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The right contextHassan Jabareen - Haaretz - The disingenuity of the government`s international comparisons is evident when one compares politicians` rhetoric for audiences within Israel with the diplomatic discourse they employ abroad. At home, this government harshly criticizes the Supreme Court; abroad, the Foreign Ministry boasts proudly that Israel has the world`s strongest high court. rh 30/11/2011
The Arab Awakening and IsraelTHOMAS L. FRIEDMAN - The New York Times - This is such a delicate moment. It requires wise, farsighted Israeli leadership. The Arab awakening is coinciding with the last hopes for a two-state solution between Israelis and Palestinians. Israeli rightists will be tempted to do nothing, to insist the time is not right for risk-taking — and never will be — so Israel needs to occupy the West Bank and its Palestinians forever. That could be the greatest danger of all for Israel: to wake up one day and discover that, in response to the messy and turbulent Arab democratic awakening, the Jewish state sacrificed its own democratic character. 30/11/2011
Yalla Peace: Democracy faces many challenges in Arab worldRAY HANANIA - J-Post - "If religious and ethnic divisions are set aside, Arabs could come together. Democracy is in stark conflict with the essence of Arab culture, which is the allegiance to a clan based on religion." - id 30/11/2011
`There are judges in Jerusalem!`Adam Keller - Crazy Country - "Also in North Korea there is an institution called The Supreme Court. Also in Syria." - id 30/11/2011
The two-state solution: where next?Tony Klug - Open Democracy - For a moment, let’s suspend reality and assume that I am wrong and that a unitary state is plausible and feasible and comes about. What would be its implications? Take the Palestinian right of return – a central plank of the one-state argument. Under an independent Palestinian state, a law to enact this right would almost certainly be among the first to be promulgated, albeit limited to the West Bank and Gaza. It is close to inconceivable, however, that a combined Israeli-Palestinian government in a unitary state would ever reach a consensus on such a massive disruption to the fragile population balance. 29/11/2011
A Day in NovemberUri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "Looking at the map of the 1947 partition resolution, one must wonder at the borders. They resemble a puzzle, with Arab pieces and Jewish pieces put together in an impossible patchwork […] The explanation is that the committee did not really envision two totally independent and separate states. The plan explicitly included an economic union. That would have necessitated a very close relationship between the two political entities, something akin to a federation, with open borders and free movement of people and goods. Without it, the borders would have been impossible"28/11/2011
The High Cost of Using War Criminals to Train U.S. PoliceTim King-- Members of the American law enforcement community are being trained in Israel, where Human Rights violations by police and Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) are a matter of policy, under Israel`s morally bankrupt apartheid political system. dn 27/11/2011
Israel Passes Bill To Increase “Libel” CompensationsSaed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies - Israeli sources reported, that the Israeli Knesset passed, in the first reading, a controversial bill dubbed as “libel law” aiming at increasing compensations paid for “libel violations” to NIS 300.000. Israeli Peace Now Movement stated that the bill is a legislation targeting Free Speech in Israel. 24/11/2011
The death of law in IsraelAlon Harel - Haaretz - The Knesset is at work on a variety of bills whose declared purpose is to hit at leftist NGOs, paralyze the courts and ensure - through legislation that criminalizes people and makes them pay damages - that the public discourse will be more Zionist, right wing and convenient for the authorities. Many people perceive these bills as a fatal blow against the rule of law. rh 24/11/2011
Americans get a Shabak educationMark LeVine - Al Jazeera - In recent years, increasing numbers of Israeli Jews have begun receiving a Shabak education, especially as more and more actively join the struggle for Palestinian rights on both sides of the Green Line. They are tear-gassed, doused with "stinky water", arrested, shot with rubber bullets, and worse. At the political level24/11/2011
In the Virtual World, Palestinians in Exile Reunite Julie Holm - MIFTAH - For example being a young Palestinian in Ramallah is not the same as being a young Palestinian in Bourj Al Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon, which again is very different from being a young Palestinian in the US or in Europe. But through social media and by connecting through networks such as the PYM, young Palestinians everywhere are able to connect with each other and discuss their views on the future of Palestine. 23/11/2011
Pepper spray nation Paul Rosenberg--With most of the UC board of regents being in the 1%, student demonstrators should expect more police brutality.27/11/2011
Netanyahu must release the Palestinians` moneyHaaretz Editorial - Netanyahu explained that there would be no decision on the matter until the results were in from the meeting in Cairo between Abbas and the head of Hamas` political bureau, Khaled Meshal, about setting up a Palestinian unity government.
