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The Politics of Physics

It's us, not Amir."--Haaretz commentator Gideon Levy writes that Yitzhak Rabin's assassin is not to blame that "peace has dropped off the agenda entirely (and) human rights became an obscenity.

  • Politics of physics - British Professor Peter Higgs, after whom the 'god particle' is named, boycotts Israel. He refused to come to Israel in 2004 to receive the Wolf Prize "because of the occupation" or to other science conferences in Israel to which he was invited. He shares his views on the occupation in every forum and encourages the academic boycott of Israel.(Yedioth, p. 17)
  • 'Israelis have a legal right to settle all Judea and Samaria' - Committee headed by retired Supreme Court justice, tasked with examining the legal status of outposts, concludes that international law does not preclude Israeli construction on land owned by the state. Committee declares that communities built with government assistance were implicitly authorized. (Israel Hayom)
  • Complaint: IDF coordinated versions (in favor of female soldier) in rape trial in 'Shayetet' Navy commando (Maariv, p. 12)
  • Former CIA chief urges release of Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard - In letter to Wall Street Journal, R. James Woolsey writes: For those hung up on the fact that he's an American Jew, pretend he's a Greek- or Korean- or Filipino-American and free him. (Haaretz)
  • Rabin's daughter urges Netanyahu to keep Yigal Amir in solitary - Amir has been in solitary confinement since 1995; Haaretz reported this week that he would be allowed to serve with the general prison population. (Haaretz)
  • Survey: 62% of Iranians willing to stop uranium enrichment - Iranian TV publishes two online surveys showing 60% of Iranians willing to halt enrichment efforts; 89% oppose plan to close Strait of Hormuz. Poll quickly removed from station's website. (Ynet)

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