was the third such knife attack since October on a Jew in Marseille, where the Jewish population, around 70,000, is the second largest in France after Paris. And it was the latest example of how France is confronting both the general threat of terrorism, especially after two large-scale attacks in Paris last year, and a particular strain of antisemitism that has left many French Jews deeply unnerved. (New York Times, Jan. 24, 2016)

 

OVER 40% OF EUROPEANS HOLD ANTISEMITIC VIEWS (Berlin) — More than 40% of EU citizens hold antisemitic views and agree with the claim that Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians and behaving like the Nazis. Ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day this week, Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett presented the country’s 2015 antisemitism report. The report discusses the rise in antisemitism following what it calls a “triple alliance against the Jews – an increase in antisemitism on the part of Muslim immigrants; a rise in the extreme Right, accompanied by xenophobia and violence against minorities; and a rewriting of Holocaust history, mainly in Eastern Europe…and in Western Europe, dissemination of hate-filled propaganda by radical left-wing movements, which promote boycotts and the delegitimization of Israel and create a climate that encourages attacks on Jews for their identification with Israel.” (Algemeiner, Jan. 24, 2016)

 

BERLIN OPENS BIGGEST EXHIBITION OF HOLOCAUST ART OUTSIDE ISRAEL (Berlin) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the biggest exhibition of Holocaust art outside Israel in Berlin, after pledging to take concerns about rising antisemitism seriously. The "Art from the Holocaust" show features 100 works from Yad Vashem, Israel's official Holocaust memorial center, which were created by Jewish inmates at concentration camps, labor camps and ghettos during the Nazi time. Of the 50 artists featured in the exhibition, 24 were killed by the Nazis. Christoph Heubner, executive president of the international Auschwitz committee, called Yad Vashem's decision to host the exhibition in Germany of all places a "very symbolic move…after all, it was in Berlin where all these crimes were planned and prepared and displaying the artwork in Germany's historic museum shows that they are an immediate part of German history." (Jerusalem Post, Jan. 25, 2016)

 

TEKOA SECURITY UPGRADE FUND RAISING (Tekoa) — Tekoa is a small community south east of Jerusalem. Last Monday, a terrorist stabbed a young pregnant woman, moderately injuring her (Read: “Palestinian attacker stabs Israeli woman in West Bank” here—Ed). This terrible incident brought residents and various government security branches to work together to make nine urgent upgrades to the security environment for the town. The total estimated costs are $700,000, of which the IDF is contributing around $275,000 and Tekoa residents are committing $75,000, leaving a shortfall of $350,000 to be raised from friends. If you can help Tekoa’s residents live a more secure life, given these conditions, please be generous and send a check to CENTRAL FUND OF ISRAEL…TEKOA SECURITY, C/O Marcus Brothers Textiles, 980 Ave of America's, New York, NY 10018, Or send a wire to: CITIBANK NA, 411 5th Ave New York, 10016, ABA# 021000089, Central Fund of Israel ac# 4985590372 Swift code CITI US 33, Tax ID # 132992985

 

Contents

 

On Topic Links

 

Stop the Incitement, Stop the Killing: David Horovitz, Times of Israel, Jan. 26, 2016— Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has taken to giving press conferences to Israeli journalists of late.

Israel’s New Security Minister and his Four Ideas for Stopping Violence: William Booth & Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, Jan. 21, 2016—Meet Israel’s public security minister, Gilad Erdan. He’s a star in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party. He has only been on the job for six months, but for the last four he has been dealing with a wave of almost daily attacks — stabbings, shootings, car rammings — by Palestinians against Israelis.

Iran Opening Stirs New Interest From Businesses: Benoît Faucon, Wall Street Journal, Jan. 22, 2016—Iran is pushing full throttle to re-establish business with the rest of the world as Western companies move cautiously to renew ties abandoned during international economic sanctions that largely ended a week ago.

