Mandate Palestine aimed to allow Jews and Arabs to live alongside one another. Its failure led to the idea of Partition. Now Partition has also failed. Scholar David Gerald Fincham considers the impractical nature of creating two sovereign states in the territory and the need for a federal solution combining certain national functions.
Category Archives: Middle East
A Ronen Bergman piece on Jonathan Pollard’s release in the NYT, and the Times’ and Washington Post’s news coverage all dodge an issue at the heart of the case: the belief that Israel traded secrets he gave them to the Soviets in exchange for emigres
Ted Cruz says Iranian deal means Iran will put a nuke on a rocket, fire it into atmosphere over east coast, and create “electro magnetic pulse” to take out our electrical grid and kill 10s of millions of Americans
Since the Charlie Hebdo attacks, France has seen an explosion of Islamophobic incidents, which are up 28%, along with the rise of the far-right and the official repression of Palestine solidarity activism– Max Blumenthal and James Kleinfeld show in new documentary, Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
Four months before he died, President John Kennedy told Israel’s PM that American support of Israel ‘could be seriously jeopardized’ if Israel did not let the United States obtain ‘reliable information’ about Israel’s efforts in the nuclear field. Israel defied the U.S., and President Johnson was far more accepting.
Greece’s ruling ostensibly left-wing Syriza party signed a “status of forces” accord with Israel on July 19. The Jerusalem Post explains that the agreement “offers legal defense to both militaries while training in the other’s country.” Only one other country in the world has signed such an accord with Israel; that country is the US, which calls its uncritical support of Israel the “special relationship.”
Washington Post says that Israeli leaders oppose the Iran deal. But the Joint List of Arab parties wants weapons of mass destruction out of the Middle East altogether, including from Israel, Dr. Ahmad Tibi writes
The global arms race has never been more lucrative. America and China are engaged in unprecedented levels of spending around the world to influence and shape global affairs. The effects are devastating on civilians but Washington and Beijing insists they’re “stabilizing” nations. It’s one of the deadliest myths of the 21st century.
Shibley Telhami says that Netanyahu got the nuclear deal with Iran because he tried to play Obama in 2011-2012 to believe that Israel was about to attack Iran. Netanyahu wanted to hurt Obama in the election and get the Americans to attack Iran. Jeffrey Goldberg piece played right into the strategy.
Racism surely played a role in western misconceptions of Iran’s plans. Iran is somehow deemed inferior to Western powers, which are thought to be rational and responsible in spite of their record of two world wars and innumerable colonial wars, including recent unwarranted attacks on Iraq, Libya and other Arab countries.
In 5 days, Cycling4Gaza is cycling 300km from Alkamaar, Netherlands to the International Criminal Court at the Hague for their 2015 cycle. C4G is dedicated to raising $286,000 to support the launch and running of the newly launched Pediatric Mental Health Project in Gaza for a year.
Since yesterday when a video went viral that shows the German Chancellor Angela Merkel getting questioned from school kids as part of the government’s programme “Gut Leben in Deutschland” (Good Life in Germany), the brutality and hardship of European migration policy became a little more visible by what one teenage Palestinian refugee girl had so say. Unfortunately, the entire German news coverage is leaving out the fact that the refugee camp this girl’s family is supposed to be sent back to is not their home.
A video has gone viral on social media of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a high school gymnasium bringing a teenage Palestinian refugee to tears after telling her that she is not welcome in Germany. What comes next is cringe inducing. Merkel tries to “hug” the teen named Reem Sahwil, 14, then settles on awkwardly stroking her arm. Thus, the hashtag #merkelstreichelt (Merkel strokes) along with images mocking the petting chancellor ensued.
The rightwing Israel lobby is gearing up for a full-scale war with Obama over the Iran deal. A few Democrats are in the middle. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY is hedging. So is Cory Booker. While Geo Bush’s former pollster says he supports Obama over Netanyahu.
Israel always told us that Iranian nukes were a threat to its very existence. Now that Obama has removed that problem, Israel says it’s not the real problem. No, it’s Iran’s pressure on Israel’s occupation.
“Netanyahu hates it so it must be good” — a typical letter to the New York Times, from readers overwhelmingly celebrating the Iran deal
Hillary Clinton’s backer Haim Saban called for Israel to ‘bomb living daylights’ out of Iran if it did not like the deal, but Clinton has now endorsed the deal. And AIPAC twiddles its thumbs, with tepid opposition. The lobby is in crisis.
In an attempt to speak directly to the Iranian public mustering up sentiment against the P5+1 talks between world leaders and Iran set to expire tonight, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a Twitter account in Farsi. Farsi speakers responded in droves by cursing Netanyahu and the state of Israel.
Over 3,000 people were killed in Yemen in the first approximately 100 days of the Western-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign. Roughly half of those killed were civilians, according to the UN.
Last week, speaking at the Israel Defense conference on “Intelligence, Terror and Special Forces”, retired Jordanian army General and former Chief of Intelligence Mansour Abu Rashid unveiled what he called a “crazy proposal” to open a corridor to push fleeing Syrian refugees through Jordan into Saudi Arabia. The plan received the most boisterous applause of the two-day conference from the crowd of mostly Israeli military-intelligence officials.
“This is what change looks like,” President Obama said last week about his Cuba policy shift; and the words seem pointed at reestablishing relations with Iran. We need “partners” in the region to fight Islamic radicals, Obama said yesterday.
Netanyahu says that the Iran deal is a “jackpot” for Iran, which is an existential threat. But Iran says the real existential threat are the “hooded” men ravaging “the cradle of civilization”