In the background is also Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman`s threat to dismantle the coalition if the funds were released.
None of Netanyahu`s reasons are relevant or legitimate. The money is Palestinian money. The fact that Israel collects these funds is a technicality, and doesn`t justify acts of abuse and revenge.
The bastards have changed the rules Adam Keller - Crazy Country - "And increasingly, outsiders could see a huge armored Israeli Goliath confronting the little Palestinian David, stone in hand." - id 23/11/2011
New `Jewish identity` bill will cause chaos in IsraelShlomo Avineri - Haaretz - Kadima MK Avi Dichter retreated from his original proposal for a `Basic Law on Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People.` But in the new version, too, the bill is unnecessary and merely deepens tensions between Jews and Arabs, as well as among various parts of the Jewish population.
[Opinion, not of "a predictable leftist" - but a member of the Istraeli establishment-bz]
Making War Palatable - Is Israel Preparing to Attack Iran?Neve Gordon - CounterPunch - "What is remarkable about this saber rattling is its abstraction. Not a single analyst noted that entering war is easy but ending it is far more difficult, particularly if on the other side stands a regional power with vast resources and a well-trained military (unlike Hamas or Hezbollah). And, of course, no one really talked about the likelihood of a gory future or what kind of life we were planning for our children. This kind of abstraction makes war palatable, providing a great service to the war machine"21/11/2011
NGO bill aims to create a democracy for Jews onlyYitzhak Laor - Haaretz - We must not dismiss the NGO Bill - it truly intends to create a democracy for Jews only; if it were passed, no Arab - whether resident of the territories or Israeli citizen - would have access to the law21/11/2011
Weimar Revisited Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - "Israeli democracy is under siege. No one can ignore this anymore. It is the main topic in the Knesset, which is leading the attack, and the media, who are among the victims. This does not happen in the occupied territories. There, democracy never existed. Occupation is the very opposite of democracy: a denial of all human rights, the right to life, liberty, movement, fair trial and free expression, not to mention national rights. No, I mean Israel proper, the Israel inside the Green Line, The Only Democracy In The Middle East"21/11/2011
Red Rag weekly column: Onward to Armageddon!Gideon Spiro - Armageddon! Rapist president and state - Right steamroller - Israel`s academy ♥ Shin Bet? - buy a helmet and get a passport9/11/2011
Red Rag weekly column: Onward to Armageddon!Gideon Spiro - Onward to Armageddon! Rapist president, rapist state - the right-wing steamroller - does the Israeli academy ♥ Shin Bet? - buy a helmet and get a passport9/11/2011
Dissolving the Palestinian National Authority or considering a new strategic directionSameer Abu Eisheh - Bitterlemons "The facts on the ground, especially the accomplishments in building institutions that aim to serve the Palestinians socially and economically and form the basis for an independent and sovereign state, along with the high costs of dissolving the PNA (where close to 200,000 are employed), raise a serious question about the consequences of dissolving the PNA." ca 18/11/2011
A PALESTINIAN VIEWGhassan Khatib - Bitterlemons "In my view, closing the doors of the Palestinian Authority is not an option for the Palestinian leadership. It is not even an option for the Palestinian opposition, not for groups in the PLO like the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine that opposed the Oslo agreements, nor for the major opposition faction Hamas. It has taken Palestinians in the occupied territories years to build (and rebuild) the institutions that make up the Palestinian Authority and provide law and order, health, education and other crucial services. To remove these in one fell swoop would hurt Palestinians for generations." ca 18/11/2011
Israel blames Abbas for choosing Hamas over peace. Is he?Joshua Mitnick - CSM - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas vowed today to accelerate reconciliation with Hamas, a sworn enemy of Israel, with elections to be held in May...Netanyahu said that Abbas must choose between peace with Hamas and peace with Israel. But Abbas has pointed to Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank and Jerusalem as evidence that the current Israeli government isn’t interested creating a viable Palestinian state. 17/11/2011
