Winter is coming and Palestinian refugees are especially vulnerable. But the int’l agency that provides for their needs, UNRWA, faces a huge deficit in funding. With so many governments deciding to bomb Syria, who is talking about the “human development” response? Think of helping UNRWA this winter.
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When the US bombs Syria it is an act of war that is bound to provoke terrorist acts in the west. Several left and realist writers have been making this obvious point, but the neocon/interventionist political mainstream is resistant to echoing it.
After haunting images of refugee suffering last summer, the U.S. seemed prepared to open its doors to 10,000. Since Paris and San Bernardino, ISIS has what it wants: presidential candidates have turned 180 degrees, calling for a “pause” on refugee resettlement or advocating for a “Christian-refugee-only” policy.
Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler writes, “Who, when and how were Syed Farook and Tasheen Malik and the countless others radicalized? The answer to this question is found in a world that has been ravished by war and greed; in the conditions of despair that has been created; in the powerless feeling pushed around by the powerful; and it is there in refugee camps and at funerals from drone strikes that we will find the agents of anger that breeds radicalization that we claim we do not understand.”
Trump declares war on Muslims. ISIS challenges the West. Obama threatens to invade Syria while France considers shutting down mosques. The news is grim, but not everyone is despairing.
Marc Ellis says, “I am a political moderate with radical questions.” A supporter of “two real states” in Israel and Palestine, he tells Robert Cohen, “Israel has foreclosed this possibility.”
The media will swarm and exhaustively cover attacks on civilians in the West when Muslims do them. But when the perpetrator is white, the questions become “how are we getting so used to this” and “is it time to talk about gun control.”
The west can’t defeat ISIS without dealing with colonial past. Terror is ugly not only when it reaches Paris, London, and New York, but when it takes the lives of 97 in Istanbul, 40 in a suburb of Beirut, and scores in Palestine too.
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
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.