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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday links

From Ian:


Liberman steps up offensive against Abbas, calls for ultimatum on PA chief
Foreign minister says that if Palestinian president does not abandon bid for UN and return to negotiations, he should no longer be seen as a partner for peace
PMW: Terrorist murderer glorified twice in one month on PA TV

Ramadan: Islam’s ‘Holy Month’ of Christian Oppression

Thirty years later, Australian police reopen hunt for Israeli Consulate bombers
Following talk with Jordanian-born terrorists jailed in US, authorities take new look at 1982 attack

Fact or Fiction?: 1001 Muslim Inventions Comes to Washington D.C.
"History is often determined in great battles. But ongoing battles about history can redefine it. The 1001 Inventions exhibit is diminished with a more understandable me-too-ism, a desperate search for cultural pride despite the technological dominance of the West after the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution. But as Orwell noted, language and word choice are powerful weapons in battles about history. National Geographic has an obligation to clarify whether the words and claims in 1001 Inventions is history, legend, or a mix of both, before another half-million Americans march through their doors."

A New Slur Calling people "Holocaust-obsessed" is the new holocaust denial.
"I admit I was stunned in exploring this question to find no less than 272,000 Google hits for "obsessed with the Holocaust." And it's not just racist sites (including David Duke's) or anti-Zionist sites like Mondoweiss."

In firing Trevino, Guardian’s hypocrisy laid bare
"The supreme hypocrisy of the Guardian has been laid bare, as it demonstrates that it is morally unburdened by hideously anti-Semitic, pro-terror commentators and journalists but will cravenly give in to arguments by extremists suggesting that those on the mainstream American right — commentators who take the threat to Western values posed by Islamist terrorism seriously — are beyond the pale."

Libya Sufi shrines attacked 'by Islamist hardliners'
A shrine in the Libyan capital Tripoli venerating a Sufi Muslim saint has been partly destroyed - the latest in a series of attacks blamed on ultra-conservative Salafi Islamists.

Merah case: the minute of silence earned him a reprimand (French)
"Five and a half months after the fact, the high school English teacher Flaubert in Rouen who called his students to observe a minute of silence in memory of Mohamed Merah killer Toulouse, will make his return to the students. Another institution of the academy."

Pinkwashing! Activists protest inclusion of Israeli-backed films in Queer Film Festival
"The documentary, Invisible Men, by gay Israeli director, Yariv Mozer, follows in part the journey of Louie, a gay Palestinian who seeks refuge in Israel after receiving death threats from his own family, only to face harassment and deportation, before eventually fleeing to Europe."

A Letter to Aly Raisman From an IDF Soldier
"...a letter to olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, the American and Jewish gymnast who performed to the tune of Hava Nagila in London, from an officer in the Israel Defense Forces. The letter was posted by the author on Aly’s Facebook page."

A smarter inhaler for asthmatic kids
This Israeli invention delivers the medication better, gives the patient real-time feedback and provides hard data for the physician.

British Mandate's 1938 Annual Report Details the Arab Revolt
The Library of Congress Archives Provide the Full Picture

Also, from Al Arabiya:

More than 300 bodies found in Syrian town of Darya

Fighters bulldoze Sufi mosque in central Tripoli (Libya)

Tunisia TV executive goes to jail for satire broadcast

YNet: Germany cooperated with Black September after Munich Massacre
German newspaper Der Spiegel revealed Sunday that German authorities cooperated with Black September, a Palestinian terror group, after it had carried out an attack that killed 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

Germany, it was reported, did so for fear of additional attacks on its soil.

According to the report, the German government held secret contacts with the planners of the Munich Massacre. Several months after the attack, Germany's then foreign minister, Walter Scheel, met secretly with several Black September members to "rebuild trust."
Jonathan Schanzer: Hamas' corruption