How to fight the Israel apartheid analogy in four easy steps: A guide for useful Hasbara idiotsRan Greenstein - Step three: but we are not alone...Kurds in Turkey, Basques in Spain, Tibetans in China...Yet, they are granted equality and the possibility of full assimilation if they so desire. Palestinians, in contrast, have neither independence nor the option of assimilation and equality..."17/11/2011
Five comments on Palestine joining UNESCODaniel Levy -FP - " When it comes to Israel, most congressional Democrats dress up as right-wing Republicans, not just for Halloween but every day of the year. Despite the urgings of centrists groups in the Jewish pro-Israel community, such as J Street or Americans for Peace Now, that is unlikely to change anytime soon, and Congress can be relied on to further reduces America`s global diplomatic footprint and advance the cause of American decline." 17/11/2011
AMIRA Hass: INTERVIEW, GUERNICA MAGAZINEIsraeli journalist Amira Hass on the next Palestinian uprising and her attempts to cut through propaganda to get at the truths of the lives next door..."The ingredients for another Palestinian uprising are always there because as long as there is so much violence it is bound to explode. How, I cannot tell. But people will not accept it forever." 17/11/2011
Israel and ‘Pinkwashing’SARAH SCHULMAN- The New York Times - The growing global gay movement against the Israeli occupation has named these tactics “pinkwashing”: a deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights behind an image of modernity signified by Israeli gay life. Aeyal Gross, a professor of law at Tel Aviv University, argues that “gay rights have essentially become a public-relations tool,” even though “conservative and especially religious politicians remain fiercely homophobic.” 23/11/2011
The wandering Palestinians RAY HANANIA - J-Post - "If the Palestinians do not succeed in achieving their national freedom, Israel will never be the state it had hoped to be either." - id23/11/2011
The boys who cry “Holocaust” Gary Kamiya - Salon - "An attack on Iran will be carried out in the name of the victims of the Holocaust. But that attack, rather than saving the Jewish state, will sound the death knell for it. " - id23/11/2011
Bibi`s conspiracy of silenceAttila Somfalvi - Ynet - "The elected members of the 18th Knesset don’t want to be afraid anymore. They want others to be afraid. They want the journalists to be afraid, and later they will seek to make sure that all of us, Israel’s citizens, fear their power." - id 23/11/2011
In Israel, justice works only for Jewish society from withinOudeh Basharat - Haaretz - "... in the past, in the absence of justice and justices, the slogan was "a dunam here, a dunam there," the slogan today is "a postponement here, a postponement there" - and the kosher seal of approval will not be long in coming." - id 23/11/2011
Netanyahu must choose the rule of law over LiebermanEditorial - Haaretz - "Lieberman`s position symbolizes gross contempt for the rule of law in Israel, but it seems there is nothing really new about that." - id 23/11/2011
Shameful attack on Arabic must be stopped Moshe Arens - Haaretz - The study of Arabic should be made compulsory in the school system, and mastery of the language should be a requirement for graduation from high school. The study of Arabic by adults should be encouraged; and for civil servants, knowledge of Arabic should be a factor when being considered for promotion. [Moshe Arens has served as Defence Minister in two consecutive Likud governments.] 15/11/2011
The bill to silence the likes of usGush Shalom - The Funding Prohibition Bill is aimed at peace and human rights organizations. Foreign right-wing extremist millionaires are not touched: Irving Moskowitz can continue financing settler invasion of Palestinian neighborhoods; Sheldon Adelson can continue maintaining a free daily newspaper, PM Netanyahu`s mouthpiece.15/11/2011
Israel`s nuclear ambiguity may be nearing an endHillel Schenker - Haaretz - If there is no progress on potential denuclearization of the Middle East, the non-proliferation treaty may collapse, creating international nuclear chaos. And in our interdependent world, Israel will not be allowed to simply stand aside.12/11/2011
