Author Archives: Jeff Klein

Palestine is a topic too far for Boston African-American paper

The limits of acceptable opinion: Bay State Banner is not interested in a piece on Palestine by a regular contributor

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‘We failed’ (In which a Palestinian activist abandons the peace process)

A conversation with an aging Palestinian activist: I asked Mohammed if any of his children were involved in politics. He said, “Not at all. Why should they want to go into politics? We set a bad example for them. We sacrificed and we struggled for our state but we did not succeed. We failed.”

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A visit to the grave of mass-murderer Baruch Goldstein

Baruch Goldstein killed 29 Muslims in Hebron in 1994; and his grave still has an honorable place in the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba

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Meet Mr. Palestine

Why is this man smiling? ‘Imad AbdulAziz of Nablus has been arrested 17 times for his political activities on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and spent six years in Israeli jails. Once he was shot in both legs. But AbdulAziz is also a bodybuilder, and widely beloved

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Syria’s faultlines extend into Lebanon and Palestine

New faultlines in the Syrian conflict: religious supporters of the Sunni rebels on the one side, and more secular/leftist political parties on the other. Few Palestinians – or secular Lebanese — express any fondness for the Assad regime, but increasingly they fear the consequences of victory by religious extremists in Syria.

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Invisible Man

Finance minister Yair Lapid is the great hope of liberal Zionists. He is said to represent a turn to the left in Israeli politics. Why then does he ignore demands by Palestinian members of Knesset?

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Pavlov had nothing on the Israel lobby — consider Senator Elizabeth Warren

Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts progressive, co-sponsors and then votes for a resolution urging the US to support Israel if it launches a war against Iran

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Romney, Netanyahu and that other campaign — for war with Iran

Over the weekend Mitt Romney launched his electoral swing to Jerusalem – with a coordinated effort in the US from the usual suspects at the Emergency Committee for Israel here and here, in tandem with the Republican Jewish Coalition — it’s worth remembering that this is not necessarily just a cynical campaign maneuver. No doubt, there is the ambition to peel off some Jewish votes, especially in states like Florida, while the expected fundraising affair in Jerusalem ($50,000 minimum ticket) promises to add quite a few shekels to Romney’s campaign coffers. But that’s only part of the story.

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“As long as the Za’atar remains. . .”

Sometimes a food is more than just something you eat. The herbal condiment za’atar, a mixture of dried thyme, sumac and sesame seed commonly eaten with olive oil and bread, has become well known in recent years outside the Middle … Continue reading

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What folks are saying in Palestine

Last month, in the Old City Jerusalem, I visited a Palestinian friend who belonged to one of the radical Left factions of the PLO and had spent many years in Israeli jails. When I asked him what he thought about … Continue reading

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Bad timing for ‘WSJ’ author who says Arab spring won’t leap the Sinai

The theme of posts here the other day was attitudes of “denial” regarding the Palestine issue. Nothing could illustrate this more than an op-ed a couple of days ago  by a “scholar” with a comfortable job at a right-wing think … Continue reading

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Remember Lebanon?

You know, Lebanon – that small Middle East country wracked by a generation of bloody civil wars, the scene of periodic Israeli invasions and massacres, the battle ground for foreign armies. These days, when upheavals are rocking the Arab world … Continue reading

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Death in a Palestinian town

In Palestine, not all the killing takes place in the West Bank and Gaza – and not all the killers are Israeli security forces. Certainly, Palestinian residents of Israel are not immune from state violence. In October 2000, 13 Palestinian … Continue reading

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Another Made in USA “less-lethal” weapon kills in Palestine

The recent killing of Jawaher Abu Rahmah in Bil’in – and the death or injury of many others — by Israeli tear gas munitions imported from the US has spotlighted the collaboration of American companies in the lethal suppression of … Continue reading

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The teargas grenades that killed Jawaher Abu Rahmah were most likely ‘made in the USA’

Correction: The tear gas used in Bil’in is manufactured by Combined Tactical Systems, Inc, based in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, not the Defense Technology Corporation of America as reported below. For more information see here. Regarding Ahmed Moor’s report from Bil’in: Those … Continue reading

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Massachusetts State Treasurer candidate has anti-Iran agenda

Steve Grossman, one of the candidates in next Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Massachusetts State Treasurer, is a past national president of AIPAC (The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee). Grossman, former chair of the Democratic National Committee, has been very coy about publicly … Continue reading

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CAMERA doth protest too much re its role in Boston anti-mosque campaign

Yesterday CAMERA’s Dexter van Zile responded to a post by Jeff Klein critiquing the Israel lobby organization. Klein now responds: CAMERA apparently didn’t like being mentioned in my piece on the anti-Mosque campaign in Boston. However, their complaint is a … Continue reading

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Pro-Israel extremists have campaigned against an Islamic cultural center before

Haven’t we seen this movie before? Yes, in Boston, and with nearly the same cast of characters. The fight against the Roxbury Mosque and Cultural Center planned by the Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) was framed as a battle against … Continue reading

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