Roger Cohen argues in the New York Times that the right of return is code for pushing Jews into the sea. Joseph Levine issues a challenge to Cohen and other liberal Zionists: “It’s time to stop the scare tactics, stop using loaded language about “destruction” and “throwing into the sea” and face the consequences: either defend liberal democracy consistently or admit that one is willing to sacrifice it for ethnic nationalism.”
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Two weeks ago, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen entered my life and that of several Palestinians I introduced him to in the West Bank by having us believe that he sincerely wanted to hear our stories and know our reality. But the column that came out of it, “It’s Time for Mahmoud Abbas to Go,” intentionally ignores the Palestinian reality.
Roger Cohen published a NYT column from occupied Hebron that takes a step away from Zionism– stating bluntly that the Israeli goal of sterilizing Hebron streets by emptying them of Palestinians is reminiscent of anti-semitic rhetoric, and that the occupation is neverending and it is imposed in the name of Jews, which he rejects.
NYT columnist Roger Cohen justifies Israel’s human rights violations by saying,”If I, as a Jew, have lived a privileged life in the diaspora, it is in part because of the pride and strength that the new Jew of Israel forged.”He’s wrong. The era of Jewish exceptionalism is over.
The fact that Israel kicked out 750,000 Palestinians and then occupied the West Bank for 50 years “was not inevitable and is still not irreparable,” Roger Cohen writes in the New York Times. But given the actual history, was it possible for Zionism not to be anti-Palestinian racism. The burden of proof is on Cohen.
‘One state or two states who cares? What matters is equality’ — NYT columnist Roger Cohen quotes Palestinians on the oppression they experience in Israel and all but states the two-state solution is over.
Everywhere Jews went in the world there was “unease,” New York Times columnist Roger Cohen tells a temple filled with 450 in California– and that is why we need a Jewish state.
In his new book, Roger Cohen’s description of his late mother’s mental illness and the way it traumatized him as a boy is spiritually scouring. His belief that Israel is necessary because Jews feel displaced is not as compelling.
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.
Roger Cohen writes in the New York Times that anti-Zionism is “often” anti-Semitism. At least he didn’t say it’s “always” anti-Semitism. And would he ever turn that lens on Zionism? Isn’t Zionism often racist?
Roger Cohen’s says a “manageable conflict” and military occupation in Israel and Palestine can go on forever, because Tel Aviv is such a purring success. Reminiscent of Jabotinsky’s Iron Wall idea.
Zionism, the one I identify with, forged a Jewish homeland in the name of restored Jewish pride in a democratic state of laws, Roger Cohen writes in the NYT. How’s Israel doing?
Roger Cohen sounds a neoconservative chord, saying that cheese-eating surrender monkeys in the White House are cutting weak deal with Iran
Roger Cohen invents a composite liberal Israeli who speaks of Judea and Samaria and Jewish exile and endless security concerns. Not so different from a rightwing Israeli
Roger Cohen has an International Herald Tribune column today titled “Zero Dark Zero” that outlines the dire state of the two-state solution. In the process of making his case Cohen recycles an out-of-context quote from Omar Barghouti that has become popular among Israel supporters looking to smear the BDS movement. Cohen and the ‘New York Times’ are standing by the quote, further discrediting the paper of record when it comes to honestly discerning fact from simple propaganda.
Three years ago Roger Cohen said that Obama was going to forge a Middle East peace, dismissing the power of the Israel lobby to stop him. He’s at it again
In a New York Times column, Roger Cohen presents a narrative of the Nakba that is ahistorical and unoriginal. Cohen ignores the fact that the right of return is something that is enshrined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights and also wrongly claims that there has never been a right of return for refugees in history.
A covert war against Iran is underfoot, teaming Israel and the U.S., says wise man in the making Roger Cohen
Roger Cohen has an important Jewish identity piece in the Times. Any sincere piece about Jewish identity is valuable these days, as Jewish identity is so critical. Cohen is clearly uncomfortable with anti-Zionism and tries to chart… the middle course…. toward the two-state solution, implicitly, and the preservation of Israel. And chiefly he argues: Diaspora […]
Here is an excellent column by Roger Cohen in the global edition of the New York Times containing a vivid description of Israel’s growing isolation, what supporters call the delegitimization process: “the world’s growing disavowal of this corrosive dominion that humiliates its victims and eats into the soul of its masters.” The piece is very […]
I urge folks in the New York area to go to the debate about American policy in Israel and Palestine on Thursday night at the New School, featuring Brooklyn congressman Anthony Weiner, former Washington state congressman Brian Baird, and New York Times columnist Roger Cohen. It is sure to be an important moment in the […]
If you are in the New York Area please join us for what is sure to be an interesting event to promote our new book The Goldstone Report: The Legacy of the Landmark Investigation of the Gaza Conflict. It’s free, but you do have to RSVP: The Goldstone Report: Its Relevance to a Fast-Changing […]
This column, an encomium to the late Richard Holbrooke, yields some insight into Roger Cohen. He still cherishes an early-1990s idea of the U.S. as, potentially, the benign sole superpower: a nation entrusted with the moral task of executing humanitarian wars and interventions worldwide–informed by the wisdom of men like Holbrooke.
Regarding Roger Cohen’s column on who are the real Jews, which hit such a nerve. Writes a friend, “Note the ‘iht’ in the link. “Roger Cohen’s article only appeared online in the NYT and not in print. What a loss. On what grounds do they decide to run some of his pieces and exclude others, […]
Roger Cohen also scores Obama’s "lovefest" with Netanyahu here, and is shrewd in pointing out the conflation of Israel’s permanent war with the U.S. "war on terror." I don’t like his sardine can metaphor for Gaza; it dehumanizes 1.5 million people in an open-air prison. (I don’t get his love affair with Fayyad. I mean […]