How the Turkish Prime Minister condemned himself by calling Zionism a ‘crime against humanity’ by Sharyn Mittelman

Mar 1 2013
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan on March 1 offensively equated Zionism to racism and fascism at the "Fifth Alliance of Civilizations Forum" in Vienna. During the forum, Erdoğan reportedly stated:

"Just like Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, it becomes unavoidable that Islamophobia must be regarded as a crime against humanity."

Iran’s Attempted Rapprochement with Egypt: Implications for Sunni-Shiite Relations Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall,

February 27, 2013
The Arab Spring has reinforced the conflict between the Arab states and Iran. While Iran continues to see the Islamic manifestations of the Arab Spring as an opportunity to promote its Islamic hegemonic aims, the series of upheavals in the Arab world has in fact widened the gaps between Iran and the Arab states. This is mainly due to Iran’s unequivocal and ongoing backing of Syria, where Assad keeps trying to crush the opposition, and Iran’s support for the Shiite opposition in Bahrain.

U.S. Helping Israel's Defense by Yaakov Lappin

March 1, 2013
Cooperation between the two countries today is at an unprecedented level. The other part involves devastating offensive capabilities, designed to surprise adversaries, bringing any war to a swift conclusion.

The cheering and the hugs exchanged by Israeli and American teams this week at Palmahim Air Force base, south of Tel Aviv, marked a historical turn of events.

Erdogan's Speech was Widely Condemned

March 1, 2013

Good news: Although they stayed until UN Watch exposed, and called on the world to denounce, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s repugnant speech calling Zionism a “crime against humanity” -- at a UN forum supposedly dedicated to tolerance -- today both the United Nations and the United States strongly condemned him:

• UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Erdogan’s “hurtful and divisive comments” were “not only wrong" but “contradict the very principles on which the Alliance of Civilizations is based.”

Palestinians to Hagel Report: "We Don't Need U.S. Troops Here" by Khaled Abu Toameh

March 1, 2013
Any Arab leader who agrees to join a U.S. or NATO force will be denounced by his people as a traitor and puppet in the hands of Zionists and Americans. Any foreign troops will become a target for terror attacks, as happened in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Palestinians repeated this week their opposition to the new-old idea of deploying a U.S.-led international force in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Will There be Another Intifada? by Mordechai Kedar

Friday, March 1, 2013
In recent weeks we have seen an escalation in public disturbances, demonstrations, Molotov cocktails and militant declarations of activists in the field. And the question that naturally arises is "What are the causes and reasons for these developments, and are we about to experience a third intifada?"

The Arab spokesmen give three main reasons for the increase in events: the Palestinians who are prisoners in Israeli jails, the economy and the lack of progress toward independence.

The Issue of the Prisoners

What John Kerry Doesn’t Know About Democracy and Also About Islam By Barry Rubin

28 Feb 2013
In practically his first outing as secretary of state abroad, John Kerry made some remarkable statements in a meeting with young Germans. The main thing being widely quoted is this:

“In America, you have a right to be stupid if you want to be,” he said. “And we tolerate it. We somehow make it through that. Now, I think that’s a virtue. I think that’s something worth fighting for.”

Of course, there’s a right to be stupid in America! Indeed, just this week it's been expanded into having a right to be simultaneously stupid and secretary of defense!

Attacks on Egyptian women escalate, Egyptian law-makers blame victims /Sharyn Mittelman

Feb 27 2013
While sexual assaults in Tahrir Square are sadly not new, recently they reached "epidemic" proportions. And while many are asking the Egyptian government to condemn these organised attacks on women, instead some Egyptian parliamentarians have blamed the victims.

Urge US Secretary of State Kerry to Condemn Erdogan's Anti-Semitic Slur in Turkey Meeting Tomorrow

Feb 28 2013
UPDATE: At 3:00 am this morning, UN Watch broke the story that Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called Zionism a "crime against humanity" in a speech before yesterday's UN global summit on tolerance in Vienna.

Oxford University students reject Israel boycott

28 February 2013
A motion calling for an all-out boycott of Israel and endorsing sanctions against the Jewish state has been by the Oxford University Student Union (OUSU). According to the Union of Jewish Students in Britain, the OUSU measure calling for a boycott of Israeli institutions, goods and produce lost by a vote of 69 against 10.

West Bank Unrest / Update from AIJAC

February 27, 2013
This Update features three pieces providing background to the growing - though still limited - West Bank demonstrations.

