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Daybreak: The Future Is Foggy

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Emily Henochowicz, 21.(NYT)

• What’s going to happen in September, when the settlement freeze ends? No one knows, and the Israeli government is sending mixed signals. All of which arguably makes direct talks more helpful. [WP]

• President Abbas plans to tell the Arab League to reject direct talks on the grounds that the “proximity talks” haven’t yet achieveved enough. [Reuters/Haaretz]

• Emily Henochowicz, the Jewish American girl struck in the eye by a tear-gas canister at a pro-flotilla protest in Israel a few months ago, now lies at the center of a dispute over who should pay her hospital bill. [NYT]

• Commercial airline pilots worry that new Israeli security protocol, requiring a code before landing, could end up leaving planes vulnerable to actions from the Israeli Air Force. [NYT]

• Israel bulldozed 45 Bedouin homes in the Negev, the largest such razing in awhile. [LAT]

• Heirs to a Hungarian Jewish banker filed a U.S. federal lawsuit against the Hungarian government demanding it account for and return more than $100 million of their benefactor’s art it came to possess after the war. [NYT]

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Barry says:

I’m a bit confused. According to the report, Emily was injured while proudly waving her Austrian and Turkish flags.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with being an ultra-nationalist: but if you’re going to be consistent shouldn’t a Turkish ultra-nationalist like Emily first ask for a handout from the nations for which she sacrificed?

It would be an analogous to a Minuteman in Arizona getting injured during a violent protest against hispanic settlers and then asking the Mexican government for help. That doesn’t sound right?!

[on a personal note – Emily, don’t feel bad. As a Turkish ultra-nationalist I’m sure you’re heart swells with those stirring lyrics of the Independence March/ İstiklâl Marşı:

“How can the fiery faith of Islam ever be killed, by that battered, single-fanged monster you call ‘civilization'”.

Emily – worry not, with Obama’s help that battered, single-fanged monster will be destroyed and replaced by Islam! Yay!]

Barry says:

More from the Turkish national anthem – for which Emily sacrificed so much:

Oh glorious Allah, the sole wish of my pain-stricken heart is that,
No infidel’s hand should ever touch the bosom of my sacred Temples.
These calls to prayer, these suicide bombs which are the foundations of my religion,
May their noble sound last loud and wide over my eternal homeland.

I am saddened for her. I know personally what it is to lose the sight of one eye.

Unfortunately, Emily “got involved with the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement”… and “frequented the regular Palestinian protest spots in the West Bank like Bilin, Nilin and Nabi Saleh. The late May protest was her first at Qalandiya.”

The reports are that she joined with Palestinian violent protests; she should have learned from the violence of the protests (rock throwing, molotov cocktails etc) that she was putting her self in danger.

walt kovacs says:

she was there on a student visa

reports keep saying that she holds dual citizenship…but she was born in america.

somehow, after a short month in israel…she ends up with the ism and attends numerous protests

at this one, it is acknowledged that there were rock throwers…so it wasnt a peaceful protest

why has not one reporter asked her how she so quickly got involved with the ism

what was her connection to the ism before she went to israel

why does she now have a video posted on youtube, with her singing about “missing palestine”?


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