Seeking to define Palestinians as Arabs is another way that Zionist Israelis have sought to deny Palestinian nationality on the part of non-Jewish citizens, to secure the state’s definition as the “Jewish State,” and to finish the Nakba by denying the existence of Palestine, outside of a couple of Bantustans.
Monthly Archives: January 2016
Obama’s speech at the Israeli Embassy saying We are all Jews shows the trajectory of Holocaust thought is Israel, unmindful of the horrific suffering Israel is causing the Palestinian people. Such thought then censors dissent on the consequences of the use of the Holocaust as a blunt instrument against the Palestinian people.
Earlier this week, the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn held a general meeting at which it passed a measure to require a super-majority of 75 percent on resolutions to boycott products at the coop. The rule is aimed at holding back the forces that want to boycott Israeli goods.
Seven young members of Al-Qasssam brigade, the military wing of Hamas, were digging a tunnel in northern Gaza earlier this week when heavy rains caused it to collapse, killing them. Hamas declared that armed resistance was the only way to liberate Palestine.
Ronald Feldman, NY gallery owner, says he supports Israel “no matter what,” but that when it worked against Obama on the Iran deal, it alienated many American Jews who now say they cannot support Israel under Netanyahu
Bernard Avishai is right to extol the rebirth of Hebrew culture in Israel, but that does not justify political Zionism’s unending practices of ethnic cleansing and discrimination
James North writes that as he read through Phil Weiss’s superb reports on Jewish settlers in West Bank Palestine, he experienced an eerie sense of familiarity. From 1978 to 1983 North lived in southern Africa, writing articles and then a book about the struggle against apartheid. The people Weiss described so vividly reminded him of many of the white South Africans he met back then. He writes, “The resemblance is more than an attitude of colonial superiority. Beyond that, I recognized in Weiss’s settlers a similar feeling of self-confidence, the conviction that although the outside world could criticize all it wanted, no one was going to taken any serious actions to disturb their lives.”
After Obama gave pro-Israel speech at Israeli Embassy, Wednesday, there was “a scene I’ve never seen before,” says Chemi Shalev of Haaretz. 300 people in suits were shouting out, “Thank you, thank you…it was an outpouring of noise toward him.”
Netanyahu and his government are thoroughly complicit with the efforts to brand their political opponents and artists opposed to the status quo as traitors. Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev recently tabled a proposal for a “Loyalty Bill” that would allocate government grants solely to artists supportive of the regime. The proposed legislation has been likened to the McCarthyist witch-hunts in the US of the 1950s, but we need not travel so far in time to find alarming parallels. It is obvious that the Israeli right is emulating above all Putin’s Russia of the 2010s.
Drumming support for Hillary Clinton, NYT columnist Paul Krugman name-calls Sanders supporters as “Bernie Bros” and forgets that Clinton supported the Iraq war, which really ought to have resulted in war crimes trials for our political class
Culpability for the murder of baby Ali Dawabshe and his parents lies not only with the settlers who threw the firebomb, but with the Israeli government which promotes, subsidizes and protects their presence in the West Bank.
Yonatan Shay, an official of the American Jewish Committee, seeks to paint Syrian refugees in Berlin as anti-Semitic, and as putting Jews in Europe in danger, with the obvious agenda of riding the nationalist xenophobic wave.
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are surging as anti-establishment candidates in their parties partly because they both opposed the Iraq War and there has never been any accountability for that horrible decision.
Roger Waters appeals to the “collective beating heart” of the French people to oppose anti-Palestinian discrimination, in the wake of a French court upholding criminal charges against protesters who support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel
Israeli ambassador Ron Dermer lobbied on Capitol Hill against President Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement. Yesterday Obama kissed up to him at the Israel embassy. The Israel lobby is alive and well
Two weeks ago a right-wing Israeli group called Ad Kan released an undercover video that claimed leftist Israeli activists were a driving force behind Palestinian violence. After the footage was aired on a major local news station three people were arrested on charges of conspiracy—one Palestinian and two Israelis. Now Ad Kan has released a second video, this time targeting the organization Anarchists Against the Wall as so-called “extremist Israeli activists” who “have a clear goal: to injure and kill IDF soldiers and police officers.”
John Soos traveled to Gaza with a delegation from Physicians for Social Responsibility to address the secondary trauma that mental health professionals there are struggling with. He writes, “Post traumatic stress disorder, as a clinical term, barely touches the enormity of the disabling psychological distress that permeates the reality of daily life here. There is nothing ‘post’ about a continual, unrelenting, multifaceted catastrophe.”
“Opposition leader” Isaac Herzog posts on Facebook setting out his vision for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “Why [doesn’t the Netanyahu government] implement an effective separation? Why don’t they erect a wall? What’s the point of a fence if one can hop over or crawl under it? We don’t need a livestock fence. We need real separation that will truly block the terrorists. We can erect a real fence, topped with electrified barbed wire, one that can’t be traversed. Any weaker solution is wantonness that this government is responsible for. We need a fence that’ll deter murderers and defend civilians. We can do that and defend our civilians from terrorism and murder. That’s part of my separation plan.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn’t like U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s speech to the Security Council criticizing the Israeli occupation, as Carlos Latuff illustrates.
At a Zionist summer camp in Michigan in the 1980s, author Liz Rose and other young Jews felt comfortable exploring their sexuality together and looked forward to taking that experience to Israel. It took her years to understand that her community was eroticizing the land of Israel and leaving out the Palestinian story.
Another US foreign policy blunder, this one in Haiti. Does Obama stumble partly because he spends too much time on Israel?
In his last year as UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon gives a landmark speech saying it is only human nature for Palestinians to respond to 50 years of occupation and illegal settlement activity with violence, but the media are quick to swamp the story with Israeli PM Netanyahu’s reaction
Even George Bush kowtowed to anti-Israel forces in the executive branch when he claimed that the Palestinian issue was a real problem for the U.S., says Israel’s lawyer Dennis Ross. And only Bill Clinton stamped down those forces
Muhanned Qafesha, a resident of Tel Rumeida in Hebron, takes Mondoweiss through the arduous journey residents of the city have been subjected to since Israel made the town a closed military zone in November. Israeli soldiers detain and harass filmmakers Sheren Khalel and Abed Al Qaisi as they attempt to report Qafesha’s story.
“My principle says maximum Jews on maximum land with maximum security and with minimum Palestinians,” says Yair Lapid. And this passes for liberalism in Israel.