Turkey's Erdogan to UN Conference: "Zionism is Crime Against Humanity"

Ban Ki-moon Stayed Silent, Must Speak Out.This Sunday, March 3rd, UN Watch at AIPAC: Executive director Hillel Neuer will be speaking at the 2013 AIPAC Policy Conference, in Washington, DC, on a panel with historian Gil Troy, author of Moynihan's Moment: America's Fight Against Zionism as Racism. To order this superb and important new book, click here.

UK: Unemployment Benefits to Finance Jihad by Soeren Kern

February 28, 2013
"The normal situation is to take money from the kuffar [non-believer]. You work, give us the money." — Anjem Choudary

A radical Islamic cleric who lives off the British welfare state has been filmed urging his followers to quit their jobs and claim unemployment benefits so they have more time to plot holy war against non-Muslims.

Excerpts of the speech, published by the London-based newspaper The Sun on February 17, have drawn renewed attention to the growing problem of Muslims in Britain and elsewhere who are exploiting European welfare systems.

Who Will the Muslim Brotherhood Heed: Allah or Tom Friedman (and such people)? No Contest By Barry Rubin

26 Feb 2013
Sigh. Forgive me. I really don't want to write this article but it is too good a case study of the contemporary Western foreign policy reporting, debate, and elite attitudes toward international affairs. And doing a better job is vital because this task involves the fate of millions of people; matters of war and peace; the most basic interests of the United States; and the decency of intellectual discourse.

I refer of course to:

Israel repatriates 6 Syrians treated for wounds By REUTERS

02/27/2013 08:37
Wounded treated at Safed's Ziv Hospital; repatriation completed at undisclosed location; one Syrian remains for more treatment.
Syria-Israel border
Syria-Israel border Photo: Nir Elias/Reuters

Israel repatriated on Wednesday six of seven Syrians after treating them for wounds suffered in the insurgency against President Bashar Assad, the IDF said.

Israel admitted the Syrians on Feb. 16 through the Golan Heights, whose eastern foothills have seen fighting between Assad's forces and rebels. Israeli officials gave no further details on the casualties' identities.

Palestinians Exporting Terrorists to Syria Where Next? by Khaled Abu Toameh

February 27, 2013
The Palestinians who are heading to Syria have been told their next station will be Jordan, then Israel, where, with their friends in Jabhat al-Nusra, they hope to create an pan-Islamic state ruled by Sharia laws.

The Gaza Strip has begun exporting terrorists to other countries. If the terrorists are not stopped, they will start showing up in European capitals and probably cities in the United States.

Syria Trumpets UN Election to Senior Post

February 26, 2013
Ban Ki-moon was silent at meeting that named Assad Rapporteur of Decolonization Committee

GENEVA, February 26, 2013 – UN Watch today called on Ban Ki-moon, US Ambassador Susan Rice and EU representatives to condemn the world body’s “revolting and absurd” decision to unanimously re-elect the Assad regime to a senior post on a decolonization committee charged with upholding fundamental human rights in opposing the “subjugation, domination and exploitation” of peoples — a propaganda victory now being trumpeted by Syria’s state-funded SANA news agency.

It is time for Israel and Turkey to remember their deep common history by Sinem Tezyapar

February 25, 2013
I am a Turkish Muslim and every time I have a conversation with an Israeli friend, they keep asking me why the relations between Israel and Turkey have reached such a nadir, why Turkey seemingly has an antagonistic stance against Israel.

Politics undermine Iraq's judiciary by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

February 26, 2013
It is a truism that the de-Baathification process in Iraq was turned into virtual "de-Sunnification" in many respects and thus helped to fuel the Sunni Arab insurgency in the period 2003-2005. However, one area that stands out as a notable exception is the judiciary.

Pink Anti-Semitism Is No Different from Brown Anti-Semitism by Alan M. Dershowitz

February 26, 2013
This burlesque of an argument first surfaced in a New York Times op-ed that claimed that Israel's positive approach to gay rights is "a deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violation of Palestinians' human rights behind an image of modernity signified by Israeli gay life." In other words, the Jew among nations is now being accused of feigning concern over the rights of gay people in order to whitewash – or in this case pinkwash – its lack of concern for Palestinian people.

