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The Daily Brief – Wednesday February 23, 2011

by Mike Fegelman

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23, 2011
Montreal Gazette: Staff: "City council motion decries show-store boycott" (23/2/2011)
"Montreal city council has adopted a motion deploring the boycott campaign against a Montreal shoe store that sells footwear made in Israel. The boycott was launched in the fall against the le Marcheur store on St. Denis St., at the corner Duluth St., by the activist called Palestinian and Jewish Unity and supported by other left-wing activists as part of a worldwide campaign promoting boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel."
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National Post: Ephraim Halevy: "An anchor of sanity" (23/2/2011)
"The powers that be in Israel clamped a deafening silence on themselves when the Egyptian people rose up against Hosni Mubarak. There was precious little that Israel could do to sway events in one direction or the other, since this revolution did not have its origins in issues related to the foreign, strategic or defense policies of Cairo. And so Jerusalem, for the most part, remained quiet"
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Winnipeg Free Press: Frances Russell: "Religion underlies battle over Oda" (23/2/2011)
"Immigration Minister Jason Kenney is their chief spear-carrier. He accused Kairos of anti-Semitism for assuming "a leadership role" in the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, charges Kairos emphatically denies. Kairos says its position has never changed and follows long-standing Canadian foreign policy favouring an independent Palestinian state co-existing peacefully with an independent Israeli state. However, Kairos also supports the United Nations resolution urging Israel to stop its occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and return to its 1967 borders."
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Montreal Gazette: EhabLoyateff: "McGill grad laid groundwork for ‘Facebook Revolution’" (23/2/2011)
"Mubarak’s passivity brought some stability to Egypt over the first years of his rule, and this was somewhat appreciated after the fear of chaos following Sadat’s assassination. The economy did slightly improve but it was fuelled by consumerism, not productivity or industrialization. By the mid-1990s and despite the nearly two decades of peace with Israel, the drop in military expenditure and the billions of foreign aid Egypt was receiving, the Egyptian population was suffering economically."
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Waterloo Record: Editorial @ Toronto Star: "Another view: Arab nations seek freedom" (23/2/2011)
"Still, this "Arab spring" has done more to buoy Arab pride, vigour and hope in a few short weeks than any movement in the past three decades. The reformers’ democratic instincts and openness is a repudiation of inward-looking Islamism and Al Qaeda’s nihilistic violence. Moreover, this awakening does not draw energy from anti-Americanism, despite Washington’s initial jitters. And it regards Israel as an afterthought, if at all. There is far, far more at stake"
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Guelph Mercury: Frida Ghitis: "Americans may not like the new-look Egypt" (23/2/2011)
"Now that the euphoria has started to die down, it’s time for a cold look at Egypt after its people’s victory over dictatorship. President Hosni Mubarak has left power, and the ruling military council promises elections in about six months. That is not a lot of time to change many minds."
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Telegraph-Journal: Maureen Dowd (NYT) "Online discourse takes comment to lowest level" (23/2/2011)
"Nir Rosen, a journalist published in The Nation, The New Yorker and The Atlantic who had a fellowship at New York University’s Center on Law and Security, likes to be a provocateur. He has urged America to "get over" 9/11, called Israel an "abomination" to be eliminated, and sympathized with Hezbollah, Hamas and the Taliban"
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CBC.ca Photo Gallery: Staff: "This week in pictures" (22/2/2011)
"Israeli President Shimon Peres, seated, looks at bullet holes in the ceiling of the Spanish parliament left over from the Feb. 23, 1981, failed coup attempt by rebel soldiers during a state"


Today’s News and Views About Israel & Mideast

National Post: Editorial: "At the UN, the silence is predictably thunderous" (22/2/2011)
"Where is the United Nations Human Rights Council? As the Libyan government deploys tanks, helicopter gunships and military aircraft against its own people, many are asking this question, including United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights NaviPillay."
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Sudbury Star: Laurentian University Palestine Solidarity Working Group (letter to the editor) "Palestinian group rejects anti-Semitism" (23/2/2011)
"The Palestine Solidarity Working Group also opposes the direct linkage of swastikas to Palestine solidarity events. Members of the community should understand that criticism of Israel’s state policies regarding the occupation of Palestine is not anti-Semitism. Members of LUJSA have gone out of their way to confuse statements that are critical of Israeli state policies toward Palestinians, whose land has been occupied by the Israeli state, with actual anti- Semitism, which are attacks on Jews that are related to their religious or ethnic heritage. Palestine Solidarity Working Group event organizers have carefully explained the difference between opposition to Israel’s state policies regarding the treatment of the Palestinian people and anti- Semitism."
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CBC.ca: Neil MacDonald: "The losing fight to prosecute Rafik Hariri’s assassins" (22/2/2011)
"So how does a mere political party stop international prosecutors from pursuing embarrassing murder charges against its henchmen? Well, in the case of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, you effectively take over the government of your country, bully the prosecutors’ original supporters and cut off much of the financial support for the UN investigation."
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CBC National: Peter Mansbridge/Neil MacDonald: "The losing fight to prosecute Rafik Hariri’s assassins" (22/2/2011)
Mansbridge: "And now to that update on another story that would also have big implications in that region, a story Neil MacDonald broke last fall. It was about the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Neil’s report received international attention as it outlined evidence pointing to Hezbollah’s involvement in the 2005 attack, but, despite a year’s long investigation and a U.N. special tribunal, there have been no charges. Neil’s back with us. Neil, what are you learned tonight?"
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Toronto Sun: Editorial: "Strip Pride of city funding" (23/2/2011)
"But, most of all, the controversy over Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA) — a group that marched in 2009 chanting anti-Israel slogans — has wrapped the festivities in scandal. QuAIA has nothing to do with the pride felt so strongly by thousands of homosexuals in Toronto and beyond. But by repeatedly ducking the issue and not banning QuAIA, Pride Toronto has proven it either doesn’t want or doesn’t deserve taxpayers’ money."
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Edmonton Journal: Yusri Mohamed: "Israel calls Iran ships’ pass via Suez a provocation" (23/2/2011)
"Two Iranian naval ships passed through Egypt’s Suez Canal into the Mediterranean on Tuesday heading for Syria, a move that Israel condemned as a "provocation.""
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TheChronicleHerald.ca: Mark Lavie: "Iran sends ships through Suez" (23/2/2011)
"Two Iranian warships sailed from the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean on Tuesday, the first such trip in at least three decades, eliciting Israeli charges that Tehran is seeking to dominate the Middle East."
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Montreal Gazette: Isabel Kershner @ NYT: "Israel Silent as Iranian Ships Transit Suez Canal" (23/2/2011)
"Israeli leaders maintained a tense silence on Tuesday over reports that two Iranian Navy ships had passed through the Suez Canal and entered the Mediterranean en route to Syria, a move described by officials here as a provocation."
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Globe and Mail: Patrick Martin: "Gadhafi vows to stay in power ‘until the end of time’" (23/2/2011)
"Embattled Libyan Leader Moammar Gadhafi has come out swinging against his opponents, saying he’ll fight to the death as his forces moved to crush dissent in the capital, his seat of power."
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