Monthly Archives: April 2015
A main-stage debate is beginning between liberal Zionists and non- and anti-Zionists. Here are two videos that show the continuous human rights abuses of Jewish nationalism, from 1950 to 2012; how can liberals call themselves liberals and support that ideology?
The man who pressed the White House to nuke Iran now seems to have threatened Jeb Bush over the fact that a foreign policy adviser, James Baker, addressed a liberal Zionist group last month. Sheldon Adelson was “ripshit” over the speech, National Review reports.
Miranda Willson talks to Jewish Voice for Peace board member Donna Nevel about how working against Islamophobia in the U.S. is connected to justice in Israel/Palestine.
Manchester Jews for Justice for Palestinians calls on all individuals, institutions and companies to end the two way arms trade between the UK and Israel and to divest from those companies involved.
Prof. Avi Shlaim, one of the leading Israeli “New Historians,” succinctly exposes the reactionary contradictions inherent in liberal Zionism during a televised debate with former Israeli Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami.
There’s a supreme irony in Obama quoting Dorothy Thompson, whose truly stellar career ended in charges of antisemitism from Zionists, to a crowd of journalists who quake in fear of having their careers destroyed by Israel supporters who more recently smeared Helen Thomas, Rick Sanchez, Octavia Nasr, and Jim Clancy for off-hand, ill-conceived remarks.
On April 22, following three weeks of deliberation, the Student Senate of Earham College passed a resolution in support of divestment from companies directly involved in the Israeli Occupation of Palestine. The resolution, presented by Boycott Divestment Sanctions Earlham (BDS Earlham), calls for divestment from three major companies profiting from the Occupation: Motorola Solutions, Hewlett Packard, and Caterpillar. This Senate Victory was a unique one. As opposed to a voting-based model, the Earlham Student Senate utilizes a consensus-based decision making model, which requires that all members of Senate feel comfortable moving forward with any decision.
The Likud party’s unsurprising success in last month’s Israeli election reinforced the essential argument that the two-state outcome is not viable. Phil Weiss wrote that the time for an open discussion between anti-Zionists and liberal Zionists has arrived. Ahmed Moor says, it’s a good argument, but not one that is easily embraced.
For western journos, Israeli lives are more important than Palestinian lives, Yousef Munayyer says, in pointing out coverage of the first Palestinian rocket from Gaza in 4 months and non-coverage of repeated Israeli attacks on the strip.
A Passover diary, in which a friend tells me that Jews need to forgive European anti-Semites their historical crimes because that is all that will stop Israel from reenacting the crimes against Jews
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) says no house has been reconstructed in the besieged Gaza Strip eight months after the end of the Israel’s latest war on the blockaded area.
Mohammad Saba’aneh is among the most well-known Palestinian artists. His art frequently includes images of Palestinian prisoners, Israeli soldiers and Palestinian refugees. Israeli authorities arrested Saba’aneh in February 2013, and he was held for five months. Mondoweiss spoke with Saba’aneh in New York last week, where he was speaking at the New School.
Even Daily Beast is using the term “Israel First,” after wealthy NY gay couple hosts Ted Cruz, who opposes same-sex marriage, because of his stand on Iran
BDS is entering the Jewish communal sphere, as Jews press to debate the use of boycott of Israel to curb its behavior. Even as a Jewish Reconstructionist site rejected an essay it sought from Rabbi Shai Gluskin because he endorses a one-state future in Israel and Palestine
Rudoren’s latest: NYT piece on public transportation shutting down for the Sabbath in Israel quotes Jews on both sides of the issue but leaves out the view of 1/5 of the population whose lives are governed by someone else’s religious observance. Jim Crow in US journalism
When Rhodesia and South Africa said that they were white-led nations that would never have majority rule, the world responded with boycott, divestment and sanctions. When Netanyahu says that there will never be a Palestinian state, it is again time for the BDS movement to put down its shoes and be on the move.