FrontPage Magazine 4 July 2012
By Bruce Bawer
For decades, serving as a representative for a number of different non-governmental organizations, the British historian David Littman regularly made a noble nuisance of himself before the U.N. Commission on Human Rights Commission, and later the Human Rights Council, in Geneva.
His purpose was always the same: to do what little he could to touch the conscience of this at once tragically and farcically wayward agency, to remind it of its own official raison d’être, and to use his bully pulpit to draw the attention of the world to horrific circumstances upon which the Commission, later the Council, refused, for one reason or other, to act. In firm but civilized words, he spoke up, for instance, against the persistence in certain societies of the Jewish blood libel, documented certain societies’ violence against women, and condemned certain societies’ treatment of Christians.
haOlam 4 July 2012
Among the last of a generation passed away Saturday, as Yitzhak Shamir, former Israeli prime minister, state founder and patriot for the State of Israel, died at the age of 96.
Funeral services will be held Monday at Mt. Herzl. Shamir´s wife, Shulamit, died in 2011. Shamir is survived by two children, Yair and Gilada.
National Review Online 3 July 2012
By Daniel Pipes
The Islamist destruction underway in Timbuktu (including the tomb of Sidi Mahmoudou, d. 955, and the doors of the Sidi Yahya Mosque, ca. 1400) raises a question: What is it about Islam that so often turns its adherents against their own patrimony? Consider some examples:
* The destruction of Hindu temples in medieval India.
There are reports of concern over another terror plot involving Al Qaeda targeting a U.S. airliner. Sources say that the bomber that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has recruited is a Norwegian convert to Islam, who is believed to be in his thirties, with no criminal record.