Theodor Herzl, founder of political Zionism, had a Christmas tree
Monthly Archives: July 2009
rightwing settlers in Israel hold a rally near Netanyahyu’s house and denounce Obama as a racist. Worse than a Palin rally
The grass roots: Two (highly-articulate) women who visited Gaza in May will be reporting on their trip in Doylestown, PA, tomorrow. Susan Johnson and Emma Grigoire, whom I traveled with, will give two presentations on what they saw at a local coffee shop. Details at Johnson’s blog, "Seeing for Myself."
Abe Foxman tries to discredit Obama’s settlement push in the Huffington Post by implying he is being a patsy for the Arabs, but instead he inadvertently reminds us that there is a widely held consensus that the US has been one sided for too long.
Palestinian-Israeli solidarity group confronts Israeli soldiers protecting an illegal outpost settlement in the West Bank, Saturday July 25
Report from the screening of the film Rachel at the The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival this past Saturday: The fact that the vast majority of people in the crowd at the Castro Theatre would not let the Voice of Israel representative speak his mind without interruption reflects growing frustration with the use of pubic slander, character assassination, cancellation of speakers, firing of faculty and demand for resignations by the so-called defenders of Israel. The representative of Voice of Israel was not there to dialogue. Only to chastise. The crowd refused to be chastised. The crowd at the Castro represents a growing movement of individuals and groups who believe that peace between Israelis and Palestinians can never be achieved without addressing and redressing the issue of Palestinian human rights.
Dershowitz says Palestinians supported the Holocaust, giving moral legitimacy to the creation of Israel
Eight US congresspersons reported to have entered Gaza today, to see the persecution and destruction for themselves
Netanyahu created settlements in defiance of world opinion. Is he doing the same with East Jerusalem project now?
Antiwar group Code Pink is organizing a march inside Gaza at the end of the year to protest the blockade of the Palestinian territory
The drive from Gaza City to Khan Younis takes around 40 minutes. The roads are rocky and the landscape barren, with destroyed houses and factories along the way. Cars and donkey-drawn carts populate the road. Last Friday I rode in a battered taxi towards the city to hear Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh address Friday prayers at the main mosque. Palm trees refused to sway. It was one of Haniyeh’s first public appearances since the end of Israel’s December/January bombardment . . .
Leading Jews are saying that the Holocaust is irrelevant to Israel’s establishment, that the Bible is the deed to the land!
Howard Stern’s inanity about Israel and Palestine is disputed by my nephew reading Edward Said
Israelis and African refugees protest the expulsion. Photo: Daniel Cherrin This past weekend, a couple friends and I helped four Sudanese families move out of Tel Aviv. The families, refugees from conflict zones in Darfur and South Sudan, were grateful to us for our help. We rented a van (which of course broke down mid-move), […]
Rachel Corrie documentary at San Francisco film festival causes uproar among Jewish groups
Talk about unreconstructed, the New York Times book review section today is a real doozy. Between celebrating the Israel of today and yesteryear, along with resuscitating the specter of the "Islamofacist" boogeyman, it really hits all the marks. But here is one passage from Jonathan Tepperman’s review of A Safe Haven: Harry S. Truman and the […]
New York Times once again subordinates Palestinian experience to neoconservative ideas about Israel/Palestine
This week’s NY Jewish Week has a front page article describing the economic recession’s effect on the number of people making aliyah to Israel. A spokesperson for Nefesh B’ Nefesh, the main organization assisting Jewish people making aliyah, says that 4,000 people from North America and England will likely settle in Israel this year, a […]
internet isn’t destroying journalism. it’s helping journalism. and spreading the important function of informing society
American Jewish Committee head David Harris attacks Obama over Israel Palestine policy, saying that Israel will never return to 1967 borders
Congresswoman Jane Harman is accused by her primary opponent of representing Israel not California
NPR covers the Nakba, and Israel’s mistreatment of Palestinians
Several people have raised the issue with me of whether Israel committed piracy when it intercepted the Free Gaza ship trying to break the siege by delivering humanitarian aid to Gaza. Radhika Sainath has a useful post on the subject over at Electronic Intifada. In a nutshell, the answer seem to be “yes.”
Over at The Cable, Laura Rozen discusses the diplomatic plans for Robert Gates, George Mitchell, and James Jones in Israel next week, and gives some curious insight into the present U.S./Israel relationship.
The article discusses the possibility that President Obama may need to set a deadline in order to break the stalemate with the Israeli Government. According to earlier estimates, the President has about four weeks to get the peace process moving forward. He and his Administration have done an excellent job reaching out to all elements of the Status-Quo, Pro-Israel community. It is now time to for Obama to stop listening and start acting, otherwise these defenders of the status quo will continue to find new and destructive ways of playing out the clock.
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