Author Archives: Saifedean Ammous

another back-of-the-envelope description of Zionism

Saifedean Ammous writes: This is probably the best quote I have come across on Zionism: “Zionist colonialism inhabits the space between two extinct models — those provided by South Africa and French practice in Algeria. It is not a blend…
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‘Compensation Cannot Extinguish the Right of Return’

Lately Ralph Seliger responded here to Saif Ammous on the issue of refugees from ’48, saying that the compensation envisioned by the Geneva initiative of ’03 is sufficient to extinguish the right of return. Below Saif Ammous responds. I’d offer…
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Ahmadinejad: Jews and Arabs Should Vote in Referendum on Future of ‘Palestine’

Steve Inskeep of National Public Radio did a superb interview with Iranian President Ahmadinejad today in which he asked him about his disgusting threat, to wipe Israel off the map. Ahmadinejad explained it in much the way that he sought…
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‘Geneva Accord Is the Answer on Refugees: Compensation, and a Return to Palestine’

Last year Saif Ammous and Richard Witty had a dialogue about Zionism in this comment section. Now Ammous and Seliger are having a dialogue about the right of return, in posts, this being the last, from Ammous, yesterday. I’ll keep…
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If Non-Christians Were Driven to Canada, Would You Support the Right of Return?

Ralph Seliger and Saif Ammous have been arguing over Ammous’s assertion that Americans wouldn’t respond well if a rich Christian came over here and started to turn us into a Christian country with different sets of rights based on religion……
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Seliger Responds to Ross and Ammous

It’s Ralph Seliger’s turn: Jack Ross is mostly babbling here. The fact that MAPAM had pro-Soviet sympathies until the Khrushchev’s 1956 revelations about Stalin simply illustrates how left-wing these Zionists were; this has no other relevance to our argument. Obviously…
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How’d You Like Christian-Only Roads in the U.S.?

The other day Saif Ammous analogized the Zionist project to a British Christian coming to the U.S. and solving the country’s problems by making it Christian. Ralph Seliger then criticized the analogy. Now Ammous is responding: Ralph Seliger is unfortunately…
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Jack Ross Takes on Ralph Seliger’s Claim Re Binationalist Zionists

Jack Ross has studied Zionist history and now joins the argument between Saif Ammous and Ralph Seliger: The analogy by Saif may have been a bit wacky, but the very existence of the Yishuv betrays the wrongness of Seliger’s argument:…
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‘Bi-Nationalist Zionist Vision Might Have Prevailed But for Arab Pogroms’

Ralph Seliger of Meretz-USA writes to me: Saif [Ammous] is an ignoramus. And so are you if you think that his is a serious analogy of Christians coming to the US to make it a more Christian country. It is…
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Saif Ammous on Squaring Progressive and Zionist

My friend Saif Ammous had this response to Ralph Seliger’s faith that progressivism and Zionism are not mutually exclusive: Jack is a British Christian who believes in the value of Christian peoplehood, culture and/or religion, as Ralph Seliger “believes in…
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