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Matthew Taylor

Matthew A. Taylor is co-founder of PeacePower magazine, and author of "The Road to Nonviolent Coexistence in Palestine/Israel," a chapter in the book Nonviolent Coexistence.


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  • Calling Herzog and liberal Zionism ‘racist,’ Gideon Levy instigates a reckoning
    • HI Bornajoo -- Although I understand the reasons for your comments, I caution against descending from an honest critique of an ideology -- and specific adherents of the ideology -- into broad generalizations about people.
      You wrote, "Levy ripped this fool to shreds and exposes just how delusional and racist (and scary) they all really are."
      In my experience, comments about "they," especially "they all," are unhelpful at the least, and can be heard as attacks on a group of people and a form of prejudice. Our goal should not be to attack Zionists as a group, but instead to point out the moral flaws in the ideology of Zionism while simultaneously showing a new, just path forward, and a way to gracefully let go of anachronistic forms of Zionism and instead embrace equality. It is fine to assert that a public figure like Herzog is a racist when he makes clearly racist statements; it's a hard truth, and it's backed up by facts and his statements in writing. But, "all ____ are delusional and racist"? Not kosher, in my book, and not welcome as a comment under this article.

  • Now that Israel has killed the two-state solution, will liberal Zionists support equality or ethnocracy?
    • Hey Larry, thanks for jumping into this and I appreciate your argument. I think the only way the dead 2SS could be resurrected as a legitimate option is, if (ironically enough), there is enormous pressure for one person, one vote, equal rights. When forced to choose between that and resurrecting the 2SS/partition, I think then Israel's extreme right, in a last gasp to protect a part of the 60+ years of land conquest, could suddenly become serious about partition. However, I think advocacy of a 2SS is self-defeating for those who genuinely favor it because it plays into the Israeli regime's talking points.

  • In historic interviews, US officials blame end of talks on Israeli land theft

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