Economy isn`t the only thing Israelis should protestYoel Marcus - Haaretz - Israel`s situation is more dangerous than ever and the question is what more needs to happen for those same tens of thousands of demonstrators to come out for the struggle for a peace agreement and secure borders. 12/11/2011
‘Leftist law’ a bad jokeUri Misgav - Ynet News - The law that will be presented to the ministerial legislation committee next week limits donations of foreign funds to some NIS 20,000 (roughly $6,000.) However, I am familiar with a foreign government that donates $3 billion to Israel annually. It’s called America.10/11/2011
The continuing deceptionHaaretz Editorial - Rather than protecting these landowners, whose land the state has already admitted to the High Court was taken by force, the state attorneys are continuing their foot-dragging14/11/2011
The ballad of Rasha and DevorahCatrina Stewart - The Independent - One is a blind, mentally disabled piano virtuoso from the West Bank, the other a Jewish settler risking the wrath of Israelis to teach her 9/11/2011
Ben Gurion University`s Persecution of Idan Landau Jermiah Haber - The Magnes Zionist - Prof. Landau once again refused to do his reserve duty on the West Bank, and for this he was sent again to jail this past May for a week. He took his research with him, and arranged makeup classes for his students. When he returned, he discovered that he had been docked his salary by Ben Gurion University.9/11/2011
There`s Nothing Idealistic About the One-State SolutionJONATHAN COOK - Counterpunch - Even though I have identified myself as a supporter of the one-state solution, I find much to agree with in what Neumann writes on this occasion. Like him, I do not believe that a particular solution, or resolution, will occur simply because the Palestinians or their wellwishers make a good moral case for it. Success for the Palestinians will come when a wide array of regional developments force Israel to conclude that its current behaviour is untenable 9/11/2011
Yalla Peace: Traveling with an unusual hobby RAY HANANIA - J-lem Post - "I went to the bathroom on an El Al flight.The sign didn’t say "occupied." It said "disputed toiletry area."" - id 9/11/2011
Rabin`s murderers are still free and happy Moshe Negbi - Haaretz - "Instead of lighting candles and singing we should protest against the fact that those responsible for Rabin`s murder are walking around free." - id 11/11/2011
Netanyahu leading the fight against Israel`s peace activistsEditorial - Haaretz - "The right-wing parties, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leading the band, blame these [human rights, ed.] organizations for aiding what they call a "campaign to delegitimize Israel."" - id 9/11/2011
Up close and personal: Getting lied to by BibiLarry Derfner - +972 - "The funny thing is that this guy is considered Israel’s Great Communicator – and he is, but with a very, very narrow audience. Republicans, AIPAC-owned Democrats, right-wing Zionists and the uninformed. Everybody else thinks he’s a liar and can’t stand him. A piece of work, our Bibi." - id 9/11/2011
Catch-23Adam Keller - Crazy Country - "November 12th, at 7:30 pm, will gather at the Rabin Square in Tel Aviv the people who remember Yitzhak Rabin, and what he came to symbolize; what he sacrificed his life for. People who think that Israel can still change direction, get on the path of peace and follow it." - id 9/11/2011
The Unmaking of IsraelGershom Gorenberg - (book description) - In order to save itself Israel must end the occupation, separate state from religion, and create a new civil Israeli identity that can be shared by Jews and Arabs // Gershom Gorenberg - Slate (book excerpt) - The Mystery of 1948 - Did Israel actually plan to expel most of its Arabs in 1948? Or not? 8/11/2011
Better an Iranian A-Bomb in the Basement than missiles on the roofs of Tel AvivShraga Elam - translated from Hebrew by George Malent - Already today there is a so called Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) situation that both Iran and Israel are respecting. Basically an Iranian nuclear bomb will not change this state of affairs!8/11/2011
