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Author Archives: David Samel
“Clampdown” is generally defined as the imposition or strengthening of regulations and restrictions. That is hardly an appropriate word to use for Israel’s wanton and murderous actions in the West Bank in June, which of course were greatly eclipsed by its carnage the following month in Gaza. Is that a word the Times would use if the “authorities” burst into hundreds of private homes in Ferguson, killed another five people, and imprisoned hundreds more without charge? It’s just another subtle way the Times depicts Israel’s utterly contemptible behavior as within the boundaries of reasonableness.
Gary Rudoren, the husband of NY Times Jerusalem Bureau Chief Jodi Rudoren, created a video to honor his parents’ 60th anniversary and posted it on youtube. Gary is in high spirits as he takes his parents on a virtual tour of his and Jodi’s daily life in Jerusalem. At about 14:25, the scene shifts to a luxury hotel, where Gary enters a suite to find his wife chatting amiably with Abraham Foxman, Executive Director of the Anti-Defamation League.
In a Haaretz column, Peter Beinart demolishes in painstaking detail the Gaza narrative from Israel that would win 110% approval in the US Congress: Israel withdrew from Gaza as a peace overture; Palestinians responded with terror and the election of Hamas; Hamas violently seized power, blah blah blah.
New York’s Metropolitan Opera has decided to pull the plug on its worldwide simulcast of a live performance of The Death of Klinghoffer. David Samel offers some observations.
Yesterday, the New York Times gave Dani Dayan, one of the leaders of the settlement movement, an opportunity to publicize his prescription for Israeli/Palestinian co-existence in an op-ed. It is a re-tread. Less than two years ago, Dayan was given the same platform to make virtually the same arguments.
Stupendous Dershowitz stretchers. He calls Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas “collaborators” with the Gestapo and says of the Israel boycott movement: “Why are so many of the grandchildren of Nazis and Nazi collaborators who brought us the Holocaust once again declaring war on the Jews?”
Michael Oren finds Israel vindicated by UN report that it slaughtered 101 civilians, including 33 children
David Samel debunks Michael Oren’s charge the Palestinians fake Israeli human rights abuses for propaganda purposes.
There has been a lot of criticism of the ADL’s worldwide survey of anti-Semitism, including the organization that commissioned the study is hardly a disinterested, unbiased observer. An ADL study on anti-Semitism should be greeted with the same skepticism as a tobacco industry study on the effects of second-hand smoke, and yet the global survey’s deeply flawed methodology could have been fixed by replacing its 11 questions with simply one — Are Jews equal to others?
Controversy has erupted in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where flyers were distributed in the vicinity of the local synagogue warning Jews to register with the local authorities. But similar concern has not been shown in Israel where Jews have been registering for 65 years.
A Libyan was convicted of the mass murder in the crash of Pan Am 103 25 years ago, killing 270 people, including villagers in Lockerbie, Scotland. But according to an Al Jazeera documentary that aired in the US last week, he was innocent; and the case served geopolitical aims. David Samel reports on the surprising supporters of the theory that Iran, Syria, and a Palestinian group might have been behind the crash.
Sharon’s effective death in 2006 notwithstanding, his long vegetative state delayed his obituaries for years, and I was most anxious to see how his death would be covered in mainstream outlets like the New York Times. As it turns out, Ethan Bronner’s Times obit was worse than I could have imagined.
Having seen his views on international law repeatedly spurned by actual international lawyers, Dershowitz has lost patience. He now asks, Who needs international law anyway? In a recent talk at the Institute of National Strategic Studies in Tel Aviv, Dershowitz described international law as “a construct in the mind of a bunch of left wing academics. There is no basis for international law in any reality. It’s not based on legislation. Much of it is not based on treaty. It is the ultimate exercise in elitist nondemocracy.”
As expected, Alan Dershowitz responded to the American Studies Association support of BDS movement’s by smearing the voters as anti-Semitic.
Beinart demands equality for the Cheney sisters, but is ‘willing to compromise’ equality of Palestinian Israelis
As Peter Beinart leaves Open Zion to pursue writing about other subjects of interest, he has taken an uncompromising stance against Liz Cheney’s grudging tolerance of her sister’s sexual orientation. It’s nice to see Beinart take such a strong stand on equality. Too bad he does not feel it should be a universal principle.
In a series of recent blog posts, MJ Rosenberg has unleashed a shocking stream of invective directed against Ali Abunimah, including: “I believe that Ali Abunimah would be ecstatic if Israel was destroyed, blown off the face of the earth, along with every one of its people because, after all, the Jews in Palestine are, by definition, Zionists, even the kids.” Rosenberg should take a step back and re-evaluate. He owes Abunimah and his readership an apology.
John Kerry’s case for military action against Syria would have paved the way for Russia to unilaterally attack Israel in the wake of Israel’s assault on Gaza in 2008-2009.
Worldwide poll finds Iran least popular country; American-Iranian Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) complains of delegitimization
A newly released poll of 26,000 respondents in 25 countries reveals that Iran is the least popular country in the world. The poll, commissioned by the BBC World Service, found that only 15% considered Iran to have a positive influence in international affairs, while 59% gave it a negative rating.
Fresh from its triumph in exposing the Mohammed al-Dura death hoax, a secret Israeli Government Commission is nearing the completion of an even more comprehensive investigation absolving the IDF of all deaths of civilians in Lebanon in 2006, Gaza in 2008-2009, the Mavi Marmara in 2010, and Gaza in November, 2012.
“Archbishop Desmond Tutu is one of the most evil men in the world. He never condemns China, rarely Zimbabwe or any other county, it’s only Israel,” says Alan Dershowitz. Then why did Tutu call for the world to boycott the Olympics in China in 2008? The record shows clearly that Tutu has criticized Zimbabwe and China repeatedly
I was alerted by Glenn Greenwald’s column yesterday to this extraordinary short piece at Left Foot Forward entitled “So why did Stephen Hawking think it was ok to visit Iran and China?” The author’s accusation of hypocrisy that we have heard so often is nothing new, but the sophistication of the numerous commenters who destroy the “What about X?” argument is very encouraging.
This Thursday, Peter Beinart and Alan Dershowitz will once again square off on the subject of Zionism at CUNY, a debate that promises to cover a spectrum of opinion from A to B. It is unclear exactly what new ground they will cover, having debated at least twice before, but one thing that is for certain is that Dershowitz will use the occasion to unveil newer and better lies. There is no shortage of exposés of his breathtaking dishonesty, and Dershowitz keeps the lies coming fast and furious, so someone has to keep up with the Great Fabricator. Here are three major whoppers from last year’s Martha’s Vineyard debate with Beinart.
In attacking a conference on homonationalism and pinkwashing which makes the mistake of including Israel among 32 countries under scrutiny, Alan Dershowitz unrolls dubious claims regarding Israeli soldiers and rape
A few months ago, Netanyahu’s presentation to the United Nations of a fourth-grader’s drawing dramatizing Iran’s imminent nuclear weapons capability drew gales of laughter. But maybe it was successful after all.
It’s award season, with the recent Golden Globes and Grammy telecasts and lots of buzz about the upcoming Oscars, so it’s no wonder that the Pentagon didn’t want to be left out of the fun. That’s why they’ve come up with a new medal to award for “extraordinary achievement” in the field of drone warfare.
‘NYT’ runs op-ed by Israel lobbyist in human rights garb, saying Palestinians are too corrupt to deserve a state
Robert Bernstein, apostate from Human Rights Watch, started Advancing Human Rights, an Israel lobby organization, and it now has an op-ed in the NYT