Paramount announces that in remake of Wizard of Oz, Mahmoud Abbas will play Scarecrow (the bloke with no brain)

On Friday, July 9th, 2010 in News.

According to the sources, Abbas has been using different mediators to convince the Norwegian Nobel Committee to grant him the prestigious award, whose past recipients include former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, US President Barack Obama, late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and President Shimon Peres. The sources added that members of the Nobel Committee have been approached recently by Abbas’ associates, including former Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei. The reasons behind the Palestinians president’s request to receive the award are


Finkelstein: Spanish interview

On Friday, July 9th, 2010 in News.

Con motivo de los recientes acontecimientos en Palestina, y muy especialmente la violenta intervención israelí en aguas internacionales contra la Flotilla de la Libertad así como el largo y criminal bloqueo a que está sometido el pueblo de Gaza, entrevistamos a Norman Finkelstein, figura imprescindible para entender las claves del conflicto palestino-israelí. Finkelstein, politólogo judío e hijo de supervivientes de campos de concentración nazis, es el reconocido autor de obras tan relevantes como “La industria del holocausto”, sobre la explotación


Los Angeles mayor declares medical emergency as Jewish community committed for collective brain surgery. (Note that every statement in paragraphs two and three of this article is factually wrong.)

On Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 in News.

June 30th was declared Gilad Shalit day in Los Angeles. A unanimous vote by the L.A. City council took place to show solidarity with the Shalit family and the Israeli people in their struggle against terrorism. Gilad Shalit is the Israeli soldier kidnapped by Hizbollah in 2006. It was the incident on the northern Israel border that killed two of his fellow soldiers and kidnapped Shalit that started the Lebanon war that year. Shalit at some point was turned over


But what about the Holocaust?

On Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Human rights organizations say patients prevented from leaving Gaza for important medical procedures ‘against ethical codes.’ Government’s coordinator in territories: Report biased; we’ve approved more than 9,000 cases a year Muhammad Abu Mustafa, a 52-year-old Gaza resident, suffers from a spinal disc herniation, which results in pain along his arm and numbness. Israel refuses to let him leave the Strip for a medical procedure in Jerusalem. His case is one of the examples included in a report authored by several


Will someone please tell me why he doesn't just move to Israel and run for the Knesset on the CRJL (Certified Russian-Jewish Lunatics) slate?

On Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

Today, modern Israel faces some of the toughest challenges it has encountered in its 62-year history. Chief among them is Iran’s threat to the Jewish state’s very existence. But — especially in the past several months — there has been progress in defending against, deterring and preventing Iran from fulfilling that evil objective. On the continuing threat side, Iran-funded and directed Hezbollah and Hamas still have more than 50,000 rockets on Israel’s borders and continue to seek even more sophisticated


Surprising, positive development

On Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 in News.

JERUSALEM—Hamas and Hezbollah, groups that have long battled Israel with violent tactics, have begun to embrace civil disobedience, protest marches, lawsuits and boycotts—tactics they once dismissed. For decades, Palestinian statehood aspirations seemed to lurch between negotiations and armed resistance against Israel. But a small cadre of Palestinian activists has long argued that nonviolence, in the tradition of the American civil rights movement, would be far more effective. Officials from Hamas, the militant group that controls the Gaza Strip, point to


The thief crying, "Help! Thief!"

On Sunday, July 4th, 2010 in News.

By Calev Ben-David July 2 (Bloomberg) — Israel won’t apologize to Turkey for its May 31 raid on an aid flotilla heading for the Gaza Strip in which nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists were killed, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late today in an interview with Israel’s Channel One. “Israel cannot apologize because Israel’s soldiers tried to defend themselves” against the being “massacred,” Netanyahu said. The incident has severely strained Israel’s political and military ties with Turkey, once its closest ally


These thugs really need to be stopped

On Sunday, July 4th, 2010 in News, The Israel-Palestine Conflict.

An Arab-Israeli research group is taking the International Development Research Centre to court, alleging the Canadian Crown corporation cut off funding to the group under pressure from the Israeli government. Mada al-Carmel, a 10-year-old social research centre based in Haifa, conducts research into Israel’s Arab minority. Two years ago, Mada received a pair of three-year grants from the IDRC to study the marginalization of women in Arab-Israeli society and the low level of political participation by Arab Israelis. In March,



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