American political class is “traumatized” by Iraq, says a neoconservative who pushed that war, Robert Kagan, in urging the Obama administration to put 50,000 troops into Syria and regime-change Assad
Monthly Archives: November 2015
Sensing their international isolation, Israelis in a poll turn to the idea of Benny Gantz, military leader during the last Gaza slaughter, to head a center-left government as prime minister after Netanyahu. It’s a traditional dodge, writes Ofer Neiman
Bombing campaigns are a simplistic and temporary response to ISIS’s spread; they don’t work and hurt civilians. The west must address the structural causes of ISIS’ rise, which include the Saudi support for a sectarian, conservative Wahhabi doctrine
Israeli police shot two Palestinian teenage girls, killing one and injuring the other, after they used scissors to attack a 70-year old Palestinian man from the West Bank in a crowded Jerusalem shopping district. The girls mistook the man for an Israeli, according to Israeli police.
Three Palestinians, including a 16-year old girl, were shot and killed by Israelis on Sunday. All three were accused of ‘having a knife’. The deaths bring the number of Palestinians killed to 94. 16 Israelis have been killed.
The most dangerous threat Palestinians face in their struggle for freedom and human rights, besides the Israeli war machine, is the absence of historical context. Political Zionism is an ideology that is inherently racist, supremacist, and exclusivist. If you seek to understand the conflict, if you believe in and strive for a just peace in Israel-Palestine, this is where your fight starts.
Israel isn’t that worried about ISIS. It’s far from the Israeli border and it has limited military capability. Israel’s real concern is a regional power struggle, in which Iran has more influence than Israel due to Russia’s support for the Assad government in Syria and for Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border.
By a vote of 1,040 in favor and 136 against, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) overwhelmingly (88.5%) approved a historic resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions to honor the call of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign (BDS).
So long as the Jewish community defines itself as pro-Israel, it will include virulent pro-Israel forces like Pamela Geller who spreads toxic Islamophobia and neoconservatives whose answer to every problem is war
A 28-year-old Palestinian killed by Israeli forces in an occupied area Thursday was said to have fired a gun, but the report appears to be false; he was killed after two Jews were killed
After Paris, Israel advocates say that the west is in the same war as Israel. Hillary Clinton equates ISIS and Hamas, while Netanyahu says radical Islamic “beasts” prowl the streets and the waterways of “our common civilization.”
The New York Times policy of counting Jewish victims as having greater weight than Palestinian ones is a lot like southern attitudes in the 1840s chronicled by Mark Twain
Six weeks ago the Netanyahu government started to put a wall up between an Israeli settlement in East Jerusalem and a Palestinian neighborhood. Right-wing Zionists who want to expand Israeli control over East Jerusalem stopped the plan with a Facebook campaign funded by Australian mogul Kevin Bermeister.
Eitan Bronstein reflects on the challenges of being a “Decolonizer” and trying to change Israeli society from within.
In a mockery of justice, an Israeli border police officer who assaulted 15-year-old Palestinian-American Tariq Abu Khdeir following the kidnapping and torching-murder of his cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 16, in Occupied East Jerusalem in July 2014, has been sentenced to a mere 45 days of community service.
Last week inflammatory posters linking Students for Justice in Palestine and the Muslim Students Association to terrorism and anti-Semitism appeared on several college campuses in California and in Washington, DC. Another poster smeared the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights as anti-Semitic. Right-wing activist David Horowitz, and his Los Angeles-based Freedom Center, took credit for the posters.
Maybe the next NYT bureau chief in Jerusalem should leave the house taken from Palestinians without compensation and live in East Jerusalem? Peter Baker, White House correspondent, is said to be the top candidate for the job.
Sarah Aziza was staying overnight with the family of her college friend Nuna when she first heard the news of the Paris attacks. Aziza writes, “And then, just as the pace of the death toll began to relent, journalists began reporting a new detail—and the secret fears of Nuna and Miriam leapt to life. “A witness reports hearing “Allahu Akbar” shouted as the terrorists opened fire.” Nuna’s eyes were wet again, dark and glistening against her flushing face. Miriam’s head moved slowly from side to side. “Here we go again.” Under their breath, both Nuna and Miriam began to pray, reflexive, weary prayers.”
Ma‘an reports: Israeli forces detained a six-year-old Palestinian boy in Bethlehem’s ‘Aida refugee camp on Tuesday, locals said. The boy, Abdullah Youssef, was detained as clashes broke out in the area between Israeli military forces and Palestinian youths. The young boy told Ma‘an that Israeli soldiers began firing tear gas into a children’s playground in the refugee camp, forcing him and his friends to flee the area. Israeli soldiers who had entered the camp then detained him as he was running away, and interrogated him for several hours before the Palestinian liaison office intervened to have him released.
Stephen Sheehi says ISIS has more in common with Western fascist ideologies and militant, extremist right-wing extremist organizations rather than as an outgrown of political Islam and legitimate political “Islamist” parties.
On Monday, Israel’s security cabinet outlawed the Islamic Movement of Northern Israel, arrested a senior officer and shut down 17 affiliated charities claiming the organizations sought “to subvert the state in order to establish an Islamic caliphate in its place.” Head of the Joint Arab List Ayman Odeh asserted the move was politically motivated and strategically timed after the Paris attacks on Friday to suggest a link between the Israel-based group and ISIS. “The decision was made for strategic purposes, and its timing indicates that Netanyahu wishes to position the conflict as a religious conflict,” Odeh said.
A new program in Israeli law at Harvard Law School, the Israeli defense ministry’s apparent marketing of arms to the Pennsylvania state police, and a House of Representatives exhibit on Jews’ 3500-year connection to the land of Israel are examples of Israel gaining institutional support in the U.S.
On Friday, the American Anthropological Association will consider a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Laurie King writes in favor of boycott. “A boycott of Israeli universities (not individuals) would show Palestinians that they are not forgotten, that their suffering has not gone unnoticed or unanalyzed, that they are still considered fully human, while encouraging Israeli society to confront the discrimination and structural violence implicit in Zionism as it now is manifest in Israeli governmental, military, economic, and social policies.”
Mark Bou Mansour asks, “How do we reach a place where the very act of mourning, the grief you feel over the ruthless murder of your fellow humans, becomes a political act by which you subjugate and dehumanise yourself?”
A new video released by Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel features eight leading artists stating, “I endorse the cultural boycott of Israel.” The artists include Tony-nominated stage and television actress Kathleen Chalfant; musician Roger Waters, a founding member of Pink Floyd; musicians Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio; musicians Kool A.D and Tamar-kali; artist and author of Drawing Blood, Molly Crabapple; and visual artist Swoon.