Monthly Archives:
November 2009

2009: Religious colonists demand ‘kosher certification’ of Arab workers

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From Ynet:. Kosher certification is from the headline and story:  In recent weeks, a large group of Beit Illit [West Bank colony] residents has organized with the support of local rabbis in an effort to expel Arab workers from the town. "They are harmful to the daughters of Israel and create serious spiritual problems in […]

Omar Barghouti and George Fletcher debate BDS

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At the beginning of November Omar Barghouti and George Fletcher debated BDS at Columbia University. The event was moderated by Laura Flanders from GRITtv, who posted this great video of the event. Check it out.

Report from Goucher: the campus as microcosm of the conflict

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The following piece concerning the recent censorship at Goucher College is by a sophomore at the school who does not wish to reveal her name because of family and professional concerns. I believe we can learn a lot from viewing the campus as a microcosm of Israel’s actions towards the Palestinians. At my college, Goucher, […]

Columbia Sportswear markets to the active settler on the go

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From Didi Remez’s invaluable website Coteret:   The Israeli franchisee of Columbia Sportswear, a large Portland-based manufacturer of outdoor clothing, with an impressive Corporate Social Responsibility portfolio and what appears to be a rather progressive domestic client base, rather the following ad in the November 27 edition of the Jerusalem Post’s Friday Magazine. Note the description at […]

my wife and anti-anti-Semitism, a Thanksgiving story

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For Thanksgiving my wife and I went to my parents’ place outside Philadelphia. My wife is also from Philly, and on Friday night we went to Chestnut Hill to a relative of hers for post-Thanksgiving dinner. As we were getting ready to go, my father joked that he wasn’t invited "due to anti-semitism." My wife never […]

Manufacturing consent (Afghan edition)

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I’m disturbed by the consensus-building the media are doing ahead of Obama’s Afghanistan speech. It obviously reflects a new conventional wisdom, and good liberals are engaged in the toil. We all watched the same process during the buildup to the Iraq war. And I imagine the same thing happened during Vietnam. A set of beliefs […]

Haitians, like Palestinians, are misrepresented in the mainstream press

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    (Captions to photos follow the post) If you have looked at a newspaper article about Haiti over the past 25 years, the chances are excellent that you have seen the work of the photographer Daniel Morel. He is himself Haitian; he has been a witness to much of the turbulence in his country; […]

Smashing, punching, writing– it’s the amazing Friedman

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Another sentence from the Tom Friedman column of November 29: "Have no doubt: we punched a fist into the Arab/Muslim world after 9/11, partly to send a message of deterrence, but primarily to destroy two tyrannical regimes." But "have no doubt" protests too much. Friedman pretends to know more than the evidence knows about why […]

Anything goes in Western Marin. Well–almost anything

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Annie Robbins is the reader who tipped me off to the attempted boycott of the Coastal Post in Marin County because of its Israel commentary, years before the lobby started targeting the Berkeley Daily Planet. She lives out that way and offered this background to the story. These little papers are not for the most […]

Planet Neocon: Tom Friedman says that for 20 years US policy has been dedicated to rescuing Muslims

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Can you believe Tom Friedman in today’s NYT?  "Yes, after two decades in which U.S. foreign policy has been largely dedicated to rescuing Muslims or trying to help free them from tyranny — in Bosnia, Darfur, Kuwait, Somalia, Lebanon, Kurdistan, post-earthquake Pakistan, post-tsunami Indonesia, Iraq and Afghanistan — a narrative that says America is dedicated […]

weird yoga moment

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My wife told me about something odd that happened in yoga today. The teacher had them standing on one foot with bent knee and the other leg crooked behind them and their arms going in different directions, also bent, and announced, "This is swastika pose." My wife was uncomfortable about it, especially because she was […]

Another California newspaper targeted by Israel lobby because of heretical statements

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I’m informed that before the Daily Planet in Berkeley came under boycott pressure for publishing articles critical of Israel, a story picked up in the NYT, the Coastal Post in Bolinas suffered. A free news monthly in Marin County, the Coastal Post regularly criticizes Israel. Almost as much as we do! But the paper’s been […]

Israeli annexation of Old City has led to bigoted spitting (and the AJC knows about it)

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Larry Derfner has a great column in the Jerusalem Post about the routine practice of young Orthodox Jews spitting on Christians in the Old City of Jerusalem. These Jews regard Christians as idolators and don’t think they should be there. It’s getting worse in recent years because of Jewish control of the Old City. My […]

UK diplomat questions Iraq-war-supporting Jewish historians being on Iraq-war panel

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While it is certain that US critics of the Iraq war welcomed the news that Britain would hold an inquiry into the UK’s decision to join the Bush administration in launching the war on Iraq, the news that two British historians who supported the Iraq war and written favorably of Zionism seems a guarantee that […]

the reason this website is still relevant

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This website wouldn’t be around if foolish statements like this in the New York Times today were not so prevalent. A Times editorial says that Obama backed down to Netanyahu. But when Mr. Netanyahu refused the total freeze, President Obama backed down… All this raises two questions: What has President Obama learned from the experience […]

NYT protects its readers from a small newspaper’s criticisms of Israel

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I’m sorry to go after the Times so much, but I’m at my parents, and I love reading the actual newspaper. Today there’s a long piece in the Times about the Berkeley Daily Planet newspaper being accused of anti-Semitism because of its criticisms of Israel and Jews. The editor of the paper, Becky O’Malley, 69, a veteran journalist, […]

‘Tikkun’ dares readers to imagine one-state future

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The breakdown of the two-state solution– evidenced by Netanyahu’s announcement that some greet as progress but that continues the solidification of Jerusalem as a Jewish settlement– is producing important discussions at the periphery, including efforts by leftish Jewish outlets to imagine a binational future in Israel/Palestine. Importantly, here is Peter Marmorek in Tikkun’s daily blog […]

Reflections on the BDS conference at Hampshire

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The spirit of the Hampshire College conference on Boycott Divestment and Sanctions that I attended last weekend is captured by Adam Horowitz’s post of Sunday. There was a stirring sense of youthful leadership, and a sense that the left in America can no longer seek to divorce itself from the cause of Palestinian self-determination. No, […]

Levy: Obama has endorsed return to ’67 lines

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Interesting analysis of the latest statements by Daniel Levy: that a pugnacious Netanyahu has continued to overstep, and that the U.S. may be drawing the line at the ’67 borders: Netanyahu also repeated the totally (meaningless) commitment of no new settlements or land confiscations (meaningless because since 1993, the official policy is no new settlements […]

Ali Abunimah’s speech at Hampshire

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The highlight of the Hampshire conference on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions was a speech by Ali Abunimah on Saturday night. An amazing performance, it begins with a great joke about Prilosec. Very Borscht Belt. Myron Cohen used to do heartburn humor, Abunimah tops him. We’re hoping to get a text transcript of this speech up […]