JNS News Briefs: August 30, 2012
Khamenei blasts ‘ferocious Zionist wolves’ at Iran-hosted NAM summit
(JNS.org) Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaking Thursday at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit host by his country, called Israelis “ferocious Zionist wolves who digest the Palestinian people.”
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who controversially decided to attend the summit amid the Islamic Republic’s growing nuclear program and routine calls for the Jewish state’s destruction, defended Israel in a statement before the start of the summit, but did not specifically mention Iran.
“Claiming that Israel does not have the right to exist or describing it in racist terms is not only wrong but undermines the very principle we all have pledged to uphold,” Ban, who also did not leave the room in protest during Khamenei’s speech, said.
Martin Nesirky, Ban’s spokesman, said the secretary-general conveyed to Khamenei and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in separate meetings that their anti-Semitic diatribes were unacceptable. Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, however, said Ban’s decision to attend the NAM summit held greater significance than his words.
“Ban’s contention that he could only deliver a strong message to Iran in Iran doesn’t hold water—his message has been watered down by his very presence there,” Ayalon told Israel Radio.”If he wanted to deliver a strong message, he could have done it best by not attending.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the summit, which drew more than 120 countries to Iran, “a disgrace and a stain on humanity.”
Egyptian calls to amend Camp David Accords continue
(JNS.org) Mohamed Esmat Seif Al-Dawla, an advisor to Islamist Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, became the latest official to call for his country to amend the 1979 Camp David Accords with Israel.
According to Israel Radio, Al-Dawla said the peace treaty with Israel limits Egypt’s flexibility in the Sinai during a time when the country needs to increase its military presence in that area—where on Aug. 5, a terrorist attack killed 16 Egyptian soldiers.
Al-Dawla’s statement follows that of Morsi’s judicial advisor Mohamed Gaddalah, who earlier in August said the president is interested in amending Camp David “with regards to the deployment of forces in Sinai,” Al-Masri Al-Youm reported. Additionally, Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby told The Cairo Review of Global Affairs in a recently published article that Egypt should amend the treaty because Israel is violating it with respect to the Palestinians.
The Egpytian Defense Ministry said in a statement Aug. 29 that Egypt’s campaign against terrorism in the Sinai had killed 11 terrorists and arrested 23. On Aug. 27, Morsi—giving his first interview with an international media outlet—told Reuters that other countries should not be concerned about Egypt’s actions in the Sinai.
Report: PA dumps medical waste without proper treatment
(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Palestinians are dumping medical waste without proper treatment, posing a potential health hazard to wells, streams and wildlife, according to a report by environmental group Green Now and the Association of Cities in Judea and Samaria.
The main problem cited in the report is that on the Palestinian side there is no separation between household waste, which does not pose a hazard, and medical waste, which can contain blood samples as well as syringes and bottles. Medical waste needs to be taken care of at a separate site, as is done in Israel. The report claims that the Palestinian Authority does not enforce separating household waste (which does not pose a hazard) and medical waste (which can be hazardous) and disposes of them at the same spot in the West Bank, adversely affecting Palestinian and Israeli residents alike.
According to the report’s findings, the amount of waste generated by the Israeli and Palestinian populations in Judea and Samaria stands at 2,070 tons a day, and 756,000 tons a year. Some 18 percent of the waste comes from the Israeli population and 82 percent from the Palestinians.
Israeli State Archives releases Munich papers
(JNS.org) The Israeli State Archives has released 45 documents pertaining to the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre of 11 Israeli team members by Palestinian terrorists to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the killings in early September.
“If there is any tangible manifestation of schizophrenia, it was that night,” then-Prime Minister Golda Meir described the events of Sept. 5, 1972 in the released documents.
The documents chronicle the Munich massacre and its immediate aftermath through foreign ministry cables, minutes of cabinet meetings, minutes of meetings of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee from the period, and official correspondence between Israeli and German officials, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Additionally, the documents highlight tensions between Israel and Germany, including Mossad director Zvi Zamir’s criticism of the German police due to a failed rescue attempt.
Official says Morsi will decline Lieberman’s invitation to Jerusalem
A surprising invitation was extended to Cairo Aug. 28, when Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman suggested that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi visit Israel, reported Israel Hayom. Lieberman, while speaking at a legal conference in Tel Aviv, expressed his pleasure at hearing Morsi’s statements in a recent interview in which he reassured Egypt’s neighbors that they need not worry about Egyptian forces in Sinai.
“I was happy to hear President Morsi speak about his commitment to peace with Israel, the Camp David Accords and fighting terrorism,” said Lieberman. “This is very important news; but those who talk about peace and stability must also understand that it is not just a hypothetical idea. Peace has tangible aspects to it, too. It is not a telepathic connection. This is why we hope to see President Morsi receiving Israeli delegates. We want to see him give interviews in the Israeli media and we want to see him in Jerusalem as President Peres’ guest.”
However, Gamal Heshmat—a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party—said there is “no possibility for Morsi to visit the Zionist entity,”Yedioth Ahronoth reported, citing Egyptian media.
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