Author Archives: Matthew Taylor

About Matthew Taylor

Matthew A. Taylor is co-founder of PeacePower magazine, and author of "The Road to Nonviolent Coexistence in Palestine/Israel," a chapter in the book Nonviolent Coexistence.

‘Haaretz’ conference trumpets tired word ‘Peace’ (when the only solution is ‘equality’)

Haaretz’s self-serving Israel Conference on Peace on July 8 in Jerusalem, should focus on Equality, not Liberal Zionist efforts to salvage a two-state solution with a few rightwing Revisionist adversaries. “Peace” is a hasbara homerun. Even AIPAC says it wants peace.

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‘Washington Post’ conflates anti-Semitism with anti-Zionism

In a story on anti-Semitism in France, the Washington Post features a video from performer Dieudonne M’bala in which Dieudonne puts himself int he shoes of a Palestinian suicide bomber. Dieudonne expresses passionate anti-Zionism; there is nothing in his sketch against Jews. Such confusion muddies the water on an important question.

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The world was right about Iraq– though Israel got its ‘Clean Break’

We protesters against the Iraq war were wrong: we did not see just how bad it would be. But Israel’s American neocon boosters got exactly what they wanted– a “clean break” from the historic power struggle in the region, through destabilization of Arab capitals.

Posted in Iraq, Israel Lobby, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, Neocons, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 59 Comments

Beinart predicts J Streeters will tackle immigration before thinking critically about Israel

Peter Beinart says young J Streeters will focus on issues like immigration while ignoring the question of whether to confront Israeli apartheid.

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Now that Israel has killed the two-state solution, will liberal Zionists support equality or ethnocracy?

Now that the Two State Solution has finally received its autopsy results, what will liberal Zionists do: move left to support equality, or move right to support a state of permanent apartheid? For self-identified liberal Zionists, like Peter Beinart pictured above, that’s the obvious existential question.

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Obama outmaneuvers Netanyahu, at last

It’s about time the Obama administration answered Israel’s many rebukes to the vaunted peace process. The anonymous officials who blames the Israelis for the failure of talks — and Haaretz is saying it’s Martin Indyk — were serving as the president’s proxies.

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In historic interviews, US officials blame end of talks on Israeli land theft

U.S. officials blamed Israel’s land theft to build colonies on the territory meant for a Palestinian state as the reason for the talks’ failure. And one told Ynet, “I guess we need another intifada,” to change the power dynamics that allow Israel to get away with expropriating land

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Peter Beinart misses South Africa’s apartheid lesson, Gideon Levy gets it

Peter Beinart fails to learn South Africa Apartheid Lessons, Gideon Levy Points Path to Equality

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Netanyahu ducks Mandela memorial

Netanyahu Ducks Mandela Memorial as Gideon Levy Calls Israel a S. Africa ‘Twin’. Netanyahu missing chance to be Israel’s De Klerk.

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Israel apologists attempted to discredit Mandela with false Israel apartheid quote

Did Nelson Mandela label Israel an ‘apartheid’ regime? Israel’s apologists claimed he did in 1990, apparently misquoting Mandela for their own political objectives.

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Obama’s Mandela eulogy — moving, and hypocritical

“My very first political action, the first thing I ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics, was a protest against apartheid,” Obama said last night in an eloquent eulogy to Nelson Mandela. And today as president he is responsible for giving billions of dollars in military aid to an Israeli regime that, by any reading of international law, is committing the Crime of Apartheid against the Palestinian people.

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Newseum honors newsman who ran guns for ethnic cleansing of Palestine

Newseum glorifies the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by honoring Hank Greenspun’s gun-running to Israel in the 1940s.

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Settler leader endorses boycott of apartheid

Check out this gem from the New York Times’ fawning GQ-like profile of Israeli settler leader Dani Dayan: [Dayan and his wife] built a showpiece home, where the sunken double-height living room is filled with a painting from Vietnam, a … Continue reading

Posted in Activism, BDS, Israel/Palestine, Media, One state/Two states, Settlers/Colonists, US Politics | Tagged , , , , , | 12 Comments

Dennis Ross urges Iran war in deceptive ‘NYT’ op-ed

Under the misleading headline “How America Can Slow Israel’s March to War,” former White House official/former and current Israel lobbyist Dennis Ross delivers a prescription for the opposite: Second, America should begin discussions with the permanent members of the United … Continue reading

Posted in Iran, Israel Lobby, Middle East, Neocons, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | Tagged , , , , | 36 Comments

Circumcision deaths are a legalized non-scandal

Legalized circumcision-related deaths meet zero accountability, while the recent ultra-Orthodox sexual abuse scandal led to criminal charges.

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Brave ‘NYT’ exposes depth of Obama ties to the a lobby

Front-page, above the fold, the New York Times rips off the veil of secrecy surrounding the extent to which a certain lobby controls U.S. policy.

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Avraham Burg: World must tell Israel it can’t be ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’ & the last colonial occupier in the Western world

Former Israeli Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg endorses boycott of settlement products in The Independent.

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Green Party candidate for President calls for end to Israeli apartheid

Dr. Jill Stein, who recently clinched the Green Party nomination for President, demands: “an end to the discriminatory apartheid policies within the state of Israel, the removal of the Separation Wall, a ban on assassination, movement toward denuclearization, the release of all political prisoners and journalists from Israeli and Palestinian prisons, disarmament of non-state militias, and recognition of the right of self-determination for both Israelis and Palestinians”

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Peter Beinart’s cognitive dissonance on ‘threats to Israel’s demographics’

Michael Lerner and Peter Beinart seek to preserve Israel’s Jewish majority from the right of return

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The benedictions of Benzion Netanyahu’s racism

Teh late Benzion Netanyahu believed in unending conquest of Arabs till they accepted the higher morality of their overlords

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Beinart’s Blindspot: Israel has always been a non-democratic apartheid state

Beinart’s new book to be brave, important, and blinkered all at once. The biggest problem is Beinart’s false, idealized image of pre-1967 Israel as a “flawed, but genuine democracy.” This doesn’t work because even within the green line Israel has always been a non-democratic apartheid state.

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‘When Netanyahu and I look up we see nothing but the sky’ — Deputy Messiah Barak

Ehud Barak has expressed messianism; it’s not just Yuval Diskin diagnosing it

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If you deduct the Israelites, Pharaoh’s Egypt was actually a marvelous country

Bibi Netanyahu says if you deduct the Palestinians, Israel is actually a very equal country

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Bloomberg warns BDS will lead to ‘massacres’ as Park Slope Co-op holds initial vote on boycott tonight

New York pols are lining up against the effort to boycott Israeli goods in the Park Slope Food Co-op. Bloomberg says it will lead to massacres and Scott Stringer calls it “an anti-Semitic crusade.” Co-op members’ response? You won’t learn it from the ‘New York Times’ who didn’t think to ask.

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Israeli apartheid is never fit to print in the ‘Times’, only in ‘Haaretz’

When has the Times ever filed a serious report on Israeli apartheid policies, and will it ever? Meanwhile, Haaretz today runs an editorial page broadside against the colony/settlement Ariel’s University expansion plans.

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