Ahmed Moor writes the idea that Palestine is a Muslim issue is one that a lot of people believe in even though Palestinian society is not Muslim and Palestinian history never developed solely within an Islamic context. So who are the people who seek to offer it as a credible structural description? And why is the Palestine-is-a-Muslim-problem line so destructive?
Category Archives: Middle East
Radical Islamists gain traction in the west by saying that the US and Europe are enabling Israel’s harassment and murder of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank through unquestioning support of Israel despite its human rights violations. We need to end that hypocrisy
Many Israel supporters say that the French attacks show Jewish insecurity in Europe. The flip side of this argument is that the attacks demonstrate that Israeli discrimination is an anachronism in today’s world, and this widespread understanding is turning the country into a pariah.
Marc Ellis writes, “While heartfelt, the various “Je suis” campaigns are diversions that draw us deeper into the international security abyss.”
Hicham Tiflati writes about why Charlie Hebdo, and the resulting political fallout from the tragic attack on its office, offends him.
Media have tended to portray Muslim objections to the depiction of the prophet Muhammad as backward and unevolved. It would be better if the media sought to explain how Muslims feel about the matter.
Netanyahu has exploited French killings to say that Jews everywhere “know deep in their hearts” they have only one country, Israel– “our true home, our one and only state”
Whether we view Charlie Hebdo’s Islamic-themed output as blasphemy or bigotry depends on how we relate to two equally divergent historical experiences. The White French majority overwhelmingly experienced the images as part of a national struggle with clericalism, while many people around the world saw them as yet another assault on Muslims. Chloe Patton says that we must shift the conversation from the legal to the ethical realm and urgently come to terms with the ways the historical traumas of the global south continue to haunt the postcolonial present.
Scott Long writes about the killings at Charlie Hebdo and the debate over free speech, Islamophobia and the meaning of solidarity. He writes, “There’s a perfectly good reason not to republish the cartoons that has nothing to do with cowardice or caution. I refuse to post them because I think they’re racist and offensive. I can support your right to publish something, and still condemn what you publish. I support free speech. I oppose all censors. I abhor the killings. I mourn the dead. I am not Charlie.”
Oxford philosopher Brian Klug says the masses of people have turned the victims of the horrific Charlie Hebdo assassination into heroes of France and free speech think they are defining the difference between them and the killers. But they too have their limits, they just don’t know it. He says this dangerous self-righteous moral passion is just what we don’t need as the storm clouds gather on the European horizon.
After 20 years of dealing with Islamic terrorism, you’d think western intellectuals might be thoughtful about its causes in western actions. Instead, too many in our midst are blaming Islam itself.
Religious-ethnic background as the basis of national identity is an anachronism in the 21st century. All states must protect individual rights from all communities. So goodbye to the era of self-determination, when the self is ethnicity.
How dare New York Times columnist Roger Cohen suggest that Gaza, a part of my homeland, is “nowhere!” Sam Bahour writes
When the ambassador of the Arab League said that Israeli occupation is fostering Islamic radicalism, Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt bridles, saying he’s “rather offended” that he would “shlep” that view into a DC thinktank.
It used to be verboten to suggest that the Israel lobby helped drive the disastrous decision to invade Iraq. Now James Mann says as much of the neoconservatives. And Chris Matthews says the same of Hillary Clinton.
The decades-long “peace process” has clearly shown attempting to work through bilateral or even multilaterals tracks where Israel is assumed to be acting in good faith is utterly futile as long as the Israeli government exerts absolute control over the situation on the ground. Scott Ratner says only the international arena offers a venue where Palestinian national aspirations are not encumbered by Israeli desiderata or obstacles that will forever prevent the materialization of a Palestinian state.
Americans should feel deeply ashamed of their country for the Senate’s report on CIA torture; Josh Earnest’s effort to restore US “moral authority” is laughable; the myth of US exceptionalism has been shattered.
Attending a Sabeel conference at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Liz Rose recounts her own path from being a Zionist student at the school to being an anti-Zionist supporter of Palestinian rights.
In Westminster last Monday, Dec 1, MPs called for the government to take concrete action to sanction Israel, with several calling for a complete arms trade embargo. The backbench debate highlighted increasing frustration within Parliament around the government’s failure to respond to the Oct 13 call for recognition of the Palestinian statehood, and on its wider failure to act to hold Israel accountable to its obligations under international law.
After Guy Davidi came out in favor of boycott, the Oscar-nominated director’s cultural status went to “zero” in Israel, he says. So that’s why he’s raising money on Indiegogo for his new film, Mixed Feelings
Anna-Esther Younes interviews Max Blumenthal about his controversial appearances in Berlin, Germany where he and David Sheen were accused of anti-Semitism because they spoke on racism in Israeli society.
British elite headed for the exit during Gaza slaughter, says Britain’s UK ambassador. And even NYT’s Roger Cohen seems queasy over the religious Zionist justification for expansion.
Annie Robbins comments on “First they came for the Palestinians”, a political cartoon by renowned cartoonist and political-cultural commentator Michael Leunig: “My initial response to the cartoon was that the conversation surrounding events in Palestine and Israel require and demand public engagement. The onus is on all of us and this is not primarily a Jewish conversation, nor should it be. We cannot be silent. This is a global conversation as well as an American conversation. Be part of it.”