The Island of Tears: CBN Documentaries, Jan. 11, 2016—Everyday, thousands of refugees from Syria arrive by boat on the shores of the Greek island of Lesvos, hoping to find a new start in Europe. Waiting for them on the shore is a rescue team of doctors and nurses, both Arab and Jewish, from the Israeli humanitarian organization IsraAid.

Wednesday’s “News in Review” Round-Up

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Egyptian Military Ousts Morsi, Suspends Constitution: Abigail Hauslohner, William Booth and Sharaf al-Hourani, New York Times, July 3, 2013

The Myth Of Political Islam Has Been Exposed in Egypt: Bessma Momani, The Globe and Mail, Jul. 03 2013

In Egypt, Democrats vs. Liberals: Samer S. Shehata, New York Times, July 2, 2013

 

 

Breaking News!

 

EGYPT'S MILITARY LEADER SUSPENDS THE CONSTITUTION,
APPOINTS INTERIM HEAD OF STATE

Jerusalem Post, July 3, 2013

Egyptian General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, flanked by military leaders, religious authorities and political figures, effectively declared the removal of elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in a televised broadcast, Wednesday. The head of Egypt's armed forces issued a declaration suspending the constitution and appointing the head of the constitutional court as interim head of state. Sisi called for presidential and parliamentary elections, a panel to review the constitution and a national reconciliation committee that would include youth movements. He said the roadmap had been agreed on by a range of political groups. "The people and the army are one hand," protesters cheered in the square, amid the roar of horns and chanting, a Reuters witness said. An interim administration that will govern Egypt in an army transition plan was due to determine when presidential and parliamentary elections will take place, the army spokesman told Reuters. Egypt's state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported on its website that the army told Morsi at 7 p.m. (1700 GMT) that he was no longer head of state. 

 

"The obstacle to peace between us and the Palestinians is not just fundamentalist terrorist organizations, but the belief that it is possible to destroy the State of Israel. These organizations, states and leaders plant hopes in their nations that we can be beaten by sword, gun and bomb. We cannot be defeated by any those means or any others. Jabotinsky understood the connection the connection between security and peace. Jabotinsky said that only a strong, Jewish defense force can promote the peace that we so long for." —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu , speaking at a memorial session marking the 73rd anniversary of the death of Vladimir Jabotinsky. He said, “It is immoral to be weak and stretch out our necks to be attacked in a choppy and volatile arena, and Israel's job is to strike down those who seek to destroy it in order to defend itself and to show that there is no point in continuing an armed battle against Israel.” (Jerusalem Post, July 3, 2013)

 

“I am the president of Egypt. The remnants of the former regime, they are fighting against our democracy. If they come back to the people they will be rejected. They are accustomed to corruption, rigging elections, sucking dry the blood of the people. They cannot thrive in democracy…There is a state expecting me to uphold the legitimacy of this constitution. I have no choice…. When we call for jihad, we call for it toward the enemies of this nation. We never call jihad against one another. I reiterate: If protecting the legitimacy [of the ballot box] requires my own blood, then I am willing to do this." — Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, in a late night speech Tuesday [July2] on Egyptian state television where he vowed to remain as president despite an Army ultimatum for him to either come to some agreement with his opposition, step down or be removed from office.
   "It is more honorable for us to kill those who threaten or frighten the Egyptian people, and we swear by god that we will sacrifice Egypt and its people with our blood against all terrorists, extremists or ignorance."— Gen. Al Sisi, Minister of Defense and head of the Egyptian Armed Forces, in a retort to Morsi that appeared on the official Egyptian Armed Forces Facebook page. The Egyptian state news agency repeated the message, also attributing it to Gen. Al Sisi. (Wall Street Journal, National Post, July 2&3, 2013)

 

