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May 2010

Reports – 19 people killed, 30-60 injured in Israeli attack on freedom flotilla

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Watch live streaming video from insaniyardim at The above video is a live feed of Turkish television from the flotilla. If anyone can translate the Turkish, please post any relevant news in the comments. Follow #flotilla on twitter for the latest updates. Update (12:45 am 5/31/10): Haaretz is reporting: "At least 10 activists killed […]

Israeli version of events doesn’t pass laugh test

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Moshe Yaroni dissects the Israeli response: Here’s what the IDF spokesperson said, in part: During the intercept of the ships, the demonstrators onboard attacked the IDF Naval personnel with live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs. Additionally one of the weapons used was grabbed from an IDF soldier. The demonstrators had clearly prepared […]

Haaretz columnist calls on Netanyahu to stay home

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Noam Sheizaf summary: 2:30 PM: Israel Ch1 military reporter: Islamic leader Raed Salah “alive and well” – reports of him injured and in surgery are a case of mistaken id.  2:15 PM: commentary round up: Bradley Burston (Haaretz): We are no longer defending Israel. We are now defending the siege, which is itself becoming Israel’s […]

Double fault

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A dirty job but someone has to do it: Susie Kneedler has been following the Tennis Channel’s unending praise of Shahar Peer, the Israeli tennis star. The latest: More from the Hasbara–no, Tennis–Channel.  French Open Tonight re-ran the rhapsody to Shahar Peer, then interviewed Peer herself, who chatted with Bill Macatee about her transition from […]

A message to America about dignity from Khalid Meshaal

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When Israeli officials are pressed to justify the fact that Israel has prevented the reconstruction of thousands of homes it destroyed during the war on Gaza, they say that if construction materials were allowed into Gaza, these would be commandeered by Hamas and used to fortify its bunkers. In an interview Khalid Meshaal, the Hamas […]

More on Toronto Pride

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This year the board of Pride Toronto has decided to ban "Israeli Apartheid" as words appearing in group names or banners at all LGTB events, including the July parade. I don’t know if you know what pride parades are like, but here in Toronto -apart from pride in and celebration of ourselves- everything and all […]

Toronto Pride founders protest decision to bar Palestine solidarity

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Open Letter to the Toronto Pride Committee from founders of Pride in 1981: As founding members of the Toronto Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Committee, and people involved in organizing the first Pride event in Toronto at the end of June in 1981, we stand totally opposed to the decision of the current Toronto Pride […]

NPR, the CIA, and the settlers: a detective story

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A few weeks back Susie Kneedler highlighted here an National Public Radio report about the recent Israeli military decree allowing the IDF to deport anyone in the West Bank as an "infiltrator" simply for lacking paperwork the Israelis refuse to provide. Kneedler’s critique focused on the "she said/she said" quality of the story, which attempted to […]

the ultimate privilege

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Steve Walt shows incredible forbearance in writing about Peter Beinart’s piece in the NYRB. Pints out that he, Walt, and Mearsheimer made many of these points long ago (their big mistake was not being Jewish). And asks, if Israel’s behavior is so concerning, well, what would Israel have to do for you, Beinart, to break off the special […]

The trap

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Is one state in Palestine/Israel your fallback position? I know what my priorities are. I want all people to be free, I believe in equal opportunity and one man one vote. My ideals were formed early on by concepts such as melting pot, equal rights, and principles set forth in our Constitution. Truth be told, […]

Global flotilla hits NY chocolate shop

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As the “Freedom Flotilla” steams toward Gaza City in an attempt to break Israel’s crippling blockade of the Gaza Strip, activists in New York City continue to stage protests calling attention to the fleet of ships and the situation in Gaza. In New York, six Palestine solidarity activists dropped a banner yesterday inside of the […]

EU calls for immediate end to Israel’s siege of Gaza

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AFP reports: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Friday called for an immediate end to Israel’s Gaza blockade, as an aid flotilla prepared to set sail for the enclave despite the embargo. “The continued policy of closure is unacceptable and politically counterproductive,” she said in a statement. “We would like to reiterate the EU’s […]

In NPT, US sacrifices its own policy goals to serve as Israel’s lawyer

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Obama administration officials complained repeatedly that Israel was ‘singled out’ in the new Mid East NPT document, but it turns out that it was the U.S. itself that put Israel front and center. In addition to Israel, Pakistan and India were also called out by name in the document, according to the latest reports. So […]

Navratilova joins in Peer hugs-n-Holocaust show (updated below)

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The other day Susie Kneedler noted that the Tennis Channel is owned by a man who was a star at AIPAC last year and that it ran a pro-Israel propaganda piece–complete with Auschwitz memories from her grandmother–on behalf of Shahar Peer, the Israeli tennis star who in 2009 was nearly prevented from playing in Dubai.  […]

When the establishment is at the guns, Obama will always retreat

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Dilip Hiro at TomDispatch says that Obama is adept at pressuring a foreign leader and then backing off. And that when it comes to Netanyahu, the tail has wagged the dog.Oh and I like David Bromwich’s assessment of Obama’s character at LRB: Obama’s besetting political fault is his automatic adoption of the tone of command, […]

Some conspiracy theories are true — Cockburn

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Alex Cockburn in The American Conservative responds to Sydney Schanberg’s reporting in that magazine suggesting that 150-600 American prisoners of the Vietnamese were left behind when we withdrew and held in Laos– a story Schanberg says he was not able to publish even as John McCain was implicated in the imbroglio: The integration of journalists […]

Who lost Zionism?

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The latest New Left Review has an important exchange between American-Israeli Gabriel Piterberg of UCLA, author of The Returns of Zionism, and a reviewer of Piterberg’s book, Israeli historian Zeev Sternhell, whose review is titled, "In Defence of Liberal Zionism." I believe that the erudite Sternhell gets the better of Piterberg in describing the birth […]

Obama likes Mid East NPT conference, but Jones quickly expresses ‘serious reservations’

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One more thought re the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference that just ended. Here is Barack Obama’s statement on the conference, excerpted. Note the support for a regional conference in 2012 on the Middle East, with references to Israel and Iran: The United States welcomes the agreements reached at the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference […]

Obama says nuclear-free Middle East is good goal– with an asterisk

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Well, the five-year review conference of the UN’s Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty yielded some headlines in its waning moments: NPT countries, including the U.S., produced a document calling for a 2012 conference to discuss a nuclear free Middle East. The U.S. reaction to this more-than-reasonable goal, however, has been tepid, to say the least. Both President […]

Two states for one people

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Why should anyone believe in the two-state solution? Does Obama? His chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and family took a tour of the occupied Golan Heights on an Israeli military helicopter the other day, per Maariv (and Coteret). Look at the pictures of the excited family jumping off the helicopter. Tonight on Chris Matthews, Andrea […]

‘Newsweek’ justifies collective punishment in Gaza

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Strange interview of Richard Goldstone by Dan Ephron at Newsweek, tilted (I meant titled, but let it stand) "A Necessary Mistake." Ephron seems to be standing in for the Israelis throughout, saying, Well what’s Israel to do under rocket attack? and saying "very little of it is a wall," in reference to the barrier in […]