While we know this is not new, the vocal call for the annihilation of Israel as part of the international dialogue is. Here Bahrain weighs in:
Calls for Jewish Genocide not confined to Iran
THOUSANDS of people chanted "Death to America and Israel" as they demonstrated in support of the Palestinians along the edge of Sanabis yesterday. Carrying Palestinian flags and chanting Islamic slogans they marched along the Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Highway, separating Sanabis from the Seef District.
Braving the scorching weather, Bahrainis from all walks of life joined the hour-long protest, which marked International Jerusalem Day.
They carried banners denouncing US President George W Bush as a "terrorist" and many spoke out against any normalization of relations with Israel.
The protest culminated in the burning of hand-made Israeli and American flags and an effigy painted in red, white and blue, resembling American symbol Uncle Sam.
A large American flag was also laid on the road for demonstrators to stamp over.
Protesters also chanted in praise of Iran's spiritual leader the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who initiated the day.
Religious leaders used loud speakers to urge people not to carry any symbols not related to the Palestinian cause and people for the most part complied.
The demonstrators mainly consisted of Shi'ites although Sunnis were also present.
Bahraini Hussain Ali Al Sitri said that he hopes that Bahrain never officially recognises Israel
His brother Kadhem said that he supported Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's call for Israel to be "wiped off the map".
Hat tip: Mark , now in Afghanistan formerly in Bahrain
The world is squaring off - Atlas
Meanwhile, Unidentified assailants attacked a group of high school girls on Saturday in Indonesia's tense province of Central Sulawesi, beheading three and seriously wounding a fourth, police said.
The students from a private Christian high school were ambushed while walking through a cocoa plantation in Poso Kota (search) subdistrict on their way to class, police Maj. Riky Naldo said. The rural area is close to the provincial capital of Poso, about 1,000 miles northeast of the Indonesian capital Jakarta.
He said the heads of the three dead girls were found several miles from their bodies.
Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation. But Central Sulawesi has a roughly equal number of Muslims and Christians. The province on Sulawesi island was the scene of a bloody sectarian war in 2001-2002 that killed around 1,000 people from both communities.
hat tip: jimmiemac
so who side are you on? - Atlas