|Israeli leftists have a racist past, too||Yitzhak Laor - Haaretz - Here, with the exception of a few enthusiastic young people, there is no struggle. Even the trickle of people refusing to serve in the army has dried up. The politicians benefit from this dead end: It lets them run from microphone to microphone and organize "coalition crises." The military leadership prattles on about our "damaged deterrent capabilities" like a beggar with his cup. And the rabble are brought into the streets to demonstrate about Jewish virgins.
|Iranian General Murdered in Israel’s Ayalon Prison? ||Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - Ali Reza Asgari, Iranian general murdered by Mossad in Ayalon Prison?
Did such an agency have an interest in silencing the detainee? And if so, was a death declared a “suicide,” really murder? In the case of the death of a prisoner under special treatment [held by the security services], why it was not within the power of the Prison Service to prevent the suicide or some other form of violent death.
|Christian extremists assist Israel in displacing Negev Bedouin ||Jonathan Cook - The Electronic Intifada - Neve Gordon, a politics professor at Ben Gurion University in Beersheba, said the JNF, which has semi-governmental status in Israel, had set a "dangerous precedent" in accepting money from God-TV. "The Israeli authorities are playing with fire," he said. "This dispute between the Israeli government and the Bedouin is a long one that until now focused on the question of land rights. But the involvement of extremist Christian groups like God-TV is likely to turn this into a religious confrontation, and that will be much harder to resolve."
|The drums of war are heard again in Israel||Ilan Pappe - Mondoweiss - The drums of war are heard again in Israel and they are sounded because once more Israel`s invincibility in is question. Despite the triumphant rhetoric in the various media commemorative reports, two years after `Cast Lead`, the sense is that that campaign was as much of a failure as was the second Lebanon war of 2006. Unfortunately, leaders, generals and the public at large in the Jewish State know only one way of dealing with military debacles and fiascos. They can be redeemed only by another successful operation or war but one which has to be carried out with more force and be more ruthless than the previous one with the hope for better results in the next round.
|Lieberman not at fault||Dror Zeevi -
"Lieberman is a failed individual who conducts our foreign policy in the worst way imaginable, while causing Israel irreversible international damage. Only his immediate dismissal could somewhat minimize the damage he has caused."
| Red Rag column||Gideon Spiro - Patriotism, the media and capitalism - religious extremism" a catastrophe for humanity - "Daughters of Israel for the People of Israel" - The Carl von Ossietzky medal - Merry Christmas!||29/12/2010|
|Is Judaism a race? Ask Israelis||Zvi Bar`el--For some time, shows of Israeli purity have not been the sole property of rabbis who serve the divine will. These demonstrations formulate and express something essential within the Israeli identity. "We" Israelis are everything "they" are not. Being Israeli is no longer a territorial or a religious definition, nor even a national definition resting on religious foundations. The Israeli state might be more Jewish than democratic, but being Israeli means belonging to a separate race that also happens to be Jewish; what counts is the Israeli race.||26/12/2010|
|Silence not an option in face of growing hatred, racism on Israel`s streets||Ziv Lenchner--The landscapers of evil can be reassured: The seeds of racism and hatred are sprouting well and even bearing nice fruit. Following the heartwarming rabbis` letter, which called on the faithful not to rent or sell apartments to Arab citizens, we saw an anti-Arab protest in the city of Bat Yam earlier this week.
|Obama and Israel: The pessimistic perspective||Avi Shlaim - thehill.com - Obama is better at talking the talk than at walking the walk. The rhetoric has changed but subservience to Israel remains the order of the day.
