Embassy Magazine: Staff: “Talking Points” (1/09/2010) “Palestinian group loses QC appeal The Court of Appeal in Quebec has upheld a ruling that a lawsuit pitting a Palestinian group against two Montreal companies must be heard in Israel, the CBC reported. On Aug. 12, the Court ruled that two developers building condominiums in the West Bank did not violate international law. The lawsuit went to Quebec on the notion that Israel would not hear the case as it has not ratified the convention that would make the settlement illegal. The Quebec court ruled there was not sufficient evidence to prove Israel would not hear the case.”
National Post: Eytan Dishy (letter to the editor) "Mideast dreaming" (1/09/2010) "This column was plagued with misinformation. The Palestinian Authority’s policing in the West Bank is an utter joke, a silly show to appease the international community. Unless Hamas has dropped its jihadist ideals overnight and amended the introduction to its charter stating: "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it," I hardly believe that Hamas is ready to start singing Kumbaya with the Jews. The drop in Isreali causalities has been for two plain and simple reasons: The disputed security fence and Israeli raids on terror cells in the West Bank. Mr. Indyk also criticizes settlements and hopes that Mahmoud Abbas will have the courage to make peace. How long will Americans go on believing this rubbish?"
Globe and Mail: Amy Verner: "Krav Maga teaches you to kick butt like an Israeli soldier" (1/09/2010) "Krav Maga (Hebrew for “contact combat”) was introduced in Czechoslovakia nearly 80 years ago by Imre Lichtenfeld as a way for the Jewish people of Bratislava to protect themselves against anti-Semitic groups. After the state of Israel was established in 1948, he began instructing the Israeli Defence Forces and gradually, the training spilled over into the realm of law enforcement."
CBC.ca: "Bollywood plans Jesus biopic" (1/09/2010) “South Indian director Singeetham Srinivasa Rao and producer Konda Krishnam Raju have announced they will make a $30-million US feature about the early life of Jesus of Nazareth. The movie, announced Tuesday in Jerusalem, will be shot in Israel and the Palestinian Territories over the next few months.”
Halifax Herald: Alex Wilner: "Turning al-Qaida into heretical thugs" (1/09/2010) "To call this terror "homegrown" is not to suggest it has no foreign entanglements. Al-Qaida, Hezbollah and the Tamil Tigers have long relied on diaspora communities for support. And while Westerners have also travelled overseas to join such organizations, these groups increasingly now recruit young Westerners, train them abroad, then send them home to wreak havoc."
CTV National News: Paul Workman "on the Mideast peace talks" (1/09/2010) “The latest round of Middle East peace talks have begun in Washington, D.C. U.S. President Barack Obama met separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. The real talks, though, begin Thursday with face-to-face negotiations.”