UN probe of Israel will only encourage Hamas war crimes

There you go again,” as Ronald Reagan said to Jimmy Carter. Once again the United Nations Human Rights Council has voted – with the United States dissenting – to conduct a so-called “investigation” of Israels military responses to Hamass double war crimes. Once again Israel will have to decide whether to feed the kangaroos that make up this court by cooperating with yet another phony investigation whose outcome is predetermined. Yet again Israel is presented with a Hobsons choice: If it refuses to cooperate, it will blamed for denying the investigatory commission relevant information; if it cooperates it will lend credibility to a conclusion that has already been reached.


What is the Ebola virus, and how worried should we be?

Ebola virus disease EVD, formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever, is described by the World Health Organisation WHO as “a severe, often fatal illness in humans.”

It first appeared in 1976 in two simultaneous outbreaks – in Nzara, Sudan; and in Yambuku, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The latter was in a village situated near the Ebola River, from which the disease takes its name.

It is mainly found in tropical Central and West Africa, and can have a 90 per cent mortality rate – although it is now at about 60 per cent.


Alan Dershowitz plans an active — and combative — retirement

CHILMARK, Mass. JTA — Alan Dershowitz’s house is a bit of a mess.

Most of the rooms in his Martha’s Vineyard home are cluttered with half-unpacked boxes filled with items from his Cambridge house, which he and his wife emptied recently and sold after he retired from his Harvard Law School professorship in June.

Dershowitz himself wears a few days growth of gray beard with his black track pants and a faded blue T-shirt that says “Martha’s Vineyard” in English and in Hebrew letters, looking utterly unlike America’s most famous super-lawyer. Judging solely by appearances, he looks ready to pad comfortably into retirement, with no ambitions beyond a nice walk on the beach.


How the west is complicit in Islamic Jew-hatred

The violence against the Jews of France, which has escalated as feelings have boiled over against the war in Gaza, is shocking and terrifying.

A mob of mainly Muslim demonstrators in Paris, reportedly armed with knives, axes and iron bars and chanting “Death to the Jews,” tried on Sunday to storm the Don Isaac Abarvanel Synagogue within which nearly 200 congregants were praying for the safety of Israel.

The attackers were kept at bay by members of Jewish defense organizations. A French Jewish journalist said: “Thank God they were there, because the protesters had murder on their minds and it took awhile before police reinforcements arrived.”


Hamass Absurd War against Israel

What we are witnessing is Israel engaged in a struggle against Hamas, against Palestinians, against Arabs, against Muslims, and against an expanding body of opinion in the West that is less and less inhibited from displaying the rancid anti-Semitism behind its support for those who openly call for another Holocaust for the Jews.

Gaza was returned to the Palestinians in 2005 as a test for building trust.

This verse [31:27 ] means that no one Muslim should claim that he has a monopoly over the reading of the Quran, for that would amount to reducing the majesty of God to the smallness of man.

The sound of battle is louder than the call to prayer.


Video: Malaysia Airlines plane crash: How does a black box actually work?

A planes flight recorder – or black box – can hold vital clues to how and why an aircraft went down. Find out how they could be used to shed light on last moments of flight MH17 and the disappearance of flight MH370


An EU foreign policy is a total nonsense

Well, now we know what a common EU foreign policy would look like: an unedifying charade of bickering, followed by mutual recrimination, ending in paralysis, with only Britain prepared to take any genuine action. Why does this not surprise me?

As Russia swaggers across the world stage, stopping just short of firing a revolver in the air in belligerent defiance, the great fellowship of European nations descends into ineffectual procrastination, laced with internecine sniping and name-calling. The French will go on selling their warships to Putin’s rogue empire, and the Germans will remain his faithful gas customers. It seems that not even the deaths of hundreds of their fellow Europeans will cause them to rethink those arrangements. So much for being a model for the preservation of peace and social solidarity.


Putin facing multi-million pound legal action over alleged role in MH17 crash

Vladimir Putin is facing a multi-million-pound legal action for his alleged role in the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over eastern Ukraine, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose.

British lawyers are preparing a class action against the Russian president through the American courts. Senior Russian military commanders and politicians close to Mr Putin are also likely to become embroiled in the legal claim.

The case would further damage relations between Mr Putin and the West, but politicians would be powerless to prevent it.


Hamas and North Korea in secret arms deal

Hamas militants are attempting to negotiate a new arms deal with North Korea for missiles and communications equipment that will allow them to maintain their offensive against Israel, according to Western security sources.

Security officials say the deal between Hamas and North Korea is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars and is being handled by a Lebanese-based trading company with close ties to the militant Palestinian organisation based in east Beirut.

Hamas officials are believed to have already made an initial cash down payment to secure the deal, and are now hoping that North Korea will soon begin shipping extra supplies of weapons to Gaza.