|Postponing the inevitable ||Gershon Baskin - Jerusalem Post - Letâ€™s face it, there is very little that Israel can actually do to prevent the world from recognizing Palestine. Eventually the US will also recognize it and, at least according to Netanyahu, so will Israel. So what are we waiting for? ||28/12/2010|
|Big step to premiership||Eitan Haber - Ynet - En route to captivating the voters and knocking Netanyahu out, Lieberman also provided his opinion on the despicable Turks and the Palestinians, thereby settling the score with pretty much the whole world. [Avigdor Lieberman serves as Israel`s Minister of Foreign Affairs-ed]
|Are Palestinians not Jerusalem residents, too?||Nir Hasson - Haaretz - Mixing Haredi and secular residents, says Barkat, is not proper for Jerusalem. Each sector should be developed in its neighborhood to prevent unnecessary friction among the residents But in Silwan, Barkat is adopting an opposite policy.||28/12/2010|
|It`s our duty to challenge Israel`s law of segregation||Daphna Golan - Haaretz - Like in South Africa, separation and discrimination are enforced by the law.||28/12/2010|
|Jim Crow in Bat Yam||Jessica Montell - Y-net - In the Bat Yam racist rallys some speakers railed against sexual harassment of Jewish women, others lectured against inter-ethnic dating. From a women`s rights perspective, of course there is no connection between the two. But for the demonstrators, they are in fact the same thing. They consider a woman`s free will as irrelevant.
|Please boycott us||[forwarded by Sam Bahour] Anonymous--For years I have been rather ambivalent about the wisdom of boycotting Israel. While a boycott of anything related to the illegal settlements in the West Bank, which are a clear derivative of a brutal occupation, is an absolute necessity, and which I have fully supported, I have always been reserved about the boycotting of Israel proper. Today I feel that there is no choice but to call for a full and total boycott directed against Israel ï¿½ Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS). For the good of Israel and in the hope that blatant pressure from abroad directed primarily at the Israeli economy is the only way to wean Israel from what Thomas Friedman in a recent editorial called ï¿½Israelï¿½s crack addictionï¿½.||26/12/2010|
|The tyranny of the Israeli majority ||by Zeev Sternhell -
"The present political balance of power has created a Knesset that has become an assembly line of legislation that is dragging Israel down to the bottom of the list of civilized countries."
|Meeting Report on Pro-Israel Conference On How To Counter `De-legitimisation` of Israel in London||‘Squaring the Circle? Britain and the De-Legitimisation of Israel’ - Henry Jackson Society, Just Journalism and Jewish Chronicle Key-Note Conference
London UK December 2010||24/12/2010|
|Does international recognition for a Palestinian state really mean anything?||Zulaikha Abdullah - Middle East Monitor - Without an end to the occupation and the achievement of national unity, Palestinians cannot have what they need to satisfy traditional criteria for statehood. Much more than mere token recognition is required from the international community, particularly the EU, whose duty it is to ensure that Israel conforms to international law.
|Palestinian and Israeli cooperation - History from different angles||Lund University - The new textbook reflects two views of history: on the left-hand page is the official Israeli version, on the right the Palestinian and in the middle is a blank space for the pupils to write their own reflections. There are not many pupils who have done this, however, because the textbook is seen as a threat and it is barely found in schools in either the Palestinian territories or Israel.
|Israeli rights groups want to force Shin Bet to record interrogations||Amira Hass - Haaretz - The petition notes what it called the absurdity of "two suspects in identical crimes fighting to prove their innocence will receive two different trials: A teen accused of throwing stones at a bus of soccer fans who claims he is innocent and that the interrogators produced a false confession, can easily prove his claims by presenting records of his interrogation. In contrast, a teen suspected of throwing stones at a vehicle of soldiers and fighting to prove his innocence will find himself lacking any ability to prove his claims, merely because the investigating authority has classified the suspicion against him as security-related."
|US Drops Demand For Israel To Freeze Settlement Building||Jean Shaoul & Ann Talbot - Countercurrents - A year and a half on, the urgency of attacking Iran has become greater than ever for the US. Netanyahu has called Obama’s bluff. He has calculated that both Washington and the Arab states are sufficiently eager to attack Iran that they will not hold out for a deal with the PNA. The closer Obama comes to attacking Iran, the more prepared he has become to allow Israel a blank cheque where the occupied territories are concerned because Israel is the most likely instrument through which a military strike will be mounted on Tehran and its nuclear facilities.