U.S. Worried Israel Will ‘Go Rogue,’ Attack Iran Without CoordinationTikun Olam - "These are the actions of an Israeli leader who has taken the relationship to a whole new level. Instead of close coordination, Bibi’s going to go his own way. In the past, most U.S. presidents would’ve communicated in no uncertain terms that there would be consequences. This president can’t or won’t do that. Unlike any president I can remember, Barak Obama is being led by the nose by Bibi"7/11/2011
Legal, but dangerousHaaretz Editorial - MKs and ministers who object to Dichter`s bill must make an extraordinary effort to battle the bill entitled `Basic Law: Israel - the Nation-State of the Jewish People` using all legitimate means7/11/2011
New Book: Palestinians in Israel Ben White--Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy Palestinians in Israel considers a key issue ignored by the official `peace process` and most mainstream commentators: that of the growing Palestinian minority within Israel itself. What the Israeli right-wing calls `the demographic problem` Ben White identifies as `the democratic problem` which goes to the heart of the conflict. Israel defines itself not as a state of it`s citizens, but as a Jewish state, despite the substantial and increasing Palestinian population. White demonstrates how the consistent emphasis on privileging one ethno-religious group over another cannot not be seen as compatible with democratic values and that, unless addressed, will undermine any attempts to find a lasting peace. Individual case studies are used to complement this deeply informed study into the great, unspoken contradiction of Israeli democracy. It is a pioneering contribution which will spark debate amongst all those concerned with a resolution to the Israel/Palestine conflict. dn6/11/2011
The latest headlines from Mondoweiss for November 5, 2011Mondoweiss--Here are the headlines from Mondoweiss for 11/05/2011: Strategic asset or rogue state? Israel’s threats to Iran ‘concern’ Pentagon They were sailing for us ‘We will continue to challenge the blockade w/ more boats’ Breaking: Gaza flotilla stopped by Israeli warships Flotilla controversy within Occupy Wall Street shows Palestine continues to be a fault line Ultrazionists have met the enemy and he is… Tom Friedman! Times readers respond to Goldstone Goldstone needs a reality check JTA wonders why ‘Jewish influence’ is so ‘pervasive’ in our politics ‘The Forward’ embraces neoconservatives Strategic asset or rogue state? Israel’s threats to Iran ‘concern’ Pentagon dn6/11/2011
Turn the World Upside Down John Spritzler--On top, world elites are the thousands, imposing inequality and fomenting wars to control us. Under them, we are billions in resistance. Let us turn the world upside down. dn6/11/2011
`Why Are They So Angry?` (experiences of an Israeli dove in Jewish America)By Gershom Gorenberg - The American Prospect - "He`s lying! He`s lying!" the man at the back of the hall shouted, in a tone as desperate as it was angry. The primary object of his rage was me. The secondary object, it seemed, was his fellow congregants, who`d allowed me to lecture at his New York-area synagogue. I`d spoken about threats to Israel`s democracy, including those posed by ongoing expansion of West Bank settlements. This was the first time, I`d been told, that the congregation had hosted a speaker on Israel from outside a spectrum running from right-wing to very right-wing. 29/11/2011
Hasbara: Why does the world fail to understand us?Noam Sheizaf - +972 - A short discussion of the Israeli term used to describe the ongoing, ever-growing, national propaganda 14/11/2011
Freedom Waves Will Continue - The Seizure of the Gaza BoatsRamzy Baroud - CounterPunch - "Another mission accomplished, or so it seems. Israeli navy ships have managed to thwart yet another civil society ‘provocation’ (as described by a spokesman for the Israel Embassy in Dublin, Irish Times, November 4). Thus the 27 activists from nine countries aboard two boats were rounded up and hauled, along with their ‘provocative’ medical supplies, to the Israeli port of Ashdod. It was a successful operation conducted by a well-equipped navy, one that is credited for sinking numerous Gaza fishing boats, while forcing fishermen to swim naked back to shore"14/11/2011
A new Israel in the making Gideon Levy--The future is now. The revolution is in progress; just wait for what`s to come. dn13/11/2011
The Latest from Mondoweiss for November 12, 2011Mondoweiss--A compilation of events and commentaries dn13/11/2011
