The west didn’t try to “weaken” Hitler in WW2 but destroy him; and Israel must undertake the same approach with Hamas, says Moshe Feiglin, deputy speaker of the Knesset and a Likud leader
Monthly Archives: December 2014
William Pfaff says the 2016 American elections threaten Israel’s “total isolation” from western democracies in the wake of the Gaza slaughters and the rise of a defiant Netanyahu coalition
An email chain expressing concern about Israel’s image in the wake of the Gaza slaughter has been leaked in the recent Sony hacking scandal, and shows Hollywood producers joined with rightwingers in support for the Jewish state
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“Orders came to evacuate one village, to destroy another village. We were told that we had to expel them, the Palestinians. Expel them to Gaza. To leave no one… We didn’t let them come back. Those were the orders from our command. We did some really ugly things… War is ugly.”
In a disingenuous ‘NYT’ column Roger Cohen presents a fawning interview of Tzipi Livni and blames the Palestinian Authority for the Spring 2014 collapse of peace negotiations. The article is a recitation of standard Israeli talking points and fails to include Palestinian or American viewpoints which squarely put the failure of negotiations on continued Israeli settlement construction.
Ma’an News reports: ” Israeli forces on Tuesday suppressed a peaceful march calling for ‘Christmas without occupation’ in Bethlehem. Demonstrators marched to the Israeli military checkpoint in northern Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas and hand out gifts to children in the area. Marchers held up signs reading: ‘Jesus came with a message of: Peace, Freedom and Justice’ and ‘We want Christmas without occupation.’ Israeli forces prevented demonstrators, some of whom were dressed as Father Christmas, from reaching the checkpoint and fired tear gas at the crowd. Several people were treated at the scene for tear gas inhalation. Mazen al-Azza, an activist with the Palestinian National Initiative, told Ma‘an that the march had a peaceful Christmas message, but ‘Israeli soldiers did not miss the chance to suppress it by assaulting journalists and peaceful demonstrators.'”
It used to be verboten to suggest that the Israel lobby helped drive the disastrous decision to invade Iraq. Now James Mann says as much of the neoconservatives. And Chris Matthews says the same of Hillary Clinton.
Yesterday we posted a holiday greeting from the Israeli military. It was rather understated and we thought we could help them spruce it up a bit. Make your own and send it to us!
Facing a breakaway movement of idealistic Jews who are open to criticism of Israel, Hillel International announces a smartphone app that equates statements against Israel with anti-Semitism and hate speech
Shmuley Boteach says he stopped taunting demonstrators last Saturday because he couldn’t be filmed on Sabbath. The religious claim sounds flimsy and is not borne out by the videotape. He kept shouting even knowing he was being filmed.
Alaa Radwan is 22 years old and has already lived through three wars in the Gaza Strip. She says there are lessons to be learned from everything, even war: “My grandmother one day told me that everything has a good side and a bad side, even a war. Everybody knows the dreadful face of wars. Those who have experienced wars, like Gazans, know best! “What good side, for God’s sake, could be in a war or a siege?” I stood still and asked myself. After three bloody Israeli wars, I found out the answer!”
An IDF Hanukkah greeting features a masked Israeli solider holding a drone while they light a menorah.
Gabriel Snyder, editor of the New Republic, said new writers “will be diverse in race, gender, and background.” The magazine “can no longer afford to represent the views of one privileged class, nor appeal solely to a small demographic of political elites.”
Fired artistic Ari Roth says security escorted him from Washington DC Jewish center after he bucked its edict not to present any plays about Israel and Palestine
In his effort to revive Zionism as a liberal ideology, NYT’s Roger Cohen says Labor candidate Isaac Herzog is surging in the polls and can oust Netanyahu, who is leading the country into an abyss.
Israeli activists came out last week to protest Mayor Nir Barkat’s ritual Chanukah candle lighting in Jerusalem and to bring a message that holiday cheer should not mask the fact that Palestinians in East Jerusalem are suffering due to his policies. While Barkat spoke to a crowd of about 80 Israelis across from the Yehuda Market in Jerusalem, protesters stood on the side holding signs that read “There’s no sanctity in an occupied city”, “Stop the ‘quiet transfer policy'” and two people stood behind Barkat’s platform and unfurled a large banner that said “STOP EAST JERUSALEM HOUSE DEMOLITIONS.”
Israeli soldiers carried out raids across the West Bank, abducting ten Palestinians this weekend, including one man in the Jerusalem village of Silwan, which is resisting the takeover of its houses by religious settlers
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The release of the Senate’s CIA torture report was an American moment of accountability. Can we dare to imagine, that, through the exercise of creative resistance, we can bring our nation in similar fashion to question the legality and rightness of our financial and diplomatic support for Israel’s illegal activities? Mark Braverman asks
The Gaza slaughter has divided the Jewish community, with mainstream orgs doubling down for Israel; that is why the DC Jewish Community Center fired Ari Roth, theater director and dissident
The very-well-connected Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, simultaneously a friend of rightwinger Sheldon Adelson and of Obama’s ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, taunts anti-occupation demonstrators in New York over the weekend. He breaks off shouting, “Down with Palestinian–” when he sees he’s being video’d.
Ben Carson, retired surgeon, is considering a run for president as a rightwing Republican. First stop, Israel!
President Obama should not veto Palestine’s U.N. Security Council resolution to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land. An abstention would represent a serious challenge to the Israel lobby’s political power.
On a day when a rocket fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel, Israeli forces shot six protesters in the northern Gaza strip, attacked Palestinian fishermen, and struck a Hamas installation, as one official described a “ticking clock” till the next offensive