|Martin Van Creveld: Give Up West Bank or ‘Tell Your Children to Leave Israel’||Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - Provided that Israel maintains its military strength…it is crystal-clear that Israel can easily afford to give up the West Bank. Strategically speaking, the risk of doing so is negligible. What is not negligible is the demographic, social, cultural and political challenge that ruling over 2.5 million — nobody knows exactly how many — occupied Palestinians in the West Bank poses. Should Israeli rule over them continue, then the country will definitely turn into what it is already fast becoming: namely, an apartheid state that can only maintain its control by means of repressive secret police actions.
|Religion Should Unite, Not Divide ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - Israel has always exploited Judaism to forward its political goals but never, it seems, like today. The repeated call for the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state is not, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims, simply for the acknowledgement of Jews` rights here. Nor is it void of sinister undertones. It is further consolidation of Israel`s claim that Jews are exclusively entitled to Palestine and that any concession to that effect is out of Israeli good will and generosity||23/12/2010|
|Encountering Peace: Wanted: A progressive leader||GERSHON BASKIN -
"What is left of the Left is a small group of dedicated individuals divided into splinter groups of political initiatives and non-government organizations sharing a very similar platform with a common sense of urgency and a total inability to work together."
|No longer optimistic||Amnon Shamosh -
"The Carmel blaze, the rains pouring from above, Israel’s status in the world (200 states, and none of them recognizes Jerusalem as our capital), the way we kicked our greatest ally, the lost chances for peace and tranquility."
|Brooklyn-Jenin: Why didnâ€™t the judges prevent the demolition in Lod?||Udi Aloni - Mondoweiss - But when they got home, the home was utterly destroyed. Fifty children stood shocked in front of their seven demolished homes, the uprooted palm tree and the water bursting out of the broken pipe.||21/12/2010|
|Ship of Fools 2 ||Uri Avnery - Gush Shalom - “’Ship of fools 1’ went down on Yom Kippur. 2600 young Israelis, the flower of a generation, drowned with it. The ‘incapable’ Egyptians crossed the Suez Canal, and the glorious Bar-Lev Line, the pride of the Israeli army, collapsed. […] End of the Israeli superman mystique. ‘Ship of Fools 2’ will also founder. We cannot foresee how. Will it be a war that will lay waste to our towns and villages? Will it be an Islamic revolution in the Arab countries? Will world politics change dramatically?”||20/12/2010|
|Will Julian Assange regret WikiLeaks? Past whistleblowers say no||Duncan Campbell - The Observer - Philip Agee, Daniel Ellsberg and Mordechai Vanunu all suffered for revealing the secrets of governments||20/12/2010|
|America`s self-loving Jews aren`t helping Israel|| Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - A Jew who truly loves himself does everything possible in order to save Israel from itself||20/12/2010|
|The orphaned Israeli left||Gideon Levy -
"What we need is a real, clear left, with no ifs, ands or buts. In a society where "left" is a derogatory term, this is a difficult task. But it is even more difficult to continue on without one." id||19/12/2010|
|The Palestine Cables’: WikiLeaks dox expose Netanyahu’s vision of Palestinian bantustan||Editorial -
"The US has given up trying to persuade Netanyahu to stop building on occupied land as a prerequisite to talks"
|Management of failure||by Khaled Amayreh -
"With the US having admitted it is unable to force Israel to take peace talks seriously, Palestinians are looking to other routes for securing their national rights"||17/12/2010|
|Red Rag: A rabbinical gift for Human Rights Day||Gideon Spiro - I will commemorate Human Rights Day in Germany with friends who have learned the correct lessons from the Holocaust and are struggling to uproot racism. They have difficulty understanding how it happens that Israel, which was born in the wake of the Holocaust, has come to resemble the German society of the late Weimar Republic in many ways.||17/12/2010|
|Middle East peace process: Dead but not buried||The Guardian - Editorial - The Middle East peace process died a quiet, undramatic death with the statement last week that the US had given up trying to persuade Binyamin Netanyahu to stop building on occupied land as a prerequisite to direct talks with the Palestinians. Few, however, are interested in burying the corpse.