“In the temporary vacuum created by the U.S. foreign policy establishment’s sustained malaise, Canada should take the lead in proposing that NATO be transformed into a world-wide alliance of reasonably democratic countries pledged to all-for-one collective defense and security, and in demanding withdrawal of the vote at the United Nations General Assembly from all countries that flagrantly disregard the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man, until they reach a minimal level of conformity to it. When this is refused (as it will be, by China and Russia, among others), it should lead all the countries that meet that standard in the cessation of any funding to the UN, and the establishment of a parallel world organization, until the UN returns to its founding purposes.” — Conrad Black, in an op-ed article in the National Post. (National Post, June 29, 2013)

 

“Building democracy without democrats is impossible. But, fortunately, democrats develop as individuals, before their countries become democracies, and they may eventually turn their nations into democratic societies. It’s unlikely to happen, though, while one political faction considers the other destined to hell. As long as the parties are millennia apart, they are unlikely to coexist as “government” and “loyal opposition.” Countries with highly asymmetrical degrees of cultural development are poor candidates for democracies.” — George Jonas in an op-ed in the National Post. (National Post, June 29, 2013)

 

“The idea at the start was that there was lots of anger in the street against the Brotherhood and Morsi, and that one part of society had taken over the government and not carried out any reforms that have benefited people.” — Hassan Shahin, 22, who is credited with beginning, with four other friends,  the petition campaign, called “tamarod” (rebellion), to oust President Morsi. To date the petition is said to have garnered some 20 million signatures. (New York Times, July 2, 2013)

 

“Any coup of any kind against legitimacy will only pass over our dead bodies.” — Mohammed el-Beltagi, a leading Muslim Brotherhood figure, to a rally of Brotherhood supporters. A line of around 1,500 men with shields, helmets and sticks — assigned with protecting the rally against attackers — stamped their feet in military-like lines, singing, “Stomp our feet, raise a fire, Islam’s march is coming.” (Washington Post, July 1, 2013)

 

“If you are really going to pivot to Asia, you cannot leave the Middle East in flames. With regard to Egypt, the Arab-Israel peace process, Syria, Iraq, Iran — all of that has to be manageable.”” — Strobe Talbott, the head of the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board and president of the Brookings Institution, commenting on John Kerry’s, as yet, unsuccessful effort to restart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. (New York Times, June 23, 2013)

 

“Keith Alexander, the general in charge of the National Security Agency, told ABC News on Sunday that intelligence revelations by fugitive contractor Edward Snowden had "caused irreversible and significant damage to our country and to our allies." But no worries, President Obama seems to think it's no big deal. "I have not called [Chinese] President Xi personally or [Russian] President Putin personally" about the case, Mr. Obama said on Thursday in Senegal. And why not? "Number one, I shouldn't have to," Mr. Obama said. "Number two, we've got a whole lot of business that we do with China and Russia, and I'm not going to have one case of a suspect who we're trying to extradite suddenly being elevated to the point where I've got to start doing wheeling and dealing and trading on a whole host of other issues." Oh, and he doesn't want to "be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker." — from an editorial in the Wall Street Journal. (Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2013)

 

“Europe is boycotting goods. True, it starts with settlement [goods], but their problem is with Israel, which is seen as a colonialist country. Therefore, it won’t stop at the settlements, but [spread] to all of Israel.”  — Tzipi Livni, head of Israel’s negotiating team with the Palestinians, In a speech on Monday [July 1] to an accountants’ conference in Eilat.
   “Highly unlikely.” — a top EU official’s response to Livni’s remarks, pointing out that businessmen in a number of European countries are keen on partnering with Israeli companies to use their technology and innovation in opening up markets in third countries, often in the Far East.
   [Livni’s] “policy of sowing fear of boycotts is detached from reality. The Israeli economy is innovative and groundbreaking. The entire world comes here to learn from us, and business people are amazed at Israeli technology and innovations.” — a statement from the Bayit Yehudi party in response to Livni. (Jerusalem Post, July 3, 2013)

 

