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Daybreak: Europe Moves Against Iran

Plus Yoffie speaks out, and more in the news

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• Following the Americans, the European Union instituted tougher-than-ever economic and energy sanctions against Iran. [LAT]

• West Bank settlers yesterday protested the demolition of a single home. [NYT]

• Russia, in many ways one of Iran’s prime patrons, has seen its relations with the Islamic Republic deteriorate significantly since it voted for sanctions at the U.N. Security Council. [NYT]

• Rabbi Eric Yoffie, head of the Reform movement, expresses bewilderment at why some in Israel, led by David Rotem, would push their conversion bill at a time like this. [JTA]

• Roger Cohen wonders why we haven’t heard more about the lives and deaths of the nine flotilla activists, including the one American, and wonders whether, say, a Jewish kid caught in some crossfire would receive the same non-attention. [NYT]

• Soon after the United States raised the Palestinian Authority’s diplomatic status from “bureau” to “delegation,” France went a step farther, raising it from “delegation” to “mission,” which includes an ambassador. [NYT]

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David says:

“Roger Cohen wonders why we haven’t heard more about the lives and deaths of the nine flotilla activists, including the one American, and wonders whether, say, a Jewish kid caught in some crossfire would receive the same non-attention.”

Maybe its because Roger Cohen is a giant tool who like’s to bash Israel whenever he can. How about we put Capo Cohen’s ‘article’ in context Marc.

“Cohen’s answer is that Americans don’t care because Furkan Dogan was a Muslim. And to prove it, Cohen does his best to paint the 19-year-old as a secular saint whom Americans ought to care deeply about: Dogan “was proud of his American passport and dreamt of coming back [to America] after completing medical school.

Yet anyone who knows anything about the flotilla knows that Dogan was almost certainly nothing of the sort. The video footage of Turkish “humanitarians” aboard the Mavi Marmara – who carefully prepared their weapons and then brutally beat the commandos who rappelled from a chopper from the moment they landed — makes it clear that: a) the Turks attacked first with malice aforethought; and b) pretty much everyone on deck participated in the attack. Indeed, passengers and crew members later testified that the thugs had ordered all noncombatants below deck before the Israeli forces approached.

And there’s another pesky fact Cohen should certainly know, as his own paper reported it: Dogan’s brother Mustafa was quoted by the Turkish daily Zaman afterward as saying that “we were not sorry to hear that he fell like a martyr.”

It’s very simple: they [Americans]don’t care because Dogan moved back to Turkey with his family 17 years ago at the age of two. In other words, he’s primarily a Turk, not an American. ”

Marc, you should really put a discourse whenever you post NY Slimes articles stating that you freelance for the Simes and that you have a bias for their bias stories about Israel. M’kay.

Like the Jewish-American kids killed in Israel by Hamas?

Can Roger Cohen name one of them? Just one? We all know Rachel Corrie, but can Roger Cohen name one American kid killed by Hamas in Israel?

Norm says:

I don’t wonder anymore, why Walt & Maersheimer, obsessed
anti-Semites and Israel haters, Roger Cohen with Chomsky & Co. as “decent Jews” describe, while they Israel lovers as the “new Afrikaans” in the Apartheid-state categorized.
Roger deserves his companions.

Asher says:

Hey Roger,

Where is you finely tuned moral outrage when Sderot is bombarded? Where was your fiery indignation when Alyssa Flatow was murdered by Arab terrorists?

G-d forbid, Israel should try to protect itself from terrorist attacks. Roger, look in the mirror. What do you see?

Gene says:

I am sure that I am not the only one who is weary of Roger
Cohen’s sanctimonious, breast-beating articles in the NYT.
Those are hardly the qualities one expects in journalism. But without those qualities perhaps he would not attract the type of readers he seeks – those who expect a slanted rather than a factual view.

esther says:

Remember when Roger Cohen was lauding the kindly Iranian treatment of its remaining Jews? Then, soon thereafter, during the last rigged election and its bloody aftermath, when the world saw just who those sweet ayatollahs were as they killed their own citizens in order to stay in power (and continue to do so posing a threat to the region and the world in addition to Iranians)…THEN Cohen claimed to have seen the light. Well, he continues to be blind (about this and many other issues in the region). I agree that his sanctimony is obnoxious, but that’s the least of his problems.

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