The Daily Brief – Monday September 20, 2010

September 20, 2010

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September 20, 2010
Today’s Print News and Views About Israel/Mideast

Globe and Mail: Henry Jenkins: "Avatar activism: Pick your protest" (18/9/2010)
"Pop culture has become the basis for a participatory approach to world activism – Harry Potter fans for gay rights in the U.S., defiant Palestinians protesting about Israeli occupation with their traditional keffiyahs over skins painted blue after Avatar’s Na’vi people."
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Guelph Mercury: Michael B. Oren, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S.,: "Israelis have seen enough war" (18/9/2010)
“Imagine that you’re a parent who sends her children off to school in the morning worrying whether their bus will become a target of suicide bombers. Imagine that, instead of going off to college, your children become soldiers at age 18, serve for three years and remain in the active reserves into their 40s. Imagine that you have fought in several wars, as have your parents and even your grandparents, that you’ve seen rockets raining down on your neighborhood and have lost close family and friends to terrorist attacks. Picture all of that and you’ll begin to understand what it is to be an Israeli. And you’ll know why all Israelis desperately want peace.”

National Post: AFP: "Mideast Looks To U.S. To Break Deadlock" (20/9/2010)
"Top Israeli and Palestinian officials headed yesterday for the United States where they are expected to seek ways to break a deadlock over settlements threatening to sabotage peace talks. Israeli President Shimon Peres, pictured, left on a four-day visit coinciding with the UN General Assembly meeting in New York, before Defence Minister Ehud Barak set off for talks in Washington."
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Edmonton Journal: "U.S. will take in 100000 Palestinian refugees under new peace plan, ex-Israeli premier says" (20/9/2010)
“Former Israeli premier Ehud Olmert said on Sunday the United States had agreed to accept some 100,000 Palestinian refugees within the framework of an eventual Middle East peace deal, media reported.”
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Toronto Star: Martin Knelman: "Adir Miller: Super Seven: Fresh faces found at TIFF" (18/9/2010)
"In Israeli director Avi Nesher’s resonant new movie The Matchmaker, Adir Miller seizes a breakthrough role and dominates every scene he’s in.  Outside Israel, few people have heard of Miller but at home he is known as a former stand-up comedian who turns up frequently as a TV host and performer."

National Post: Charles Pedley, (letter to the editor) "Settlements aren’t the problem" (18/9/2010)
"I think it is time for Mahmoud Abbas to show that the Palestinians truly want peace. He could do that by stopping the rockets, releasing the captured Israeli soldier from four years ago, remove the ugly lies about Israelis drinking the blood of Palestinian children from Palestinian textbooks and by removing vicious attacks on Israel and Jews from Palestinian-controlled TV, as a start. It is time for the Palestinian Authority to show its good will."

National Post: Thomas Goldstein (letter to the editor) "It’s Israel’s time to act" (18/9/2010)
"What Israel must have is a leader, with vision, who inspires. Be that leader, Prime Minister Netanyahu."

Montreal Gazette: "’No question’ of extending curb on settlement: Israel" (18/9/2010)
“Israel reiterated yesterday its refusal to extend curbs on settlement building that expire this month, despite U.S. pressure and Palestinian threats to walk out of peace talks.”
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Victoria Times Colonist: Staff: "At your service" (19/9/2010)
"Criticise Israel, Go to Jail? Professor Michael Keefer (University of Guelph) talks about his new book, Anti-semitism: Real and Imagined. Discussion to follow Professor Keefer’s presentation. Two presentations Friday, Sept. 24: 12:30 p.m. at UVic. David Strong Building C116 and 7 p.m. at BCGEU Hall, 2994 Douglas St"

Actualités et opinions sur Israël

Radio-Canada : RC/AFP : « Proche-Orient : Les négociations de paix piétinent » (17/09/2010)
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« Israël n’a pas l’intention de prolonger le moratoire sur la construction de colonies juives en Cisjordanie qui se termine à la fin du mois, a déclaré à l’Agence France Presse un haut responsable israélien, qui a requis l’anonymat.»
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Cyberpresse : AFP : « L’ONU exhorte Israël à renouveler son moratoire sur les colonies » (17/09/2010)
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 « Le secrétaire général de l’ONU Ban Ki-moon a demandé à son tour vendredi au premier ministre israélien Benyamin Nétanyahou de prolonger son moratoire sur la construction dans les colonies en Cisjordanie.»
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Le Devoir : AFP : « Colonies – Israël exclut de prolonger le moratoire » (17/09/2010)
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 « Israël a rejeté une proposition du président égyptien, Hosni Moubarak, de prolonger de trois mois le gel des nouvelles constructions dans les implantations juives de Cisjordanie, onr rapporté hier des sources proches des négociations israélo-palestiniennes.»
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Le Journal de Quebec : AFP : « L’ARMÉE ISRAÉLIENNE AURA SES F-35 » (17/09/2010)
« Alors que les pourparlers de paix s’enlisent encore avec la Palestine, l’armée israélienne a décidé de se doter du nouveau chasseur furtif américain F-35, afin de renforcer ses capacités militaires, a indiqué hier un communiqué du bureau du premier ministre Benjamin Netanyahu.»
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         Today’s Television News About Israel

CTV News: Scott Laurie: "Israeli Film ‘Precious life’ debuts at TIFF" (11/9/2010)
An Israeli film makes its debut at TIFF. “Precious Life” tells the story about an Israeli doctor who treated an ailing Palestinian boy who doesn’t have an immune system.
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            Today’s Radio News About Israel

CBC Radio "As It Happens" Carol Off interviews Israeli writer Gideon Levy: (20/9/2010)
"An interview with Gideon Levy is a writer with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. He’s been following the latest round of peace negotiations. Mr. Levy is in Montreal, where tonight he will begin a speaking tour that will take him across the country. Earlier today, he spoke to Carol from our CBC studio in Montreal."
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Today’s Internet News About Israel

Globe and Patrick Martin: "Hamas member’s killing flies under Israeli public’s radar" (18/9/2010)
“Israeli forces burst into the home of a senior member of Hamas early Friday morning and killed him with three bullets to the chest, though few Israelis know anything about it. It appears to have been a “targeted killing,” the first of a Hamas member in the West Bank for more than two years. Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad – no friend of Hamas – called it a “dangerous escalation” in tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.”
Submit a comment online Neil MacDonald: "Lebanon’s return to tyranny" (20/9/2010)
“Foreign journalists in this once-relaxed city are now assigned ‘minders,’ as they are in Damascus, or were in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. All is now forbidden. Interviews dry up at the last moment. No one wants to antagonize Syria or Hezbollah.”
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Vancouverite: Yehonathan Tommer: "No school for 40000 Gaza kids for lack of space" (20/9/2010)
“40,000 Gazan school children have been turned away from United Nations operated schools this school year because of the severe lack of new classroom space due to an acute shortage of construction materials entering the Gaza Strip since 2007.”
Submit a comment online "Iranian president stops in Syria on way to UN" (19/9/2010)
"Iran’s president said Saturday that Middle Eastern countries will "disrupt" American and Israeli plans to change the political geography of the region, appearing to brush aside U.S. efforts to forge a regional peace deal between Israel and its neighbors."


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