“Christians are terrified by the Islamist militias and fear that in the event of their victory they would no longer be able to practice their religion and that they would be forced to leave the country. As soon as they reached the city [of Aleppo], Islamist guerrillas, almost all of them from abroad, took over the mosques. Every Friday, an imam launches their messages of hate, calling on the population to kill anyone who does not practice the religion of the Prophet Muhammad. They use the courts to level charges of blasphemy. Who is contrary to their way of thinking pays with his life.” — Archbishop Jeanbart of Aleppo’s Melkite Greek Catholic Church (Syria), quoted by Nina Shea in the National Review. (National Review, July 1, 2013)

 

“The summary of the exhibition in the museum’s official catalogue describes Palestinian terrorists convicted in Israel as “failed martyrs who have yet to achieve their unfulfilled suicide missions”. This signifies that the formal statements signed by all Palestinian prisoners detained for reasons of security, in return for their exchange or release, and can no longer commit terrorist acts, are nothing more than a hoax – a signature with one hand whilst the other is crossed behind their back, revealed as a hypocritical ploy which invalidates their alleged renunciation of violence.” — Shimon Samuels, director of International Relations at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, in an emotional speech after visiting a photo exhibition at the Jeu de Paume museum in Paris entitled Phantom Home: Death, which seeks to highlight Palestinian suicide bombers who characterise themselves as ‘’freedom fighters. (European Jewish Press, July 1, 2013)

 

“There is a viewpoint that the two sides [Israel & the Palestinians] are "an inch apart" and just a bit of serious negotiating will bridge the gap, but that has always seemed nonsense to me. An inch apart on the many Israeli security demands, such as control of the Palestinian air space and electro-magnetic spectrum and of the Jordan Valley? An inch apart on Jerusalem itself, which great numbers of Israelis do not wish to see divided ever again? An inch apart on the "refugee" issue? To the extent that "everyone knows what an agreement would look like," both Israeli and Palestinian leaders and populations have for decades rejected those terms.” — Elliot Abrams, a former top National Security Council officer in the Bush White House. (Council on Foreign Relations, July 1, 2013)

"Reaching a settlement that brings about two states is a religious betrayal – not only for the leadership but for most Muslims today. The West does not understand this." "Islam has a goal. So if you are a true Muslim, you must fight for that goal. You can achieve a temporary peace or truce, but it is not ultimate, not everlasting….So for a Palestinian leader – even if he is secular, even an atheist – to leave the negotiating room with the announcement of a two-state solution would mean that he would be killed the minute he walks out." — Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of "Infidel", interviewed during her recent visit to Israel for the recent Presidential Conference in Jerusalem. (Israel Hayom, June 28, 2013)

 

“We do not live in a ghetto. We do not have the head of a ghetto. There isn’t a single [official] entity that can claim to speak for everyone.” —  Frank Dimant, CEO of B’nai Brith Canada and publisher of the Jewish Tribune, saying that the very notion is “out of touch” and evokes “memories of classical European shtetl communities with ‘official Jewish’ representatives to government… many in the community are now openly asking: ‘What message is CIJA actually delivering to government, and what community are they actually representing?’”

   “It’s not clear to me who B’nai Brith represents,” — Shimon Fogel, CEO of Canada Israel Jewish Affairs. “I don’t take issue with them weighing in on an issue. I wish they would be perhaps more thoughtful and careful about some of the things that they say and the ways in which they say them. I can’t account for why they have, over the last period, become apparently more aggressive.” Fogel added that Jewish advocacy in Canada is “not monolithic.”

