Mr. Netanyahu’s speech on March 3, 2015 will be marked as the day when an Israeli Prime Minister has pushed the chutzpah so far as to embarrass the President of the United States in front of the whole world. But why is he so adamant that Iran is “the” absolute existential threat to the Jewish people in the first place? Anne-Marie Codur says all the laws of geopolitics and all the facts indicate that Netanyahu is simply lying.
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Why is the New York Times running a front page story slurring John Kerry as a Don Quixote bent on getting an agreement with Iran? And why is Michael Gordon– who gave us the Iraq war on a silver platter of lies — allowed to write such a hatchet job?
As the U.S. prepares to re-engage more deeply in the Iraq War, including the likely deployment of ground troops to help retake Mosul from Islamic State, there has been a push from mainstream commentators to recommit to an ideological view of our military campaigns in the Muslim world. A splashy cover story in The Atlantic, “What ISIS Really Wants”, offers an intellectual foundation for the reenergized War on Terror, presenting full recognition of ISIS’s “very Islamic” nature as a matter of urgent strategic significance. Eamon Murphy writes the obsession with naming Islam as the enemy of the West is in fact a defense of our own side’s troubled ideology. He says the guiding principle of post-World War II foreign policy — that the course of world events should be influenced, wherever possible, by force — is imperiled by the spectacular failure of the War on Terror, which actually succeeded in creating a transnational army of Islamic terrorists. That Islamic State rose in Iraq, then spread to Syria and Libya, threatens to give war a very bad name.
The past week has seen international efforts to prevent an Israeli-Jordanian gas deal grow. Jordan BDS has called upon the international boycott movement to stand against the deal, and on Friday, February 20th activists in Denver, London and South Africa took to the streets to join the call to action. If the gas deal goes through it will increase Israeli dominance in the region by controlling the energy supply to bordering countries, and undermine the growing BDS movement.
Four Palestinian residents of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria reflect on the state of the camp, what Palestine means to them now after what they have experienced and what they would want to say to Palestinians outside of Syria.
“Conscience and responsibility” was theme of discussion at Hebrew Union College to which Rev. Bruce Shipman was invited, but the source of his notoriety, his assertion that Israel’s actions help foster anti-Semitism in Europe, was not addressed
“I’ve read quite a bit on this whole one-state jazz,” says Mikhael Manekin of Molad, a liberal Zionist Israeli thinktank — and no one envisions what the army of a single state would look like. How do you answer him?
American Sniper reveals the trauma of the wrongful Iraq invasion to a small-town man in Texas, Chris Kyle, who lost his soul in four tours
Many want to bomb Syria as a response to Kayla Mueller’s death. But that would be an insult to her spirit and the work of other great women who have been called by the war on terror to acts of compassion and understanding.
Kayla Mueller, the American killed last weekend by a Jordanian airstrike while being held captive by ISIS in Syria, had worked to prevent Palestinians from being thrown out of their homes in East Jerusalem in 2010.
In his new book, Roger Cohen’s description of his late mother’s mental illness and the way it traumatized him as a boy is spiritually scouring. His belief that Israel is necessary because Jews feel displaced is not as compelling.
Scott Long comments on the Brian Williams scandal that he lied about his experience in Iraq, but he doesn’t understand why this is an issue. Williams made up a story, but he was in the middle of the most fantastic made-up story in American history. The Iraq war was a gigantic fiction: the reasons were fake, the goals were fake, the triumph was fake. Rather than Williams’ tall tales, the real scandal is journalism’s complete submission, as the “war on terror” raged, to the fantasies of patriotic allegiance.
Just when the US is talking to Iran, the Washington Post and a pro-Israel thinktank publish a story saying the US teamed up with Israel to assassinate an Iranian “agent” 7 years ago
Sheldon Adelson called on President Obama to fire a nuclear weapon at Iran. When he gives huge contributions to potential Republican presidential candidates, the media should ask if they share his agenda. But the media don’t.
The 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz and investigation of Israel at the Hague are signs that the Holocaust-Israel axis, so central to Jewish identity over the last decades, is on oxygen support.
Robert Cohen shares a moving personal post on why he has become weary and wary of trying to take meaning or lessons from the Holocaust: “When it comes to the Palestinian people, the Holocaust has hardened our hearts and closed our minds. The scale of our own suffering has made us blind to their suffering – which we see as all of their own making. Perhaps this was inevitable. Why should a people abused and broken become saints? The opposite result is more often the outcome. I am asking for too much. Expecting something that no group is capable of.”
Houria Bouteldja, founder and spokesperson of the Party of the Indigenous of the Republic in France, writes a searing essay on the Charlie Hebdo attack and Islamophobia in French society: It did not take a genius to guess that this system produces time bombs—and our friends knew it—but it had to be us to understand the gaping wound of our violated dignity. We know that we are nothing. People keep telling us. Our humanity is trampled; on it, everyone wipes his or her feet. Thus, the “jihadists” responded: “our lives are worth nothing but now yours are worth nothing as well. You eradicate us, we eradicate you.” This is the curse of the “scum.” Let’s move on.
A video shows an unnamed man barging into the Campus Students’ Union office at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC) and demanding that a poster calling for divestment from the Israeli occupation be removed from a window. The man was recording the incident on his cell phone as he threatened students and claimed the poster constituted a “hate crime.” He rips the poster from the window while ranting about valuing “Canadian lives,” Israel and seemingly justifying his anger by stating “I’m a fuckin’ Jew.” Later, he recorded himself urinating on the poster while making racist threats directed at Arabs and Muslims and/or: “Anybody who has a problem with Israel you have something in common – I’m the devil baby I don’t think you want to play games with me.”
Inspired piece of performance art by Natalie Cohen Vaxberg lampoons Netanyahu’s appeal to French Jews to move to Israel, a land of ethnic cleansing
Anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are NOT “one and the same,” Susan Landau writes. Protests against the state of Israel for maintaining the illegal occupation of the Palestinians, denying their human rights, and violating international law are not inherently anti-Semitic. Attacking Jews because they are Jewish IS anti-Semitic
Dennis Ross used to lead Middle East policy for Obama. Now his Jerusalem-based Zionist thinktank calls for 120,000 French Jews to leave France for Israel in the next four years.
The case of Palestinian refugees is a prevailing topic when discussing Palestine and liberation, but when Palestinian refugees are being besieged and slaughtered in Syria there is a piercing silence towards them. Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus has been under siege for nearly 550 days and counting. Over 1,020 Palestinians have died in the camp by torture in regime jails, execution, and bombing.
70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, Jews must recognize that they live after that era of Jewish history and after the Nakba too. Jewish identity must reflect both, Marc Ellis says
In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings there has been an effort to reify Islam and put a fixed meaning to this way of life/ civilization. Sabith Khan suggests we look at Islam contextually by placing our understanding of it in the milieu in which we find it instead of looking for an “essential spirit” of the religion: “American Islam is different from French Islam, which is different from that in Saudi Arabia. Speaking of ‘Islam’ as an all-consuming category, that subsumes all geographies, history and culture is not only naïve, but also dangerous.”
Palestinian refugees in the Yarmouk neighborhood of Damascus took to the streets on January 18th to protest the siege imposed by the Assad government. Since December 2012, civilians in Yarmouk, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Syria—what some refer to as the “capital of the Palestinian diaspora”—have been under siege and constant attack by the Syrian regime.