5/26/11, "On Israel, Harper stands alone at G8 summit," Globe and Mail, Doug Saunders
"Alone among G8 leaders, the Canadian Prime Minister refuses to embrace the U.S. President’s plan to begin peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis on the basis of a return to Israel’s de facto borders as they existed before its 1967 war with neighbouring Arab countries – a precondition, accepted by Arabs and by many previous Israeli leaders and Canadian governments,
- that would be necessary to get Palestinians back to the table.
Mr. Harper made his opposition to that position clear through a spokesperson shortly after Mr. Obama’s Middle East speech last week in a pre-G8 briefing, making him the lone leader in the G8 not to back the U.S. preconditions."...
This did not stop Mr. Obama from declaring this summit a historic moment. In fact, he told Britain’s House of Commons, this is a “pivotal moment” in history, in which the death of Osama bin Laden and the winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghan (the latter of which will be the subject of difficult talks in Deauville) are putting an end to the events that defined the 2000s, and the economy, he said, is improving.
That statement will not resonate on the Normandy coast: The majority of the G8 countries are European and are embroiled in an increasingly serious monetary and fiscal crisis whose resolution will likely devour much of the leaders’ time this week."...
The UK has a problem with anti-Semitism. Scotland municipalities banned Israeli books in the recent past, are doing so again, or at least staging protests to boycott Israeli books. Palestinians slashing sleeping Jewish childrens' throats 2 months ago is no problem.
5/25/11, "European Jewish Congress President denounces calls to ban Israeli books and products in Scotland, 'eerily reminiscent of darker times'," European Jewish Press, Paris
"European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor expressed outrage at reports of the banning of Israeli books and distinctively marking Israeli products
- in several districts near Glasgow, Scotland.
Israeli books translated into English were recently added to the list of prohibited books in libraries.
"It is inconceivable that products from the Jewish State are banned or distinctively marked in Scotland," Kantor said. "These acts are eerily reminiscent of darker times and perhaps there is a level of hatred that connects them."
According to reports, two and a half years ago, shortly after the Israeli Operation Cast Lead against Hamas in Gaza, the West Dunbartonshire Regional Council, located west of Glasgow, approved a bill that called to boycott goods produced in Israel.
West Dunbartonshire was joined by the large Scottish city Dundee, which decided to issue a recommendation to boycott all goods produced in Israel.
Legal advisers however instructed Dundee's mayor to refrain from legally enforcing the boycott in order to avoid future lawsuits as such action is illegal under European Union law.
Instead, the municipality plans to distribute posters throughout the city, calling on some 150,000 residents to refrain from buying Israeli goods, and will also apply a special mark on Israeli products, in order to make them easily identifiable.
"While those behind the boycott will claim that this is not anti-Semitic, targeting the only Jewish state, a democracy, while ignoring serial human-rights abusing nations tells us that this is indeed anti-Semitic in intent and in effect," Kantor continued.
"This demonstrates how far ‘respectable anti-Semitism’ has come. Clearly it has become acceptable to boycott and discriminate against Jews, as long as there is a thin veneer of anti-Zionism which purportedly covers the hateful act."
Kantor called on Scottish and British officials "to immediately pronounce this boycott illegal."
"A place that boycotts books is not far from a place that burns them," Israel's ambassador to the U.K., Ron Prosor, remarked."
3/14/11, "Dead Jews is no news," Mark Steyn, the Corner
"On Friday night, twelve-year old Tamar Fogel came home to find both her parents, Ruth and Udi Fogel, two brothers Yoav (11) and Elad (four), and her three-month old sister Hadas murdered in their beds. They had had their throats cut and been stabbed through the heart.
That’s not shocking: There is no shortage of young Muslim men who would enjoy slitting the throat of a three-month old baby, and then head home dreaming of the town square or soccer tournament to be named in their honor.
- glorious victory of others.
And out in the wider world there was a marked reluctance to cover the story."...
5/26/11, "Egyptian activists 'to form Nazi party', newspaper reports," Jerusalem Post