Israeli novelist David Grossman is a face of liberal Zionism around the world. Yet his 2008 novel To the End of the Land fails as a love letter to Israel; it is nationalistic and treats Arabs as animalistic
Category Archives: Middle East
Israel now is selling tested police technologies and methods to the world, an ironic development for a movement founded by members who knew well of the Czar’s and the Bolshevik secret police, and who feared the Cossack’s sword. A review of Jeff Halper’s new book.
Israeli rage over the media’s treatment of Palestinian violence suggests that an understanding of the violence of the Israeli occupation is at last penetrating a wide U.S. audience
Bombing campaigns are a simplistic and temporary response to ISIS’s spread; they don’t work and hurt civilians. The west must address the structural causes of ISIS’ rise, which include the Saudi support for a sectarian, conservative Wahhabi doctrine
Israel isn’t that worried about ISIS. It’s far from the Israeli border and it has limited military capability. Israel’s real concern is a regional power struggle, in which Iran has more influence than Israel due to Russia’s support for the Assad government in Syria and for Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border.
After Paris, Israel advocates say that the west is in the same war as Israel. Hillary Clinton equates ISIS and Hamas, while Netanyahu says radical Islamic “beasts” prowl the streets and the waterways of “our common civilization.”
Stephen Sheehi says ISIS has more in common with Western fascist ideologies and militant, extremist right-wing extremist organizations rather than as an outgrown of political Islam and legitimate political “Islamist” parties.
Mark Bou Mansour asks, “How do we reach a place where the very act of mourning, the grief you feel over the ruthless murder of your fellow humans, becomes a political act by which you subjugate and dehumanise yourself?”
Police everywhere know that most crimes are solved or prevented by informants. So why stigmatize Muslim communities that can aid in law enforcement?
It feels hard to mourn in Paris for Raymond Wofsy because it is hard for him to separate the grief from French nationalism, colonialism, and Islamophobia.
Even as Hillary Clinton explains her Iraq war vote as a “mistake,” the political corruption in Haiti that is sinking that country into violence also bears her stamp.
Zionism has always been a religious idea of redemption fused with nationalism, and it has been militant and rejected by its non-Jewish neighbors. It shares qualities with radical Islamist ideology, and has helped produce the terrorism that is afflicting the west.
Today’s a day to grieve for Paris, not score political points. Besides, if we were able to end the Israel Palestine conflict tomorrow and create a global regime of human rights, it wouldn’t end radicalization of some Muslims in France.
Forty years ago the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 3379 which declared “Zionism is a form of racism and racial discrimination.” At the UN on November 11, US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power and Secretary of State John Kerry forcefully condemned the resolution on its anniversary. In his 2,500-word statement, Kerry mentioned Palestinians just once, Power did not mention Palestinians at all.
In speech to American Enterprise Institute last night, Benjamin Netanyahu said that Saddam was a “neighborhood bully” who had only “regional” effects, not “wedded to a larger goal.” But in 2002 he testified to Congress that Saddam put “our entire world at risk.”
A Ted Cruz hearing on Palestinian incitement pillories Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Cruz must be running for president– so he leaves out all the Israeli incitement to violence
Read an excerpt from the book “One Land, Two States: Israel and Palestine as Parallel States” which details the findings of a half decade’s worth of joint research, discussions and debates in the areas of security, economics, diplomacy, international law, legal regimes and harmonization, and the role of religious and of culture more broadly in creating a new architecture for shared sovereignty yet politically independent life for both peoples on the same land.
Netanyahu has demonstrated a clear willingness to distort Jewish suffering for Israel’s ends. And in like fashion Canada’s main Jewish organizations have also participated in this injustice to Palestinians and insult to Hitler’s victims, for their own political ends.
John Salisbury sends up update from Australia regarding the country’s changing politics towards Israel and Palestine. Salisbury recently undertook a 330 kilometer walk from from Sydney to Canberra to highlight the injustice of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.
Authors Lillian Rosengarten and Remi Kanazi are Americans who view Israel/Palestine– in her new autobiography and his new collection of poems– as two New Yorkers mourning their family’s ejection from a homeland. They refuse to be only the particular (Arab, Jew), refusing the scheme of the world as kin versus enemy.
Antony Loewenstein, author of Disaster Capitalism: “Journalism has the potential to be transformative, to inform and provoke. Too often I see reporters desperate to be close to power, whether ministers, minders. Insiders. Being embedded.”
Britain’s chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, compares Palestinian knife attacks to the Islamic jihadists who killed fusilier Lee Rigby on the London streets in 2013, nearly beheading him. A morally bankrupt analogy.
In light of recent headlines filmmaker Udi Aloni reflects on violence in Israel/Palestine: “As an individual sovereign human being I oppose all violence. This is the reason why I’ve supported BDS, and I’ll never collaborate with violence, but when I think with the aid of Walter Benjamin I can say that the violence of the Israeli Jews is institutional violence that represents the Israeli will for hegemony and oppression, while the violence of the Palestinian Jerusalemites and citizens of the state is the violence of oppressed subterranean streams seeking a place to erupt and to utter a strong outcry against injustice and for justice.”
The Australian reporter Antony Loewenstein publishes more excellent first-hand reporting from around the world, in a new book titled Disaster Capitalism.
In Jeff Halper’s view, the elephant in the room of Israel’s immunity from criticism is the military-security connection. There’s no Jewish lobby in India or China, nor is Christian fundamentalist Zionism a political force in Thailand or Colombia. And what explains Saudi Arabia’s willingness to do business with Israel despite its long-standing criticism of the Jewish State?