Rabbi Arik Ascherman barely escaped with his life from a settler attack while he was protecting Palestinians. But Progressive Zionist “protection” narratives are caught in a Zionism or Israel nostalgia.
Monthly Archives: October 2015
Ghada Karmi’s new memoir, Return, about her return to Palestine from England, engages exalted themes involving the west and the Arab world. She is coming to NYU on November 2 and Washington November 5.
After violence took hold of Jerusalem at the beginning of October, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged the fault fell on Palestinian Authority, Hamas and the Islamic movement of northern Israel for inciting attacks against Israelis, and spurring demonstrations across the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza that have led to the killings of Palestinian protesters. Yet the 20-percent Arab-Palestinian minority in Israel believe that it is the Israeli government, and not the Palestinian leadership that is responsible for the outbreak of hostilities, according to a survey published by the Haifa-based think tank Mada al-Carmel.
A Palestinian was shot dead Saturday after an alleged attack attempt on an Israeli security guard at the al-Jalama military checkpoint north of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli army and media said.
Amid weeks of violence in Jerusalem, Israeli police and special forces raided an East Jerusalem hospital for a third day in a row on Thursday and fired tear gas, sound grenades and rubber bullets into the medical compound, injuring three patients with rubber bullets.
When Alice Rothchild met Hashem al-‘Azza five years ago, he was living in hell, holding out in his Hebron home against settler atrocities. Last week he was killed by Israeli tear gas.
The argument by two lifelong Zionists for the boycott of Israel to save the state is courageous, Omar Barghouti says, but suffers from the same two ills that afflict all Zionist arguments: selective amnesia and deep-seated racism.
Harry Potter fan Michael Fantauzzo writes J.K. Rowling: “It is commendable you’ve been able to empathize with Palestinians through the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish. But empathy is not enough: it needs to lead to action, and BDS is the primary tool supported by the very poets, artists, and cultural workers living under Israeli military occupation.”
A student at UC Santa Barbara was attacked by another student during a pro-Palestine protest this month. Palestine Legal, a group that defends Palestinian rights activists in the U.S., says the UC Santa Barbara incident was part of a larger campaign against student activists.
Settler terror and the repetition of the two-state mantra when a Palestinian state is impossible have created desperation among Palestinian youth, leading to violence that no older leaders will be able to shut down, says Hanan Ashrawi, the Palestinian legislator
At least 64 Palestinians have been killed and over 7,200 others injured by Israeli forces since the beginning of the unrest in the West Bank and Jerusalem early October 2015, according to official figures released by the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
For the 30,000 Palestinian residents of Jabel Mukaber the checkpoints—and a new wall that is being constructed in the center of town, cement roadblocks suspending vehicle traffic and a border police force deployed throughout the neighborhood—have made the quiet hilltop town with a view from Tel Aviv to Jordan, a militarized enclave.
The most creative slam of Zionism ever: Max Geller sneaks his anti-Zionism on to a Chicago TV set in an interview about Renoir paintings!
Palestinian Harry Potter fan Mia Oudeh writes to author J.K. Rowling about her opposition to the BDS movement. Oudeh draws parallels between the Harry Potter world and the Palestinian reality in order to demonstrate her confusion and disappointment in Rowling’s position.