Back in January, reports came out that the US was planning a massive joint military exercise with Israel that was viewed as a possible precursor to an attack on Iran. Later that month, the exercise was called off, although it was not exactly clear why. The exercise was rescheduled to take place in October, just weeks before the presidential election, but new reports indicate it will be drastically scaled down.
Monthly Archives: August 2012
San Francisco’s great Israel bus ad race heats up with new ad against US aid to Israeli military
Arjuna – the fine archer and peerless warrior – on the field of battle. Keren – Jews of Conscience – on the field of battle. Rachel Corrie – on the field of battle. Not farewell but fare forward – voyagers?
Now he tells us! Ethan Bronner will talk about “My Israel” and his “transformative experience” with respect to the country on behalf of a liberal Zionist group in New York
Great protest against Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat
Darnell Moore is reminded by Judith Butler’s Mondoweiss article to speak and push against the many “separation walls” that are constructed to withhold voices and bodies.
Yesterday during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida the daughter of pro-Israel billionaire Sheldon Adelson rammed into a Democracy Now producer and a cameraman grabbing the news team’s camera and then dropped it, before retreating into her family’s private corporate suite.
On August 28th, the day that an Israeli Judge absolved the military of any responsibility in the 2003 killing of peace activist Rachel Corrie as she stood to protect a Palestinian home from demolition, the majority of the small Palestinian village of Khirbet Zanuta was demolished. The Corrie verdict, that was handed down as the bulldozers tore through Khirbet Zanuta, confirmed that the Israeli legal system supports the military’s ability to act with impunity. The verdict has also empowered a worldwide movement working to hold Israel accountable through boycott, divestment and sanctions.
Obama can run against Romney on abortion rights and gay marriage, but he won’t run against Romney’s hawkishness on Iran
Ethnic Cleansing / Destruction of Property / Apartheid / Refugees Israeli PM to back report legalising settlements Israel’s Prime Minister is intending to enact the Levy Report to legalise settlements in the occupied West Bank under Israeli law, Likud member of Knesset Danny Danon said on Thursday morning. “Benjamin Netanyahu downplayed the report when it was […]
Ed Koch says we should be kissing up to Russia because of Iran, and throw Pussy Riot under the bus
On Wednesday August 29, 2012 the Rachel Corrie Children and Youth Cultural Center protested the Haifa District Court’s decision to reject the Corrie family’s wrongful death lawsuit against the state of Israel.
Lanzmann’s film checked in at more than nine hours in length. By the end of the film you don’t have the energy to say Palestinian, let alone the courage. By remembering the Holocaust in this way, the hope was that you would forget all about Palestinians. More or less, Lanzmann accomplishes this goal.
Lanzmann’s documentary shuts down discussion related to Israel and the Palestinians. It also shuts down discussion about life beyond the Holocaust and how the Holocaust, if it is to retain any meaning at all, must be a bridge toward all those who are suffering, including and especially the Palestinian people.
Today, Christians United for Israel sent out an email from John Hagee and David Brog asking supporters to advocate keeping the focus on Israel during the 2012 Presidential election season.
‘Rocks For Palestine’, is a poem creatively drawn out in Arabic calligraphy by Everitte Barbee.
In an Israeli commercial, a high level general takes a taste of a delectable chocolate spread and inadvertently sets in motion an Israeli military strike on an unnamed country — Iran by implication and context — a command that the Israelis have been waiting for and are eager to carry out.
Party platforms may not be taken seriously, but one Republican official hopes that the platform language targeting ‘foreign law’ inspires states around the country to target the manufactured threat of Islamic law.
“The killing of an American peace activist is unacceptable,” said former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. “The court’s decision confirms a climate of impunity, which facilitates Israeli human rights violations against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Territory.”
Schools out, but that didn’t stop California’s state assembly from passing Resolution HR35 buttressing a controversial report commissioned by the University of California that accuses students and faculty of contributing to an environment fostering anti-Semitism on campus.
The family of Rachel Corrie, who was killed by the Israelis nine years ago at age 23, has been shocked by the failure of the US government to get answers from its close ally about the killing, Rachel Corrie’s mother said today. “Yes we have had support from the US government,” Cindy Corrie said. “Has enough been done at this point? I don’t think so.”
While the testimony of survivors plays a vital role in establishing the facts of genocide and ethnic cleansing, an approach that focuses on perpetrators can tell us much more about why such events occur. Many studies have examined perpetration at the level of ideology and top-level power politics. Studies of perpetrators at lower levels – the people whose violent acts directly accomplish genocide and ethnic cleansing – are rarer, though studies of this type also yield valuable insights.
Victoria Nuland says Dan Shapiro’s statement to Corrie family about unsatisfactory Israeli investigation was “private” “support” — as if it was a kind of grief therapy
We are writing to you on behalf of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RToP), an international people’s tribunal that was created to expose human rights abuses and stir people to action in opposition to Israel’s recognized violations of international law. We hope that you will help promote, attend, and participate in our final hearings in New York City on October 6–7, 2012.
The bubbling outrage over the Israeli court ruling that International Solidarity Activist and U.S. citizen Rachel Corrie’s 2003 killing was an accident is understandable and justified. It also points to a problem about which lives we do and do not value.
Bracha Ettinger writes in support of Judith Butler receiving the Adorno Prize, “If the values of humanistic Judaism are to be kept in Israel, we must have the right to criticize Israel on the grounds of the prevention of Palestinian human rights.”