Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Amusing report in The Onion on Israel's founding. And look at the map...
Apparently the international media often confuses the Al-Aqsa Mosque with the Dome of the Rock - the latter being a distinct structure also on the Temple Mount. These Muslims think that the confusion was perpetrated by a "Zionist conspiracy" that aims to demolish Al-Aqsa.

Mike Shuster of the American NPR network included some outrageous misrepresentations in a documentary on the Yom Kippur war and the Begin-Sadat peace talks (report).

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Miguel Angel Moratinos, the EU Middle East Envoy, will attend the funeral of the mother and 2 children murdered by Fatah at Kibbutz Metzer (report)

Kibbutz Metzer is affilliated with the hard-left Hashomer Hatzair movement. The only other occasion that I recall the EU sending an envoy is after the bombing at Hebrew University - itself an enclave of the left.

Were there other occasions when the EU sent representatives? Or are they sympathetic only when its their "friends" who are the ones killed?

Monday, November 11, 2002

I'm now between employers and still not quite back in the blogging state-of-mind. Here's a couple of interesting links:

The disruption of the Palestinian olive harvest by settlers from Itamar caused a stir in many European foreign ministries. IDF Chief of Staff Moshe Ya'alon personally visited the area and organized the IDF's successful action to stop the harassments. This according to an article from today's Haaretz by Ze'ev Schiff that doesn't seem to be on the Haaretz website.

This rambling article from Friday's Haaretz mentions that the magazine ARTnews - based on a spurious report by UNESCO - falsely reported that an ancient mosque in Nablus had been 80% destroyed during Operation Defensive Shield and imputed malicious intentions to the IDF.

People associated with the settlers who encamped at Havat Gilad have set up a website alleging abuse at the hands of the IDF (I note this because it's interesting, not because I necessarily agree).