The real social justice movement David Sheen--The organizers of Israel`s social protests feared that renewed fire between the Israel Defense Forces and Gaza militants would cool enthusiasm for the cause. But while Palestinian attacks in southern Israel may have reduced the size of recent demonstrations, it may have been a Jewish attack on Arabs in the north that reveals why some say the movement`s moral significance is declining. dn13/11/2011
Don`t tell me Israeli apartheid doesn`t exist. My father implemented agrarian apartheid Udi Aloni--Richard Goldstone on Israel and apartheid (Credit: Reuters/Denis Balibouse/AP) I write as an Israeli Jew who was brought up and molded at the very center of secular, Zionist Israel. My parents, Reuven and Shulamit Aloni, exemplify everything that is good and just about Israel for humanistic Jews like Judge Richard Goldstone, the noted South African jurist, who in a recent New York Times Op-Ed, denied the practice of apartheid in Israel. dn13/11/2011
The Voice of a WomanShmuel Rosner--TEL AVIV — On Sept. 5th, nine military cadets of the Israel Defense Force officer training school, all Orthodox Jews, walked out of an official event marking operation Cast Lead. A group of soldier-singers had taken the stage, but when a woman started her solo, the nine cadets stormed out. Four of them refused to come back to the hall, despite being warned that they were breaching an order, and two days later were expelled from the school.dn20/11/2011
The ultra-Orthodox are changing the face of the IDFAmos Harel--November 2011 data from the IDF Manpower Directorate, compiled yesterday, shows that the national-religious school system sends more graduates to combat units than any other educational system. National-religious graduates make up an even larger percentage of combat officers. At time when many secular youths, including those who choose combat units, are content to serve their mandatory three years before returning to civilian life, religious soldiers are being educated to stay in uniform beyond the minimum. Thus, 42 percent of cadets in the most recent infantry officer training course were religious (nine cadets in this course stood trial for boycotting the contentious ceremony with women singers ).[the statistics show why at the ultra-religious are gaining power in the military. dn]20/11/2011
No method in the madness of Israel`s governmentYossi Sarid--There is in our society no comprehensive system, in the full sense of the term: The political system is separated from the health system; the cabinet and the Knesset are separate planets. Any alien who would happen to visit here would draw the conclusion that health matters are handled not by the health system, but rather by the Supreme Court. dn20/11/2011
The truth, but not the whole truthNirit Anderman--In his documentary on the complex legal system operated by the IDF in the territories, filmmaker Ra`anan Alexandrowicz repeatedly reminds viewers that they are watching a movie - not an objective reflection of reality. dn 20/11/2011
US to stockpile cluster bombs in Australia? NAJ Taylor--Despite Australia having signed the convention against cluster munition, a US base may transport and stockpile munition. [interesting because it shows how countries can ignore commitments and conventions agreed to]dn20/11/2011
`We teach life, sir.`We`re approaching the three year anniversary of Israel`s massacre in Gaza, which killed around 1400 people and destroyed much of the society. Below is a poem by Canadian-Palestinian activist and spoken word artist Rafeef Ziadah about her experience as an activist trying to bring the slaughter to an end.20/11/2011
Unholy alliance: Israel`s right and Europe`s anti-SemitesAdar Primor--Politicians like Le Pen have exchanged the Jewish demon-enemy for the criminal-immigrant Muslim, but they have not really discarded their ideological DNA. dn6/11/2011
Insanity, not logic, guides Israel`s leadershipGideon Levy--The mens` men who are threatening Iran now are the real cowards` cowards. The brave ones are in fact those who are trying to thwart the insanity, from former Mossad chief Meir Dagan to Interior Minister Eli Yishai. dn6/11/2011
After UNESCO vote, Israeli sanctions on PA anger Washington Barak Ravid and Agencies - Haaretz "Hale and Shapiro told Netanyahu`s aides the money belongs to the Palestinians and Israel was obliged to transfer it monthly, as stipulated in agreements. They said the United States expects the money to be transferred to the PA as soon as possible, to avoid a crisis there." ca4/11/2011
