Sayed Mansour Mousavi, (L) and Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammed appear in high court in Nairobi. July 23rd,
Sayed Mansour Mousavi, (L) and Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammed appear in high court in Nairobi. July 23rd, 2012. Photo by AFP
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Kenya convicts two Iranians of planning to attack Israeli, Western targets

A Kenyan court found two Iranian nationals guilty on Thursday of planning to attack Western targets in Kenya. Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammed and Sayed Mansour Mousavi were charged with preparing to commit acts intended to cause grievous harm after they were arrested in June 2012 and led officials to a 33-pound stash of explosives. Kenyan anti-terror officials said the Iranians are members of Iran’s secretive Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force. Last year, when the two suspects were apprehended, officials said that they may have been planning attacks on Israeli, U.S., British or Saudi Arabian interests in Kenya. ‏(Agencies‏)

BBC pulls film saying Jewish exodus from Jerusalem a ‘myth’

An Israeli-born filmmaker is slamming the British Broadcasting Corp. for pulling his documentary on the Jewish exodus from Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Ilan Ziv said in a recent blog post that the BBC exhibited “a mixture of incompetence, political naivete, conscious or subconscious political pressure and ultimately, I believe, a lack of courage ...” At issue is the documentary “Exile: A Myth Unearthed,” which theorizes that many Jews did not leave Jerusalem after the destruction of the Temple, and that many modern-day Palestinians may be in part descended from those Jews. The BBC told The Guardian that it dropped the film because it did “not fit editorially” with the tone of the season, which has a theme exploring the history of archaeology. The film was screened for a week at the Jewish Film Festival in Toronto. It was shown on Canadian TV and is scheduled to be shown in France and Switzerland. (JTA)