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In PM tonight, our middle east correspondent Tim Franks reports.

Eddie Mair | 17:30 UK time, Thursday, 23 April 2009

No really, he does, in an item that got squeezed out the other day. Here are Tim's words and pictures:

He sends these words and pictures:


"Did Al-Qaeda draw on Jewish inspiration for its 9-11 attacks? It may seem unlikely -- but more than 60 years ago, Jewish militants -- fighting for an independent State of Israel, free from British rule -- were arrested, in Paris, on suspicion of planning to bomb London from the air. The sensational story was reported in all the journals on record -- The Times, in Britain; Le Monde and Le Figaro, in France; the New York Times, in the States. Recently declassified documents from MI5 show that the security services were convinced the plot was real. But was it?" More tonight when Tim hears from the son of one of those arrested, Our MIddle East Correspondent Tim Franks has been speaking to the son of Akiva Brun - one of those arrested. Here he is:



  • 1. At 5:43pm on 23 Apr 2009, Charlie wrote:


    2. At 12:47pm on 20 Apr 2009, Charlie wrote:
    "Inspiration" - an interesting word. Anyway if inspiration under-pins any action, it can clearly come from many sources. For example (& no prizes, because there have been a number of similar incidents), what might the following have inspired..?:

    On a foggy Saturday Morning in July 1945 a pilot headed for Newark airport crashed his B-25 Bomber into the 79th Floor of the Empire State building (the floor that housed offices of the Catholic War relief services of all things) killing himself and thirteen others.

    Although there was a fire and a 20-foot gash where the aircraft penetrated the building, the building was open for business on Monday. Damage was then estimated at $500,000

    As I'm typing this I'm looking at an amazing B&W picture of the accident situation taken by an extremely brave New York Times photographer - Ernie Sisto - who, with two colleagues holging onto his legs climbed onto a ledge above and to the side of the "strike" point. Your turn next Eddie...

    A picture is on this link:


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  • 2. At 5:44pm on 23 Apr 2009, Hesiodos wrote:

    "There have been no comments made here yet."
    ""Did Al-Qaeda draw on Jewish inspiration for its 9-11 attacks?"

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  • 3. At 5:50pm on 23 Apr 2009, Charlie wrote:

    Easy to be flippant, of course.

    However, "our" Security Services were convinced (it seems) that Saddam and his forcess possessed "Weapons of Mass destruction..."

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  • 4. At 6:15pm on 23 Apr 2009, Hesiodos wrote:

    Aye, easy.

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  • 5. At 00:37am on 24 Apr 2009, mittfh wrote:

    3) You mean "Weapons of Mass Distraction", capable of being launched at any media outlet within 45 minutes.

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  • 6. At 10:40pm on 24 Apr 2009, U13879388 wrote:

    The slogan, that the British dipped its crown in Jewish blood and polished it with Arab oil, seems to me to be fair enough.

    Had these particular activists opposed to the displacement of the Palestinians their case would have been strong indeed. A one state, Palestinian majority, anti UK and US imperialism is still the proper aim.

    Sadly, Israel IS an armed goad to the Arab world and its policies debase the memory of the tragedy of the Nazi evil of the camps.

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  • 7. At 11:06pm on 24 Apr 2009, Scotch Git wrote:


    If the Israelis were not armed they would be dead.

    I'm not sure that the sympathy you seem to reserve for dead Jews would be adequate consolation.

    For Israeli Jews who refuse to lie down and die you can offer only negative criticism.

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  • 8. At 9:05pm on 26 Apr 2009, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    Scotch-git @ 7, my relations and friends in Israel neither lie down and die nor support killing other people in a random way. Am I allowed to sympathise with them, or do I have to be either completely pro-Zionist or utterly anti-Semitic, with no possible middle course?

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  • 9. At 10:43pm on 26 Apr 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Chris - It's a pretty naive understanding that has pro-Zionist and anti-Semitic as polar opposites.

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  • 10. At 01:04am on 27 Apr 2009, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    TIH @ 9, yeah. Couldn't agree more. A plague on both their houses: neither is right, and I am fed to the back teeth with it being assumed that disliking one must mean one likes the other.

    There's a huge middle ground of people who are just Jewish, or at least I hope there is. Starting with the scads and scads who have chosen to move to Israel and are presumably not anti-Semitic, but who aren't pro-Zionist either.

    (I realise on re-reading my #8 that it might look as if I were squabbling with #7, which wasn't what i meant to do. If it was taken that way I apologise...)

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