|IDF Refuses Palestinians Who Fought Carmel Fire Israeli Entry For Appreciation Ceremony||Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - In his original statement, the fire chief said more politely than what I’m about to say: we were kosher enough to allow all of us to enter Israel to fight the fire. But after it’s over it’s back to business as usual. Israeli Palestinian MK Ahmed Tibi summarized the incident succinctly:
|The `Real Jew` Debate||ROGER COHEN - The New York Times - The view that American Jews supportive of Israel but critical of its policies are not “real Jews” is, however, widespread. Israel-right-or-wrong continues to be the core approach of major U.S. Jewish organizations, from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
|Outcry in Denmark over firm`s involvement in occupation ||Adri Nieuwhof - The Electronic Intifada - The Danish-British security firm G4S has come under scrutiny after it was revealed last month that it supplies equipment and services to Israel for use at checkpoints and settlements in the occupied West Bank and at Israeli prisons. The company`s own promotional material describes how it has provided "security systems" to the Israel Prison Service, which detains thousands of Palestinian political prisoners.
|Palestinians` future is in their hands||Carlo Strenger and Akiva Eldar -
"International support for a Palestinian state has never been stronger, and it is a matter of time until this state will be internationally recognised along the 1967 borders."
|A U.N. Plan for Israel||ROBERT WRIGHT -
"The United Nations created a Jewish state six decades ago, and it can create a Palestinian state now."
|Instead of befriending neo-fascists, Israel should make peace||Dror Etkes -
"With friends like these, Israel should seriously consider reaching peace with the Arab world, and quickly." id
|Wild Card Part VII: EU sets the ground for recognition of Palestine||Ami Kaufman - 972mag.com - Notice how the statement underlines the fact that the time limit is the 12 months set by the Quartet, which end in August 2011 â€“ when Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad is touted to declare independence. The media and AFP itself say this is not an ultimatum. True, it isnâ€™t. But itâ€™s definitely a signal as to when their currently cold attitude towards Palestinian unilateralism might change. ||14/12/2010|
|Encountering Peace: So, what comes next?||Gershon Baskin - Jerusalem Post - We cannot have peace while continuing to control Palestineâ€™s external borders. No people will agree to live in a sovereign cage. Not us, and not them.||14/12/2010|
|Peres: Time running out on peace ||Ahiya Raved - Ynet / Jpost.Com Staff - President warns against stalemate in negotiations with Palestinians, says `there is no peace without regional peace` / Delegitimization, growing radical Islam, Iran - are making peace more urgent; window of opportunity won`t stay open for very long.
|Netanyahu has rejected one too many U.S. packages||Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - The meeting Mitchell is expected to have this week with Arab League representatives is one worth paying attention to, as it is the first step on the new route adopted by the Obama administration after direct negotiations hit a dead end. A senior EU source explained to me yesterday that we are now seeing a combination of a return to the Madrid process - initiated 19 years ago by the elder George Bush - and the Arab peace initiative of March 2002. bz||14/12/2010|
|Resistance from Minsk to Palestine||Donna Nevel - I was particularly struck by Nancy Speroï¿½s canvas about Masha Bruskina, a 17 year old Communist partisan--a volunteer nurse and leader of the Minsk resistance movement--who was arrested by the German authorities and publicly hanged. Before her execution, she was paraded around the streets with a sign that said, ï¿½We are partisans and have shot at German soldiers.ï¿½ Despite being tortured, she never revealed the other members of her group and as she was about to be hung, refused to look at the crowd where the guards tried to force her gaze.
