Category Archives: Middle East
AFP reports: An announcement by a [Palestinian] lawmaker that he plans to join a pro-Palestinian flotilla seeking to break Israel’s blockade on Gaza caused outrage Monday among the country’s political class. Basel Ghattas, an Israeli MP with the Joint Arab List, sparked controversy after he announced he would join other parliamentarians and public figures from around the world in the latest attempt to reach Gaza by ship later this month.
This week saw two acts of terror committed within two historic Christian churches. While most Americans know about the Charleston tragedy unfolding on TV, another act of racist violence was taking place in the church of the multiplication, on the Sea of Galilee, the site of Jesus’s miracle of multiplying two fish and five loaves to feed 5,000 people
After being repeatedly asked to name her father’s father (Edmund) at an Israeli checkpoint, writer Sarah Carr was confronted by a soldier: You want the bad news or the good news first? “Just a dickhead toying with someone he knows is powerless, or a dark commentary on his society?” she asks
Omar al-Bashir of Sudan gets out of South Africa despite ICC charges against him, and Ofeibea Quist-Arcton says it’s because African leaders see a double standard in ICC prosecutions, with Bush, Blair and Netanyahu having immunity
A story reported last week by Inside Higher Education read like a McCarthyist nightmare: A Brazilian university administrator urgently requested “names of Israeli students and teachers” in order to comply with a request from “pro-Palestinian groups”. But anybody who could take the time for a little internet research could easily find out there was a somewhat different story.
Jeffrey Goldberg falsely tied Saddam Hussein to al Qaeda and fabricated a moral case for invading Iraq, Ken Silverstein writes at the Observer, seeking to give Goldberg a “pundit reckoning” for this disastrous judgment, no his career has soared
Zavi Kang Engles writes: As a Korean-American concerned about the influence of the United States on other countries, I’ve begun to wonder something — do Korean people have more in common with Israelis, as the official story would have us believe, or with Palestinians?
On Monday, Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier visited the Gaza Strip and “expressed harsh criticism”, as German media outlets put it, after witnessing the destruction of Israel’s last attack in summer 2014. “Life in Gaza is unbearable”, Steinmeier said, adding that the status quo is unsustainable. After hearing such news, one might think that this politician is a bold truth teller and critic of the occupation, a remarkable role for a German Secretary of State. But a closer look shows that Steinmeier has behaved with just as much hypocrisy as many other European politicians who support Israel without reservation. In fact, he may be an even greater enabler of apartheid than any of his peers.
Read an excerpt from Richard Falk’s new book “Chaos and Counterrevolution: After the Arab Spring.” This section follows the cycle of revolution and counter-revolution in Egypt since the fall of Hosni Mubarak.
Nigerian Foreign Minister Aminu Wali apologized to Palestine for Nigeria’s crucial abstention on a UN Security Council vote to end the occupation, saying that the pressure on Nigeria amounted to a “national security threat.” The pressure came from the US and Israel
Dore Gold likens Lebanon to Gaza, and suggests Israel will have to “cut the grass” there this summer; war with Hezbollah could be Israel’s hole card on the Iran deal, as US legislators are sure to side with Israel, maybe with the help of the New York Times
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
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.
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