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The Furious Insignificance of Hamas - Part III

By mattpryor, October 20, 2010

Good morning fellow JC'ers.

I posted parts one and two in a previous blog, so here is part 3. It contains some interesting revelations (for me, at least) about Hamas's funding and support base, and Iran's strategic involvement in Gaza's affairs.

The original post can be found at Son of Hamas blog.

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Trade Union Friends of Israel

By mattpryor, October 19, 2010

Dear all,

A delegation of trade unionists from Trade Union Friends of Israel are currently leading a trip to Israel and the [occupied|disputed] territories and are blogging their experiences here:

http://www.tufi.org.uk/delegation-blog/

It makes interesting reading.

I wonder if TUFI are in any way affiliated with TULIP? It seems they share a common purpose, perhaps they should talk to each other if they're not already.

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Australian Trade Unions Leader attacks BDS

By mattpryor, October 13, 2010

Via BUYcott Israel:

Recently, Australian trade union leader Paul Howes delivered a powerful address in Melbourne with the title of "Standing Up to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement."

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Good news for peace lovers

By mattpryor, October 12, 2010

PA daily highlights coexistence with Israeli neighbours

This is taken from Palestinian Media Watch - I discovered it via Elder of Ziyon's site - and found it enlightening and encouraging.

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An Idiot Abroad

By mattpryor, October 8, 2010

Dear all,

I was wondering if anybody is watching Ricky Gervais's latest creation on Sky One called "An Idiot Abroad"?

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U.N. Poisons its Human Rights Mission

By mattpryor, October 4, 2010

This is an op-ed written by Irwin Cotler, a Canadian MP and board member of the NGO "UN Watch", which appeared in The Australian. This is something which should concern anyone interested in the UN's human rights watchdog and how it is being exploited for political reasons by the world's worst violators. Although it was written for an Australian audience there are many points here that the British government would do well to consider as well.

U.N. Poisons its Human Rights Mission

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The furious insignificance of Hamas

By mattpryor, October 4, 2010

A bit of background for those who don't know - Mosab Hassan Yousef was the son of one of the founders of Hamas and worked as an undercover operative for Shin Bet for many years. He converted to Christianity and eventually got out of the region, wrote a book documenting his experiences called Son of Hamas - highly recommended reading. He also maintains a blog which gives a unique and fascinating perspective into the situation in Gaza and the conflict. He recently applied for, and was granted, political asylum in the US.

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British Islamists "protest" Pope visit

By mattpryor, September 24, 2010

Not wanting to cause any alarm... don't panic... but please take a look at this video:

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8d3_1285202586

Islamist demonstrators (headed by the odious Anjem Choudary) shouted "Pope Benedict, you will pay, Islam is on its way", "Sharia is on its way", "Justice is on its way" (a lot is coming our way, it seems) and threatened that Sharia would be "declared" against all who insult Mohammed. They shouted to the Pope, "Watch your back," swore that he will "burn in hell" and claimed that he "deserves the death penalty."

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Moderation problems and what can be done.

By mattpryor, September 24, 2010

First of all, in spite of what some people have said, I don't think the JC moderators are biased in favour of anti-Israel sentiments. I think they try very hard to appear balanced and impartial, but in doing so are in danger of giving the impression of favouring one side of the debate over the other due to inconsistently applying rules.

However, there does appear to be a few problems and I wanted to start a constructive "suggestions" thread.

Banning users

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What can Britain do for Israel?

By mattpryor, September 21, 2010

As the 10-month deadline approaches there is talk of Prime Minister Netanyahu agreeing to a continuation of the moratorium on building projects beyond the 1947 armistice lines, in exchange for the US release of Stephen Pollard.

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=188647

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Is this a joke?

By mattpryor, September 14, 2010

Sometimes (actually most days) I read a newspaper article online that just gets up my nose, without at first knowing why. Usually it has to do with Israel. Today was no exception when, during my daily perusal of the Times website, I came across an article by an Egypt-based journalist, Ashraf Khalil, entitled "Upbeat Hillary Clinton tries to life gloom hanging over the peace talks".

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A Song for Peace

By mattpryor, September 14, 2010

My other half and I watched this on tele the other night. I usually have to brace myself for something unpleasant when comedians start talking about the Arab-Israel conflict, but I found this funny and touching. See what you think.

Peace Anthem For Palestine

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The Case For God

By mattpryor, September 7, 2010

I watched this programme on BBC One last night in which Jonathan Sacks took part in a series of one-to-one debates with some of his leading critics including Howard Jacobson and Alain de Botton. Highly recommended in case you missed it.

The programme is available on BBC iPlayer here for UK residents:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00tq6rt/The_Case_for_God/

Happy New Year,
Matt

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An encouraging photograph

By mattpryor, September 3, 2010

For those of us who support peace talks and wish Bibi and Mahmoud Abbas and their negotiating teams every success, I thought I'd share this photo:

Notice the lack of a translator. Direct, honest, face to face talks. What Bibi has been calling for for 60 weeks, and what is desperately needed. Fantastic.

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Jonathan Sacks on science, God and Stephen Hawking

By mattpryor, September 2, 2010

A bit of a diversion from the the usual bickering about Middle East politics (should give cleveson and telegramsam's keyboards a bit of a rest)...

There's a great piece here by the Chief Rabbi in response to Hawking's claim that God did not create the universe. It's on the Times so if you want to read it it'll cost you a quid... I should ask for commission.

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Is this anti-Semitism? Looking for advice.

By mattpryor, August 23, 2010

I'm becoming increasingly alarmed by the rhetoric in comments on the Times website these days, particularly whenever a story mentions Israel or Iran and the same people keep posting the same rubbish again and again.

Some examples - all in response to one story regarding the recent activation of the nuclear plant at Bushehr:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article2696922.ece (£)

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Hard Talk: Dan Meridor

By mattpryor, August 19, 2010

In "Hard Talk" on Radio 4 yesterday Stephen Sackur interviewed Israeli Deputy PM Dan Meridor. The interview is available on BBC iPlayer until 25th August:

iPlayer link

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The Other Side

By mattpryor, August 12, 2010

Like many people I can't help but notice how in the media these days Israeli "settlers" tend to be portrayed as troublemakers, bigots and the principle "obstacle to peace" (is anyone else sick and tired of hearing that phrase?) and was thinking only a month or so ago how refreshing it would be to see the human side of the settler story. To the BBC's credit they did touch on the subject a while ago with their article on the "hilltop youth" and this gave a slightly different, or at least human perspective.

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