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Ayelet Shaked and the fascist ideology

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Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy has opined that Israeli Justice Minister Shaked’s words about Zionism being in opposition to individual rights, are true. His colleague Rogel Alpher opines she is a fascist comparable to Mussolini. The combined logic of these two assertions is, Zionism is a fascist ideology.

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”. 

Netanyahu ducks Mandela memorial

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Netanyahu Ducks Mandela Memorial as Gideon Levy Calls Israel a S. Africa ‘Twin’. Netanyahu missing chance to be Israel’s De Klerk.

Beinart’s Blindspot: Israel has always been a non-democratic apartheid state

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Beinart’s new book to be brave, important, and blinkered all at once. The biggest problem is Beinart’s false, idealized image of pre-1967 Israel as a “flawed, but genuine democracy.” This doesn’t work because even within the green line Israel has always been a non-democratic apartheid state.

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 […]

Levy: ‘ethnic cleansing… apartheid… 1948 never ended’

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Gideon Levy unbound in Haaretz, following up on Akiva Eldar’s damning report: By the time of the Oslo Accords, Israel had revoked the residency of 140,000 Palestinians from the West Bank… In other words: ethnic cleansing… While we are still desperately concealing, denying and repressing our major ethnic cleansing of 1948 – over 600,000 refugees, […]

Good news: Leading NY Jewish org sponsors ‘The Other Israel’ film festival

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I’ve heard good things about the Other Israel film festival at the Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side. I gather there are going to be some films from a Palestinian perspective in the festival, including Mohammad Bakri’s, and you can hear in the trailer below the statement, There must be another way. So […]

I don’t think Zionism will be redeemed by David Grossman

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The Israeli novelist David Grossman has been in the U.S. promoting a new novel, To the End of the Land. The New Yorker did a big piece on him saying that he is on the far left of the Israeli discourse. This is a misrepresentation, and a serious one. Consider that last week Gideon Levy […]

Nonviolence and the struggle for Palestinian-Israeli equality

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My post about nonviolence vs. violence and the Gaza Flotilla unleashed a heated debate. Max Ajl, David Bromwich, Robin Yassin-Kassab, Ken O’Keefe elsewhere, Max Ajl again, and Norman Finkelstein outside this forum have spilled many impassioned electrons on this topic, not to mention the dozens of thoughtful comments below each post. Good. This is a debate we need […]