Israel Daily News Stream 05/31/2012

Everything you need to know about today’s media coverage of Israel and the Mideast.

Gaza convoy disbands. Iran suspiciously razes buildings at nuclear site. Syria takes a beating in the press.

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Israel and the Palestinians

George Galloway’s Gaza convoy broke up in dismal failure. Viva Palestina was unable to get permission to enter Egypt after spending two weeks in the Jordanian port city of Aqaba. According to the Times of London (paywall):

This week they decided to cut their losses and abandon their mission.

According to the Jordanian newspaper al-Dustour, Kevin Ovenden, the convoy’s leader, said that the group appeared to have secured permission from the Egyptian authorities, but that this was rescinded at the last minute for no apparent reason.

But others blamed poor leadership and organisation.

A number of people bailed out of the convoy over Galloway’s decision to pass through Syria, which gave Assad some propaganda points.

I’m very glad to see AP take note of Congressional interest in defining Palestinian refugees. By making a distinction between original refugees and descendents, the hornet’s nest being raised is overdue.

Ehud Barak didn’t go into specifics, but he said Israel should consider unilaterally imposing borders on the Palestinians. The  NY Times, BBC and AP, among others, were on hand for the Defense Minister’s remarks.

Israel returned the bodies of 91 terrorists to the PA, which is honoring the martyrs suicide bombers and terrorists with a national rally at Ramallah’s presidential compound.

The Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions movement scored another victory: One of Switzerland’s largest supermarket chains, Migros, is going to add special labels identifying settlement products as “Made in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.” The European Jewish Press writes:

Migros spokesman Monika Weibel denied Tuesday’s decision constitutes a boycott, insisting the chain wants “to let customers decide which products they want to buy”. The supermarket previously issued generic ‘Made in Israel’ labels for settlement produce . . .
Israel reacted with outrage to the move by trade minister Rob Davies, which it claims is targeted, considering similar laws do not apply to products originating from other conflicted territories, such as the Falklands, Kashmir or north Cyprus.