Hannah Arendt’s portrait of Adolph Eichmann is controversial to this day because it sees evil in his actions not in his underlying motivation; and Zionists are especially critical because they insist on the prevalence of anti-Semitism in Europe, as a basis for the necessity of the Jewish state
Category Archives: Middle East
The Soviet spy Kim Philby escaped detection twice in the 1950s and what did him in in the end? He criticized Israel as a writer in Beirut for the Economist and the Observer, and an ardent Zionist informed on him to British authorities. And the American reviewers of a book that tells the story leave that angle out.
Addi Svarogic looks at the recent heated email exchange occurred between Noam Chomsky and Sam Harris. He writes, “The irony of New Atheists ignoring the material world and solely focusing on professed theological motivations perfectly illustrates their lack of analytical skills or – in the worst case scenario – a conscious effort on their part to muddy the waters.”
Reports say Israel will accept Iran deal quietly if US gives it more F-35 fighters. So we haven’t done enough for the country already? If US conservatives see Israel as a spoiled child, the party is over.
Norman J.W. Goda, a University of Florida professor who shares a neoconservative patron with Marco Rubio, offers neocolonialist rationales for Israel’s creation at a NY talk. The Zionists had a vision for a modern state Palestinians would enjoy a good standard of living in, but it had to be a Jewish majority.
The Bill of Rights was not written for the Prom Queen, Rand Paul says in his filibuster on the Senate floor. It was written to protect unpopular voices and minorities, including today Arab-Americans
In an excerpt from their new book ‘Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age,’ authors Adi Kuntsman and Rebecca L. Stein discuss an Israeli social media campaign during the summer of 2014 calling for revenge following the abduction and killing of three Israeli settler teens by Palestinians from the West Bank.
On 15th of May Palestinians worldwide will commemorate the ongoing Palestinian Nakba. A symbol for this ongoing forcible displacement is the Israeli Annexation Wall, which is yet another tool deployed by Israel to continue the process of colonizing Mandate Palestine. Simply put, the Israeli endeavour aims at emptying Mandate Palestine from its indigenous inhabitants, including areas that lie today within the borders of Israel proper.
Baharka IDP camp, Iraq, holds over 1,000 displaced Iraqi families. However in one small section, 18 Palestinian refugee families currently reside. Their displacement began 67 years ago with the Nakba, and has continued to 2015 – all the families have fled from ISIS within the last year. For some of the older Palestinian refugees this is their fifth refugee camp in their lifetime, for the younger generation it is their first. For all however, the plight of being a Palestinian refugee doesn’t appear to have an end in sight.
Even as Sen. Ben Cardin spearheads legislation to subvert Obama’s deal with Iran, he and colleagues ignore Israel’s 30-year defiance of nuclear nonproliferation and oversight
After two years of siege and nearly one-year of rampant starvation, fighters from the Islamic State (ISIS) and an al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Nusra Front, overran Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria on April 1st, 2015. The militants launched a surprise midnight attack and beheaded three Palestinians during their first raid. Today they control an estimated 80% of the camp. In this area arrests, killings, and even the burning of musical instruments—which are considered sinful under the austere salafi group’s interpretation of Islam—are common.
Max Blumenthal reports from ‘Birthwrong,’ a week-long tour of southern Spain meant to counter the pro-Israel indoctrination of the Birthright program. Blumenthal writes on his decision to join, “The trip seemed like the perfect way to repudiate a grim Jewish nationalist vision buttressed by the dual poles of Israel’s ethnocracy and the phantasmagoria of Auschwitz. Not only did it offer a potential escape hatch from Zionism, it presented a real alternative by re-centering Jewish identity around a vibrant diaspora tradition.”
The question of punishing illegal settlements in occupied Palestinian territory was considered separately in Europe and Israel last week, with only superficial differences in the conclusions reached. Israel’s near half-century occupation is in no immediate danger, either at home or abroad.
A New York Times article celebrating sacrifice in the Israeli army on the country’s memorial day was deeply disturbing to Tzvia Thier, who has personally experienced such loss. These soldiers died in vain, for a government dispensing terror. Journalists should not be celebrating that sacrifice.
Rabbi Daniel Dahan, chief rabbi of Aix-en- Provence, speaking in Berkeley, said that French Jews should not emigrate to Israel out of fear but stand up for their rights in France.
“It’s a shame [ISIS] doesn’t catch them before they reach Israel” was one of many racist responses in Israel to news that 3 asylum seekers who left Israel so as not to be detained were killed by ISIS in Libya
Bill Clinton came out four-square for the Iran deal today: “I hope and pray that we will leave behind a system where we can say with some confidence that we can keep really big, bad things from happening. That’s why this negotiation with Iran is so important.” A good sign for Hillary Clinton’s position.
Congress’s meddling in the Iran deal is reminiscent of Congress’s repudiation of Wilson’s League of Nations, which led to US isolation from its European allies and the lack of leadership that helped produce the second world war, Chas Freeman explains
Does Obama have a winning hand on Iran deal? Bill Kristol says the neocons may have walked into a “trap” on legislation that was supposed to stop the deal, but may actually clear the way for it, while Marco Rubio may push an amendment that Iran must recognize Israel’s right to exist.
Palestine was too small to become the Jewish national home without harming the rights of non-Jews. The British and early Zionists understood this, and spoke of Palestine as a single state with perfect equality between Jew and Arab, the common home for two peoples. Is there hope for harmony and mutual respect even today?