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Sundown: Israeli Blogger Interrogated

Plus king of the condoms, Van Halen on MacDougal Street, and more

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Sorry for the lack of photos today—technical difficulties. Here is something pretty to look at as compensation.

• A post by an Israeli left-wing blogger led to a state investigation after a right-wing group complained it was an incitement to violence. The group alleged the blogger had argued that Israeli settlers were a legitimate target of violent Palestinian resistance. [Haaretz]

• The U.S. Navy rescued 13 Iranian fishermen who had been kidnapped by pirates in the North Arabian Sea. I guess they’re glad we keep our ships around there after all, eh? [NYT The Lede]

• The story of America’s first condom magnum magnate [The Daily]

• In New York this weekend? Come to Park Slope’s Congregation Beth Elohim Sunday afternoon for a discussion of the Arab Spring’s impact on Israel with Elliott Abrams and Robert Malley. [CBE]

• Why did Van Halen reunite at the legendary Greenwich Village club Café Wha? Because founding partner Manny Roth is the uncle of frontman David Lee Roth, who famously lights the menorah. [New Yorker Culture Desk]

The Hobbit, in Hebrew. [InTheMoment]

Two-hundred fifty women danced in a spontaneous “flash mob” in Beit Shemesh, the hotbed of anti-woman Haredi activism (and pro-woman counter-activism). They danced to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.” As if anyone could stop them.

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David B. says:

Flash Mob? Try this for a flash mob, the IDF’s first coed combat Caracal Battalion. Chicks kicking serious arse!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/idfonline/sets/72157628510482053/
Shabbat Shalom Motherfucker.

Concerning Mr Gurvitz the far left wing blogger’s interview with the police, the man is a communist who has a large chip on his shoulder. I have been following the man at 972 and can attest to some crass and crude writings which border on hate speech towards many Israeli’s. His self proclaimed hate towards anything faintly religious is scary. In fact 972 had a little dust up last year when many readers “left” after he insulted a few million Israelis gratuitously. When people complain about Israel’s right, the far left need not be left out in rather nasty echo chamber talk.

David B. says:

Here is Yossi Gurvitz’s post that caused some waves back in the day.
http://972mag.com/israelis’-perverse-support-of-terrorism/
His portfolio is a collection of some of the most far left/commi nonsense ever.
I understand why the police asked him over for a chat. In any democracy this kind of writing ( do read more posts ) would have the security services look up from their desk work. The potential charge is incitement. His posts are full of hate for Israel and Judaism.

VH, Diver Down tour, MSG, 1982.

antiJules says:

Yah, that water pouring was awesome!

Spinoza says:

How about the good news Marc: Yair Lapid is finally entering politics to oppose ultra-orthodox madness!

Thank G-d there are true liberal Zionist heroes in Israel. Gurvitz is an anti-Zionist knave.

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