  “It’s not to the benefit of our community to be attacking the mainstream. The more we are seen to be at war with each other, the more people and governments are completely going to ignore us.” — Bernie Farber, head of the Canadian Jewish Congress until it was dissolved last year to make way for CIJA, who also criticized all this “internecine muckraking.” (National Post, July 3, 2013)

 

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POLL: ARABS WANT DEMOCRACY, OPPOSE RELIGIOUS INFLUENCE ON PUBLIC AFFAIRS(Doha) The second annual Arab Opinion Index has just been released by the Doha-based Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies, comprising interviews with over 20,000 men and women across 14 Arab countries in 2012-2013. 82% of Arabs see a democratic political system as appropriate for their own country. A large majority of Arabs also defines itself as religious – but a majority also opposes religious officials having influence on public affairs. 61% described the Arab uprisings as a positive development, while 77% supported the departure of Bashar Assad from the Syrian presidency. (Daily Star-Lebanon, June 26, 2013)

 

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY ‘POLICEMAN’ TRIED TO MURDER JEW IN SAMARIA

The IDF and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) arrested a Palestinian Authority security officer and two of his brothers for  an attempted murder of a 70-year-old Jew, who suffered gunshot wounds in his legs in a terrorist attack May 13. All three suspects have confessed, military spokesman announced on Wednesday. The PA “policeman,” 30-year-old Eyad Adnan Muhammad Daoud, is from Kalkilya, a large Arab city adjacent to Kfar Saba, located on the northern edge of metropolitan Tel Aviv and on the main artery to the Jewish communities of Maaleh-Ginot-Karnei Shomron and Kedumim. (Jewish Press,  July 3, 2013)

 

UNTREATED PALESTINIAN SEWAGE CONTAMINATING ISRAEL'S GROUNDWATER (Jerusalem) Almost 90% of sewage from Palestinian towns in the West Bank flows into the environment untreated, contaminating the groundwater and 162 km. of streams, according to a report prepared by the Israel Parks and Nature Authority. Israel has tried to cope with the problem by building treatment plants near the Green Line separating Israel from the West Bank and treating the contaminated water once it enters Israel.     A lack of Israeli-Palestinian cooperation has impeded solutions to this problem. For example, the Palestinian Authority refuses to cooperate to connect Palestinian towns in the northern West Bank to an Israeli sewage line because the line also serves several settlements. It also nixed a proposed treatment plant that would serve both Palestinian towns and the city of Ariel. (Ha'aretz, July 3, 2013)

 

POLL: 10% OF ISRAELIS BELIEVE PEACE TALKS WILL RESUME(Jerusalem) Despite recent attempts by US Secretary of State John Kerry to restart the peace talks, only 10 percent of Israelis and 27% of Palestinians believe negotiations with Palestinians will resume and violence will end, according to a poll released on Tuesday. On the Palestinian side, 57% of those surveyed believe that Israel’s long-term goals are to extend its border into Palestinian territory and drive out the Arab citizens. An additional 25% of Palestinians believe Israel’s goals are to annex the West Bank and deny Palestinians their political rights. Likewise, 17% of Israelis believe that Palestinians ultimately hope to conquer the State of Israel, while an additional 37% believe Palestinians hope to eradicate as much of the Israeli Jewish population as possible. (Jerusalem Post, July 3, 2013)

 

THE SHADOW WAR AGAINST SYRIA'S CHRISTIANS (Beirut)  On June 23, Catholic Syrian priest Fr. Francois Murad was murdered in Idlib by rebel militias, the latest victim of the shadow war against Christians that is being fought by jihadists alongside the larger Syrian conflict. Syria's two-million-strong Christian community is being devastated, even though the churches have not allied with the Assad regime. The Christians are not simply suffering collateral damage. They are being deliberately targeted in a religious purification campaign. (National Review, July 1, 2013)

 

BABI YAR MEMORIAL TO BE BUILT IN KIEV IN HONOR OF 100,000 MASSACRED BY NAZIS(Kiev)  A new memorial complex will be built at the site of the Babi Yar massacre in Kiev, where an estimated 50,000 Jews were murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust, the World Forum of Russian-speaking Jews announced Sunday. According to WFRJ President Alexander Levin, the new memorial site seeks to provide visitors from around the world with an emotional connection to the massacre. In addition to a Jewish center and synagogue at the site, there will be a display of historic material including remains of clothes and belongings of the murdered, documents from the Nazi archives, a 3D film, and interviews with survivors, the WFRJ said in a press statement. Construction of the site, which is expected to take two-and-a-half years to complete, will begin in the coming months. (Ha’aretz, Jun.24, 2013)

