Letters: Palestinian Funds, 'Danny Deever'

Scott Simon reads from listener e-mail and offers corrections to recent reports. Topics include funding for the Palestinians, the spelling of a popular New York boutique and memories of the song "Danny Deever."

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It's time now for your letters.

First up, a correction. On February 4, we spoke with former Israeli intelligence officer Shalom Harari about the internal structure of Hamas. During that conversation we called the money that the Palestinian authority customarily receives from Israel a donation. The word does not accurately describe the transaction. Since the Oslo Accord, the Israeli government has collected tax money and customs receipts that are owed the Palestinian Authority and handed that money over to the Palestinians. It amounts to about $50 million month.

This week Israel froze the payments because the newly elected Palestinian Parliament is now dominated by Hamas. Israel, the United States and the European Union have called Hamas a terrorist organization.

A few weeks ago, our former intern Alison Bryce reported on a Japanese custom bra shop on Fifth Avenue in New York. The store is called Ripplu, and many, many listeners wrote in to ask about the proper spelling. Here you go, Ripplu, R-i-p-p-l-u, and the website is Ripplu.com.

Now, while we have your attention, last week we sat down with Opera singer Thomas Hamson and asked him about a song called Danny Deever. Mr. Hamson said it was most family sung by the American baritone, David Bispham, who is also known as David Bispham. Listener Arthur Hall from Dallas wrote in to say that in his memoirs, Mr. David Bispham wrote that his version of Danny Deever was so soul-shattering, he was often asked not to sing it at recitals where women might be present, and therefore put in danger of fainting.

We don't have a recording of his Danny Deever, but we do have Mr. Hamson's version. So ladies and gentlemen, get your smelling salts ready.

(Soundbite of song Danny Deever)

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(Soundbite of song Danny Deever)

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