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Daybreak: Fogel Murderers Arrested

Plus ‘Move Over AIPAC’ announced, and more in the news

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Helen Thomas, who will be honored at Move Over AIPAC.(Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

• Two Palestinian teenagers from a nearby village were arrested for and confessed to last month’s Fogel murders. [NYT]

• Syria’s President Assad declared a number of reforms, including his plan to lift the country’s emergency law, in an address Saturday. Which didn’t stop ample protesting yesterday, “a sound rejection of Mr. Assad’s reform package.”
[NYT]

• Secretary of State Clinton accused Iran of trying to co-opt uprisings throughout the Arab world for its own benefit. [AP/WP]

• The teenager critically injured in the school bus attack near Gaza died. [Haaretz]

• Israel prepared for Passover, including its routine closure of the West Bank. [AP/WP]

• Several leftist groups are planning a “Move Over AIPAC” conference/protest in response to May’s annual AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. Helen Thomas, Stephen Walt, and John Mearsheimer will speak, which—in all honesty—is pretty damning of Walt and Mearsheimer, no? [JTA]

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Boy, am I ever curious to see how J Street reacts to “Move Over AIPAC”…

Barry says:

If Helen Thomas is so obsessed with the racial purity of Palestine, why doesn’t she help improve the racial purity of Washington, D.C. by going back to Lebanon?

I would imagine J Street will have some anodyne remarks about Israel’s right to exist in peace alongside an independent Palestinian state. Nothing judgmental about Thomas, Walt or Mearsheimer.

One hopes that J Street would be more strongly condemnatory of Thomas’ new-found, misbegotten mission and that they would, in no uncertain terms, demand an explanation from Walt and Mearsheimer about what compelled them to participate in this “Move Over AIPAC” conference.

We’ll see what J Street actually offers. It’s an interesting litmus test, one this tentative J Street supporter will be watching with curiosity.

While we’re on the topic, it might be worth noting that Code Pink, another participant, is no less egregious. Apparently, they’re unabashed about their toadyish support of Ahmedinejad, versus their condemnatory stance toward Israel. Likewise, Naomi Klein, who carries a grudge over the marginalization of the Left after its historic blunder of apologizing for Stalin, but is so blinkered she is making the same mistake all over again vis a vis today’s Middle Eastern despots.

I gave money to J Street. Why couldn’t they just have heeded Hussein Ibish’s advice that the more mainstream they were, the more support they would garner? Why did they have to associate with George Soros, an anti-Zionist? And why lie about it? It was pure arrogance.

Is this a parody? Why not just call it the ‘throw the Zionists out conference’

Bill Pearlman says:

Not a “handsome” woman. Kind of a gargoyle really.

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Daybreak: Fogel Murderers Arrested

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