It has been one of those days in Israel and the neighborhood. A selection of quotations ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime:
“The U.N. believes that it is important for all nations to work together in the fight against terrorism.”
A spokesman for the United Nations, upon being asked to distance the U.N. from the Terrorism cum Holocaust Denial conference (which quickly devolved into an anti-Israel, anti-US, anti-British hatefest) taking place this week in Tehran by demanding the removal of a UN logo from the conference homepage. This after Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon actually thanked Iran for organizing the conference.
“The [Israeli government’s] threat to punish journalists covering the Gaza flotilla sends a chilling message to the international media, and raises questions about Israel’s commitment to freedom of the press.”
The Israeli Foreign Press Association, upon being informed that (subject to appeal) any journalist who illegally enters Israel by boat flotilla will be deported to their country of origin and subject to a 10 year travel ban to Israel.
“Our [24-hour] hunger strike will be followed by other steps if prison authorities don’t stop their new measures.”
Riyad Al-Asqar, spokesman for the Hamas Ministry For Prison Affairs, commenting on the new restrictions imposed on Hamas prisoners such as the loss of the ability to study for advanced degrees while incarcerated, caused by Hamas’ 5+ year imprisonment of Gilad Shalit in solitary confinement.
“The EU’s baseless claim linking Iran’s Revolutionary Guards with Syrian events shows its attempt to target propaganda against the Islamic Republic and to distort reality.”
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, commenting on the EU placing sanctions on three high-ranking Revolutionary Guards for their role in brutally suppressing demonstrators against Syrian President Bashir Assad.
“The threat of radical Islam to all of us, is not just a military threat. It’s more insidious than that.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Somali born former Dutch politician, upon receiving the Speaker of Truth Award in Washington on Wednesday night, commenting on the danger that militant Islam will use the ‘Arab spring’ to spread its influence.
“It was the first time I sat down to talk with the directors of the aid groups and I found what they said not only surprising, but disgusting and I think the Dutch government should cut funding to organizations promoting this agenda.”
Johan Driesen, Dutch Party For Freedom, upon hearing that so-called Dutch humanitarian relief organizations have joined the BDS effort to boycott Israel.
Facts You Can Use.
You always hear how difficult it is for Palestinians to enter Jerusalem. Did you know that there are 16 border crossings in the Jerusalem area between areas controlled by Israel and those controlled by the Palestinian Authority–four of which are designated as “major”. Jerusalem’s largest checkpoint is Kalandiya, through which 24,000 people pass per day.