The bad Israel lobby versus the good Israel lobby, in the battle over Chuck Hagel
Monthly Archives: December 2012
As long as Israel continues to flout international law, millions of Palestinian refugees will remain captive in regional struggles that use them as political fodder or see them as a demographic problem, or even worse, a threat.
During the holiday season activists across the United States brought their message of justice, freedom and equality to shoppers considering products connected to the occupation. Most protests focused on Sodastream, a home carbonating device whose main production site is in the illegal West Bank settlement of the Mishor Edomin Industrial Zone. Check out these videos from BDS protests around the country.
An Israeli gov’t official says the popularity of the course “Genocide” for Palestinian prisoners speaks for itself, and they shouldn’t be allowed to study it
Malaka Mohammed talks with Samer Issawi’s family after he has been on hunger strike for 152 days. Mohammed also gives updates on other Palestinian hunger strikers Jafar Azzidine, Tarek Qa’adan, and Yousef Yassin.
On Christmas, BBC celebrates “Return” of “Lost Tribe of Israel” from India– and not a word about Palestinians’ Right of Return, including Christians
Chuck Hagel is the Defense Secretary Israel needs, Tom Friedman says, because the Israeli election in January will bring to power ‘rightists who never spoke at your local Israel Bonds dinner’
At the heart of Christianity – and Islam – and Judaism – and modernity – is beauty and violence, a violence we partake in or suffer from. All the religious symbols I know of are held hostage by their history of violence.
Israel ‘approves 1,200 housing units’ in Gilo TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma‘an) 25 Dec — Israel’s interior ministry has decided to allow the construction of 1,200 settlement units in the Gilo area in the Bethlehem district, Israeli media reported Tuesday. Israel’s Ynet news agency reported that the interior and housing ministries decided Monday that once the […]
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White House Christmas card is opaque and refuses to connect to people
This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Is Christmas day a time to reflect Jewishly on the meaning of Christmas? Aside from endless shopping and fraught family gatherings, there isn’t much to say about Christmas as it has […]
The Judaization of Sheikh Jarrah has begun again, after a three year lull
David Bromwich at Huffpo predicts that Obama will walk away from Hagel idea for Defense. Jennifer Epstein at Politico describes his opposition as arising from “Jewish groups” and powerful Jewish senators
“Westernized” is very often the first accusation pointed in your face when attempting to discuss or even try to raise gender matters in our society.” Especially if it stems from someone who has just come back from abroad, let alone it being a woman. I cannot deny that being abroad for the first time in my whole life has put me in a very serious confrontation with my own identity not only as a Palestinian, or as a Muslim but also as a woman.
The United States Nakba Memorial Museum. It sounds a bit strange to Jewish ears. Non-Jewish Americans would be surprised to hear of such a museum, too. The first question would be: ‘Nakba’? What in the world does that mean?’
The ceasefire agreement that ended the assault on Gaza stipulated that Israel ‘should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip.’ But the military has fired on Palestinians near the border and detained fishermen in clear and brazen violations of the ceasefire deal.
Chuck Hagel spoke about the importance of starting a new party in his book on foreign policy– in Lincoln’s case. Well if Obama fails to nominate him for Defense Secretary, he should start an alternative to the Israel lobby party
Christmas and Christians in the Holy Land PLO releases Bethlehem Christmas video BETHLEHEM (Ma‘an) 22 Dec — The PLO’s negotiations affairs department and Palestinian Government Media Center released a video on Saturday about the realities of Bethlehem ahead of Christmas. The video, titled Justice is Possible and Hope is Justified, reflects the “current reality of […]
Israel’s large Palestinian minority is often spoken of in terms of the threat it poses to the Jewish majority. Palestinian citizens’ reproductive rate constitutes a “demographic timebomb”, while their main political program – Israel’s reform into “a state of all its citizens” – is proof for most Israeli Jews that their compatriots are really a “fifth column”. But who would imagine that Israeli Jews could be so intimidated by the innocuous Christmas tree?
Echoing the conventional wisdom, David Gregory and Andrea Mitchell of NBC suggest it’s curtains for Chuck Hagel
Veolia serves the illegal settlers in the occupied territories, and boycott pressure has now evidently caused it to miss out on a London contract
This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. So what if for one day at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a Jew spoke about the aftermath of the Holocaust and how it has affected Palestinians? Whether there have […]
Two startling images from Bil’in’s weekly demonstration, by Hamdi Abu Rahma and David Kattenburg
On the need for a government-in-waiting for Israel/Palestine as a single democracy