Kids to Jihadists Dr. Petra Marquardt-Bigman

Feb 26 2013
On January 24, many Sunni Muslims celebrated the birth of Islam's founder Muhammad. As the Jerusalem Post's Khaled Abu Toameh reported, Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced during a ceremony to mark this occasion that Hamas was planning to establish a "military academy" that would offer training to children as young as 12. The children attending the school would be able to "graduate with a diploma or a BA in military affairs."

Islamist Assassinations in the West by Daniel Pipes

February 25, 2013
Terrorism broadly takes two forms: against random individuals who happen to be at a market place or on a bus at the wrong time; or against specific individuals because of who they are. The latter in turn divides into two: against broad categories of people (the military, Jews, people who were eyeglasses) and against specific public figures, either individuals or institutions. In effect, these last are assassinations (defined by Merriam-Webster as "to murder (a usually prominent person) by sudden or secret attack often for political reasons").

How Sickening Will Sweden Get? by Douglas Murray

February 26, 2013
Their gamble is that if we give the Organization of Islamic Cooperation just a little something -- just a "harmless" little law -- then we might all just be able to get along. But for every inch of encouragement the free nations of the world give the OIC, the more Reza Jabbaris we sacrifice -- and a million more free-thinking souls

To:David J.Townsand, President of the OUSU From:DR.Rivka shpak Lissak, Historian,

Feb.26 2013
Dear President,
It seems your organization has no idea about who you are going to boycott.
I am an Israel but I oppse the settlements, like about 58% of Israelis.But, you are misinformed.

The settlements produce no products. The products on the West Bank are produced on indusrial districts. The owners of the factories are Jews but all the workers are Palestininas.

By boucotting the products they produce you will put out of work many thousands of Palestinian workers and increase unemployment on the West Bank.

This is not the way to fight settlements.

UK student campaigners push for Israel boycott vote

25 February 2013
Students at Britain’s prestigious Oxford University are to vote later this week on a controversial motion to boycott Israel. The Oxford University Student’s Union (OUSU) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to decide on a motion to join the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in “in protest of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and its hindrance of attempts to create a Palestinian state,” according to the newspaper ‘The Guardian’.

Islamists to West: Put Up Your Hands and Hand Over Your Property! By Barry Rubin

Posted: 24 Feb 2013
Here’s the perfect parable for understanding not just the contemporary Middle East but the wider world today.

Two unarmed Finnish soldiers assigned to the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) were observing along the Israel-Syria border from the Syrian side. Armed men stopped their car. While the two Finns didn’t speak Arabic they were quickly made to understand that the men wanted their UN vehicle and their other possessions.

Similar things have happened to Belgian and Italian soldiers in the UNIFIL force in southern Lebanon.

Death for Preaching Christ in 'Liberated' Libya by Raymond Ibrahim

February 22, 2013
Four foreign Christians—including one who holds American-Swedish citizenship—were arrested days ago in Libya. According to the Guardian, their crime is arousing "suspicion of being missionaries and distributing Christian literature, a charge that could carry the death penalty."

Apparently the four Christians had "contracted a local printer to produce pamphlets explaining Christianity." Proselytizing to Muslims—that is, preaching to them another religion—was banned even under the late Col. Muammar Gaddafi.

Palestinian Authority struggles to survive By Pinhas Inbari

25 February 2013
Over the past few days the West Bank has witnessed growing unrest and violence related to the hunger strike staged by four terrorist prisoners held in Israel. Two of the prisoners were previously released in the deal to free Gilad Shalit on condition of never returning to terrorist activities, a condition they had breached and therefore landed in prison again.

Exposing the UN's dirty little secret By Daniel Schwammenthal

February 24, 2013
A gathering of the tortured in Geneva shames the UN Human Rights Council by giving victims not perpetrators a platform to tell their story

The speakers were never meant to live and tell their stories. Their torturers expected them to either submit or die. But somehow these men and women managed to escape from their dungeons and concentration camps to gather at the seat of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Jihad or Criminality? by Daniel Pipes

February 24, 2013
A recent spate of killings in the United States of non-Muslims by Muslims has gone unnoticed by the major media. Here are four cases I know of:

Feb. 5: Yusuf Ibrahim, 27, Egyptian born and living in Jersey City, stands accused of shooting, then cutting off the heads and hands of two Copts, Hanny F. Tawadros and Amgad A. Konds, and burying them in Buena Vista Township, New Jersey. He is charged with two counts of murder and with desecrating human remains. He is also wanted for a Sep. 20, 2012, armed robbery in Jersey City in which a victim was shot in the foot.

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