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September 7, 2010

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September 7, 2010
Today’s News and Views About Israel

CBC News Now: An interview with Peter Kent on "Mideast peace talks" (3/09/2010)
"Peter Kent, Minister of State of foreign affairs, spoke with CBC News from Ramallah in the West Bank."
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CTV News Channel: Mark Plotkin, analyst: "A bump on the road to Mideast peace" (5/09/2010)
“A political analyst in Washington says that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may be sending a message by continuing settlement construction despite Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas warning that he will quit peace talks.”
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Ottawa Citizen: David Warren: "Denial, lies and peace-making" (4/09/2010)
"I have already read several articles, in the usual media, suggesting that Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating in bad faith. Ha! Of course he is. Anyone who is negotiating under compulsion can be said to be doing so in bad faith. But so was everyone else near the White House, this week, except, just possibly, Barack Obama."
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Vancouverite: Yehonathan Tommer: "Mahmoud Abbas lashes out at Ahmadinejad over peace talks" (6/09/2010)
“Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has lashed out at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for criticising his decision to resume direct negotiations with Israel which had been suspended for more than 18 months.”
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Globe and Mail: Doug Saunders: "Tony Blair stripped of Blairism" (4/09/2010)
“No longer was he interested in Blairism – just in Blair. When Israel attacked Lebanon in 2006, months before he left office, he was almost alone among world leaders in refusing to criticize Israel’s excesses – in fact, he defended them.”
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Globe and Mail: AP: "Israel hints at new settlements, putting peace talks in jeopardy" (6/09/2010)
"Just days after Mideast peace talks began in Washington, the first major crisis is already looming: Israel hinted Sunday it will ease restrictions on building in West Bank settlements, while the Palestinian President warned he’ll quit the talks if Israel resumes construction."
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Submit a comment online "Abbas: Will quit peace talks if no building freeze" (5/09/2010)
"Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he has warned Israel’s prime minister that he’ll quit peace talks unless Israel extends a curb on settlement construction."
Send a letter to CTV "Vatican decries Iran stoning sentence" (5/09/2010)
"The Vatican on Sunday raised the possibility of using behind-the-scenes diplomacy to try to spare the life of an Iranian widow sentenced to be stoned for adultery. In its first public statement on the case, which has attracted worldwide attention, the Vatican also decried stoning as a particularly "brutal" form of capital punishment."
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National Post: AFP: "Son fears Iran will carry out execution" (7/09/2010)
"The son of an Iranian woman sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery said yesterday he fears she will be executed shortly after this week’s end to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. "Ramadan is coming to an end and, according to Islamic law, executions can resume," Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s 22-year-old son, Sajjad Mohammadi Ashtiani, told a news conference by telephone. However, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Iranian authorities had told Italy’s ambassador that "no decision has been taken" over her fate and that he had invited his Iranian counterpart to Rome to discuss the case."

Edmonton Journal: PostMedia News: "’Mystery’ explosions rock Lebanon town" (4/09/2010)
“The state-run National News Agency said the blasts were in a three-storey building that was being used as an arms warehouse on the outskirts of Shehabiyeh, just south of the Litani River, an area under surveillance of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).”
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Toronto Star: AP: “Dubai police official says Blackberry a spy tool” (4/09/2010)
“Concerns over Israeli access to BlackBerry data, and the use of the device by the United States to spy on the United Arab Emirates are behind the Gulf state’s moves to curb the smartphone, Dubai’s police chief said.”
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Calgary Herald: Sharon Kirkey: "Hair-raising find could indicate men’s heart attack risk" (4/09/2010)
“Researchers at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ont. tested three-centimetre long hair samples from 56 men admitted to an Israel hospital for heart attack against hair collected from 56 men of equal ages who were hospitalized for other reasons.”
See also: London Free Press, Hamilton Spectator Colleen Barry: "Miral highlights values shared by enemies" (4/09/2010)
"The latest movie by Julian Schnabel couldn’t have been more timely. Miral chronicles decades of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the rarely seen perspective of Palestinian women. The film, dedicated by the director to everyone on both sides who wants peace, made its world premiere Thursday at the Venice Film Festival, just as Israeli and Palestinian leaders sat down in Washington for the first direct negotiations in years.”

Globe and Mail: Erin Hershberg: "Local micro-festivals are keeping it reel" (3/09/2010)
“Festivals like these are definite no-brainers for real film buffs, but the Toronto Palestine Film Festival (Oct. 2 to 8) is perhaps the TIFF surrogate most likely to become a trending topic on Twitter. After last year’s controversy over TIFF’s spotlight on Tel Aviv, it would be easy to assume that TPFF wants nothing to do with TIFF. But Dania Majid, the festival’s media liaison, maintains that “TPFF has a good working relationship with TIFF.” Whether this verbal olive branch has anything to do with TIFF’s decision this year to program an array of Palestinian-themed films remains unspoken. Still, the official festival kick-off – which sparks the three-day, 24-film showcase – is a panel discussion with Irish filmmakers Ken Loach and Paul Laverty, who both publicly boycotted TIFF last year.”
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Toronto Sun: Reuters: "War photographer takes a shot at fashion" (3/09/2010)
Q: So what drives you in your work as a photographer? A: There is a humanistic/political aspect that I find morally important. I feel it’s important to investigate stories, to create visual documents, to record history. I always quote the example of the concentration camps. If some revisionist historian comes along and says they did not exist, we have Margaret Bourke-White and all these other photographers who showed it was there. That’s why today it’s important to go to Gaza, to Darfur or Guantanamo to investigate. These are the things that drive what I do. Q: What is your next assignment ? A: I am going to Gaza in a couple of weeks for a couple of months.”

Toronto Star: Linda Barnard: "Barnard’s TIFF bet: A tale of thrills, chills and regrets" (4/09/2010)
"The cast, led by Helen Mirren as a former Israeli Mossad agent dogged by her past, is equal to the compelling story about a trio of agents and the secret they keep — each for their own reason. The action straddles two timelines: Israel in 1997 and 1965’s East Berlin. Mirren plays Rachel Singer, an Israeli national hero thanks to an act of bravery with the agency more than 30 years earlier."


         Today’s News and Views About Israel

Globe and Mail: Editorial: "Don’t hold your breath for a peace breakthrough" (7/09/2010)
“Yet another round in the Israel-Palestine peace process was rolled out with U.S. encouragement this week. As with many negotiations, what is happening away from the bargaining table will threaten to overshadow what the leaders say to each other at the table. Both sides must realize that they cannot let outside distractions pull them away from advances, however small, which can be made.”
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CBC National: Margaret Evans: "Mysticism in the Holy Land" (6/09/2010)
“The Holy Land is at the crossroads of three major religions, but despite well-entrenched faiths, mysticism and magic still have a lot of pull in the region. From Qur’anic readings to fortune-tellings, people are looking for peace of mind in some unusual quarters. CBC’s Margaret Evans reports it is something Palestinians and Israelis have in common.”
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Toronto Star: Gil Yaron: "Silence spoke volumes during Mideast talks" (4/09/2010)


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