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Gideon Levy’s argument for Netanyahu

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Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy says that a Labor victory in Israel will only entrench the occupation because the world will think there’s been change, and take off the pressure

Gideon Levy seems to be an anti-Zionist

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I like to say that the most disputed territory in the Middle East is the space between American Jews’ ears. If American Jews could actually be convinced to believe in democracy, in Israel/Palestine– wow, the effect that would have on the ground. Ravishing. That’s what the Beinart moment is about: space is opening up here […]

Gideon Levy: 2010 was the year the truth came out

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On the developments of 2010 looking back–the conquest of Israeli politics by the settler movement; the avowal or encouragement (via Lieberman and Netanyahu) of an attitude of contempt for peacemakers; the surrender to an overriding concern with the image of legitimacy without regard to truth or justice. Levy:

Profile in courage: Gideon Levy makes ‘In These Times,’ not ‘the Times’

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I don’t get to feel proud as a Jew very often these days, when 300 Jewish communal leaders are beating the drums on Iran, and Jewish organizations support the settlements. But here is an amazing interview with the great Gideon Levy, by Robert Hirschfeld at In These Times. James North, who passed it along, asks: […]

Gideon Levy: Only Obama can save Israel

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I confess I love Israel. Moments like this, reading Gideon Levy in Haaretz, remind me that the things I love about my Jewish culture–intellectual honesty and sensitivity–are alive in Israel, in the likes of writers like him. Why hasn’t any…

Gideon Levy warns that Israeli ‘regime’ is likely ‘doomed’

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What is Israel? Haaretz has two outcry pieces you will not read in the U.S. press, by liberal Israelis who say that rightwing intolerance is consuming their society. I imagine that both men would rather live in a democracy, from river to sea, than in the society they see Israel becoming.  Here is Zvi Bar’el […]

Resistance is our duty, too

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Gideon Levy says Palestinians have a duty to resist occupation, and Marc Ellis says American Jews have a duty to resist the American Jewish Zionist establishment, too, in what is a historical opening.

Gideon Levy on Israeli denial: ‘Anyone who raises a question is demolished’

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Gideon Levy says that Israeli idealists dreamed of the day when Israeli soldiers would tell their society about the occupation. Then Breaking the Silence came forward, and it was crushed, with the media’s help. Israelis live in denial. “No question marks.” Only outside pressure will force them to end the tyranny over half the population, the Palestinians.

Gideon Levy calls out Israel’s fundamental, racist religion: Zionism

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The discussion over the essential racism of Zionism is in the open. Israeli Justice minister Ayelet Shaked made it clear, and Israeli journalist Gideon Levy thanks her for her candidness. Levy published a column in Haaretz yesterday that all but says Zionism is racism. He calls it a movement that “contradicts human rights, and is thus indeed an ultranationalist, colonialist and perhaps even racist movement, as proponents of justice worldwide maintain”. 

Abbas and Levy issue calls to end Nakba denial

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“Nakba denial beats denial of the Holocaust,” Gideon Levy says, while Mahmoud Abbas calls on the world to acknowledge the expulsion 68 years later. But American denial of the Nakba remains as strong as ever.

Gideon Levy thanks Superland for revealing to Israelis that they practice apartheid

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Gideon Levy has written an important column thanking Superland, the amusement park whose segregation Palestinian and Jewish student groups, for exposing the broader “apartheid” policies in Israeli society. Apartheid in the Occupied Territories, apartheid-lite within the State of Israel, and that country is shaken by something that is happening in a Ferris wheel. Again: How […]

Gideon Levy (unintentionally) lays bare the contradictions of liberal Zionism

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Usually Gideon Levy’s razor-sharp commentaries in Haaretz get to the heart of the matter, but I think he blew a gasket with his latest, comparing the P.A.’s bid for statehood to early Zionist politics. Sure, there are a few tenuous comparisons to be made and it’s an intriguing thought experiment… The Palestinians are the new […]

Peter Beinart misses South Africa’s apartheid lesson, Gideon Levy gets it

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Returning to visit his native South Africa, Peter Beinart writes in Haaretz about the the changes, but misses the point: The South Africa I visited as a child was a brutal, isolated place… In today’s South Africa, by contrast, multiculturalism is a state religion. The country is awash in tourists and has become a kind of […]

Dozens of West Bank roadblocks removed? (Read the Hebrew)

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Assaf Oron writes: First, the happy talk by lazy reporters: “Israel removes dozens of West Bank roadblocks.” And now, the party spoiler Gideon Levy, who actually goes on the ground to report: the “removed” Jericho checkpoint was replaced by a…

Another op-ed headline you won’t be reading any time soon in the US press

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“Israel is the most naive and racist country in the West.” Gideon Levy, in Haaretz: Israel is both the most racist and most naive country in the West. Racist, because in no other country can politicians make remarks about migrants as they do here and still remain in office another day; naive, because only now […]

Only sanctions against Israel will end occupation — Gideon Levy

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In Haaretz, Gideon Levy calls for international sanctions against Israel to end the occupation. He says the Iran case proves that sanctions work. And that John Kerry should end the masquerade of peace talks, which only he believes in, because Israel will never give up territory without pressure — including, by the way, “occupied East […]

‘Struggle is now for equal rights for everyone in Greater Israel’ –Gideon Levy

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Two big breaks in the Israeli discourse. Two moments of moral clarity. First, the man who invented the Palestinian Authority calls on PA President Mahmoud Abbas to shut it down. Palestinian activists have been telling us this for years. Now it’s out in Israel. Noam Sheizaf reports: This is as big as an op-ed gets: […]