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August 2010

‘Times’ grants Abunimah a platform: Include Hamas

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The Times has run an Op-Ed today discounting the new peace talks by Ali Abunimah. What a great journalistic moment. We will make no progress toward peace in Israel/Palestine until the right that was demolished in the leadup to Partition– the right of self-determination of peoples–is respected. This is what Arab leaders repeatedly said to […]

Slater: Goldberg’s argument is slippery

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Scholar Jerry Slater has another great post at his site, an analysis of Jeffrey Goldberg’s piece in the Atlantic on the likelihood of an Israeli attack on Iran that disputes Joe Klein’s claim that Goldberg was merely reporting attitudes in the Israeli establishment. An excerpt: Here Goldberg drops his guise of just reporting what others […]

‘Firedoglake’ is progressive– just don’t talk about Palestine

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Here is an important matter that I have been sitting on for days and that people who care about American support for Palestinian oppression need to be aware of: the extent to which Firedoglake, a leading progressive site, suppresses criticism of Israel. The battle demonstrates that even inside the left, the Israel lobby is a […]

‘Weekly Standard’ publishes call for ethnic cleansing

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Apparently Fred Barnes has a piece in the Weekly Standard saying that Jews have a right to all of historical Palestine because of the red heifer, or some such logic. Matt Duss explodes the piece at ThinkProgress: Things take a darker turn, however, when [Barnes quotes] settler spokesman Dani Dayyan, commenting on the prospect of […]

72 virgins… 39 lashes

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From the Jerusalem Post: A singer who performed in front of a “mixed audience” of men and women was lashed 39 times to make him “repent,” after a ruling by a self-described rabbinic court on Wednesday.

Mike Bloomberg, Ron Paul, and the moral imagination

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David Bromwich, writing on Huffpo about the mosque near Ground Zero, explores American political tradition before focusing on two unlikely heirs of the tolerant spirit: The language of the American founders contains not one word about sensitivity. "As to religion," wrote Thomas Paine in Common Sense, "I hold it to be the indispensable duty of […]

White House briefing for Jewish-American leadership outlines strategy for Israeli-Palestinian talks

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The following article appears on the front page today’s Yediot Ahronoth, and was translated by Didi Remez on his blog Coteret. Agreement now, peace later Shimon Shiffer, Yediot, August 27 2010 [front-page] The Obama administration intends to present Israel and the Palestinians with a new outline for ending the conflict. Yedioth Ahronoth has learned that […]

Anti-Defamation League condemns the very ‘anti-Muslim sentiment’ it contributes to

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A month after the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the “nation’s premier civil rights” agency (in their words), came out against building an Islamic community center blocks away from Ground Zero because “building [it] in the shadow of the World Trade Center will cause some victims more pain,” the group is now condemning the anti-Muslim stabbing that […]

It’s not about religion

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Gregory Harms is author of Straight Power Concepts in the Middle East: U.S. Foreign Policy, Israel and World History. Since the September 11 attacks, the topic of Islam, and in particular Muslim extremism, has come front and center in the news coverage and public discourse. This focus has in some cases spun off into strange […]

Washington Post finally goes after the lobby

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The Congo lobby that is. "Congo Republic’s heavy use of D.C. lobbyists prompts questions." The chief target of the piece is Maxine Waters, the leftleaning Congresswoman, and "many members" of the Congressional Black Caucus. Would the Post ever go after the Israel lobby and talk about the Jewish members of the House? And who is […]

Top ten reasons for skepticism on Israeli-Palestinian talks

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On August 20, the Obama Administration announced that it will reconvene under its auspices direct Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations beginning on September 2. While a just and lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace is in everyone’s interest, there are profound reasons to be skeptical about the likelihood of success for the following reasons (not necessarily listed in order of […]

After Birthright: Dangerous conversations and the stifling of dissent

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Last month, activist Rachel Marcuse spent 10 days in Israel as part of the Taglit-Birthright program — a fully sponsored trip for young North American Jews to learn more about the country. She went to bear witness and ask questions about the Israeli state’s treatment of Palestinians, and to learn about other complex issues in Israel today. […]

Gilbert Achcar’s book on Arabs and the Holocaust

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A review of Gilbert Achcar’s book, The Arabs and the Holocaust: the Arab-Israeli War of Narratives (Metropolitan Books; in England, from Saqi). Gilbert Achcar is a Lebanese Professor based at SOAS (University of London) and writer of numerous books on geopolitical power relations and imperialism in the Arab world. His new book is a reasoned […]

Don’t forget ‘The Atlantic”s pieties about who destroyed Palestine

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Some around here are just shocked, shocked at the transparently pro-Israel propaganda masquerading as journalism in The Atlantic… but it seems to me this pub has been a tool of Israel’s Ministry of Disinformation for years. For instance, let’s go back to David Samuels’ September 2005 cover story about how Yasser Arafat (and not Zionist militias/the U.S.-backed Israeli military) somehow […]

Settlement boycott causing ‘enormous damage’ to Israeli companies operating in the West Bank

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The following article originally appeared in Hebrew on the Ynet website on August 25, 2010. It was translated by Dena Shunra. Damage to Israeli Companies exacts a heavy price It’s not only Norway: Israeli companies are boycotted by many countries for political reasons. Glass factory owner: the boycott has caused me enormous damage. Yesterday’s decision […]

The Arab street wants Obama to deliver on Palestinian freedom

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Amjad Atallah at the National Interest, on what Arabs think of the U.S.: There are two dominant (and negative) stereotypes of the United States in the Middle East: we are either seen as an imperial force working with Israel to keep the region divided and undeveloped or we are a well meaning democracy and superpower […]

Duty, honor, country

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Oh, the moral majesty of the next generation. Below are excerpts of the August 9 resignation letter to the U.S. Military Academy from third-year student Katherine Miller, a lesbian who could no longer attend the academy on a hypocritical basis. (Where, by the way, are the resignations of adult officers who refused to serve the […]

(I get my jive) on I-95

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My wife and I were driving on I-95 in Rhode Island and listening to public radio. My wife said, "Why do I like Kai Ryssdal?"

Think back to 2003… the year the U.S. didn’t invade Iraq

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Historians would later record how Secretary of State Colin Powell prevailed in a key Cabinet meeting in early 2003, when he refused to go before the United Nations because he lacked proof that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. “What if the U.N. inspections have actually worked, Mr. President?” he asked. “It would be a […]

The ‘memoricide’ of Palestine

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In a little-noted decision, a few weeks ago Netanyahu’s government extended by an additional twenty years Israel’s classification of sensitive documents. It is suspected that these documents tell the story of the the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in far more detail than currently declassified documents. Jonathan Cook notes: Ilan Pappe, an Israeli historian, has referred […]