Monthly Archives:
August 2009

How about, let’s stop deifying the nation-state

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A few weeks back, fearing that this site would become irrelevant if all it did was criticize and not offer positive forward-thinking alternatives, Phil Weiss asked friends for some positive ideas about what to do in the Israel Palestine crisis. Jordan Halewi, a pseudonymous grad student, and former Zionist, files his blueprint. Life in fortress-Israel […]

‘Washington Post’ erases Palestinian population in Israel twice (Imagine if they tried this with blacks in U.S.)

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Huwaida Arraf, of the International Solidarity Movement, lately sent the following letter to the Washington Post following a report from Israel: Howard Schneider’s presentation of Israeli public opinion through the introduction of a poll conducted by Ephraim Yaar profoundly misleads readers. Professor Yaar’s poll clearly states that it was a survey of Israeli Jews.  It […]

Madonna hypocrisy watch

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Madonna condemns apartheid for gypsies in Europe. Not a word about Palestinians…

more puffery in the American press from the Jim Crow territories

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From the Washington Post: Israel’s wealthiest woman, Shari Arison, has ended suicide bombings thru her wise investments: …[S]he has not run willy-nilly into what would seem like a peacemaking Israeli capitalist’s sweet spot — investments in the Palestinian territories or joint ventures with Israeli Arabs. [But] She said she was pitched on the idea by […]

Now he tells us: Bill Kristol says Obama-McCain election was about Israel

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The September issue of Commentary Magazine (not yet online) includes a response by William Kristol to Norman Podhoretz’s complaint that Jews are liberals (in Podhoretz’s forthcoming book, Why Are Jews Liberals? Commentary’s editor, John Podhoretz, is giving his father’s book a nepotistic shove). Kristol’s response is far more forthcoming about religion than he usually is, […]

Uri Avnery is against BDS

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In his latest column, Uri Avnery argues—badly—against the boycott movement. Basically, the fact that a boycott will offend Israelis (heaven forbid!) is a non-starter for him, even when BDS is just a temporary means to an end: the end of the Occupation. This paragraph left me feeling particularly anguished: Peoples are not the same everywhere. […]

Scott McConnell on Christopher Caldwell’s ‘Reflections’

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Somewhat against my expectations, I found  Christopher Caldwell’s “Reflections on the Revolution in Europe” extremely impressive —  complex, multifaceted, nuanced. One of its virtues is its sense of openness and uncertainty about questions which are genuinely difficult. How many Baby Boomers, raised in an era when campus bookstores were stuffed with titles about Marxism, would […]

Blankfort’s response to Avnery on boycott issue

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Dear Uri, If one’s stand on the boycott is issue is a critical moment of truth, and I believe that it is, I am sorry to say that you have come up wanting in your latest column. That you base your opposition to the boycott on a Jewish history that the vast majority of Israelis […]

‘Forward’ source rationalizes kidney scheme on basis of 500-year-ago Jewish expulsion

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The Forward ran a nice piece by Rebecca Dube, talking to Eddie Antar, of the store Crazy Eddie’s, about the crime ring lately unearther in the Syrian Jewish community. Sayeth Antar: “You have to understand something — the way this community survived when they got expelled from Spain in 1492 was to maintain insularity,” Antar […]

Jerry Slater on Rivka Carmi

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Dear Dr. Carmi:    As a retired university professor here in the U.S., I was quite interested in your letter to the BGU faculty.  I understand that the University of Tehran may be looking for a new president, so should the situation at BGU become as desperate as you fear, you might want to keep […]

Suppression of free speech in Galway, Ireland

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human rights worker in Galway Ireland who calls for boycott of Israeli goods is arrested by cops after pro-Israel screamers say that he has accused them of murder

Imagine the ‘Times’ leaving out deaths of Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman in a story on Mississippi protests!

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Patrick Connors has pointed out major omissions in the Ethan Bronner piece from Bi’lin in the New York Times that I celebrated earlier today: Bronner notes 170 Israeli soldiers injured, three seriously,  in the "villages"– “Since the beginning of 2008, about 170 members of the defense forces have been injured in these villages,” [the Israeli […]

Gamechanger? Jeff Skoll, Richard Branson show up in Bi’lin

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Hardworking Ethan Bronner of the NY Times, whom we bash alot around here, had an important piece out of Bi’lin’s weekly protest the other day. Here. It is significant for a couple of reasons. First, even piecemeal Times coverage of the nonviolent protests offers the hope that the movement against Israeli Jim Crow will work […]

Joel Kovel on Naomi Klein and Durban

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The Lion of the Senate could be a–

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Can there be any serious argument with the statement that Congress is Israeli Occupied Territory when even the Lion of the Senate is forced to lie down like a lamb? When Kennedy spoke before the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations on January 28, 1980, he attacked President Carter, accusing him of an "on […]

Israel stops US basketball players from coming to Palestine

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According to Hannah Murphy’s piece in The Guardian, sometime between April and the present, Israel has harassed/sent back American basketball players because they were coming to play in Palestinian teams. Several American basketball players have been refused entry at Tel Aviv airport. Israeli border control has information that they are on their way to play […]

neocons linger. why lord?

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Linda Frum Sokolowski, sister to neoconservative David Frum, becomes a Conservative Canadian senator

My Short and Quirky Reading List on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Israel is a nation that has thrived largely due to an image which is wholly a product of the fertile imaginations of many of its Jewish citizens, some Diaspora Jews and other true believers. The idea of a Jewish state as a uniquely moral actor on the world stage, like the image of Coca Cola, […]

Flowed Lands

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  A few weeks back I tried to cut my obsession with Israel/Palestine by running Rob Buchanan’s foto of Lake Colden in the Adirondacks. Today I’m trying to do the same by running Larry Zuckerman’s foto from the Flowed Lands in the Adirondacks High Peaks section. Pretty flowed this summer. That should be Mount Colden […]