|Hasbara for Dummies - Insulting Our Intelligence||Ofer Neiman - Jewish Peace News - ï¿½ï¿½when irrelevant insults are constantly hurled at them for their international-law based criticism of Israeli policies, [European anti-apartheid/anti-occupation activists] will eventually say: ï¿½Look, I am tired of having to prove to you that I am not antisemitic. If my criticism amounts to antisemitism, in your perverted view, just carry on with this charadeï¿½"||13/12/2010|
|The Charade of Israeli-Palestinian Talks||Noam Chomsky - In These Times - "It is hardly a secret that for 35 years the U.S. and Israel have stood virtually alone in opposition to a consensus on a political settlement that is close to universal, including the Arab states, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (including Iran), and all other relevant parties. With brief and rare departures, the two rejectionist states have preferred illegal expansion to security"||13/12/2010|
|Keeping Israel Jewish and pure - and democractic if there`s time|| Zvi Bar`el - Haaretz - It`s not a democratic state or a national Israeli state Netanyahu wants the Palestinians to recognize, but a state characterized by the values of Rabbi Wolpo, Rabbi Elyahu and the other geniuses||13/12/2010|
|Israel may have no military option against Iran||Gideon Levy--Israeli leaders should understand that the attack option isn`t really an option - a thousand new fire trucks and even the Iron Dome missile defense system will not provide protection.||12/12/2010|
|The unholy alliance between Israel`s Right and Europe`s anti-Semites||Adar Primor--Oy Europe! Its official arm, brave and mighty, was extended to us in the form of the dozens of firefighters and firefighting aircraft dispatched to battle the Carmel blaze. Its other arm - the outcast, disobedient one - came to ignite fires whose damages cannot be predicted. These took the form of the very unholy alliance between figures on Israel`s right and extreme nationalists and even anti-Semites in Europe that is gaining momentum in the Holy Land.
|Netanyahu must stop celebrating victory and listen to U.S.||Haaretz Editorial--Instead of celebrating his victory, the prime minister would do well to take seriously Clinton`s announcement that Washington will demand that both sides show more flexibility on the core issues of the conflict and will be "asking tough questions and expecting substantive answers," as she put it Friday. If Netanyahu seeks to hold on to the remaining trust of the Israeli public and the international community in his "Bar-Ilan vision," he should stop playing hide-and-seek, and during the upcoming shuttle-diplomacy trip of U.S. envoy George Mitchell, he should present his proposal for a final-status arrangement.||12/12/2010|
|What No Rabbi in the World Outside Israel Would Ever Say ||DONNIEL HARTMAN--No rabbi in the world would ever forbid living in neighborly relations with the non-Jew, not simply because such a ruling is politically self destructive, but rather because it does not reflect the values and experiences that have come to define the nature of Jewish life outside of Israel. Around the world, Judaism is growing and flourishing, especially in North America, in the midst of a shared, multi-religious public sphere where new levels of respect, cooperation, and learning take place on a daily basis.||12/12/2010|
|Why can`t a Palestinian woman tell her own story?||Fobert Fisk--By chance, I read the text of Mortier`s short but eloquent speech this week, a day before watching Julian Schnabel`s new movie Miral, a feature film which follows the life of Rula Jebreal, a real-life Palestinian-Israeli woman who became a journalist, author and television presenter. Schnabel, who is Jewish, lives with Jebreal in New York. Their movie begins and ends with the death of Hind Husseini, a remarkable and courageous Palestinian woman who found orphans from the Jewish massacre of Arab villagers at Deir Yassin in 1948 and started a boarding school for girls that still exists in Jerusalem. Husseini died in 1994, but Rula was one of her pupils. Her childhood ï¿½ losing her mother, choosing to be a well-educated woman, sucked into the intifada, arrested and brutalised by the Israelis ï¿½ is the story of Miral.||12/12/2010|
|Canadian Politicians attack Master`s Thesis by a Progressive Jewish Student||Jenny Peto`s 100-page thesis argues that today`s Jews of European descent "enjoy white privilege" and maintain a victim identity by participating in "hegemonic" Holocaust remembrance programs such as the March of the Living, during which young Jewish people visit Poland and Israel. The University of Toronto accepted the defended thesis and awarded a master`s degree to the 29-year-old, who is an activist associated with the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid group. She`s also Jewish and a descendant of Holocaust survivors.||11/12/2010|
|Letter from Jail||From Abdullah Abu Rahmah on the occasion of International Human Rights Day and the one-year anniversary of his illegal jailing by the Israeli military.||11/12/2010|
| Israelis Jettison Peace Talks in Favor of Massive Land Theft; Brazil, Argentina Recognize Palestinian State ||by Juan -
"The victory of the Republican right wing in the November elections for the House of Representatives has allowed the Israeli government to simply refuse to cooperate with a weakened President Barack Obama on a renewed peace process with the Palestinian leadership. The message of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Obama? Translated from the Hebrew, it amounts to ¡°jump in a lake!¡±
|The Israeli School of Misinterpretation||Reuven Kaminer - On the left, it has been clear almost from the beginning of the conflict that developments in the Israeli-Arab conflict are the results of deeper and wider causes. These can be summarized in the following axiomatic terms. The mainspring of events in the region is the ongoing drive of the United States, acting in its imperial interests, to maintain control of the regions oil reserves and refineries and to maintain for this purpose a local configuration of “friendly” countries and forces which will defend US interests.||9/12/2010|
|Israeli rabbis` racist decree strikes at the soul of Judaism||Mya Guarnieri - The Guardian - The latest move, first publicised on Tuesday on Ynet`s Hebrew site, is the largest step that Israel`s religious community has taken against non-Jews. And it is, perhaps, the most alarming. Rabbis from all over the country signed the proclamation. And they didn`t try to hide their intentions. "We don`t need to help Arabs set down roots in Israel," one remarked to Haaretz. "Racism originated in the Torah," another said.