 

KARSENTY GUILTY OF DEFAMATION IN AL-DURA CASE (Paris) French media analyst Phillipe Karsenty was convicted of defamation for accusing French state television of doctoring a video showing the death of a Palestinian boy. The Paris Court of Appeals, which had overturned Karsenty’s libel conviction in 2008, convicted Karsenty on Wednesday and fined him about $9,000 in his long-running case against the France 2 station. Karsenty called the verdict “outrageous,” while a lawyer for France 2 said it was a victory for journalists, according to The Associated Press. France 2 and its Israel correspondent, Charles Enderlin, sued Karsenty for defamation in 2004 following his claims that a video report by Enderlin on the killing of 12-year-old Mohammed al-Dura in Gaza in 2000 was doctored. Karsenty claimed the footage of al-Dura crouching with his father behind a barricade as bullets whizzed overhead was a hoax. (Jerusalem Post, June 29, 2013)
 

SPAIN DETAINS 8 AL-QAIDA SUSPECTS FOR SENDING FIGHTERS TO SYRIA(Madrid) Spain arrested eight people in its North African enclave of Ceuta early on Friday on suspicion of recruiting fighters for a branch of al-Qaida in Syria. "The dismantled Spanish-Moroccan network was, according to police investigations, responsible for sending jihadists to groups affiliated with al-Qaida in Syria," the ministry said in a statement. The network sent dozens of people, including minors, from the enclave and other parts of Morocco, the ministry said, adding that some of the recruits had taken part in suicide attacks and others had joined training camps. The network, based in Ceuta and the Moroccan town of Fnideq, was responsible for recruitment, indoctrination and travel financing, the statement said. The two-year-old Syrian conflict that has turned into a confrontation between Shi'ite Iran, which supports Syrian President Bashar Assad, and Sunni Arab Gulf nations, which back the Syrian rebels. (Jerusalem Post, June 27, 2013)

 

LEBANON'S APARTHEID LAWS(Beirut) Although Palestinians have lived in Lebanon for more than six decades, they are still treated as foreigners when it comes to obtaining a work permit, according to Lebanon's Daily Star. Three years ago, the Lebanese government decided to amend its Apartheid law that denies Palestinians the right to work in 20 professions, including as doctors, dentists, lawyers, engineers or accountants. Although three years have passed since the law was amended, nothing has changed for the Palestinians in Lebanon. By contrast, anyone visiting an Israeli hospital would quickly notice the significant number of Arab doctors, nurses and pharmacists. (Gatestone Institute, June 27, 2013)

 

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The Myth Of Political Islam Has Been Exposed In Egypt: Bessma Momani, The Globe and Mail, Jul. 03 2013 — What to make of huge turnout for protests against President Mohammed Morsi in Egypt – the most populous Arab country and bedrock of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence? The myth of Islamist political ideology as a solution to all political and economic woes has been broken.

 

Egyptian Military Ousts Morsi, Suspends Constitution: Abigail Hauslohner, William Booth and Sharaf al-Hourani, New York Times, July 3, 2013 — The Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi from power Wednesday and suspended the constitution in moves it said were aimed at resolving the country’s debilitating political crisis.

 

In Egypt, Democrats vs. Liberals: Samer S. Shehata, New York Times, July 2, 2013—Millions of Egyptians have spoken: President Mohamed Morsi, elected a year ago, has failed. How could this happen, two years after the military helped demonstrators rid Egypt of the autocrat Hosni Mubarak? Egypt has a dilemma: its politics are dominated by democrats who are not liberals and liberals who are not democrats.

 

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