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ICYMI: Morning Roundup

Posted on February 16 2011 11:40 am
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CBS Reporter Lara Logan was sexually assaulted by a mob while reporting in Cairo. The experienced field reporter for CBS was separated from the rest of her crew and surrounded by a mob of 200 before being attacked by thugs shouting “Jew! Jew!” She had previously been detained with her crew by the Egyptian military.

Do members of French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s party have a problem with anti-Semitism? In attacking potential rival Dominique Strauss-Khan, members of the party trotted out the old canard of accusing him of not being truly representative of his home.

Israeli troops may need to re-enter Lebanon. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who led the withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, stated that the IDF might need to return to the country to make sure Hizbullah remembers the lessons of the 2006 war.

Israel has been easing restrictions on the transfer of goods to the Gaza Strip. The main victims are Hamas smugglers. In response, the terrorist group, which controls the area, has started cracking down on Israeli merchandise.

After the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks have broken down, the EU is putting pressure on Israel to start them back up. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has told Catherine Ashton, his European counterpart, that there is no chance of progress without a resolution to the Iran nuclear issue.

The Hungarian government has asked the U.S. to dismiss a lawsuit by the heirs of a Jewish collector to retrieve art stolen during the Holocaust. The main reason is that the artwork, belonging to Baron Mor Lipot Herzog, was covered in a 1973 compensation agreement.

After terror warnings, Israel has taken preventive measures by closing a number of embassies. The closings come as the anniversary of the killing of Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh approaches. The specific embassies weren’t mentioned, but a travel advisory has been sent out to Israelis and Jews of increased threats in Egypt, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Ivory Cost, Mali, Mauritania and Venezuela.

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