|US mediation monopoly collapsing ||Sam Bahour - Bitterlemons - The international euphoria surrounding the US bear hug embrace of Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in Ramallah is about to quickly pass and, come autumn 2011--the Fayyad government’s declared target for Palestinian statehood--the region will find itself exactly where former President George W. Bush left it: at a dead end.
|Disband the PA||Lamis Andoni - Maan News Agency - In a recent interview with Palestinian state television, Abbas warned that if all efforts to establish a Palestinian state fail he will dissolve the PA and ask Israel to assume responsibility for the occupation. His threats are neither a manoeuvre nor a clearly planned strategy. They are rather an expression of despair and a reflection of the mood of the Palestinian people - who see the PA as merely facilitating the continuation of the Israeli occupation while removing the need for it to pay for its actions.
|Racism at the expense of Israeli citizens||Haaretz - Editorial - The dozens of city rabbis who signed a halakhic ruling prohibiting the leasing of apartments to Arabs are above all public servants who took advantage of their position to incite, in blatant violation of the law. The Jewish Religious Services Law forbids a city rabbi, who is appointed by law and is paid from the public coffers, to act "in a manner inappropriate to the position of a rabbi in Israel." Populist racist incitement, backed by a derisible interpretation of halakha, falls within that category.||9/12/2010|
|Rabbis’ disgrace||Boaz Okon - Yediot Ahronot - The infamous Nuremberg Laws forbade, in 1935, mixed marriages between Jews and Germans, and barred Jews from employing German maids (under age 45) and laborers. This prohibition was intended to portray the Jews as a kind of pest, not quite human. They became a persecuted bloc on the basis of generalizations and slander. Gideon Hausner, the prosecutor at the Eichmann trial, would later say that in Israel, “we do not make ethnic distinctions.” But here, rabbis, who receive their pay from the state coffers, forbid people to rent apartments to Gentiles, to Arabs, because it “causes evil and makes the public commit the sin of intermarriage,” and because they have among them “enemies and people who persecute us to the point of endangering lives.”
|Where Exactly can we Live? ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - If the Palestinians cannot live freely in Jerusalem, inside Israel or even in all of the West Bank, then what kind of state is being negotiated? Israel`s blatant disregard for international standards and democratic principles coupled with this arrogant and racist mentality that "the land of Israel" [which not long ago was known as Palestine] has always been for the Jews can never coincide with sincere efforts to create peace.
|Europe doesn`t delegitimize Israel, only the occupation||Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - The flying squadron of international firefighters that came to extinguish the flames in the Carmel region has poured cold water on the "they are delegitimizing us" campaign. Even Norway - which, heaven help us, keeps an open channel to Hamas and heads the list of critics of Israel`s government - offered a pair of helicopters.
|Help keep our reporting strong in 2011 ||The Electronic Intifada - Appeal - As The Electronic Intifada prepared to launch its annual campaign to ask our readers and friends to support our independent reporting on Palestine by making a contribution, we found ourselves under attack from a prominent anti-Palestinian organization. The goal of the attackers, we believe, is to shut us down by pressuring funders to withdraw grants they`ve given us
|Encountering Peace: The house is on fire ||GERSHON BASKIN -
"The country is facing the most crucial period in its history, with a need to make unprecedented decisions, and it seems that the decision makers are not even aware."
