Vandals daubed “Death to Christianity” on a Jerusalem church Monday in the second such attack in the holy city this month, police said. The words “Price Tag,” a slogan used by ultranationalist Jewish settlers, were also scrawled on the walls of the Baptist Narkis Street Congregation in a quiet residential neighborhood in Jewish west Jerusalem.http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/20/us-israel-church-vandals-idUSTRE81J0CU20120220
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CBS’ 60 Minutes had a fantastic segment on how the Israeli occupation is driving Christians out of the Holy Land. The report has earned CBS the ire of the Israeli government – even before it aired.
There’s a petition setup to thank CBS for their courageous reporting, as well.
“Taking risks for peace”:
The eviction came after a long legal battle between the Qarsh family and settlers who say they bought the building from its owners, another Palestinian family who emigrated to the United States decades ago.
An Israeli court later ordered the settlers to leave and said it would consider the case next week, according to the lawyer.
The influx of hardline settlers into crowded neighbourhoods in mostly Arab east Jerusalem, which Israel occupied and annexed in 1967, has raised tensions in the Holy City and hindered efforts to relaunch peace talks.
Also, check out the former Palestinian beauty queen who now races cars in the desert! cool
Cue the cynics, of course. Still worth highlighting.
The remnant of an Orthodox Jewish left protesting the settlements in East Jerusalem (though several of those interviewed have become “secular”).
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Jews march in Jerusalem, to throw Palestinians into the sea.
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Amongst all the commentary about the Israeli-US flap over 1600 settlements in East Jerusalem, Roger Cohen’s in the NYT stands out.
This is a watershed moment. Palestinian violence, Palestinian anti-Semitic incitement and jihadist infiltration of the Palestinian national movement all undermine peace efforts. They are unacceptable; Biden was right to “ironclad” the U.S. commitment to Israeli security. But it’s past time that Palestinian failings cease to serve as an excuse for Israel’s remorseless, cynical scattering of the Palestinian people into enclaves that make a farce of statehood. That is “an affront” to America.
In this sense, Biden’s foray has been salutary. It brought U.S. “vital interests” to the surface. It challenged Israel’s ostrich-like burrowing into polices that, over time, will make one divided, undemocratic state more likely than “two states for two peoples.” It asked again the question posed recently by David Shulman of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Are Israelis, cocooned, still able “to see, to imagine, and to acknowledge the suffering of other human beings, including those aspects of their suffering for which we are directly responsible?”
Also, Richard has been awesome, as usual.
Leading US architect Frank O. Gehri has announced he is withdrawing from the Museum of Tolerance project in Jerusalem which detractors say is being built over an ancient Muslim graveyard, the Haaretz newspaper said on Friday.
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Al Qaeda airline attack, sectarian hirabah against Shiites, provide media diversion while Israel announces its plans to build 700 new homes in East Jerusalem.
Israel said Monday that it will build nearly 700 new apartments in east Jerusalem, drawing tough criticism from both the Palestinians and the United States, which denounced the plan as an obstacle to peacemaking.
“We make a distinction between the West Bank and Jerusalem. Jerusalem is our capital and remains such,” said government spokesman Mark Regev.
Also, here’s a report from the AP about the Institute of Hope, the only orphanage in Gaza. It is home to many of the 1,720 new orphans that were created by last year’s Gaza masssacre.
No wonder Hamas has kicked Al Qaeda and the caliphate utopians out the Gaza Strip. No doubt they would make short work of sacrificing the Palestinians on the caliphate altar.
Of course, there are other huge differences between Hamas and Hezbollah and Al Qaeda and the militant groups of South Asia that it colonized.