Political prisoner: Hamas deal a "great step forward"Ameer Makhoul - Electronic Intifada "Hamas’ insistence on including in the prisoner swap deal for Palestinians living in the 1948 lands is a strategic accomplishment. It is not the first deal, historically speaking, to include prisoners from that part of historic Palestine. It is, however, the first deal since the Oslo accords to do so, setting a precedent for the future." ca4/11/2011
Al-Malki says Palestine will not try to join other UN agenciesMa`an News Agency "The PLO will not apply to join any more international organizations but will focus on full membership of the United Nations, the Palestinian Authority minister of foreign affairs said Thursday." ca 4/11/2011
Students protest Israeli spokesperson at Wayne State UniversityAdam Horowitz - Mondoweiss "Stills and comments from the student demonstration at Wayne State University." ca4/11/2011
Goldstone’s major error: By looking for South Africa, he missed Israel’s own brand of apartheidAdam Horowitz - Mondoweiss "Ben White, author of Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner`s Guide, responds to Richard Goldstone`s recent New York Times Op-Ed: There are numerous problems with Goldstone`s piece, but I want to highlight two important errors. First, Goldstone - like others who attack the applicability of the term "apartheid" - wants to focus on differences between the old regime in South Africa and what is happening in Israel/Palestine. Note that he does this even while observing that apartheid "can have broader meaning", and acknowledging its inclusion in the 1998 Rome Statute." ca 4/11/2011
Israel`s leaders adrift in a fast-changing world : That an attack on Iran is once again in the air reflects the new sense of vulnerability The Independent - Leading Article - ...the fact that an attack on Iran is once again in the air, even as the optimism of the Arab Spring prevails elsewhere, reflects Israel`s heightened sense of vulnerability. And it is a sad comment on Israel`s leaders that they have so far been unable to respond to the historic changes taking place around them more positively than they have. 3/11/2011
Israeli leaders` price tag against the PalestiniansGideon Levy - Haaretz - This price tag meted out by the forum of eight is not much different than the settlers` price tag; it`s violent, uncontrolled and seeks vengeance. 3/11/2011
Israel`s blindness causing its declineYitzhak Laor - Haaretz - Netanyahu can call the prisoners he frees "murderers," and emotionally eulogize Rehavam Ze`evi. He prefers a strong Hamas, since he prefers a dead end. This is why he prefers to leave in prison the two most important Palestinian leaders - Marwan Barghouti and Ahmad Saadat - behind bars. 2/11/2011
Welcoming Palestine To UNESCO Richard Falk - Al Jazeera - It may not ease the daily pain of occupation and blockade or the endless anguish of refugee status and exile or the continual humiliations of discrimination and second class citizenship, but the admission of Palestine to membership in UNESCO is for so many reasons a step forward in the long march of the Palestinian people toward the dignity of sunlight! 2/11/2011
Using the United Nations : The lopsided vote for Palestine`s entry into UNESCO shows how isolated the U.S. and Israel are.Los Angeles Times - Editorial - Los Angeles Times - On Monday, they won a key victory when Palestine — a state that doesn`t technically exist — was granted membership in the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. That`s giving the Obama administration fits and angering pro-Israel members of Congress from both U.S. political parties, but regardless of how one feels about the proper borders of Israel, the Palestinian switch to a diplomatic strategy represents progress. 2/11/2011
Palestinians must say no to negotiations with IsraelAmira Hass - Haaretz - "There is no substitute for the strategy of popular resistance, in which there are no distinguished VIPs watching from the sidelines (and also no more Qassam rockets or other methods that target civilians, which have proven their practical and moral worthlessness )." - id 2/11/2011
Where did this mess come from?Adam Keller - Crazy Country - "And if is not possible to sit face to face at the table, then we can find a mediator to take messages from side A to side B and back." - id2/11/2011
