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April 2011

Zuckerman rag prints bald-faced lies on upcoming flotilla to Gaza

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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 […]

9/11 and western prejudice fostered the Arab revolutions –Abdelkader Benali

Philip Weiss on

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, […]

Backgrounder on Hamas-Fatah split

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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 […]

Why are secular assimilating American Jews so Zionist?

Philip Weiss on

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 […]

Where does Israel end and the Diaspora begin? Or Zionism end and Judaism begin?

Philip Weiss on

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 […]

Bipartisanship at last: U.S. politicians line up to castigate Palestinian unity deal

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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 […]

‘PEP’ (Progressive Except Palestine) makes the Washington Post

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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 […]

Medical centres in Bahrain raided & more news from the Arab spring and Saudi counter revolutions

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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 […]

Vittorio knew the risks, and accepted them

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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, […]

‘NYT’ leaves out the facts on checkpoint shooting

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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 […]

The bastards

Philip Weiss on

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 […]

The siege, and Hamas’s inability to ease it, only empower jihadist groups

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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. […]

‘Mathilde Redmatn’ and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza

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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 […]

Christian Zionists are wrong; this is not a religious conflict

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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.

‘Haaretz’ bolsters Goldstone conclusion that Fakhoura St ‘massacre’ was disproportional– and says Israel failed to investigate it because it felt ‘persecuted’

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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’ puts out a swimsuit issue

Philip Weiss on

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? 

An apology to International Solidarity Movement activists

Mohammed Said AlNadi on

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 […]

Tolerance project at leading D.C. theater will take on Islamophobia. Not

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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.

Helen Thomas withdraws from Move Over AIPAC conference

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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.

Yawn– ‘NYT’ editorial on urgency of the unending peace process

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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.

Why Zionists promote anti-Muslim law enforcement trainings

Alex Kane on

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 […]