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Israeli, Liberal, Humanist

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  • Dream Defenders statement on the condemnation of Movement for Black Lives platform by some pro-Israel groups
    • Genocide?
      The Israeli 1967 census reported the population of the West Bank at 661,700 inhabitants. It is now at 1.715 million - i.e. almost tripled.

      Has language entirely lost its meaning?

  • Israel gets away with it because it is a global arms supplier -- Halper
    • You forgot one small thing - Saudi Arabia does not constantly call for the extermination of Israel like Iran does.

  • Chomsky supports portions of BDS agenda, but faults others, citing realism and int'l consensus
    • Bottom line: Beinart's Zionist BDS is progressing, anti-Israel BDS is failing.

      EU is sanctioning settlements , that church in the US is divesting from companies which profit from the occupation and at the same time supports Israel's right to exist and the 2SS. Signs of progressing Zionist BDS.

      Best indicator for failing anti-israel BDS - the list of performing international artists in Israel had never been larger than of this year: Rolling Stones, lady gaga, Neil young, beyonce are just few of the names.
      Other indicators: no Israeli companies within the green line have suffered from BDS till now, the Israeli economy is actually growing (although the majority of citizens' personal income remain the same but that's a worldwide capitalist malady)

      That is because the good people of the world know that the occupation of the West Bank is very immoral but at the same time the Palestinians' demands for the entire land of Israel/Palestine (by right of return and other means) are unreasonable and immoral because they will lead to a counteracting injustice to the Israeli people. No nation in the world would have sustained following a huge immigration/repatriation wave of a rival ethnicity.

  • The case for a BDS coalition
    • Good article.

      Sometimes it feels like BDS activists hate progressive Zionists more than they hate right wing zionists

  • 'For me, Palestine is paradise': An interview with Leila Khaled
    • @Inana, with all the respect to the Arab Jewish identity, it is nowadays in Israel almost non existent. The vast majority of mizrachi Jews identify as Israeli Jews and this what counts right now.
      BTW I don't have to imagin how they felt because I know firsthand from my tunisian born grandparents that they felt quite good fulfilling their Zionist dreams

    • Israelis are afraid to find themselves living in an Arab state which it's culture and language and religions are foreign and intimidating.
      It's very natural for a nation to want to preserve itself.

    • I wonder what would have happened if Israel had honestly and truthly negotiated peace with the Palestinians, recognizing the crimes of the Nakba, offering reparations but at the same time insisting that it cannot absorb more than a symbolic number of refugees into Israel proper. I wonder if the Palestinians would have accepted this path and ceased all practical plans to liberate the whole of Palestine.

  • Israel is now attempting to 'de-Arabize' Palestinian Christians, but in the 1950s it was Jews from the Middle East
    • I would like to second MahaneYehuda's words.
      My grandparents made Aliya from Tunisia. They had never seen themselves as arabs. They were zionist activists for several years before they came on a boat in 1948. I am not saying that Mizrahi jews were treated well by the Israeli authorities during the first decades of the state of Israel but as Mahane says: its a common phenomenon among societies absorbing immigrants waves. See how the jews and italians and irish were treated in the beginning of the 20th century in america.

      This attempt to divide between mizrhim nd ashkenazim reminds me of how the current govt in israel is trying to divide between christian arabs and muslim arabs.

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