|Fighting with bows and arrows||Adam Keller -
Crazy Country -
"And the firemen fought the flames heroically but hopelessly because they did not have the appropriate equipment, as if fighting with bows and arrows on a modern battlefield, and they urgently clamored for all the world to quickly and urgently send the vital equipment which nobody provided in their own country."||8/12/2010|
|Obama`s show of strength against Netanyahu||Akiva Eldar -
"The significance of the U.S. decision to stop pushing for a moratorium, which was reported on Tuesday, is that Obama is refusing to give Netanyahu a seal of approval to build in Jerusalem." id
|Unraveling another myth about the State of the Jews||Akiva Eldar - Haaretz - The Carmel fire destroyed another layer of the myth that the State of the Jews is a military-technological superpower that should not be trifled with||7/12/2010|
|On the appointment of Yair Naveh as Deputy Chief of Staff of the IDF||Nurit Peled-Elhanan - The Court and human rights do not interest him, he hates Arabs - but to kill, he loves.||7/12/2010|
|I pledge allegiance.. ||Harry Feldman - While I’ve been dithering, it’s faded from the headlines. But it was quite the controversial topic way back in October.||5/12/2010|
|Red Rag: `Europe indirectly finances the Israeli Occupation`||Gideon Spiro - Wikileaks - Voice of the Consensus - Financing the Occupation - Shooting themselves in the foot||3/12/2010|
|WikiLeaks Cables Reveal "Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership" ||Noam Chomsky - Democracy now - "latest polls show] Arab opinion holds that the major threat in the region is Israel, that’s 80 percent; the second threat is the United States, that’s 77 percent. Iran is listed as a threat by 10 percent," Chomsky says. "This may not be reported in the newspapers, but it’s certainly familiar to the Israeli and U.S. governments and the ambassadors. What this reveals is the profound hatred for democracy on the part of our political leadership." ||2/12/2010|
|Israeli Media Learn Precisely Wrong Lessons on Wikileaks Disclosures About Iran||Richard Silverstein - Tikun Olam - In essence, any country can say whatever it wants privately. But what is said behind closed doors has very little impact in this type of situation. If a leader is unwilling to support military action publicly, then his country is missing in action from the public debate and private support counts for nothing.
|Israel can`t be a democracy with two classes of citizens||Haaretz - Editorial - It must be reiterated at every opportunity that about a fifth of Israel`s citizens, the Arabs, are citizens with equal rights, and a democracy`s mission is, first and foremost, to defend its minorities. It must also be reiterated that a democracy cannot have two classes of citizens, first-class and second-class. And, most importantly, the next generation of Israelis must be taught these lessons.
|Leftists: Naveh involved in `illegal killings` ||Aviad Glickman - Ynet News - The petitioners claimed that debriefings published in the past based on IDF files` findings state that Naveh, as well as other IDF officials, allegedly confirmed the assassinations and targeted killings of wanted persons, who could have otherwise been arrested, even though their killing cost the lives of innocent people.
|Partition Tremors Felt Even Today ||Joharah Baker - MIFTAH - In 1947, the year of the UN plan, Palestinian Arabs made up the majority of the population with Jews comprising a mere 33 percent of those living in the country. Many of them had been illegally smuggled into the country after the ban on Jewish immigration had reached new heights in Britain especially during the Second World War. In 1942 David Ben Gurion, later to become Israel`s first Prime Minister, explicitly declared the previously floated Zionist goal of making Palestine a homeland for the Jews.
|WikiLeaks` harsh lesson on imperial hubris ||Jonathan Cook - The Electronic Intifada - In the cables sent from Tel Aviv, a similar fatalism reigns. The possibility that Israel might go it alone and attack Iran is contemplated as though it were an event Washington has no hope of preventing. US largesse of billions of dollars in annual aid and military assistance to Israel appears to confer zero leverage on its ally`s policies.
|Hanukka at the Hanania household||RAY HANANIA -
"No pretending there are going to be any miracles of peace. No arguing over whose food is best or who owns what land."
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