The Quartet facade Sam Bahour - Bitterlemons - The history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will reveal much more than how the Holy Land was torn apart; it will also feature how the Palestinians` struggle for freedom and independence became the Achilles` heel of an international system of governance that has become broken beyond repair. 1/11/2011
The UNESCO MessMJ Rosenberg - Foreign Policy Matters - Israel expects the United States to quit UNESCO and any other international agency that admits Palestine to membership. Hard U.S. interests dictate that we not even consider such a move. (...) So why is this happening? 1/11/2011
Sanctions after PA UNESCO succes would be violation of international conventions Ma`an - Israel will not be able to count on the US exerting pressure on one Arab leader or another to make their decisions contingent on Israel’s wishes,” Hammad said. 1/11/2011
Diplomacy: `Leading from behind` Herb Keinon - Jerusalem Post - Is Obama using same approach he employed in Libya by letting Quartet do the hard work in peace process? Leading from behind is "the empowerment of other actors to do your bidding." bz1/11/2011
Israel must end the Gaza blockade Haaretz Editorial - This weekend the bloody ritual in the south exacted the life of a resident of Ashkelon, interfered with the lives of thousands of citizens and caused extensive damage to property. As in previous rounds, after the inhabitants of the region - on both sides of the border - paid the price of the violence a truce was declared, which was violated in short order. The spokesman of the military arm of Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip announced that "the organization reserves the right to react to any aggression from the Israeli side," and boasted that "it is the enemy who will beg for a cease-fire." 1/11/2011
`Attack on Iran would ignite regional conflict`Yitzhak Benhorin - Ynetnews - Former adviser to US administration says Israeli strike on Islamic Republic`s nuclear facilities could mean a disaster for both Jerusalem, Washington; spark regional war `from Gaza to Afghanistan` 3/11/2011
Palestinian Strategies Post-UN Vote Daoud Kuttab - PNN - "If the UN bid for Palestinian statehood has shown anything, it has shown the Palestinians, again, who their friends are." - id 11/11/2011
The Yitzhak Rabin stainHagai Stadler - Ynet - " This is not Judaism’s way – it isn’t moral and it’s wrong." - id 11/11/2011
Activists to sue Minnesota for investments Sylvia Schwarz and Phil Benson--Minnesota is among twenty-two states and the District of Columbia which invest in State of Israel Bonds. Sylvia Schwarz and Phil Benson--Proceeds from the sale of Israel Bonds are disbursed by Israel’s Ministry of Finance to various Israeligovernment agencies and then used, in part, to fund illegal settlementactivities in the West Bank, including the construction of the apartheid wall, the confiscation of Palestinian lands and the construction of Israeli-only bypass roads. dn27/11/2011
Further from peace, closer to reconciliation Gershon Baskin - Jerusalem Post - When there are two Palestinian governments there is no one to negotiate with because who speaks for the Palestinians? And when there will be one Palestinian government representing all of the Palestinian people, Israel responds by saying that it couldn’t possibly negotiate with a government in which Hamas takes part. Very convenient. 29/11/2011
Alice Kisch Responds to Gershon GorenbergAlice Kisch--Today I received several emails referencing your NY Times November 27, 2011 op-ed “Israel’s Other Occupation,” which I’ve now read. I gotta tell you, Mr. G., the reading is pretty tough going. It’s tough going because it’s virtually impossible to get past your repeated references to Israel’s “democracy” and to your support of the “two-state solution.” (All of which causes us to wonder what planet you actually live on, and in which decade of which century?) Not to mention your “Accidental” empire which, if one looks at the history and origins of the Zionist movement starting, perhaps, in the late 19th century, is anything but “accidental.” dn27/11/2011
Israel’s Other OccupationGERSHOM GORENBERG--The explicit reason that his yeshiva had been established in Acre was to serve as a bridgehead in that struggle, just as West Bank settlements are built to bolster the Jewish hold on land there. dn27/11/2011
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