Author Archives: David Bloom

Killing of 3 top Palestinian footballers in Gaza has helped unite Palestinian community

Yesterday I met two Arab intellectuals, Mustapha Tlili and Ambassador Clovis Maksoud, during a taping for Press TV and was struck afresh by how upset the Arab world is over Gaza. I don’t think this is fully understood in the…
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Gushing over Bob Simon–but did he let Livni off the hook?

Our mail is pouring in on “60 Minutes.” Viewers have never seen ANYTHING like this on mainstream television before. They are grateful. We are too. We must honor Bob Simon/CBS for a heroic piece of journalism. Myself I loved seeing…
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Tony Kushner: It is immensely important for Jews of conscience not to remain silent under pressure from the Jewish community

“Catastrophically misguided and incomprehensible policy,” the great Kushner tells Democracy Now, at a JATO demonstration last night in the cold in New York. It has gotten easier to speak out within the Jewish community in the last few years, says…
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Robo-calling, Israeli style

The International Solidarity Movement reports that Gazan households are getting phone calls from the Israeli Ministry of Defense warning that “any house that has guns or weapons will be targeted next without further warning or any announcement.” From the ISM:…
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Without the Internet, We Would Have No Idea

what the Occupation is like. Here is a disgusting tale of soldiers shooting up a West Bank town at 1:45 in the morning with random firings, to show off to a girl, or because they’re drunk. And here, from the…
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Smearing of Khalidi Points America Toward Great Social Challenge

“I hope that in the next century we will come to terms with our abysmal ignorance of the Muslim world. Muslims aren’t a bunch of wackos and nuts. They are decent, brilliant, talented people with a great civilization and traditions…
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Where ‘Dialogue’ Doesn’t Work, and Does

Real journalism. Matt Kalman of the San Francisco Chronicle has done a piece on dialogue programs between Israelis and Palestinians, like Seeds of Peace, and concluded that nothing happens. The NGOs that set up these meetings, in faraway lands, are…
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The Gestapo Didn’t Have a Water Cannon

The other day I wrote about what I loved about Israel. This is why Israel is a sick society. Unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shot at by Israeli soldiers on the sea, with brio. Jews Sans Frontieres says this video has shown…
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What I Loved About Israel

David Bloom tells me that Richard Witty challenged me to say something nice about Israel. I can’t get on my site for some reason, but it’s a fair question. I’ve only been to Israel 10 days in my life. (Want…
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Some Israeli Kids Refuse to Serve the Occupation. Why Don’t We Know About Them?

Last week Dan Fleshler said that the Israeli soldier at the checkpoint is also a victim of the occupation, and earlier today I posted a video in which an Israeli soldier cries out in pain at the actions of settlers…
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Israel Wants to Claim Livni as Its Obama (Good–Now Rise to the Occasion!)

Haaretz has an article calling Tzipi Livni, who looks to be the next Prime Minister, Israel’s Obama. Not just one article I see, but two. Memo to Israel: Blacks were enslaved in the U.S. The Constitution counted them at 3/5ths…
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Pressure Mounts on U.K. Not to Rent from Settlement Czar Leviev

Lev Leviev, the settlements and diamond czar, is back in the crosshairs. Pressure is mounting on the British government to cancel plans it has made to rent space for its embassy in Tel Aviv from a company owned by Leviev….
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Israel’s Defiance of International Law on Its Border Violations Has Empowered Nasrallah

My friend David Bloom knows far more about Israel/Palestine issues than I do. He has made the following smart responses to Israel defenders Steve F. and Richard Witty: I. Steve’s invocation of Nasrallah & moderation reminded me of the following….
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