Author Archives: Ali Abunimah

Does Israel Have a Right to Exist as a Jewish State?: An excerpt from Ali Abunimah’s ‘The Battle for Justice in Palestine’

Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state has become his latest rhetorical strategy to stymie US-brokered peace talks. In an excerpt from his new book, “The Battle for Justice in Palestine,” Ali Abunimah deftly unpacks this talking point by showing what it means today in practice: “The cumulative impact of Israeli policies deemed necessary to protect Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state can be seen in the yawning gulf that exists between Jewish and Palestinian citizens.”

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Palestine Papers: Obama rejects Bush commitment to Palestinian state on 1967 lines; opens door to expulsion of Palestinian citizens of Israel

Ali Abunimah writes on the Al Jazeera English website on how the Obama administration abandoned longstanding US policy to base the two-state solution on the 1967 border between Israel and the occupied territories, and the dangerous consequences of this decision: … Continue reading

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Israeli intel firm behind Pennsylvania’s ‘terror’ bulletins on peace, environment, LGBT groups

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has just ordered his state’s Homeland Security director to cancel a $125,000 contract with an outfit called the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR). The Associated Press reports:  HARRISBURG, Pa. – Information about an anti-BP … Continue reading

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‘Edward Said’s critique was important in the years after Oslo’

Ali Abunimah follows up on post recalling his comment that he had been upset when he learned of the signing of the Oslo accords, in 1993: That’s accurate! What I would have told you is the accords were signed on … Continue reading

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Abunimah: transformative visions often come from the right

Ali Abunimah has a smart piece in Al-Jazeera applauding the Israeli right’s interest in one-state and making two interesting points. One, the two-state solution has become an absurdity–something that is never addressed here as Obama preaches it. And second, the … Continue reading

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Abunimah: ‘Israel is delegitimizing itself’

Ali Abunimah responds to the Israeli thinktank‘s program of responding to the growing delegitimization of Israel:  [U]nderlying the Reut Institute’s analysis is a complete inability to disentangle cause and effect. It seems to assume that the dramatic erosion in Israel’s … Continue reading

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Abunimah: Jews can report on Palestinians, but the other way ’round?

I have been of course following all the absurd defenses and excuse-making from Jeffrey Goldberg, Ron Kampeas, Andrew Sullivan, Joe Klein, etc for Ethan Bronner and the New York Times, as well as your recent comments. They insist that there … Continue reading

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Abunimah: There is a tremendous struggle to be waged, to force Israeli introspection, and change

Nearly two weeks ago we reported on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, the highlight of which was a speech by Ali Abunimah. We posted video, and kept promising to get a transcript up. What … Continue reading

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Abunimah: All the king’s horses can’t restore legitimacy to partition

Earlier today we ran Scott McConnell’s piece arguing that the South-Africa-one-state struggle can’t be reprised in Israel/Palestine. Ali Abunimah, author of this piece on the same subject, responds: Scott McConnell puts forward familiar arguments, but they are rather weak. No … Continue reading

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