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Bayefsky on UCJ decision

Columbia University Professor Anne Bayefsky, who delivered an outstanding speech to the UN a short while ago, now responds to the UCJ decision condemning Israel’s security fence. Bayefsky stresses that the implications of the UN court’s decision reach far beyond Israel: The Court has declared four new rules about the meaning of the right of

Call for Arafat’s resignation

MEMRI translates a remarkably frank call for Arafat’s resignation in the London Arabic-language daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: In the Palestinian Authority there are 12 security apparatuses, and their number has nothing to do with security but with the fact that there are 12 people who must each be given a security apparatus so they will be

Worth reading today

* Responding to the current crisis in the PA, David Gerstman recounts the media’s take on Arafat’s popularity. * Caroline Glick on the role of the media in the larger War against Terror: the ability to harness the media and to control the images of the war is one of the chief components of the

Stockholm Syndrome redux

Four French aid workers were abducted and taken hostage by Palestinians in Gaza on Friday, then released a few hours later. Were they angry? Resentful? Naw…said one: “I was very well treated. I was given water and I was comfortable in a room…They said they considered us as friends.” There’s a real pattern of the

Third-party censorship

[Via Josh Harvey:] David Bernstein points out that the NYTimes can’t even bear to acknowledge that Israel calls terrorists ‘terrorists’: “In Israeli cities like Tel Aviv and Haifa, it is possible now to forget about the conflict, at least for a time. But on this side of the barrier, the conflict suffuses life. In June,

‘Jews and French people’

From French President Jacques Chirac‘s speech for Bastille Day yesterday: We are going through a period of displays of racism in which our compatriots, Jews, Muslim or even others, sometimes even simply French people, are the object of aggression with the only motive that they don’t belong or are not from such and such a

Legal defense against terror

The SF Chronicle published a commentary by a legal expert who raises an aspect of the ICJ ruling that effects not only Israelis: even if you are unconcerned about the lives of Israeli civilians, another portion of the opinion should be alarming to every American. Israel contended that the barrier was justified by its “inherent