Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday links

From Ian:

MFA: Hamas detains foreign journalists in the Gaza Strip
"Hamas is not allowing at least 22 foreign nationals who wish to exit the Gaza Strip for Israel to do so. Among the foreigners being detained are nine Italian citizens, one Canadian, one South Korean, a French national and six journalists from Japan. In addition, two Turkish Red Crescent members have been refused exit.
This violation of the human rights of neutral foreigners is yet another example ofHamas’ attempts to manipulate and pressure the press.
For its part, Israel is keeping the Erez crossing into Gaza open, allowing passage to the foreign press, diplomats and humanitarian workers."
[I want to add that this is not the only way that journalists are effectively being human shields. This great video compilation shows how many of the journalists in Gaza say that they hear rocket launches very nearby where they are reporting from:


IDF Blog: Pillar Of Defense: Fourth Day Recap VIDEO

Israeli patrol fires back at Syrian troops after being hit by bullet on the Golan
No Israeli troops injured in latest spillover of civil war
[Reports that Syrian soldiers may have been killed - EoZ] 

Rupert Murdoch Tweets: “Why Is Jewish Owned Press so Consistently Anti-Israel In Every Crisis?”
He also tweeted: “Can’t Obama stop his friends in Egypt shelling Israel”

UK Prime Minister: Hamas ‘Bears the Principal Responsibility’ for Gaza Conflict

Washington defends Israel, blames Hamas for escalation
‘Israelis have endured far too much of a threat from these rockets for far too long,’ White House spokesman says

HuffPo: Jimmy Carter: "Israelis' Policy Is to Confiscate Palestinian Territory"

Arab MKs honor Gazan victims of IDF operation
“Israel is breaking international law in Gaza, all for the sake of Netanyahu’s election campaign,” MK Zoabi charges.
"Not to be outdone, MK Taleb a-Sanaa’s Arab Democratic Party was addressed by one of the leaders of Hamas via video-conference at a party meeting Saturday. Sanaa was reelected as the party’s representative on United Arab List-Ta’al."

Palestinian Authority warns of chaos in West Bank By Khaled Abu Toameh
Protesters throughout the West Bank call on Hamas's Izzadin Kassam Brigades to "destroy Tel Aviv."

In Hebrew Video Hamas Threatens Renewal of Suicide Bombings Against Israeli Civilians (VIDEO)
“We have missed the suicide [bombs]… wait for us soon in stores, buses and cafes,” promises the video according to a translation from the Jerusalem Post.

[Some of the video is hilarious, with Hebrew being displayed backwards or in reverse order. Israelis are openly laughing at it on YouTube. - EoZ]

Hamas warns Gazans against ‘spreading rumors’ that help Israel
Interior Ministry says government is providing the media with all ‘needed information’

Gaza PM goes into hiding, as several key Hamas military commanders killed
Haniyeh heads underground after command center housing his office is bombed; 11 Hamas activists said killed on Saturday

Russia Today Presenter Accuses Israel of “Terrorism” and “Apartheid” (VIDEO)

CIFWatch: ‘Comment is Free’ contributor: Israeli leaders murder Palestinian children to score electoral points
"The enormity of this smear – a staggering moral inversion which evidently was unchallenged by Guardian editors – is difficult to even fathom."

CAMERA: On U.S. Radio, BBC Reporter Misinforms to Defend Hamas Use of Human Shields
"Danahar then quickly pivots to say that "the key factor here" is the accuracy of Israel’s counter strikes. In other words, according to the BBC journalist, the key factor is not the use of human shields by Palestinian terrorists, nor is the indiscriminate rockets that they fire into Israel, but rather the accuracy of Israeli tank shells."

The "Diversity" of New York Times Op-Ed Page
"It's possible that the newspaper might publish an Op-Ed focused on Hamas's war crimes, or on Israel's need to defend its citizens from incessant rocket attacks. But history shows that if you're waiting for anything coming close to balance on the opinion pages, you'll be waiting in vain."

Workers begin digging up Arafat’s grave ahead of exhumation
Job expected to take two weeks before remains of Palestinian leader can be tested for poisoning

Egypt churches pull out of constitution panel
The Coptic Orthodox church's new pope, Tawadros II, said after his election last week that he would reject a constitution if it imposed a religious state in the Muslim-majority country.

10 Years on, Victim of Arab Terror Coulter Remembered Through NY Street
"She was eating lunch with the students in the cafeteria on Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus on July 31, 2002, when the Palestinian bomber struck. Nine people, including Janis, were killed in the blast. More than 80 others were wounded."

Former VP Henry Wallace, Forgotten Zionist, Stars in Oliver Stone’s New TV Series
"After a public outcry, Stone expressed “regret” that he “made a clumsy association about the Holocaust” and acknowledged that “Jews obviously do not control media or any other industry.” He did not, however, withdraw his slur about Israel—a statement which, ironically, would have appalled the hero of his new TV series, Henry Wallace."

The Scattered Tribe: Discovering Remote Jewish Communities
"In his new book, The Scattered Tribe, Frank first embarks on a quest to uncover his familial roots in Russia but then discovers a remote Jewish community on the exotic island of Tahiti. Later travels to India, Vietnam, and Morocco reveal intricate histories of Jewish achievement, tragic purges, and a diverse people’s stubborn endurance throughout the centuries. Frank even manages to infiltrate the communist regime in Cuba, where a suppressed Jewish community struggles to revive in the face of politically imposed atheism."