Monthly Archives:
March 2009

Benjamin Netanyahu sworn in to lead Israel’s 32nd government

Adam Horowitz on

We have already spilled enough pixels on this site talking about the incoming Israeli government. Netanyahu will be the Prime Minster, Avigdor Lieberman will be Foreign Minister, and Ehud Barak has weaseled his way into remaining Defense Minister. This is…

Netanyahu comes in talking Iran

Philip Weiss on

Bruce Wolman writes: Incoming Israeli P.M. Bibi Netanyahu tells Jeffrey Goldberg: “Iran is a composite leadership, but in that composite leadership there are elements of wide-eyed fanaticism that do not exist right now in any other would-be nuclear power in…

‘The Archipelago of Eastern Palestine’

Adam Horowitz on

Thanks to reader Jim Harb for alerting us to this interesting imaginary map. It is one way of showing the fragmentation of the West under Israeli occupation – an archipelago of disconnected islands. It’s from the website Strange Maps, which…

Justice for Larry Franklin

Philip Weiss on

Bruce Wolman writes: An American gentile, Larry Franklin, goes to prison. But, according to Haaretz, his Israeli intelligence counter-party in crime (Uzi Arad, security aide to Netanyahu) will get a visa so as to visit the Obama administration. If this…

The Jewish question has become the Jewish quandary

Philip Weiss on

Columbia had its semi-annual University Lecture last night: history professor Ira Katznelson’s thoughts on tolerance and liberalism, using the example of the history of Jews in England, from their expulsion in the 1200s to their readmission in the 1650s to…

Loewenstein: Jews are getting the image of being afraid of debate

Philip Weiss on

Antony Loewenstein, the Australian author, reports on the recent visit down under of Jeff Halper: Jeff Halper, Israeli/American peace activist, retired anthropologist and head of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), writes in his recent book, An Israeli in…

American Conservative is webby

Philip Weiss on

The American Conservative has gone webby. I mean, they were on the web before, of course, but they just got redesigned and it feels webby. Also, there’s a podcast on there of me and Scott McConnell talking. McConnell wouldn’t put…

The banality of ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem

Adam Horowitz on

We tend to focus on the most dramatic aspects of Israel’s efforts to force Palestinians out of Jerusalem and “judaize” the city, such as the massive home demolitions in Silwan or the plans for Israeli settlements in E-1. But the…

Gaza effect: European boycott is now hurting Israel

Philip Weiss on

From the Jerusalem Post: “In addition to the problems and difficulties arising from the global economic crisis, 21 percent of [90] local exporters report that they are facing problems in selling Israeli goods because of an anti-Israel boycott, mainly from…

Churchill would end the ‘cowed silence’ around Gaza slaughter

Philip Weiss on

Tony Kushner and Alisa Solomon begin their piece on “Seven Jewish Children” in the Nation the way all such pieces should begin, reciting the terrible numbers from the Gaza slaughter. Then: There are passages, particularly in an ugly monologue near…