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“They’re lost. No change will come from within,” former Hebrew school teacher Tzvia Thier says of Israeli Jews. The only hope to transform the racist nationalism of Israeli society is the international BDS campaign to bring real economic hurt to Israelis.
“Why my existence they so fear/they wish I leave and disappear?” A poem by Gaza writer Fidaa Abuassi on the dislocation of exile and colonization
Sonia Grieco follows two Palestinian families who have fled Syria to Beirut’s Shatila refugee camp. “The life in the camp is tough, but at least the war is far”, says Rajaa, a recently widowed mother of two.
British journalist, Chomsky detractor, Iraq war supporter, and fanatical opponent of fanatical Islamism Nick Cohen has re-outed himself as a Jew (sort of).
Richard Falk writes that the Brussels attack for which ISIS claimed responsibility exhibits the new face of 21st century warfare for which there are no front lines, no path to military victory, and acute civilian vulnerability. As such, it represents a radical challenge to our traditional understanding of warfare, and unless responses are shaped by these realities, it could drive Western democracies step by step into an enthused political embrace and revived actuality of fascist politics.
As a video recording of an Israeli soldier killing a wounded Palestinian in Hebron on Thursday emerged hours after the shooting Israeli government officials and civil society representatives were split in their responses. Some quickly moved to condemn the shooting, while an outspoken group of Israeli leaders applauded the soldier and circulated a counter-theory of self-defense and heroism.
Israel tells the world that its citizens have Israeli nationality, but on internal documents it insists that Jews have Jewish nationality. Because it is the Jewish state, and thereby justifies discrimination against non-Jewish nationals who are citizens of Israel.
Rachel Sandalow-Ash, a co-founder of Open Hillel, learned early on that she could question anything but Israel inside the Jewish community. She seeks a community open to free debate
On the occasion of World Poetry Day, Gaza-based human rights activists released an amateur video in support of the Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, who has been detained in a Saudi prison since January 1, 2014. In the video Palestinian activist Haidar Eid performs “Thirsty for Freedom,” adapted from a poem by the late legendary Egyptian poet Ahmed Fouad Negm.
Israel supporters condemn the “delegitimizing” efforts of the BDS movement, but it is not as if delegitmization is a new tactic to Zionism. Indeed, a strong case could be made that it has been perhaps the single most ubiquitous and effective tool of the movement in the US and elsewhere over much of the last century.
Jonathan Ofir explains how he, an Israeli expatriate in Europe, came to be so critical of his country. “I came to realise that ‘fighting for my country’ meant something very different than winning ideological and physical battles for the State of Israel. It meant dismantling Zionist propaganda.”
Rich Forer is a former member of AIPAC who has orthodox relatives living in West Bank settlements, yet today he is a strong advocate for Palestinian rights. Forer is the author of the book ‘Breakthrough: Transforming Fear into Compassion A New Perspective on the Israel-Palestine Conflict’ and Katie Miranda interviews him about how the concept of the “psycho-spiritual roots of conflict” helps explain why some Israel supporters think and behave the way they do. Miranda says, “We can take the easy route and brush them off as crazy and racist. It’s much harder to look at the roots and even to identify similar qualities in ourselves.”
Today, International Women’s Day, the Austrian Parliament was scheduled to hold an event called In Grandmothers’ Words. This event would have joined eight female WWII witnesses from around the world in Vienna in an unprecedented opportunity for the public to hear their experiences regarding specific topics, such as the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the Uprising in Warsaw, and the Blitz in London. However, fueled by a biased article about Hedy Epstein, who was scheduled to appear, the event was cancelled. A protest emerged in an open letter originating from the Austrian public and with strong international support: over 180 signatures from 19 countries, including almost 50 Austrians and eminent figures.
Last spring we published Tamara Ben-Halim’s moving story about searching for her grandmother’s home in Yafa. Annie Robbins shares an amazing update that explains how Ben-Halim discovered that her family home is still standing.
2017 is a historic year in the history of Palestine, the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, 70th of the UN Partition resolution and 30th of the First Intifada. It will cement the new understanding of Zionism as a settler-colonialist project, underwritten by the west.
Moral philosophers have sought to justify Israeli settler colonialism, Ilan Pappe says, but Zionism is a 140-year project of “dehumanization and elimination” and westerners must accept this understanding in order to pressure Israel to end this project and bring peace to the one state between the river and the sea.
War is so normal in the United States of America — being in a constant state of it, somewhere else — that the longest-running foreign conflict in the country’s history is hardly even an afterthought in the race to become the nation’s next commander in chief. In 17 televised debates and town halls, the Republicans and Democrats running for president have been asked all of two questions about the war in Afghanistan, now in its 15th year. The U.S. and NATO will never get out of Afghanistan if their leaders never even have to explain why they are there.
The United States government continues to remain astonishingly quiet about the rising dictatorship in the Indian Ocean island nation of Maldives, where the charismatic, democratic Muslim leader Mohamed Nasheed has been deposed, cheated out of an electoral comeback, jailed for 13 years and finally forced into exile. Perhaps it is because last September, the Maldives regime hired the Podesta Group, an influential public relations firm that is close to the Democratic Party, to promote its image.
Kristian Davis Bailey was going to Birzeit University to speak about the Black Lives Matter movement and Palestine when Israeli authorities racially profiled him at Allenby Bridge, arrested him, searched him, went through personal data, and forced him to cancel his appearance.
“After a life and career devoted to Jewish community and Israel, I conclude that in every important way Israel has failed to realize its promise for me. A noble experiment, but a failure,” Jewish leader David Gordis writes, in a major blow to the intellectual and spiritual underpinnings of Zionism
J Street denounces Tom Friedman’s announcement that there’s one state in Israel and Palestine, but it won’t take its own members over to the West Bank. Doing so would make it clear as day that the two-state solution is past; and J Street’s stance is delusory. The organization wants Jews to sing HaTikvah (The Hope) for Zionism, when that hope has plainly curdled.
Anti-semitism confirmed the belief that Jews are special, for many Zionists and secular Jews. We are not special. Any human can be brought to the abyss of nationalist absolutism and totalitarianism. Any religion can be applied in a way that accentuates the exclusivist ideological stream. If we let that idea haunt us to the degree of uncontrolled survivalist frenzy, we will be undermining our own future and fulfilling the next doom prophecy.
The Henry Jackson Society has been exposed for its efforts to smear Noam Chomsky. What is salient about the professional Chomsky hounders though is how little error they uncover. It is because they are not engaged in criticism, in the inspection of whether his arguments hold up against the evidence. They are simply practitioners of vilification.
In her new book, Dying to Forget, historian Irene Gendzier examines unexamined archives to reinterpret the dominant narrative of U.S. foreign policy during the creation of the state of Israel, and rewrites the history of that crucial hinge-point in the history of the middle east.