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The Al-Durah hoax is the incident in which the Palestinians claimed that Mohammed al-Durah was killed – deliberately – by the IDF in 2000. I would recommend having a look at The Al Durah Project which has been following the lies, libels and court cases almost from the beginning.  (Here is their facebook page, and here is their Twitter account).

The incident ignited the deadly Second Intifada and Mohammed al-Durah became an icon of Palestinian victimhood.   A French media analyst, Philippe Karsenty, has analysed the videos and conducted many interviews over the years and came to the conclusion that Charles Enderlin of France 2 TV station staged the event. For a long time he was a lone voice in the wilderness, backed up by Richard Landes of The Second Draft and The Augean Stables.

Despite a few early wins, and Israel weighing in only 13 years too late

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Faster Please

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There will be a new air defense system to compliment the Iron Dome that Israel has deployed against the kassam and Grad rockets fired from Gaza. This system, sometimes called Magic Wand, is supposed to be ready for deployment within two years, and was unveiled at the Paris Air Show rcently.

This system will be very much needed if Hizballah decides to start firing rockets at us from Lebanon. The craziness in Syria has its affect in the other countries surrounding Israel – as this interesting analysis of last night’s rocket fire from Gaza points out.

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Palestinian PM resigns, un-resigns, re-resigns


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Back in April Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Prime Minister, tendered his resignation.

The resignation comes following major disagreements over government policy in the Palestinian Authority and rumors that Abbas would fire Fayyad, who also serves as finance minister.

The world was aghast at this “blow to the peace process”, but Khaled Abu Toameh skewered this ridiculous opinion:

How can Salam Fayyad’s resignation as Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority be considered a setback for the peace process when he had never been involved in the negotiations with Israel in the first place?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas never consulted with Fayyad about the peace process with Israel. Over the past five years, the two men hardly even spoken to one other.


The only people Abbas consulted with were PLO and Fatah loyalists. Decisions regarding the peace talks with Israel were always taken either by Abbas alone or in…

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Google’s Project Loon and Aharon the High Priest

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By Yonatan Gordon

We are much happier when Google seems to start projects that don’t make strict monetary sense at first. So when we heard that some Googlers went deep into the remote regions of New Zealand, in order to give a handful of people internet, our interest perked up.

We are not saying that the balloons of Project Loon won’t eventually be the method of choice that delivers internet to the masses; or that launching prototype projects doesn’t make sound business sense. Instead, the reason we like the story so much is not because of these very valid practical considerations.

Finding the Signal

The reason we found Project Loon so compelling is because it gives hope for those who have felt that their internet use has long since landed. We go to the same five sites, or get distracted by the assorted 500. Much like the dream of taking…

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