It comes as no surprise that a newspaper owned by Mort Zuckerman, an ardent Zionist, would be anti-Palestinian and that it would strongly oppose efforts to break the Israeli naval blockade by sending a flotilla of ships to Gaza. But a recent editorial printed by the Zuckerman-owned New York Daily News is a particularly egregious […]
Monthly Archives: April 2011
What happened to my utter joy at the Egyptian revolution? Where is my feeling that it was going to sweep away the injustices in the Middle East and American foreign policy, and ravish the U.S. too in a wave of Arabophilia? Well it’s still there. Last night at the 92d Street Y in New York, […]
Shortly after Hamas won Parliamentary elections in 2006, I wrote an essay that addressed frequently asked questions about the Hamas election victory. I thought now would be a good time to link to it (read the full essay here), given that it looks like Hamas and Fatah have finally closed a unity deal — to […]
Our friend Elliot had this comment on a post on Christian Zionism the other day. We’re trying to break out comments from time to time. Many Orthodox Jews are not believers. That’s where Jews are different to Christians. Orthodox Judaism is also a lifestyle. Commenter Michael W. is right. There is a large contingent of […]
This is interesting. AB Yehoshua writes at Haaretz that the conflict remains unresolved because it is unprecedented in human history. John Mearsheimer has said the same thing: the special relationship is unprecedented, indeed for reasons that touch on Yehoshua’s reasoning. But Gilad Atzmon, whom I generally avoid here, seizes on Yehoshua’s point, to explore the […]
In stark contrast to partisan wrangling over the budget and women’s rights, Democrats and Republicans are lining up to demand the cut-off of U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority as a response to the reported unity deal between Hamas and Fatah. Expect the Obama administration to take heed and agree with Congress–especially with the 2012 […]
and other news from Today in Palestine:
Hamas and Fatah have worked out a reconciliation agreement, Reuters and Al Jazeera are reporting–to form an interim government, with elections a year off, a deal brokered by Egypt. Elliott Abrams is on it like a duck on a junebug, pronouncing, at the Council on Foreign Relations, that this shows there can be no Palestinian […]
I first heard the phrase PC in ’87 from a savvy college crowd (it was said of David Barron, now of the Justice Department). And I heard PEP (Progressive Except on Palestine) about two years ago, and it’s now found its way into the Washington Post. Monday, in the Style section of course, not on […]
Mattar Ibrahim Mattar, a former member of parliament for Wefaq, the country’s leading opposition group, told Al Jazeera that the families of medical staff who have been providing treatment to injured protesters were being arrested. Human rights groups have accused Bahrain of arresting patients and medical staff suspected of taking part in protests, and sacking […]
Over ten thousand people joined together on Easter Sunday April 25, 2011 to pay homage to Vittorio Arrigoni in his home town of Buciago, Italy. The bittersweet moments were celebrated first in a religious ceremony by the Archbishop of Jerusalem Hilarion Capucci and then it was followed by a lay ceremony by fellow humanitarians, activists, […]
By b Reading the New York Times on a shooting of some Israeli settlers by a Palestinian policeman in the West Bank city of Nablus, which is under Palestinian Authority control, one can not find any good reason for the incident: The shooting occurred outside Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus after […]
I can’t let Passover pass without recording a good crack my mother got off at me over matzoh ball soup. I was telling her that I was trying to raise money for this website when she said, Oh what about the Koch brothers? My mother is no fan of this site, and the crack touches […]
Jared Malsin has a fine piece of reporting at Foreign Policy on the Salafi groups in Gaza, one of which is held responsible for the murder of international volunteer Vittorio Arrigoni. Note that the leader of one of the Salafi groups was imprisoned till Cast Lead, when the Israeli attack on the prison freed him. […]
As someone who spends a lot of time performing critical analysis of the press as well as studying propaganda in general, there are occasionally stories which prick my interest. A couple of days ago, a story appeared on the IDF Spokesperson’s Website which did just that. The story essentially reports on an interview with one “Mathilde […]
I would like to thank all the people who took the time to reply to the article I posted yesterday, “A concoction of distortions, half-truths and emotionally-potent oversimplifications of scripture is Christian Zionism.” I would like to clear up some points that I probably did not make clear in the initial article.
and other news from yesterday and Today in Palestine:
There is a breathtaking piece of investigative journalism in Haaretz‘s magazine today by Shay Fogelman on the most cursed event (in Israel’s view) of the Gaza onslaught two years ago: the mortar attack on the Jabaliya refugee camp on January 6, 2009 that killed between 34 and 43 civilians gathered near a UN school in […]
Foreign Policy runs a cheesecake story with photos from Alexandria’s beaches in the ’50s, to prove what I’m not sure– the fluidity of culture, the error of the burqa, the radicalization that is Zionism, or Islamism, or just a naked cry for traffic?
Dear all ISM activists, I’m awfully sorry for this belated letter; please forgive me. For days, I wasn’t able to write anything. Every time I wanted to write, I felt like there were no words to exactly describe how I felt upon knowing Vik [Vittorio Arrigoni] was killed; I couldn’t find words to express my […]
This is discouraging. I thought we were having a little perestroika in these parts. But no, Foreign Policy yesterday ran a piece of pure propaganda by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren saying that the U.S. and Zionists have had utterly-overlapping interests since the days of George Washington and forever after, and who did it ask to […]
My theme that Jews are the most significant element in the liberal American cultural/political establishment. From today’s Washington Post. No comment necessary: Ford’s Theatre has announced a five-year project to mount one play each season with themes of tolerance, equality and other social issues and pair them with a month of weekly dialogues.
As everyone already knows (I’m always late to report news, inspired by Eugene Roberts, who used to say that great stories don’t break, they ooze), Helen Thomas has withdrawn from the anti-AIPAC hoedown in Washington in late May. Jim Abourezk at Counterpunch says that she was pressured to withdraw.
New York Times editorial: “The outlines of a deal are no secret.” The Israelis need to know that their closest ally won’t enable more inaction. Thanks to Ali Gharib, who quips, This is sure to work and if it doesn’t I’m absolutely sure there will be consequences from their closest ally.
Following the September 11 attacks, American tax dollars began to flow to local law enforcement agencies around the country in order to enlist law enforcement in the “war on terror.” The major consequence of this enlistment, as a report on the counter-terrorism industry released by the Political Research Associates shows, is that anti-Muslim trainers have […]