The Daily Brief – Friday, August 13, 2010

By Mike Fegelman

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August 13, 2010

Press Releases:

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada: Canada Deeply Concerned for Safety of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and Other Prisoners in Iran (August 12, 2010)
The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement expressing Canada’s concern for the safety of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani and other prisoners in Iran and asking for compassion during this holy month of Ramadan.
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CUPW Press Release: "Postal Workers’ Union: Get Mail to Gaza on the Boat" (August 12, 2010)
The Canadian Union of Postal Workers wants mail delivered to Gaza. Following an announcement by Canada Post that Israel Post has suspended mail delivery to Gaza, the union is encouraging people who wish to send mail to Gaza to get their mail onto the Canadian boat bound for the blockaded Palestinian territory.

International News/Opinion:

AFP: "Destroyed Muslim graves in Jerusalem were ‘fake’: Israel" (August 12, 2010)
Around 300 Muslim gravestones destroyed by Israeli bulldozers in a Jerusalem cemetery earlier this week were "fake" and set up in a bid to snatch government land, the city charged on Thursday. The allegation was flatly denied by the Islamic Movement which earlier this week accused the municipality of razing recently renovated Muslim graves in a centuries-old cemetery in a large park in mostly Jewish west Jerusalem.

Israel Defense Forces: "120 Rockets and Mortars Fired at Israel from Gaza in First Six Months of 2010" (August 12, 2010)
Rockets from Gaza continue to be fired at Israel. Since the beginning of 2010 until the end of July, 120 rockets and mortars were launched at Israel by Palestinians from Gaza.

Haaretz: "IDF to Dismantle Protective Wall that Blocked Gunfire on Jerusalem Neighborhood" (August 13, 2010)
The Israeli army will begin dismantling a concrete barrier installed eight years ago, during the Second Intifada, to shield Jerusalem’s Gilo neighborhood from arms fire from the neighboring West Bank Arab town of Beit Jalla. A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces said the barrier’s removal reflects the stable security situation at this site in recent years.


   Today’s News and Views About Israel:

Postmedia News: Mike Barber: "Canadian postal workers put stamp of approval on bid to break Gaza blockade" (August 12, 2010)
The union for Canada’s postal workers is sending a message of support to the Gaza Strip, backing a plan that would take a ship through the blockade of the Palestinian territory in the wake of Israel’s suspension of mail delivery there. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers on Thursday called on Canadians to co-ordinate with Canada Boat Gaza, a coalition of Islamic and human-rights organizations that are planning to sail a ship through the Israeli blockade this autumn to deliver aid to the Gaza Strip.
See also: National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal + Victoria Times Colonist

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CBC Radio’s The Current: "Nazi Hunting – Interview with Rafi Eitan" (August 13, 2010)
We started this segment with how the United Press International reported the verdict in one of the greatest trials in modern history. It was 50 years ago this year that Adolph Eichmann — the logistical mastermind of the Holocaust — was captured in Argentina in a high-stakes operation by the Israeli Mossad. The operation was the result of years of meticulous planning. And it was spearheaded by former Mossad officer Rafi Eitan. He was in Tel Aviv.

CBC Radio’s The Current: "Nazi Hunting – Interview with Guy Walters" (August 13, 2010)
We started this segment with the Hollywood version of Simon Wiesenthal in a scene from the 1974 movie, The Odessa File. And for many people, that version of history — and that version of Simon Wiesenthal — have become accepted history. But according to Guy Walters, much of what we think we know about those events simply isn’t true. He’s the author of Hunting Evil: The Nazi War Criminals Who Escaped and The Quest to Bring Them to Justice. He was in London.

              Send Your Feeback     ReTweet-It "Alleged Mossad agent extradited to Germany" (August 12, 2010)
Polish authorities on Thursday extradited a suspected Mossad agent to Germany, where he faces charges in relation to forged passports used by suspects in the slaying of a Hamas leader in Dubai earlier this year. The suspect known as Uri Brodsky was handed over to German police at Warsaw’s international airport, police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski said
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Regina Leader Post: Barbara Woolsey: "Student speaks on Palestine" (August 13, 2010)
Growing up in Jerusalem, Yafa Jarrar recalls going through checkpoints to get to school and having to carry identification stating religion and race.  On Friday night, the pro-Palestinian activist will be speaking at "Party with a Purpose for Palestine" — an event being held in the hopes of forming a solidarity chapter in the city.
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Canadian Jewish News: Paul Michaels: "The Best News Outlets Diligently Pursue the Truth" (August 12, 2010)
In his weekly Canadian Jewish News media analysis column "According to Reports," Paul Michaels, CIC Director of Communications, says that the mainstream media, for the most part, was able to get the facts straight regarding the recent Lebanese-Israeli border clash.
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Montreal Mirror: Lina Harper: "Out, about and proud" (August 12, 2010)
This year, the Quebec government gave them $55,000, about a quarter of what they were asking for this season. But funding issues aren’t the only ones organizers are facing. Boudreault says they plan to allow a group called Queers Against Israeli Apartheid to march in the parade. This is in stark contrast from the Toronto Pride controversy, which saw the event come under national scrutiny as a result of their initial decision to bar the group.
Winnipeg Free Press: Staff Writer: "Ignatieff begins busy Winnipeg stop at Red River College" (August 13, 2010)
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff has a full schedule for his two-day whistlestop visit to Winnipeg. Ignatieff will tour Red River College and meet with students and teachers this morning at 11 a.m. He’ll attend a luncheon with female entrepreneurs followed by a visit to the Canadian Wheat Board. Tonight, he visits the Israel, African and Phillipine Folklorama pavilions.


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