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The Day In Israel: Sun Oct 18th, 2009

From the Duh Department:

Meanwhile, Richard Goldstone himself, who was in Bern for a conference Thursday, also criticized the UN Council resolution for targeting only Israel and failing to include Hamas.

The UN resolution is peppered with references to “recent Israeli violations of human rights in occupied east Jerusalem” but failed to make any direct mention to Hamas.

“This draft resolution saddens me as it includes only allegations against Israel. There is not a single phrase condemning Hamas as we have done in the report. I hope that the council can modify the text,” said Goldstone in remarks published in Swiss newspaper Le Temps ahead of the vote.

Surely Goldstone could not be so clueless as to not see this coming.

Nope, I don’t buy it. I think the only thing that would sadden him is if he is passed over for the role of UN Secretary-General.

Updates (Israel time; most recent at top)

11:12PM: In case you are wondering what was the result of the Maccabi Tel Aviv – New York Knicks game, the Knicks won 106-91.

But the game will likely be remembered more for this:

An exhibition basketball game between the New York Knicks and Maccabi Tel Aviv was delayed for about 10 minutes in the third quarter Sunday when the visiting coach refused to leave the floor after being ejected. The Knicks beat Maccabi 106:91.

In a bizarre scene, a rabbi even came onto the court to ask the referees to let Pini Gershon remain. Gershon eventually left after a discussion with the officials, his assistant coaches and NBA security personnel.

Gershon was hit with two quick technical fouls in the third quarter, the second coming on a play that went against the Knicks. New York’s Al Harrington was called for an offensive foul right in front of the Maccabi bench, and Gershon quickly started screaming at replacement referee Ben Taylor, who ejected him.

Oy vey.

8:45PM: Excellent video on Jerusalem based on an open letter to the world by Stanley Goldfoot.

8:24PM: Half time at Madison Square Garden – Maccabi Tel Aviv 34 New York 56, and the half-time entertainment is Rabbi Grossman singing.

8:20PM: In other Turkish boycott news, many government ministers invited to celebrate Turkey’s 86th Independence Day later this month are planning to boycott the event.

8:12PM: Say no to Turkish coffee!

The Ilan’s coffee chain on Sunday announced that it would stop selling Turkish coffee in response to the diplomatic tensions which arose of late between the two countries, Israeli media reported.

“We have decided for the time being to stop selling ‘Istanbul coffee’ – our Turkish coffee blend, and we shall keep doing it until matters improve,” Michael Steg, director of marketing for the large Israeli chain, told the Ynet news website.

I was also thinking of refraining from eating Turkey, but then I realized I should actually eat more if it. You should have seen the way I attacked the Turkey at lunchtime today.

7:56PM: Maccabi Tel Aviv are playing an exhibition game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Current score is Maccabi 29 New York 34 with 7 minutes left in the second quarter.

You can watch it live here.

4:52PM: A few weeks ago, Richard Goldstone stated in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour:

Well, you know, it seems now at least of the prospect of it happening and certainly there has been an active debate, if one reads, and I have been trying to keep up with to the best of my ability with the Israeli media, the report has opened a huge debate within Israel..

Yeah, about that “huge” debate:

The international and regional debate regarding the Goldstone Report has apparently drawn the attention of the Israeli Jewish public while attracting that of the Israeli Arab public much less, a survey published by the War and Peace Index Sunday showed.

Sixty-one percent of Jewish-Israeli respondents—compared to only 22% of the Arabs—answered that they know what the report’s main conclusion is. Among the Jewish interviewees who responded that they are aware of the report’s main conclusion, there was almost total unanimity (93.5%), that the report was biased against the IDF.

According to the poll, 79% o.f Israel’s Jews oppose the Goldstone Report’s claim that during Operation Cast Lead the IDF committed war crimes.

If anything, Goldstone has helped to unify Israelis.

3:42PM: Terrorists have fired a Qassam rocket into southern Israel.

Thank you, Goldstone.

1:56PM: This is Zion tap: Hizbullah has reportedly uncovered and blown up some cables used by Israel to tap Hizbullah telecommunications in southern Lebanon.

10:45AM: Here is former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dore Gold on Frost Over the World doing a great job of ripping the Goldstone Report (followed by the PLO ambassador in the UK sprouting the usual lies).

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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