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BBC’s Warped Priorities

The Middle East is full of important news stories at this particular moment. Thousands of Syrian civilians are fleeing across the Turkish border to escape Bashar Assad’s murderous crackdown on anti-government protests. A new Hezbollah-dominated government has just been appointed in Lebanon. But what is the second item on the BBC News Online homepage? A

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Globe & Mail’s Cracked Mirror Images

Doug Saunders, the Globe & Mail’s European bureau chief, thinks there’s no difference between Hamas and the Israeli parties that make up Prime Minister Netanyahu’s governing coalition. He’d be correct if Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu, Shas, United Torah Judaism, and Haatzmaut maintained their own armed groups, fired rockets at neighbors, restricted media freedom, brainwashed children, and tossed

4 Snippets You Might Have Missed

Khaled Abu Toameh on Hamas vs. Fatah: In the eyes of Hamas, Mahmoud Abbas and Salaam Fayyad are also “traitors” because they have agreed — at least in English and in public — to recognize Israel’s right to exist. If Abbas and Fayyad were to stand trail before a court on all what Hamas has

Egyptian FM Equates Hamas, George Washington

Talk about bad timing. On the same weekend that the US forgave $1 billion of Egyptian debt, the Washington Post published a Q+A with Cairo’s new Foreign Minister that won’t help Egypt’s relations with the US –  never mind Israel. Here’s Nabil Elaraby’s response to Lally Weymouth’s point about Hamas: Hamas is on the U.S. terrorist

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Financial Times: No Interest in Principle

Israel’s three conditions for engaging Hamas are a matter of principle. You don’t negotiate with people who want to kill you. You don’t negotiate with people who don’t recognize your existence. And you don’t negotiate with people who don’t intend to honor previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements. If you do, you reward — and legitimize – a terror

Italian Journalist/Activist Abducted in Gaza

Sky News reports that a group of Salafists inspired by Al-Qaida just kidnapped an Italian journalist in Gaza. Their video (via Gaza Times) demands that Hamas release their “holy warriors” from detention. The video identifies the Italian as Vittorio Arrigoni. This abduction isn’t as straightforward as the Alan Johnston affair. That’s because the International Solidarity Movement

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