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Selected News - Week of 2/14/11

Posted on February 15, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Don't Fear the Brotherhood

Running away from the Islamic party is exactly what the entrenched Egyptian ruling class wants America to do.



IDF destroys unauthorized Bedouin reservoirs built before state's creation

The move, intended to push Bedouin off IDF firing ranges, leaves dozens of families in the region with no water for their sheep and livestock. A day after heavy winter storms brought much needed rain to the country, military authorities demolished 11 water reservoirs belonging to Bedouin in the southern Hebron Hills.



What Egypt Can Teach America

It’s a new day in the Arab world — and, let’s hope, in American relations to the Arab world.

The truth is that the United States has been behind the curve not only in Tunisia and Egypt for the last few weeks, but in the entire Middle East for decades.



Obama Gives Israel Way Too Much Love in Valentine's Day Budget

Today--Valentine's Day--President Obama sent his 2012 budget request to Congress.  As we anticipated, it includes a record-breaking request for $3.075 billion in military aid to Israel.

Given our $14 trillion debt and the fact that Israel misuses U.S. military aid to commit systematic human rights abuses against Palestinians, now is the time to end--not increase--military aid to Israel.

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Bill that prohibits boycotts of Israel approved in preliminary reading

In a first reading, the Knesset's Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved a law proposal that would prohibit boycotts of Israel. If the bill is passed, the State would place criminal sanctions on anyone wishing to boycott it. The proposal was accepted despite opposition from the Foreign and Justice Ministries, whose representatives claimed that the law might hurt Israeli interests. http//www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4029099,00.html


Bill proposes discount in tuition fees for soldiers

Coalition MKs submit bill proposing to provide those who served in IDF, performed National Service with NIS 2,860 for university payments. MK Ahamd Tibi: Bill is racist



Haaretz probe: IDF base to be built in East Jerusalem

Both the municipality as well as the Ministry of Defense claim that the base will be built within the green line, however, Haaretz has revealed otherwise based on initial plans for the IDF base.


US vs UN on Israeli settlements

Vetoing UN resolutions condemning Israeli settlements violates broader US interests. http//english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/02/2011215115925859109.html

Egyptian army hijacking revolution, activists fear

Military ruling council begins to roll out reform plans while civilian groups struggle to form united front



Let US see Al Jazeera

Cable companies have resisted adding Al Jazeera English to the lineup

The Egyptian crisis may provide the news channel its best chance yet to capture a larger share of the US audience. FOR THE past few weeks, a parallel plot line to the revolutions in the Arab world has been playing out in the media. With rare exceptions, the largest American cable and satellite providers simply do not provide viewers access to Al Jazeera English, the cousin to the powerful Qatar-based world news network.



Hasbara spam alert

With Israel's foreign ministry organising volunteers to flood news websites with pro-Israeli comments, Propaganda 2.0 is here



Categories: News (items prior to 6/15/11)